Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Don't think....Feel!

Hi all....again!
For some time now I have realised  that in order for our self-defence to be proficient, a Martial Artist must be meditative and in the moment. When defending ones self, one must not think, but feel, kind of like dancing. The same must apply in some way or another to other aspects of the martial arts and life that I am yet to realise. It is also my interpretation of Bruce Lee's famous saying.

The following examples are choreographed demonstrations that may or may not be the best of examples. I believe the practitioners in the first one think, and thus their techniques seem to be more rigid. The second one seems to be more fluent, refined and natural. Regardless of anyone's somewhat political opinion including my own, I still think they are fun to watch.

1), KARATE - Tiger Karate - Shotokan and mix of martial arts:

2), Karate Demonstration Ki Me Kan shito ryu karate do.wmv:

Does anyone think the performance in video 1 is as fluent, artistically and naturally executed as that of video 2?. Maybe one is just choreographed better but in which performance do you guys think the practitioners think more or feel more?.

Feel free to let me know:)


  1. Cool, I already seen the first one. I only thing I like about that video is how the music goes with the video. Sometimes I just feel that they overdo their techniques, maybe by thinking too much.?

    1. I agree. Sometimes they do over do their techniques. They do add more kicks then requited in video 1 for example. Maybe they do this for the purpose of expression/fun rather then practicality. Video 2 just seems more professional in my opinion.

  2. I took a look at the 2nd video. And although it is a nice peaceful demo, kind of like a choreographed fight scene in a movie, it still is very unrealistic in my eyes. Martial Art combative techniques have been used as a form of entertainment for so long and I have seen so much bullshit that my mind is numb to these things. The realist expression of violence in this world that is illustrated on film are movies like Menace to Society, God father, Boyz in the Hood, A Bronx Tale, etc. This choreographed bullshit is just a way to show off to people something that you think you are good in, in my eyes, if you are going to show off to people, you might as well just dance, play music, or demonstrate some sort of talent that many people are unable to do themselves, but in the same token I respect that they are not hurting each other when demonstrating, but really it is very unrealistic to real combat, to me it is no different than someone showing off by doing acrobats, parkour, gymnastics, ice skating or whatever. When your aim is to entertain people, that is not real fighting and that is not even real Martial Arts, because to be real, it is an honest expression free from ego embellishment, and like Bruce said that is a very hard thing to do. In real life, that guy that had the knife at that person's throat would have gotten his throat slit for real, but they don't want to show you the reality in a demo. they want to show you the false, to make it seem like these techniques are easy to accomplish and that you are a walking lethal weapon, that is bullshit. We are fragile human beings and we can be killed easily in a split second, one stab, one shot, one well timed and well placed hit is all it takes.


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