It’s been a long while since my last post. I apologize for my long absence. Training has been pretty crazy here in New York. I don’t know if its just me, or something is continuously changing with regards to martial arts. There are few martial artist told than one would imagine. On behalf of my last sentence, i’ve realized that there is martial artist, and than there’s hobbyist. How the two are not the same?
A martial artist is someone who is committed to studying, and teaching (if the’re teachers), regardless of family, job or any other responsibilities. In fact, its part of the martial pursuit. Those who cry or make excuses, alibis for not training, attending seminars or working with others for any of the mentioned excuses, will argue this point. So be it.
A hobbyist – (An activity or interest pursued outside one’s regular occupation and engaged in primarily for pleasure). Now, I see this a lot in my friends who study martial arts. This is a general description folks. I’m not implying you have to give up your responsibilities or obligations to study MA. Than you wouldn’t be considered a martial artist. This is the 21st century, not feudal Japan persay. Though the martial artist (a.ka. samurai, ninja), duties were part of their everyday lives.
What tickles me though, the majority of traditional practitioners who practice martial arts, are quick to tell you about tradition, and how ancient schools worked, and techniques. Yet, they are the same people who make excuses, pick and chose, etc. I strongly believe if your a parent, have a career, and other obligations, that makes your martial study comparable to the ancestors of the traditions. You tube has replaced a teacher, master or whatever you wish to call them. Most people are gluttons for certifications, confrontations, arguments and boosting about their ranks, teachers pet, etc. Such poor attitudes. Certainly not a model.
Are you motivated to move / training? If you were, than training with whomever, wherever would be not a issue. Though it seems so. Example, if there were a seminar with either something of interest, or something I may be missing in my training, and tool box. Also depending on my finances at the time would determined my decision. Not that it means I would not sacrifice and go. Movement is movement… There is no particular tradition, style or difference. There may be good teachers that you can relate to, and comprehend what they’re putting out there, than the ones who make no sense, and clearly can’t explain what there representing. In any case, you just got to move. If you can do it with other likeminded people, all the better.
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