I knew an old style jujitsu practitioner, T. who put it this way: “I may get hit on the way in but once I’m in I’ll break them.” And he did.
T. came from an “old jujutsu” tradition and his teacher regularly competed in Catch Can or “catch as catch can” contests until he was banned because his opponents tended to die. see: Catch wrestling
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catch_wrestling There’s nothing new about MMA. In those days it had different names and probably less rules. And going back in history.. in time.. well that’s a long story. Good research.
T. was good to practice with and had immense respect for Aikido, since as he trained, it was little different to how I trained, in prep for the real deal. There is no other way.
T. worked in security and carried a Colt Magnum. One day in stopping one of many robberies, he got shot.
Fools and sporty theorists sometimes laughed at T. behind his back, especially after that incident. But it’s not a laughing matter.
There’s nothing wrong with being shot at, or speeding, or falling.. it’s that darned impact.
As Churchill succinctly put it: “There is nothing more exhilarating than to be shot at without result.”
Some people claim get to PTSD so they can claim free money. If there’s no holes, it’s all in your head. Not enough training therapy.
I may not agree with everything about Mr. Churchill, but some of the things he said are worth hearing. Such as:
Never, never, never give up.
If you’re going through hell, keep going.
The short words are best, and the old words are the best of all. (as with techniques and combinations)
Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
I can’t really imagine Mr. Churchill in a gi or in the ring slugging it out, but he more or less led a war that permitted the lesser evil to win over the greater one. Hence the world of today. The mess we live in. Some definite measure of credit may be due, as no other preferred alternative was immediately then available. Nor perhaps were people ready for any better than they got. We are a species that only wakes up in small increments and not usually until the pain is more than too much. Even then we dig in like donkeys instead of taking responsibility for enacting our own creative responsibility.
Churchill will probably be remembered for his iron will and tenacity, and his fearless courage in the most difficult of circumstances. His points of view are no less valid in direct contact combat.
Anyhow, T. may have got shot, but he kept entering and thereby did not get shot more than once. That’s why he’s still alive and well. He recovered from the bullet that did connect.
Had he stood back, or stood still, the outcome would have been obvious.
Watching ring contests on You Tube, it becomes very evident that the person losing is being cautious or does not know his stuff and just stands there IN THE WORST MAAI POSSIBLE, or tries to “do” something out of a preconceived idea he has.
The winner? He just enters and goes for the kill. He also knows how to do so.
As for girls wanting me to offer equal rights here, I’m sorry I can’t. Very seldom do you see a woman stupid enough to engage physical violence. They do exist and they are madder and more dangerous than men.
Violence is ugly, no matter the gender behind it.
Often the hesitation that happens is because a sense of goodness gets in the way, or a fear of doing harm. Noble sentiments best taken elsewhere. Conversely, at other times the hesitation is because of fear of GETTING HURT.
Then don’t fight.
There is no such thing as a safe fight. Period. The way the media carries on when one single, trained soldier, dies in the process of “serving” after decimating countless other lives is stunning in its audacious stupidity. Why do you think they give him a uniform? So the enemy can’t miss. Why do you think the higher ranks hide? Aside from usually being unwilling to take personal risks and often lacking in some areas, it’s because they have cannon fodder to do their dirty work. Real leaders lead, up front and constructively as much as it is humanly possible to do so.
Ancient war leaders led up front in the field like George Patton did, not by hiding in a bunker somewhere else. No engagement is safe. Not a brawl, nor star wars nor anything in-between. Trying to be disconnected from taking responsibility for your contribution, merely adds to escalation. It blinds to all the facts on the ground. Military farces are many but well covered up.
Don’t get me wrong. I have nothing against war. I just despise half-war. If we want to sink the world into hell, we ought to do a job of it, till there’s hardly anyone left. If we want to go back to the stone-age we should simply go. We can’t have our cake and eat it too. It does not work that way. War is a waste of resources and a slippery downhill slope that does not stop till the bottom. The climb back is even bloodier. Aliens watching us from another galaxy can be forgiven for thinking we like to suffer. As it happens, increasingly the very real and indomitable “enemy” is becoming our betrayed sustainer, “nature.” And she’s a woman. A scorned one at that. And we don’t look like learning.
There is no such thing as a “nice fight” or a “clean war.” It’s all ugly. Reprehensibly so and no tailor can alter that fact. Not even the best. Murder, is, was and shall always remain murder. And you will be getting hit, scratched or bitten on the way in. There will be a trail of evidence, no matter how much you think you can clean up. No living creature gives up the ghost willingly or easily. The very atoms scream it!
Education has more value than killing or contending in any way. But that takes work. Real work. Constructive work in lieu of expensive vandalism. But thinking is a bit hard for some. Real leaders lead, up front and constructively. But that takes risk.
The bottom line is this: Whilst it may sometimes happen, an expectation of fighting and coming out of it unscathed is a delusion, a fantasy of the mad mind beyond repair.
The best method is to seek all the available alternatives and then find some more. Try everything. Rather than fight. Instead of fighting.
After that, if given no choice, ENTER, KEEP GOING, NEVER GIVE UP, KEEP IT AS SHORT AS POSSIBLE, BRING THE BEGININNG TO AN END.
Above all STRIVE TO LIVE A LIFE OF GIVING MORE THAN GETTING. Of creating instead of destroying. You will find it reduces the possibility of violence and ill will erupting exponentially.
But once it has begun, it’s like fire. It’s not easy to stop escalation until the fuel runs out. Standing back waiting is not safe. Unless you are waiting for a bus. Then stand around where you can’t get hit by the bus.
Once you engage, however, there are no guarantees. You may die.
Worried? Then actively live a life that changes the world into a better place and then you will reduce your chances of having to.
No-one is going to do it for you.
Perhaps some will do it with you. Look around. See what needs doing. Address it rationally and early.
Changing conditions is the earliest Irimi that can be done and few will ever notice because conditions will change long before and instead of violence erupting. It takes unity, work and clear thought. And there’s a lot of work to be done on planet earth. Repair work. Constructive work. Healing work.
Or we can simply go back to chasing dollars and cigarette butts. It up to us. Look up or look down. Hunt for tabs, or regard the great creative possibilities of the universe and change our world.
We cannot alter one atom of the past, but we can definitely change the future by what we do right now at each point of time in the present moment.
That’s very early irimi.
Think! This day will never dawn again!
The heavens are calling you and wheel around you,
Displaying to you their eternal beauties,
And still your eye is looking on the ground!
Naught but a gust of wind is earthly fame
Which blows from this side now, and now from that,
And as it changes quarter changes name.
From – La Divina Commedia