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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

My Way or the Highway!

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In a recent, and slowly fading blog site, article written at the Shinseidokan Dojo blog the blog author, Micheal Clarke Sensei, stated, “If you're not practicing <enter your style/system name here> the way we do it, then you're doing it all wrong!” Note: this quote is taken completely out of its intended intent in his article but I do this to express an opinion on JUST the QUOTE simply because I have heard this stated so many times it is no longer funny - especially in my core system of karate called Isshinryu. 

As Clarke Sensei mentions, breathtaking level of arrogance, seems to fit regardless of whether I present his original articles intent or my own for there is no conceivable way that humans can stay in exact accordance with the way someone teaches and practices a karate style or system. Especially when a Sensei, used loosely as a term or title here, starts to nick-pick the way a practitioner is doing something such as basics. 

Humans, according to the research I have studied on the brain and on how we use it and its memory processes, cannot truly record and regurgitate exactness, as in scientific forms of exactness, in either memory, spoken and performance of such things as karate. We can come pretty darn close but in truth that can always be contested. Our memories, regardless of what we think or believe, are not exact enough and for good reasons, it is how nature created our brains to work toward our survival. To become mired in exactness without some form or ongoing and instant creativeness when using such “Memories” we would still be on the plains of the Serengeti hunting and gathering in small tribes wearing close to nothing. 

It is very ability to create from teachings through analysis, an individual effort, and then synthesis, an individual benefit, in creating what works for us and  especially in applications that are the very reasons why I study, train and practice my karate. Even in a group, a dojo you can say, where the system or style is the same for all who enter the hall is always going to be influenced by each individual according to their cultural belief systems built over their lives that effect and influence how we learn and apply teachings such as karate. 

The only way one can actually “make it work” in reality is to learn the fundamental principles underlying all the manifestations of basics, techniques, drills, etc., in a creative spontaneous way because adherence to a particular, one way only, of how one person does it kills the creative side because that person or persons become so entranced and enfolded in anothers dogmatic pedestal  like group control dynamic they spend all their energy focused on the how of a singularly ineffective way of doing it “Right” over doing it effectively they get lost and suppress all creativity. 

As to other reasons why this seems to be of great importance is control, someone or something or some group create this type of practice and training under the guise and heading of remaining true to the master syndrome that they create a model that they need so that they can control the tribe, the group or the “Kai,” so to speak. Note: this is not always true because there are those who work to teach the basics, etc. in a way that keeps the style or system stable while promoting and mentoring the student toward a more creative expression of their interpretations of the system or style because that is a true way to study, learn and apply karate, etc. 

If I were looking for a dojo today regardless of the style or system I would look for one that fosters, promotes and encourages deviation from a rigid performance to a more chaotic creative free style form of application that depends on adherence to principles that are immovable yet pliable to the individual and their interpretations of karate, a living karate. Not a dead, plastic, controlled form of karate where any deviation is used to beat the practitioner down into submission in the name of staying true to a heritage that was not meant to be restricted, obscured or obfuscated, i.e., by its adherence to perceived clarity, complicated and honored adherence to one persons interpretation to the exclusion to all else, to the reality of karate practice.  

In closing, again taken out of its original context, I quote Clarke Sensei, “You can't gain height by pulling others down. You can't claim authenticity if you're worried what others think. You can't  apply karate if your head is full of techniques. You can't pretend to be a leader when you yourself are lost. You can't know the things you never struggled for long enough to learn. Short cuts lead to quick results, but none that last. Growing older is not the same as growing up!”

Hat tip (Ritsu-rei) to <Shinseidokan Dojo Blog by Michael Clarke Sensei> as the inspiration for this post.
The post in question I used can be read here: HERE

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“In order for any life to matter, we all have to matter.” - Marcus Luttrell, Navy Seal (ret)

Monday, October 10, 2016

The Deep Mind

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The deep mind that is older than language. Language is an overlay, so that it usually obscures or overlays all the ancient language in the human mind.

We trigger from sensory stimuli ancient deep mind activity that triggers language of the human mind to something simpler and understandable to our modern mind for understanding beyond nature's instinctual survival needs. Look at the overlay of language as a means of communications that enhances the survival of our species. Humans tend toward simplicity because it is this activity of the mind, as presented best by Colonel Boyd’s OODA loop, that uses terse triggers to get actions moving faster, faster than an adversary. If I had to use an analogy it is our human logical brain exchanging information with our lizard brain yet the lizard still receives data from that deep mind that spans back into the animal age of the cave dwelling neanderthals. 

Modern language is by far our greatest evolutionary process that allowed humans to adjust for progressively more modern ways of life. For instance, without the evolution of the brain toward a higher level of language our species would never have achieved the industrial to Internet revolutions that drive our lives today. 

As evolution began to layer, our ancient deep mind slowly ebbed and became part of the background noise, the air we breathe, gravity; it is just there and we have to learn to listen. 

The deep mind shapes us without our conscious understanding of how we are being shaped. This ignorance and growing disconnect is wreaking havoc on our modern way of life threatening to send our species spiraling back to our base beginnings. 

It is that deep mind, where a type of ancient language not of mere words resides, where our minds analyze and synthesize great arts and things that seem to come from mysterious sources.

It is our goal in karate and martial arts disciplines to reconnect our three brains, i.e., the human, the monkey and the lizard, to that deeper mind and that older language that is not a language as we understand and that is not the mind we perceive as our human mind. We want to go deeper than instincts, deeper than the lizard and we want to train and condition the three to communicate with our deep mind so as to speed up the loop even faster than the blink of an eye. 

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Number 3: Numerology Anyone

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In my articles, postings but I like the term article more, I write about all sorts of things from my personal theories, to the physical aspects through principles, sometimes techniques as they apply to methodologies and force levels as well as philosophy, etc. Directly related to karate, the Asian connection if you will, I have noticed a lot of groupings in, “Three’s.” 
  • Shin-gi-tai (Shin; Gi: Tai).
  • Shu-ha-ri (Shu; Ha; Ri).
  • Shoshin, Zanshin, Mushin.
  • Awareness, Intention and Intent.
  • Kihon, Kata, Kumite.
  • Heaven, Earth, Humanity.
  • Body, Mind, Spirit.
  • Serenity, Tranquility, Humility.
  • Kata in sections of three. 
  • Morality, Civility, Honor.
  • Humanity, Justice, Courtesy.
  • Intent, Restraint, Action. 
and so on where the stages of karate and martial disciplines seem to be governed by numerology, particularly the number three, along with other ancient cultural beliefs directly implemented from their society into the study, practice and application of martial disciplines. 

Consider this, in the sciences of modern times mathematics are involved in explaining everything in nature and the universe. The code of the Internet is made up of 1’s and 0’s. Since it is often associated with astrology and horoscopes along with ancient studies of the I Ching that utilizes numbers within the selection by throwing a certain number of yarrow sticks or … wait for it, “Three coins.” Look at how we naturally use numbers to list items, to create bulleted items of knowledge that would trigger in-depth thinking, understanding and define those into greater detail. The list is endless and it associates numbers with everything. 

Note: obvious traits of the 3 are in the creative field. A powerful need to express feelings, ideas and visions of the imagination; For the 3 to become a well-rounded, balanced and happy person, it must learn discipline; Another unique quality of the 3 is its tendency to be "lucky," or rather, to be in the right place at the right time. This may be connected to its innate sense of rhythm; timing can be measured in seconds or in years, by the beating of a heart or by the movement of the stars. It is all only a matter of scale, either way, the 3 seems to be in tune with the cyclical nature of our surroundings; etc.!

Chinese Culture: The number 3 (, Pinyin: sān, jyutping: saam1) sounds similar to the character for "birth" (, Pinyin: shēng, jyutping: saang1), and is considered a lucky number.[citation needed] The number 3 is significant since there are three important stages in a man’s life (birth, marriage and death).

Universally: The universal meaning of three probably relates to man, woman and child—the fulfillment of birth and productivity. As a symbol of fulfillment, three often occurs in fairy tales as the number of tests to be passed or riddles to be solved; Three is a sacred number in most religions. The Ancient Egyptians had a powerful trinity of gods as did the Ancient Greeks and Romans. Hindus worship a trinity known as the Trimurti ("three forms"). Christians believe in a Holy Trinity. In Islam three symbolizes the human soul. To Pythagoras three symbolized perfect harmony, being the sum of unity (one) and diversity (two).

Japanese Culture: there are also numbers that are considered unlucky in Japan. The number four is considered to be unlucky because the word for four is shi (/) closely resembles the word for death shi (/). Likewise, the word for nine ku (/) sounds similar to the word for pain and suffering ku (/). This is why gifts should never be presented in fours, but rather in sets of three or five; To prevent three years of misfortune, those entering their unlucky years will get purified at a temple or shrine; Japan also has special numbers which stand for good luck and bad luck. Lucky Number…8 (Hachi) and 7(Nana) “8” is written as “” in Kanji. is considered “末広がり(Suehirogari)” from its shape which widens toward the end. Suehirogari is to become more and more prosperous as time goes. Lucky “7” comes from Western culture, and Japanese also likes to choose 7 in any occasion. Unlucky Number…4(yon/shi), 9 (kyu, ku) “4” is pronounced “yon” or “shi” which is used differently depending on things. Especially, the sound “Shi” has the same pronunciation with “” which means die, so people are in the habit of not using “4” in hospitals and congratulations occasions. “9” is pronounced “kyu” or “ku” which is used differently depending on things. The sound “ku” has the same pronunciation with “” which means pain or suffering. So, “49 (yonjûkyu/shijûku)” is a super unlucky number because it means “die with pain”; 3 Treasures – truth/courage/compassion, also the three jewels; From the Buddhist tradition, comes “The Triple Gem” or “The Three Jewels [The Mirror – symbol of truth and wisdom; The Jewel symbol of compassion; The Sword – symbol of strength and courage],” which is the Buddha (the enlightened one), the Dhamma (the teachings), and the Sangha (the community of followers).

More: Body/mind/spirit, which encompasses the physical, mental, and spiritual makeup of a human being; there are 3 primary colors with which it is possible to obtain all the colors; three types of universe: matter, astral (mental or soul) and spirit; three phases of the moon; past/present/future; Taoist:  Great Triad:  Heaven/Human/Earth.

Science: Three dimensions; We see the number three in many important, fundamental places on the subatomic level and on the cosmic level; there are three main types of stable particles: the proton, the neutron, and the electron. These are the three building blocks of atoms. All solid matter consists of atoms built entirely from these three particles; How many quarks are there in a proton? Exactly three. How many quarks are there in a neutron? Exactly three; there are three dimensions of space: height, width, and depth. There are three main types of matter: gaseous, liquid, and solid. There are three main types of massive objects: planets, stars, and galaxies; there are also three types of natural laws: the laws of physics, the laws of chemistry, and the laws of biology; the number 1836 has in its digits exactly three multiples of the number three: 18, 3, and 6. In fact, when we look at this ratio to seven decimal places, we find that it has six consecutive multiples of the number three; etc.

Ken-po Goku-i: Human (Person), Heaven and Earth; Sun, Moon and blood; Hard, soft, spit; advance, engage and disengage; Body, time and change; Hand, empty, void; Eyes, see, perception; Ears, ability and perceptions. balance, unbalance and gravity.

Read also: “The Line of Three.”
Read also: “Phases of Self-Defense Conditioning: Phase One “Knowledge (mental)”; Phase Two “The Physical”; Phase Three “RBC (Reality Based Conditioning”
Read also: “Kata in Three’s
Read also: “The Three Exercises

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“In order for any life to matter, we all have to matter.” - Marcus Luttrell, Navy Seal (ret)

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016


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When I say this word, use this term, humans will have triggered an automatic extraction of internal information about exercising to achieve a physical fit body, a body fit, healthy and strong to apply karate and martial disciplines. But, is this the end explanation of fitness? Not exactly for we have two other fitness explanations that seem to fit, the first is a mental fitness of maturity, morality, attitude, knowledge, understanding and the innate ability to apply these in the words and actions often rendered in self-defense through karate, martial disciplines and the self-defense principle. The second comes from the very essence of human existence, survival of the species and our fitness is about those evolutionary enhancements of our abilities and senses that over eons resulted in our present state of evolutionary survival of the fittest state of being. 

It is about natural selection, the survival of the “fittest” and how that translates to those traits, etc., that say, “This person survived so they procreate and pass on those abilities and traits to the offspring” cycles of evolution and experiences, etc.

For example, one theorist provided this concept after extensive research, i.e., “Perceptions and internal-information-bearing (knowledge, experience, and understanding, etc.) structures are useful for F-I-T-N-E-S-S-preserving or enhancing behavior because there is some mutual information between the predicted utility of a behavior (like escaping) and it actual utility.” - Hoffman and Prakash

Without this and other processes of and for natural selection we then have to comparative external and internal data that will increase mutual information thus F-I-T-N-E-S-S is low and stays that way where those who are not fit find themselves not surviving and not procreating.  

I look at one fitness principle as example, i.e., “Perspective,” for perspective in our sensory detection driven my the past and present knowledge and understanding of our minds can determine and influence how we perceive therefor how we make distinctions in relation to how we see. Once many centuries ago all our species observed and believed the world flat but through the sciences and individuals there came a shift, call it a paradigm shift if you wish, that allowed a different perspective demonstrating that the world was not flat but round (actually egg shaped but that came later in more modern times and sciences). 

Our natural-selective processes are about perceptions and how they, along with the internal, tell us about reality where in one view reality may be a flat 2D model or where by a simple shift of perspective turns a 2D into a 3D sphere. 

In the karate and martial discipline communities it is all about how each practitioner perceives what they are exposed to in the dojo and how they distinguish that expertise when synthesizing it to fit themselves as individuals. It is best to remember that one who distinguishes the system one way one day because of open-minded studies will often find a shift from that perspective to another entirely different and new perspective.

All of this comes from the very essence of the human species, survival through natural selection by external/internal perceptions and distinctions that allow for the F-I-T-N-E-S-S of the species, not necessarily a perceive reality but a more realistic objective properties of our external world for species survival.   

Once again, we make assumptions in regard to our perceptions when in fact that reality differs from true objective realistic properties of the world, in critical survival respects, differs from our perceptions. There is a proven mismatch between our perceptions and certain aspects of reality. 

Bibliography (Click the link)
D. Hoffman, C. Prakash. Objects of consciousness. Frontiers in Psychology, 2014.

“In order for any life to matter, we all have to matter.” - Marcus Luttrell, Navy Seal (ret)

Profiling - It’s a Tool 2 and Other Stuff: A preponderance of evidence

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In our efforts to make use of principles like profiling as a human survival tool we have to remember that the quality or fact of being greater in number, quantity, or importance drives the end results of using such a tool. The whole of the evidence used to determine if the profiling used is accurate, factual as humanly possible and of a moral certainty making the results irrefutable becomes critical. 

This process, much like the use of preponderance of evidence in the legal system, is how we give greater weight to perceive and distinguish its results as they would effect any actions we might take. The scales must be tilted far enough to favor one side or the other and if the scales remain in a balanced state then more information or facts or data must be found and weighed to cause the scales to tilt appropriately one way or the other. 

In order for preponderance of evidence to work in profiling we have to have the knowledge, understanding, training and experiences necessary to convince the user of its probable truth and/or accuracy, and not just on the “amount of evidence.”

In something like profiling, it is best that evidence collectively reaches a higher percentage, say 75%, over any one piece of evidence or those traits used to determine if the profiling meets reality as best as humanly possible, not the slightly over 50% used in civil suits, etc.

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Bullet Points

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Human survival depends on taking the complex and making simplistic points for speed in the OODA process.

Like technology, a complex code that handles all the underlying complexities that allow us to make use of it through icons and clicking of a mouse - like bullet points of a computer.

It reminds me of the tapes we develop from experiences that are triggered by specific single stimuli that result in the "click - whirr" of mechanical automated conditioned responses for our species survival. Those who get it right more often than wrong end up procreating thereby causing the evolutionary process and so on.

In order to survive there has to be speed through short cuts and those short cuts are our survival tapes triggered with the least amount of thinking.

Experiencing, learning, analysis, understanding and synthesis result in learning, training, practice and experience encoded into sub-routines, tapes, for conflict and survival of especially violence.

  • Bullet points.
  • Single simple triggers.
  • Click appropriate complex auto-conditioned appropriate responses.
  • Shortening the OODA process.
  • Faster D&A's.
  • Success in goals.
  • Equals survival!

Where bullet points become most effective is when they are first created from a backup of vast knowledge and understanding because all the bullet points on that slide mean nothing unless this is so. Look at bullet points as similar to “Meme’s and Quotes” that are inspiring but empty unless one is able to see, hear and feel something that lies behind its facade for such things require one to have studied or is willing to study the bullet point, the meme and the quotation. Not for accuracy or some singular definitive answer but an answer that the individual sees and feels are relevant to the study - at that moment in time. 

Liken this bullet point mindless meandering consideration to actual short terse writings such as found in the I Ching, The Tao Te Ching, Meme’s/Quotations and blog postings. They all have something behind why they were written along with questions, comments and discoveries that the reader must seek out. It is about remembering that there are not right or wrong answers or beliefs in those things but questions that drive us to finding answers to and for ourselves. It is like the study of the Ken-po Goku-i/Goku-i, it is not the most obvious or obviously taught interpretations of one Sensei but rather something unique to the individual who studies such terse tomes of wisdom, call it the goku-i-of-individualism in the Way (Goku-i-Do, the way of gokui defining that term from an individual perceptive distinction, etc.)!

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“In order for any life to matter, we all have to matter.” - Marcus Luttrell, Navy Seal (ret)

Monday, September 26, 2016

Facts on Humans

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Learning is a critically important survival tool of our species and to express the limitations on the process the following quotes are provided. If nothing else, it should get us thinking about how we study, learn and, as Sensei, teach our disciplines - how we mentor those who follow our lead. In my past articles you may remember my inferences toward the natural evolutionary process where in takes lifetimes, even hundreds to thousands of years for influences to make changes in our DNA, our very genes, as to evolution. The following quotes also speak to this perception with some variances toward the years vs. decades vs. Millennia  necessary for our species to adapt. 

My thoughts are that along with a plethora of other factors these must be takin into consideration when teaching especially if you want to encode and make use of that teaching. 

“Natural selection sculpts human thought across generations and at geologic time scales. Fitness is its tool, and human nature, our shared endowment as members of a species, is among its key effects. Although the thought life of each person is unique, one can discern patterns of thought that transcend racial, cultural and occupational differences; similarly, although the face of each person is unique, one can discern patterns of physiognomy — two eyes above a nose above a mouth — that transcend individual differences.”

“Natural selection acts over generations; Over time, as the Internet rewards certain cognitive skills and ignores or discourages others, it could profoundly alter even the basic patterns of thought that we share as a species. The catch, however, is ‘over time’.”

“Learning sculpts human thought across the lifetime of an individual. Experience is its tool, and unique patterns of cognition, emotion and physiology are its key effects.” 

“There are, of course, endogenous limits to what can be learned, and these limits are largely a consequence of mutation and natural selection.”

“Within the endogenous limits of learning set by one's genetic inheritance, exposure to the Internet can alter how one thinks no less than can exposure to language, literature or mathematics. But the endogenous limits are critical. Multi-tasking, for instance, might be a useful skill for exploiting in parallel the varied resources of the Internet, but genuine multi-tasking, at present, probably exceeds the limitations of the attentional system of Homo sapiens.”

“Epigenetic’s sculpt’s human thought within a lifetime and across a few generations. Experience and environment are its guides and shifts in gene expression that trigger shifts in cognition, emotion and physiology are its relevant effects. … a mother's anxiety can change the expression of the NR3C1 gene in her child, leading to the child's increased reactivity to stress. Childhood abuse can similarly lead to persistent feelings of anxiety and acute stress in a child, fundamentally altering its thought life.”

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Hoffman, Donald D. “The Sculpting of Human Thought.” In How has the internet changed the way you think?  (John Brockman, Ed) New York: Harper Perennial, 2011, 90–92.

“In order for any life to matter, we all have to matter.” - Marcus Luttrell, Navy Seal (ret)

Friday, September 23, 2016

Sometimes, Perception is not what you think …

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Sometimes, my unconscious mind runs ahead of my conscious mind (why, because our logical brain has to think while our lizard like brain just acts; it is similar to peripheral vision, it is just faster than direct vision; peripheral vision is run by the lizard and the direct vision is run by our thinking logic oriented brain). I try hard to heed  those unconscious processes that give me answers (I allow my instincts and primal conditioned response to lead, just in case). I think back over my life and see other times when I said things or did things that were not really justified by my conscious analysis (driving along a road with lots of side streets controlled by stop signs; my spidey sense said to stop; I stopped; I hear a roar and then witnessed a truck speeding that ran the stop sign, came off the ground and fly by in front of my about ten feet. If I had not stopped, it would have crashed into me and dead is what I would be). I call my unconscious mind when it takes the lead, my ‘Spidey Sense’! - unknown/cejames (part unknown, part me)

This is all about education, understanding and an ability to apply both to life. You are exposed to social environmental stimuli that your brain takes in, interprets and then encodes labeling them as, “Life Coping Skills.” A lot of the how, why and when of those skills come with triggers that are, more often than not, set unconsciously including both instinctual triggers that set off things like “Freeze, Flight or Fight” responses or “Primal Conditioned Response” that are trained into responses that are triggered for those skill sets. 

The glitch here, especially in self-defense, is we fail to adopt and utilize the OODA processes, i.e., analysis and synthesis of said stimuli from others, experiences, academic efforts, and self to remain open-minded and allow the flow of change even when your mind resists because of culture and cultural belief systems influence that monkey dancing around the logical side of you. 

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“In order for any life to matter, we all have to matter.” - Marcus Luttrell, Navy Seal (ret)

Blades of Grass

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You will all remember about the hammer that pounds down the nail and its meaning but I have a new one I found that is kind of cool. It is, “Snick off the heads of any blades of grass that rise higher than the rest of the lawn.” - unknown

I am not sure that this saying, meme or quote, is actually a good one or beneficial in learning, accumulating knowledge, analyzing and synthesizing as well as doing things because it means one must remain a part of the group and not rock the boat. In reality,  there are times you don’t want your head higher than that of others especially in your own tribe but then again there are times when you want to learn, understand and be enlightened. 

Here is the way I see, perceive, it, you raise your head up higher through the support of those around you, make it their effort that puts your blade of grass higher that the lawn, the people who are supporting you. Part of it is how that type of action benefits you, them and the tribe and if it creates a tribal blade of grass that would stand taller than other tribes - well - you know what that means now, right?

Here once again we have survival, all kinds, including the mundane, the minimalistic and the great. There is a balance her and using such compliance principles are but one way to achieve this goal.

When the lawn mower is heard powering up and the blade spinning around whistling the air in preparation to cut the lawn is when you hold back, reconsider and then analyze and synthesize a more apropos way of mutual beneficial tribal connected ways of rising higher on their support to reside on their shoulders. This is how leadership is found, implemented and respected in the tribe. 

Maybe the hammer and nail along with the blade, the lawn and the mower there is more than the snippet of meme-like rendering that would put this increased meaning and understanding into proper perspective. Hmmmm … a metaphor?

Too avoid being cut off at the neck one must apply their skills in a way that the other blades of grass don’t consider the actions detrimental to them or the tribe, the lawn. 

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Fear of being Wrong

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Systemic to many things but from my personal perspective and perception it is really up there in the karate and martial arts disciplines. Once a person don’s a black belt and/or takes on the title of “Sensei” they seem to feel strongly, believe wholeheartedly and apply vigorously the concept and trait that they are not wrong, never wrong and will not change even when proven wrong - is there something wrong with this?

If you feel like you can’t allow yourself to be wrong, especially in front of the dojo and the practitioners who are following your lead then I suggest that you are suffering from the principle of human’s fear of being wrong. We seem to think and feel that to admit we are wrong or that we don’t know something as bad and I suggest that deep down in our lizard brain that it smacks of perception of death or grave harm therefore triggering our monkey brains into believing, avoiding and acting as if we could not possibly be wrong, i.e., “We are black belts, we are Sensei, We are the experts!”

We seem to have forgotten that humans, our entire species, are not infallible, we make mistakes and often what we know or think we know is not exactly accurate or it is just plain incorrect. Yet, we persist under the assumption that to admit to fallibility we lessen ourselves, lose status in the tribe and subject ourselves to possibly being wrong about other stuff resulting in our being forced to face our self-image and belief system and then - CHANGE, Change IT and CHANGE our SELF-IMAGE, OH My!

In the forty some odd years in karate/martial arts I have learned one thing, there is so much I don’t know, so much I don’t know I don’t know and so much crap that must be “taken out to the trash” regarding not just karate or martial disciplines but also about life itself. What the f%$#, rover, can we all just get over it all?

The great thing about humans is that we are human and fallible and able to do amazing things but change seems a bit harder than most things. There is so much that should, needs and warrants changing especially in the disciplines of karate and martial arts because of the potential dangers involved not just in practice but especially when it is used for self-defense (a misnomer term if there ever was one). 

If you can’t, don’t or won’t take anything else away from this article, take this with you, “Fear is a key nature-oriented lizard brain like instinct that protects us from the dangers of life, it is about survival and it means we will fear those things that trigger that tape, click-n-whirr, where fear takes us to the monkey dance!”

Note: the same as the fear of losing, grave harm and dying!

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“In order for any life to matter, we all have to matter.” - Marcus Luttrell, Navy Seal (ret)