This is a big one. It was extremely difficult to frame a complete answer to all the parts of this question.
To understand what I mean, play the video below and listen closely at the full question as I read it. You’ll no doubt recognize it’s broad implications. Nevertheless, I feel like I touched upon the most important factors and provided some concrete examples as to why I have drawn certain conclusions.
Hope you enjoy.
Keep in mind that the examples I cite in the video only hint at the broader spectrum of changes that have occurred. Each style and system has it’s own tale to tell.
Check out question 5 – Are Traditional Martial Arts Too Rigid?
The globalization of martial arts is still a young phenomenon. Think back only a few generations and you’ll notice that each particular art was mostly relegated to it’s birth country, with just a few foreign practitioners modestly spreading it back in their home countries.
Nowadays, any town that doesn’t offer at least three different kinds of arts is considered modest in size.
With this accelerated spread we’ve encountered a handful of problems that our predecessors wouldn’t have had to consider; one of which is the inclusion of ‘home language’. Some martial arts schools choose to do away with it entirely, while others prefer to preserve it.
In today’s video, I weigh the value of preserving your art’s origin language and when it might not be appropriate to do so:
Whether or not you choose to include an origin language in your studies, I hope you do it purposefully (knowing what you are gaining and losing).
Check out question 4 – What Martial Art Methods and Values Have Been Lost in Modern Times?
With the increased popularity of MMA, grappling has become a very hot topic. Even before that there were some over-exaggerated statistics about how many fights actually go to the ground.
One thing has been made clear though – effective grappling is a very useful part of self defense. If that’s the case, was there ever any emphasis on it during karate training?
That’s the question posed in today’s video:
Hope that helps in understanding the overall importance of grappling in karate. As for specific techniques…that will have to be a video for another time.
Check out question 3 – Should Japanese Be Used in the Dojo?