February 2008 Archives
Happy Year of the Rat (I prefer to think of the critter as a Mouse, since I was born in a earlier Year of the Mouse). May your year be happy, prosperous, and full of great training!
I'm going to use this blog (more on that in a bit) to share preliminary thoughts, not yet fully fledged ideas, and quick hints that might aid your training or teaching. As you'll have undoubtedly noticed, things move along slowly at Koryu.com, largely because--while ideas come fast and furious--the time to organize and present them to the standards to which I have become accustomed eludes me.
So to start things off, here is a list of things to keep in mind when training in the koryu. I compiled it when Meik & I first started accepting students after our return to the States. On the one hand, I knew students really wouldn't have any frame of reference to work from. And in fact, virtually every one of the experienced martial artists who have joined our dojo has told us, several years after starting, that their training has been nothing like they expected it to be, and that their previous experiences did not prepare them for what they encountered. On the other, koryu is not to be "spoon fed" (one of my big objections to spreading too much information on the Internet--training in the koryu is not supposed to be easy, convenient, or comfortable).
At different levels of your training, each item on the list will have a different meaning. The challenge is to keep all five of these in mind when you are in the dojo, and figure out what they mean for you right now.
- Pay attention.
- You have responsibilities.
- Respect others.
- Beware the dark side.