The never ending argument that constantly rages over the internet, what is the best style of martial for self defence. So many videos talk about this with people promoting this or that art. Sometimes you get videos like “the top 5 martial arts for self defence” with cases being made for why one style is better than another, and so it goes on. Listening to people talk about the “best martial art, in the world, ever” . . . . . is a bit like getting a priest, a rabbi, and an Imam together and asking which is the best religion. They are each going to have a different answer, each going to be able to give good reasons why theirs is best and each will be equally convinced that they are right!Read More
Was Being “Formless” Really Bruce Lee’s Idea? And What Does It Really Mean?
This post builds on last weeks post, How To Train For Reality In Your Martial Art.
Bruce Lee famously said:
“You must be shapeless, formless, like water. When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup. When you pour water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. When you pour water in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Water can drip and it can crash. Become like water my friend”.
This is often quoted by those who follow his teachings as a criticism of traditional Oriental martial arts who from their perspective, place too much emphasis on the form of techniques (precise body mechanics & structures) with little to no emphasis on how to apply those movements under pressure. It is argued that the fluid and chaotic nature of real fighting does not lend itself to trying to perform techniques with such correctness and precision, we need to be much more free flowing. Read moreRead More
Bruce Lee – Martial Arts Genius; But Were All His Ideas New?
Bruce Lee was an exceptionally accomplished and talented martial artist. He was also very influential in popularising martial arts in the West, as well as making people already training in martial arts question what they were doing. I have a huge respect for Bruce, but in all honesty, I can’t go along with the almost God like reverence that some people hold him in. He is often quoted in a way that suggests his word should be the final word on all things martial arts. But there are many very senior and knowledgeable masters out there who know just as much, yet have a different approach. There is always more than one route. Also, many of the things that Bruce Lee taught was common philosophy in the East, but he was just the first Asian master to open up that philosophy to the West (or at least, the first who had a media following to reach the wider public). Read moreRead More
Ideas For Training At Home (Part 7): Mokuso (Meditation) In Martial Arts
It’s often said that the most important thing in self defence is the mind. Mokuso (meditation) is often skirted over in martial arts training, seen as just something to clear the mind before training and calm you down again after training.
But meditation is a method of developing the mind which has martial applications as well as being for self development and health. It allows better connection between the conscious and sub conscious minds, enabling better instincts and intuition to develop. This can carry into all areas of you life, but having a improved intuition has obvious applications for self defence. Read more
Martial Arts And The Power Of Taking Responsibility
I don’t often have guest writers on BunkaiJutsu. However, I’ve had a request from a freelance writer Katlyn Warner to publish her article on taking responsibility and how it is particularly significant to martial artists, especially children. It covers a number of self development aspects of martial arts training I thought so I thought I’d share it. Read moreRead More
The Conscious And Subconscious Minds In Martial Arts
This is a very big topic which you could probably write a whole book about, so I will attempt to do justice to this topic but please accept that I can’t cover it all in just a single post. There is much written about the subconscious and conscious minds, but this post will mainly focus on how the 2 parts of the mind relate in a martial arts context. Read moreRead More