Posted by Fumio Demura on March 05, 2017
KARATE WISDOM: "On Kobudo & Karate"
by Fumio Demura
I believe that the more a practitioner knows about other styles, the more prepared he will be in case he faces someone who practices another method. Today, students have the opportunity to learn and get information about many different fighting arts to increase their knowledge. Magazines and videos allow this to happen. When I was learning we didn’t have these luxuries. The way we were taught was under pressure and we had to learn to make the techniques work against any kind of opponent. We had no time to study or analyze much. Everything had to be direct and to the point because our lives were on the line. The good thing is that today, practitioners can learn how to adapt their techniques against other new methods of attack. For instance, in kobudo you use your weapon differently against a bo or a sai. Your attacker’s weapon determines the way you’ll use your own weapon. It’s simple common sense. This is where the real understanding of the art and one’s own self comes in. But this is not always something easy thing to do, let alone accept.
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