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When you begin to feel like you are a tough guy, a warrior, a master of the martial arts or that you have lived a tough life, just take a moment and get some perspective with the following:

I've stopped knives that were coming to disembowel me

I've clawed for my gun while bullets ripped past me

I've dodged as someone tried to put an ax in my skull

I've fought screaming steel and left rubber on the road to avoid death

I've clawed broken glass out of my body after their opening attack failed

I've spit blood and body parts and broke strangle holds before gouging eyes

I've charged into fires, fought through blizzards and run from tornados

I've survived being hunted by gangs, killers and contract killers

The streets were my home, I hunted in the night and was hunted in turn

Please don't brag to me that you're a survivor because someone hit you. And don't tell me how 'tough' you are because of your training. As much as I've been through I know people who have survived much, much worse. - Marc MacYoung


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Respect vs. Hero Worship

To have respect for someone is fine. We tend to have respect for our sensei because we connect in some way along with acquiring a discipline like karate because the person worthy of respect provides us a service, the teachings of the discipline. There is absolutely nothing wrong with having respect for a person or a system such as Isshinryu. 

What happens when a person or group transcends mere respect into "hero worship?" What happens when you put someone or some thing so far up they sit on a pedestal wearing a halo around their heads? What happens when the system becomes something that reaches a level of worship that it smacks of a religious type belief system? 

One of the after effects of such things is stagnation, stagnation of the system as to its evolving with the people who practice and train it along with its growth with the times in which it is practiced and applied. It does not evolve as all things in nature must. It does not move forward but remains stationary with often antiquated ideas, beliefs and applications. 

Modern beliefs based on antiquated systems tends to keep people under the influences that come from power over others. It manifests as a closed tribal system where they other those who don't belong and keep their doctrine close to the social standing within the tribe. When people gather around such a person or system looking up with wonder and awe in their eyes and on their faces we tend to think, "cult." 

1 comment:

Zacky Chan said...

Definitely agree. I think for the most part good aikido practitioners understand this, but I bet there are a lot of those who focus only on Morihei Ueshiba and limit aikido to something they imagined happened that could only stem from one person, that great O-Sensei. We must seek change and innovation within ourselves and those around us, not just the One.