by Bill Finnerty
Much is written,little is said. Much is taught,but little is actually
passed on.But why should it be? To fully understand the true depth of martial,you must study the ancient culture and all its strict traditions.
Rank does not denote knowledge, nor does it command the respect we think it does,by many true oriental Masters. In schools of old, master meant self mastery of ones true study. When Master Kanbum Uechi studied the old Chinese systems,he
was taught the three levels of learning,–Shoden–Chuden–Hiden. But in the third level,how much was actually passed on?
A student sees what is taught and what is said, but he must listen to what is not said,and not taught. Where in lies the true study. Many techniques taught,will not work in the streets. Kata is not kata,unless it encompasses three levels. “Oku” ——“Heiho” –and :”Dim-Mak”. These were and still are an integral part of the Masters training. But how much did he pass on?
In the Uechi ryu Sanchin kata, the master placed two self-defense hand positions. one is very apparent,but what is the second,and why its strong importance?It goes to follow, that the second is actually the first .
Master Uechi learned that—
Blocks are not blocks
Punches are not punches
Weapons are not weapons
Therefore–Kata is not kata.
“When the dragon roars–the student trembles
but when the dragon whispers–the wise student listens”
Think of all that i have not said.