When analyzing the martial arts, there are many things that as a martial artist we need to look at and look past.
When the martial arts were developed they were developed for the soul purpose of combat, and learning a village, or group of people a form of fighting in a sense for total defense. The systems were developed as a complete devised system of movements, forms and techniques taught in either two fold. A quick fashion to teach soldiers a few basic movements to help them survive on the battlefield, or as a personal expression of a lifelong journey to teach one person or a group a system developed to self preservation and defense.
As the decades had passed the martial arts were only passed down to soldiers, and family members of those that were lucky enough to be taught only as a self preservation of an art. It was taught from Uncle, to Nephew, Father to Son, Mother to Daughter. Family systems were in abundance. This was how Martial Arts were brought forth pre WWII. Post WWII the martial arts took a toll and American soldiers based in Okinawa, Philippines, Korea, and elsewhere would then learn a system that was widely taught for the payment of the American Dollar, or for protection to a village or person,emporor etc...
When the Martial Arts arrived to the US in the 50’s -60’s we so many teachers that were American GI’s who brought the arts of the orient back with them. One most widely known was Master Robert Trias. He headed the USKA in Phoenix AZ. Helping organize sport KARATE for what many of us know as today. Of course we seen the silver screen begin to bring forth the martial arts by none other than Sijo Bruce Lee, he alone changed martial arts as what we see today.
In the past 20yrs sport karate has went from tournament level competition to full contact Kickboxing to what we know as today as NHB or MMA style fighting.
By recognizing in the Midwest one thing that is recognizable is the decline of sport karate. The tournamet style or sport TKD or Karate is rapidly declining. It is not as widely abundant as it was even 5 to 10 yrs ago. One thing is noticable is the BJJ or MMA type event. What has become of the traditional arts? Are they a thing of the past? Are those who teach traditional martial arts such as Sport Karate, TKD doing their students a diservice? One thing is for sure you cannot expect to use that style of fighting to protect oneself in this day and age. There was a time when sport karate was a valuable form of self defense.
The streets are more violent, the fighting has become more violent. MMA has taken over and its’ plain to see even our youth has become more violent.
Is Karate or TKD just a place to go and learn an ancient sport anymore?
One thing is if you watch the movie : Never Back Down. The young man who goes to the instructor to learn MMA has no discipline, no respect for his teacher in the begining. He is a hot head, He was told NOT TO FIGHT OUTSIDE of the school. What does he do? he fights outside the school. This would not even been tolerated in any Karate school many years ago. Lack of Discipline, Respect? That shows were our Martial Arts are going.
MMA has overtaken the roots of what Martial Arts represents. The string of competitors are BRUTES, ANIMALS who have no remorse, no boundries, and will pound thier opponent into hamburger if allowed. Many have anger problems. Many of the smaller circut cage fights have fighters who have little to no experience other than street fighting backgrounds going into the cage. Some are gangbangers, street thugs, just guys w/ big egos and a dream of gaining recognization as the baddest in the cage!! One of two outcomes happen, you go in fight, and win or lose. U get a large ego or you lose an ego.
The future to martial arts is reluctant. We who train in the combative arts are two fold! We maintain a sense of pride, a sense of respect to our fellow martial artist. We are a group of citizens with pride and respect and yet we follow a law of KILL or be KILLED mentality. We understand that the age of sport karate or sport martial arts will be one day all show. Many of us realize and recognize the real threat is the streets, and the possibility of a terrorist attack may and will land on US soil one day and we will not be a target. We will fight back and have the know how. We are survivalist. We are warriors, and fighters. We don’t fear the fact we have to kill, cut, or maim someone to survive. However what makes us different from a MMA fighter? We don’t do it for the glory or fame. We do it for the self preservation of the Martial arts as it was originally taught from our ancestors and teachers past.
MABUHAY NG KALI
this is an eye opener to all that has been wondering what may and will happen in the future.
We FMA and all serious combative martial artist band together and stand strong in the understanding that one day we may have to fight for survival and there will not be any rules and BIG JOHN MCCARTHY won’t be there to break it up!!!!
and many of the other Combative Arts are the way of the future!!!
"O Allah! We seek goodness from Your Knowledge and with Your Power (and Might) We seek strength, and We ask from You Your Great Blessings, because You have the Power and We do not have the power. You Know everything and I do not know, and You have knowledge of the unseen. Oh Allah! If in Your Knowledge this action (We are about to take) is better for my religion and faith, for our life and end [death], for here [in this world] and the hereafter then make it destined for us and make it easy for us and then add blessings [baraka'] in it, for us. O Allah! In Your Knowledge if this action is bad for us, bad for our religion and faith, for our life and end [death], for here [in this world] and the hereafter then turn it away from us and turn us away from it and whatever is better for us, ordain [destine] that for us and then make us satisfied with it."
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Importance of a good shaykh by Shaykh Abd'al-Qadir al-Jilani Radi Allahu anhu
Al Ghawth al-Adham Shaykh Sayyad Abd'al-Qadir al-Jilani Radi 'Allahu anhu said: You must work hard to ensure that your hearts are not locked out of the door of His nearness. Be sensible! You are getting nowhere. You must seek the company of a Shaykh who is learned in the law [hukm] and knowledge ['ilm] of Allah (Almighty and Glorious is He), and who will show you the way toward Him. Without seeing the successful [muflih], one cannot succeed. If a person does not seek the company of scholars who put their knowledge into practice ['ulama 'ummal], he is a chicken from an egg abandoned by the rooster and the mother hen.
Seek the fellowship of those who enjoy fellowship with the Lord of Truth (Almighty and Glorious is He). What each of you should do, when the night has grown dark and people have gone to bed and their voices are silent, is get up, take an ablution [yatawadda'], perform two cycles of ritual prayer [yusalli rak'atain] and say: "O my Lord, guide me to one of Your righteous servants near to You, so that he may guide me toward You and make me familiar with Your path." The instrument [sabab] is necessary. Allah (Almighty and Glorious is He) was quite capable of guiding [His servants] to Him without the Prophets [anbiya']. Be sensible! You are getting nowhere. You must awaken from your heedless folly. As the Beloved Prophet Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam has said: If someone relies entirely on his own subjective judgement, he will go astray. Try to find someone who will be a mirror for the face of your religion [din], just as you look in the mirror to check the appearance of your outer face, your turban and your hair. Be sensible! What is this crazy foolishness? You say, "I don't need anyone to teach me," and yet the Beloved Prophet Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam has said: The believer is the believer's mirror [al-mu'minu mir'atu 'l-mu'min].
When the believer's faith is sound, he comes to be a mirror for all creatures. They behold their religious faces [wujuh adyanihim] reflected in the mirror of his speech, every time they see him and get close to him. What is this craziness? Not a moment goes by without your begging Allah (Almighty and Glorious is He) to provide you with more than you already have to eat, to drink, and to wear, with more sexual opportunities and more income. These are not things that could increase or decrease, even if you were to be joined in your plea by every supplicant whose prayers are answered [da 'in mujab].
Supplication [da 'wa] will neither increase one's sustenance by so much as an atom, nor reduce it by an atom. This is a foregone conclusion [mafrugh minhu]. You must devote your attention to doing what you have been commanded to do, and to avoiding what you have been forbidden to do. You should not worry about that which is bound to come your way, because He guarantees that it will come to you. Allotted shares [aqsam] arrive at their appointed times, whether they be sweet or bitter, whether you like them or dislike them.
The people [of the Way] attain to a condition in which they no longer have any prayer of supplication [du'a] or request [su'al] to make. They do not beg [in their prayers] to gain advantages, nor to get rid of disadvantages. Their supplication comes to be a matter concerning their hearts, sometimes for their own sake and sometimes for the sake of all creatures, so they utter the prayer of supplication without conscious premeditation [fi ghaiba].
"O '' Allah, endow us with good behaviour in Your company under all circumstances!
[When the believer's faith is sound], fasting [sawm], prayer [salat], remembrance [dhikr] and all acts of obedience [ta 'at] become second nature to him, mingled with his flesh and blood. Then he receives protection from Allah (Almighty and Glorious is He) under all circumstances. The restraint of the law [hukm] does not desert him, not for an instant, while he is on this course. The law comes to be like the vessel in which he sits, as he travels over the ocean of the power [qudra] of his Lord (Almighty and Glorious is He). He goes on traveling over it until he arrives at the shore of the hereafter, at the shore of the ocean of grace and the hand of nearness. Thus he is sometimes in the company of creatures and at certain times in the company of the Creator. His work and toil are with creatures, while his relaxation is with the Creator.
From Shaykh 'Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani, "The Sublime Revelation (Al-Fath ar-Rabbani)," translated by Muhtar Holland (Al-Baz Publishing, Houston, 1992), p. 426-8.
Whosoever shows enmity to someone devoted to Me, I shall be at war with him. My servant draws not near to Me with anything more loved by Me than the religious duties I have enjoined upon him, and My servant continues to draw near to Me with supererogatory works so that I shall love him. When I love him I am his hearing with which he hears, his seeing with which he sees, his hand with which he strikes and his foot with which he walks. Were he to ask [something] of Me, I would surely give it to him, and were he to ask Me for refuge, I would surely grant him it. I do not hesitate about anything as much as I hesitate about [seizing] the soul of My faithful servant: he hates death and I hate hurting him. (It was related by al-Bukhari)
“Allah! There is no God save Him, the Alive, the Eternal. Neither slumber nor sleep overtaketh Him. Unto Him belongeth whatsoever is in the heavens and whatsoever is in the earth. Who is he that intercedeth with Him save by His leave? He knoweth that which is in front of them and that which is behind them, while they encompass nothing of His knowledge save what He will. His throne includeth the heavens and the earth, and He is never weary of preserving them. He is the Sublime, the Tremendous.”
Monday, March 24, 2008
MARTIAL ARTS - PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE
When analyzing the martial arts, there are many things that as a martial artist we need to look at and look past.