I have taken many different martial arts in my long career. One of the things that would always come up from style to style is “No you are not doing that right, do it this way.”
And that is something that often times discourages many martial artists from pursuing more knowledge, the re-learning process. Our way is best.
Honestly i don’t believe any style is superior, but the the artist can be!
So why is Kyusho taught with so much information? Is it really all necessary?
Yes it is, because Kyusho won’t teach you to move differently, it will teaching you think differently as you move, and think differently about your movement. And thus is why in the hands of a dedicated practitioner it is so very deadly and effective!
The masters of old, as I have said referred to this a “never strikes.” But too understand how they did it, you needed to copy exactly what they were doing. Often this was a contradiction to your current style.
As an example:
I come from a Hapkido / Taekwondo Korean arts background. If I wanted to learn pressure points, without the “information” part of the learning I would have to in my case learn American Kenpo because that is what Grand Master Steve Stewart’s root art is.
But I would not have done it because I don’t wish to learn Kenpo! So men like Dillman, and Stewart created system by which the information could be passed on, without having to change styles and movement.
So we now have all this information thanks to the internet available for FREE, so why would someone want to learn in a classroom or distance via a qualified teacher?
Implementation! First, when you think about all the information available to us, and how fast it is expanding there should be a lot more “well read” people in the world. But it seems like the case is opposite.
The interaction with a good to great teacher helps the process of learning by answering questions, giving opinion and advice, and helping you tailor the art to your needs.
Hopefully all this will help you realize and inspire to you not just read the information. But to ask questions and put the information to work in your root art.
Have a great day!