Karate Methods

Classical Karate Fighting Strategy is based on the concept of stalking. You simply focus on your opponent, wait for the opening, and then strike. This is an excellent tactic, but there are a few problems with it.

Number one, the guy who comes at you in the dark alley is not going to stalk, he is going to strike without warning. The sickos on the avenue, you see, are nuts, they aren’t capable of premeditated stalking, except in the most terrible sense. Stalking on the mat is planned out, and enhances the artist’s ability.

Number two, it gives away the causative viewpoint. If you are waiting, then you aren’t causing, therefore you are a victim. This is not true on the higher levels, of course, but it is true on the lower levels of classical martial arts.

When Bruce Lee was stalked he would immediately move, and this undid the stalking. The stalker could never keep his attention fixed; he could never settle into the ‘stalking mode.’ And the principle here is clear, you can’t stalk a prey who knows you are stalking them.

Now, the terrible result of all this is that many schools stopped teaching or pursuing the stalking method of fighting. This tended to lower the level of all freestyle. People simply went to boxing, and left off the development of stalking, and never discovered the true benefits of the stalking method.

Now boxing is good clean fun, and it is good if you need quick self defense. I’m not going to argue with that concept. But boxing does not lead to the higher abilities that classical martial arts methods develop in the martial student.

I have never heard of Boxers experiencing sixth sense abilities, like reading minds, seeing what a person is going to do before he does it, and that sort of thing. On the contrary, there are a lot of boxers who suffer from cauliflower ears, speech impediments, and other cranial disruption. Mind you, this doesn’t happen to everybody, but it does happen.

So, I give you the option, do you want the quick training of the slobberknocker, the art of pugilism, and retarded adult years, or do you want enhanced abilities. You know Bruce gave us so much, but in defeating the Stalking Mode of Classical Karate Fighting Strategy he took away. Probably the best option would be to take what works from the founder of Jeet Kune Do, and put it into the learning modes of traditional martial arts.

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