I was a bit stuck with my martial arts training but was enjoying sessions with various instructors I’d come across from the United Goju Forum and subsequent United Goju Seminars. I was traveling around the country to train or bringing instructors to Birmingham and making improvements as a result. I was sick of only making minuscule advances and for want of a better phrase, needed input. My eyes had been opened and I wanted more. It seemed that an awful lot of the ‘training roads’ were pointing towards Steve Morris.
On the back of the aborted Karate Underground Seminar I arranged a session with Morris in Birmingham, which followed the one at Shikon early 2007. I invited everyone in the association I was involved in, expecting people to be as enthused as I was, but no. I only received one reply, saying he was unable to come, although he’d like to. To be fair it’s quite a journey from Weymouth to Birmingham.
I had been reading Morris for a while and learning from the dvds I’d bought, but that first session introduced a lot while promising much more. I was surprised though that no-one had been interested enough to attend. Okay you would probably have to put up with hearing that the karate method was crap, but here was a chance of a way into substantial improvement. You only have to see one dvd, or read one article from Morris or receive one recommendation about him to see that here was a chance to improve significantly. But having your martial world completely rocked is probably not the top of the list for many happy with the status quo.
At the time one of the attendees, with a karate background, said “there’s no going back”, and of course he was right. I am from a scientific background, and the scientific process involves change, if it did not we would still be basing medical treatment on the four humours! I am asked how I reconcile the Morris Method approach with Karate. For me it’s easy, I treat it like science. The scientific process embraces change, science replaces the obsolete with cutting edge, as one theory or model passes the next rules until it is usurped by a better option. This often isn’t the case in martial arts.
So for us line up kihon is long gone, because this and associated practise has very limited validity, now I use what we do at Primal or similar that I or others in the club devise. Often Kihon is referred to as basics, which is what it is, whereas we practise the fundamentals, this in itself is a step forward and is one small change for the better. If we embrace the status quo that’s all we can ever get…….