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The list grew, and grew some more. It got to be over 1,000 moves long. It was the subject of immense pride. We knew so much. I knew so much. It was the list to end all lists. It had prodigious, unbelievable numbers of kicks, punches, strikes, throws, wristlocks, defences, and who knows what.

So, one day I’m sparring with my master, Singapore Fred, and do a couple of weird and incomprehensible moves together that are never otherwise seen as partners – maybe one of those ridiculous 940 degree or whatever jump spin kicks from Tang Soo Do followed by some nutty move from Tai Chi like the squat – ankle pickup or suchlike. I don’t remember now (or prefer not to, thanks).

Well, I knew this wasn’t good news, but I didn’t know why. Basically I didn’t understand a word of it. It kind of hurt, but not in any way I could figure out, because I didn’t understand the message anyway. What was he on about? Anybody knew that in martial arts, obviously if you knew a lot of techniques then you were better than the next guy. Obviously.

Well, a master can tell you the truth but it may not mean anything to you at the time. You might feel a kind of pain related to incomprehension, at that moment – perhaps a little aggrieved, indignant even. Why do they talk in riddles, it can’t possibly mean what he said, why did I waste my time if that’s true, how can something so simple be correct?

I was helping a younger student learn Sumi-gaeshi. For those of you who don’t know what that is, it’s a technique in which you fall backwards, and use your own weight to pull your partner over yourself and push them off to the side. In a training situation, the falling partner then executes a roll to break their fall.

It was a throw that had been used on me dozens or even hundreds of times, so I didn’t concetrate too much. This turned out to be a mistake, since my partner was still a bit insecure about it, didn’t push me to the side properly. As a result I tried to execute a roll to the left when I should have rolled to the right, and landed directly on my left shoulder.

This happened almost a year and a half ago, at a joint training day, where some of the students at from our club were visiting another club. I did double-duty as chaperone of sorts for our students because they were mostly kids. So, after some time the coach tells everyone to pair up for sparring. I ended up with a black belt, which I liked because I didn’t have to hold back. Anyway, over the course of the sparring match he ended up holding me from behind trying to wrestle me on my back. I tried to twist out of his grip when I both heard and felt an echoing crack inside my ribcage, and serious pain whenever I put any amount of stress on my sternum. My brother diagnosed it as some form of injury of the connection between the breastbone and a rib. While the pain wasn’t as constant as with the first injury, I still felt the injury months later when twisting my upper body.

There were also some lesser injuries, one of which did actually prevent me from doing judo for some last October, but none of them had consequences that lasted that long. As for pain in the moment, I think that title will be claimed by swordfighting instead of judo in the long run, but for now, it’s been mostly bruises.

I’d say probably the most painful experience was realizing i could not fight like in the movies haha. I got pretty upset when i realized real life violence did not work the way martial arts present it. The more i studied how violent crimes worked, the more i saw how ineffective and unrealistic most martial arts were. Real attacks are chaotic, fast, aggressive, brutal, unpredictable, etc.

What’s the solution? The simplest, most efficient, and most practical methods are the best. Ideally, a violent conflict should end with one hit. It’s not flashy or pretty. It’s not artsy but that’s what works best. You can train to deal with a violent situation with all these techniques but what’s more effective? Being aware of the threat and avoiding it before you’re in danger. Works almost all the time. I’m sorry if that’s boring but that’s the reality.

I think alot of people don’t like facing the reality because then it’d destroy their perception of art. They want to show off and engage in “fights.” They want to live in a fantasy where all arts are equal and not question authority. It’s too painful to accept that they have to adapt. Adapting sometimes means throwing out your training. That’s really hard to do when you’ve spent so much time and energy believing that you’re in the right.

Nevertheless, that’s what necessary if you want to be the best. The truth is not what you like or don’t like. It’s not what you want it to be. It’s painful to accept the truth because the truth hurts. This is my favorite quote from Miyamoto Musashi.