- Sep 21, 2005
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- San Francisco
Fair enough, and what I was really trying to do was point out the implications of your earlier statements, if followed to their conclusion. Perhaps that wasnt what you meant, but what you said leads to that conclusion.I would not have though any system revolved around one single option although fundamentals are the key. But in gradings I examine we do look for that one technique that can be performed successfully for Shodan. Nidan asks for more, Sandan require some class and actual techniques. It's up to the instructor to pile on different attacks that we have to deal with in daily practice. With that, hard work and practice should make a grading like walk in the park.
Again fair enough but in my example, my conclusion came down to: I don’t want to learn this new material, it does not help my growth and in fact will likely hinder it, and I cannot justify that. Needless to say, I no longer practice that method.One of the things that actually put me off graded arts was the constant question, "What grade are you taking next". It was expected of you to grade. Then again the president of an association did ask me why I did not grade anymore. He said, "Maybe you don't want to but your students will be pleased and proud if you grade up"
this was simply my experience in one particular art and I don’t claim that it is consistent with what others experience, particularly in other systems. But it is one example that undermines the notion that some kind of “higher” instruction is given at higher Dan ranks. Perhaps in some cases, but most definitely not all.