- Feb 18, 2008
- Reaction score
- Melbourne, Australia
And thats where I find the large ASSUMPTION in all of this. And in the "authenticity" of most trad arts in general.
You ever play the grade school game of whispering a message from student to student then comparing the original message with the end result?
That is a fair point.
However I would point out that that is why Menkyo Kaiden are given out very sparingly and only after many years of personal tuition: to make sure that the one whispering on the message fully understood it before he is allowed to pass it on to the next.
Actually, Bruno, no it's not a fair point. It's frankly a false analogy, and is incorrect.
In the game (Chinese Whispers), the phrase is heard once, possibly misunderstood, and passed on based on this possibly incorrect reception. In Koryu training, the message is repeated constantly, and refined and corrected constantly. It is also written down, rather than just being heard. So the only way that analogy actually works is if the children have the message written down for them, and they pass along another written form of it after having it cross-checked and corrected before it gets passed on, ensuring that it is actually a direct copy of the original.
This is really the basis of Koryu (traditional Japanese martial art training) transmission, so to assume that things may not have been passed along due to your not understanding how they actually were is rather presumptuous, honestly.