Grandmaster Kim: "Is it 'way' or 'do' as a discipline? or is it 'techniques/sool/jitsu' for self defense?"
If you want to call it an art of self defense or simply a martial art, one has to know - is it one of 'way' or 'do' as a discipline? or is it 'techniques/sool/jitsu' for self defense?
The majority of practitioners are still too concerned with learning more techniques and keep seeking more and more ... now I wonder how are you going to remember it all? Let's assume you remember 60% - Now I ask you, can you use them all? mManing, have you literally mastered techniques so that you can apply them or use them?
By the time one gets to 1st Dan Black Belt, in our system, we've taught them some 330 plus movements, and these are by the patterns, forms, tuls, or poom saes. Japanese Ken-do coupled with a Korean monk who claimed he had mastered the techniques of swords, was some one I knew circa 1975 - 1978. I really thought he exceeded Ken-do (Japanese) because my understanding was it only had 16 movements or less, and one practices for life time.
Well, why don't you find out if you have mastered one technique or maybe many more, and let's discuss if we should practice 'way' or 'do ' or look for more ' techniques / sool / jitsu '?
Suk Jun Kim, 9th Dan