A long time ago, I took karate. The name of the particular school was Kempo, focusing mainly on hands and feet but eventually we learned some weapons as well (I was mainly interested in the Bo). The studio was very informal, and my dad paid for classes to just be taught for us two at a time (which I liked - more individual attention, less ritualised respect, although I imagine, like many things my father cound buy, I probably could never afford to do that kind of thing myself). I eventually came to wonder about all the different schools of martial arts, suspecting that all that differed between them was sets of moves. Founders of a school were described as people who typically got a blackbelt in one or more existing schools, and later came to informally study those schools and select moves and training regimes appropriate for some strategy or idea they wanted to stress. I was later reminded of this on the occasions I accompanied Nicole to martial arts classes she took at Pitt. A few things I'm still wondering about: Is there any reason one could not attempt to understand the principles in general of martial arts before or concurrently with actually learning one of them? Is the "master a few schools and then go off on one's own" path the only way to that type of understanding? Could it be made academic? To what extent is the interplay between discipline and individualism responsible for this kind of thing? Specifically, some people have the idea that childhood is the only time people should be heavily bound to other people by duty, and after they "come of age", they should be independent and have far looser ties to other - is that kind of journey how the founders of a school (or dojo) see their path? Are there too many "adults" for centralised study, and would we see the familiar paths of cynicism and jealousy rise to destroy an overall structure that has too few masters? On another note, what is the point of ritualised respect/discipline in martial arts? To what extent is it a structured feeding of the ego of the instructor, and would the art be less served by having them be more like a teacher in a chemistry lab? I suppose the individualised instruction gave me, ages ago, a fair amount of instruction without significant amounts of that - did I miss out on something important?
People before and after they move in with their significant other: significant difference in their home.. A lot of it is just the level of effort involved in maintaining things - it doesn't feel "worth it" to do things to this level when living alone. Home of the single liver: halfway to camping.
Forgot where I was going with this. more content may be spliced back in if I remember when I'm more awake.
The album "Fundamental" by the Pet Shop Boys has some really nice tunes on it. Also, I imagine I'd be having a fun time travelling around the country/world right now if I knew I'd get a job shorly after I get back and didn't feel I have to save money so much. There are many places I'd love to go see that this would be a good time for.. Hmm.