No one person can gain enough experience in actual combat to reach the point as a martial artist where he/she would be equivalent to a Phd. Your lifetime is too short to do it by actual physical experience. As an example let’s take the case of a professional fighter, a boxer , who has a limit to the number of fights he can have before he gets hurt. For instance the limit maybe fifty fights. If he fought fifty fights, it wold be wise for him to quit the ring because of the incessant pounding he would have had to take. More fights then this may cause brain damage.
You can get the same experience as a professional fighter without ever having to step into the ring by use of creative imagination. The human brain cannot distinguish between an actual physical experience and one created by the imagination when it is done very vividly. If your imagination creates the experience so vivid as to seem real, then it will be as if it were an actual physical experience.
Once you feed into your brain the experience you created by your imagination, the brain receives the same feedback as if you were actually fighting a man, whether you’re jabbing him, avoiding the blow or throwing him. Maybe your’re practicing judo and throwing your opponent onto the mat physically. You can sit down and create it in your mind vividly, so as to be real, and it will feed back into the brain with the same effect as the actual physical throw.
Now let’s see what happens when you do the throw physically. You practice the throw physically day after day in the gym and it feeds into your brain. Then when you have a fight and the same situation occurs, you’ll do the throw like in the gym because you’ve done it so many times that it feeds back to you.
To repeat-you can gain the same experience by sitting down and creating it in your mind by imagination so vividly that you can experience the throw in your mind as if you were actually doing it. It will feed into your brain with the same results.
Any physical experience you feel with your senses is stored in the brain. Anything that happened to you before is stored in the brain and will come back to you under the same circumstances (feedback). That’s the reason the more you study, the more you learn your subject. The martial artists of the old days knew this.
They also know that in a man’s lifetime, from 15 to 45 or 50, it was impossible to gain enough fighting experience through actual physical combat alone. It’s impossible. There’s a limit as to how many times you can go to the gym and how many times that you can fight. But you can sit down and meditate, and in a period of half an hour you can crowd a great deal of experience into your brain. It has to be very vivid though.
The way to do this meditation is to sit in a lotus position in the gym or your house and close your eyes and imagine a move screen in your mind On the screen you picture yourself doing a throw, doing a sweep, or trying to poke a man’s eyes out, and so forth. Do it vividly enough and it will go into the brain like a real physical experience. The Brain cannot distinguish the difference. It cannot say this is actually happening an this is happening in the imagination, it is the same thin as far as feedback is concerned. The process is called today psych-cybernetics.
You can gain years of experience in several weeks with it. All the masters in the martial arts knew this and practiced it. If you can develop concentration and meditation ability, you can sit down and gain ten years experience in three months.
This is the difference between a human being and an animal. The animals haven’t got that function, creative imagination. If they did, the rats would conquer us.
The first several weeks will be hard in meditation, but within a month anyone will reach the point where he can vividly see himself on a movie screen performing. It is better then the real thing because you have the advantage of seeing the situation from a broad perspective and can change the situation and analyze it easily in your mind. Your body will react the same way in a fight
Psycho-cybernectics is the reason you can go as far as you want in the martial arts; because you can gain all the experience you want by sitting down and meditating.
Yoshida Kotaro, Mr Kim teacher, said the only limit the human being has is the limit he sets upon himself. Mr. Kim asked him how far he (O’Sensei) could go in the marital arts and Yoshida said as far as you want; the limit is in your mind. Remember that a master is a man like you, and the difference between him standing there and you is that he paid the price-hard work.
You must believe that the word impossible does not exist. Cross it out in your dictionary. It was impossible to sail around the world. It was impossible to go to the moon. Gentlemen……BULLSHIT.
HEAVEN AND HELL (taken from lecture of Richard Kim 1970 on the spear)
A famous samurai came to the master Hakuin and asked, “Master, tell me, is there realy a heaven and a hell?”
“Who are you?” asked Hakuin.
“I am a samurai of the great Emperor’spersonal guard.”
“Nonsense!” said Hakuin, “What kind of Emperor would have you around him? To me you look like a begger!” At this the samurai started to rattle his big sword in anger. “Oh!” said Hakuin, “So you have a sword: I’ll wager it’s much to dull to cut off my head!”
At this the samurai could not hold himself back. He drew his sword and threatened the master, who said, “Now you know half the answer: You are opening the gates of hell.”
the samurai drew back, sheathed his sword, and bowed.
“Now you know the other half,” said Hakuin, “You have opened the gates of heaven.”
When an ordinary man attains knowledge he is a sage; when a sage attains understanding he is an ordinary man.
Article from Dai Nippon Butokukai Kaiin, New Years issue 1996 translated by Pat O’Neil
|Reminiscing Thoughts by Dr. Richard Kim
9th Degree Hanshi
The prosperity and fullness of today’s Dai Nippon Butokukai are
Due to my mother’s influence I was introduced to the martial arts at
Though there may be differences between the pre-war and post-war
Living in a foreign country there is great importance in learning the
fluent in English. More importantly he was a Bushi . Undergoing
After returning to America I started teaching karate and
|In America today violence has become an everyday occurrence.
Women and children are going to dojos and earnestly training in the arts of
This criticism led me to focus on how to deal with such skeptics. In respect to
Judo and Wrestling /Grappling, focussing on genuine fighting situations.
It s inevitable that we give worthy consideration to Chinese Bujutsu and
Even now there are many tasks left undone. Yet above the many things
|Heisei 8th year (1996)
|Dai Nippon Butokukai Kaiin Dai Nippon Butokukai Member|
|Shinengo New Year’s Issue|
|Translated by Pat Ov Neil|
INYE Lecture Chinese YMCA Sat Oct 16 1971 taken verbatim from Hanshi Leong’s note book by Louis Jemison
|The old man’s name was Marlta Taizen Dayu Morihide.
In the martial arte you must polish up your strength, so pick a weapon that’s
Also be sure to go into the profession or endeavor that is compatible with your
The intellectual mind is only a small part of your ‘real’ mind (the original
To find your original mind you must meditate, hat’s meditation? It’s when
You must live the moment totally, (see other lectures for ‘now’ and ‘lag’),
Some people make a mistake of worrying what they look like when they perform
Inye went fro® Mara to Kyoto looking for the old man (Taizen). He went to all
Taisen told him to go to the east hall where he would watch him perform. And
After he learned the kata, Taizen told him to go see Kami Iidzumi-is e-no-kami
Kami gave Inye three poems to master and this advice if your dreaming (thinking)
Inye stayed with Kami until he was 31. At this time the bishop of the Hozoin
One day Inye was reading when he felt a terrific force as if Taizen had walked
|– 2 –|
|After the match Inye invited Taizen to eat badger meat with him* Taizen kid-
ded him about the badger. He said, “In ay mind I don’t eat meat, I eat prana. My
body eats the meat. In the sutra I discovered that the yang represents the masculine
and is the physical aspect (mechanics) of the art (techniques), while the ying re-
presents the feminine and is the spiritual energy that comes out (the ki – prana).”
(The yang is the outer part of the human being – the body – while the ying is
When Taizen faced Inye, the yang meant nothing because in ’emptying out’, Inye
Taizen asked Inye what he would do with the poems and told him not to write
Danjo (sp*), a lord, called for the beat spear men to appear before him for
Kim – the lotus sutra (whet did this note mean?).
In Zen punishment is called Humbungmuru.