PARTⅠ The Depth of Thought and Ki
Chapter 1 Fact, Reality, Truth
Learning from the traditional culture
Learning from Kata
The essence of martial arts
Karate and Ki
See what your eyes cannot see
Chapter2 Ki, the core principle of Ushiro-ryu
The Depth of Thought – The Method of Acquiring
High-level Skill in Martial Arts
PART Ⅱ Ki behind Skills and Techniques
The real martial arts– Ki
Ushiro-ryu viewpoint and thought
The first priority in marital arts is "enter your opponent".
Entering your opponent is the first priority in the one strike, one kill world of martial arts. Once you enter, your opponent will become weak and your one strike will be strong with destructive power. Hence, the significance is different from sports-based martial arts where your strike is suppose to "hit" your opponent. While it is commonly believed that hitting makiwara and sand bags strengthens your striking power, the actual result is contrary. For this reason, you do not do such training in martial arts. A powerful strike is just one example, but is shows the difference in the way of thinking and practice process between sports-based and traditional martial arts.
Your opponent's body will unconsciously be able to read your attack when your brain is creating an order to attack. This is because you are giving away the targets that you are aiming at your opponent. However, when you create ma (space, distance) to enter your opponent first, then your opponent is unable to read your intention of attack and defense. In martial arts practice, you must enter your opponent first.
The ultimate goal of sports is timing. But timing is only beginner's level in martial arts. The important thing is to "enter". If you misunderstand this, you will never make progress no matter how many years you spent practicing.