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Monday, 2 August 2010
Relaxing not killing
I've got a lot of time for Benjamin Zephaniah - but I have to say that in one of the captions for his photo-story in The Guardian today illustrating a recent trip to China, he reinforces a cliche about the martial arts:
'I checked myself into a kung fu/t’ai chi school for two weeks. People in the west perceive t’ai chi to be a gentle form of exercise – what they don’t realise is it’s a deadly martial art. This girl is 15 and a t’ai chi master – she could kill someone within a moment if she wanted to...'
It's all been said before... technique triumphs over force, what appears gentle actually kicks ass, blah blah blah. We all know the potential for maximizing the effectiveness of physical violence so how about a different take ? :
'These guys are the best of friends and they're really just having fun together. One is a scholar and the other a successful businessman much-respected in his community. Their training helps maintain their mental healthwhen coping with the stresses of daily life. They don't want to kill anybody':
Nothing to do with travel. A journeyman was an artisan who had served his time as an apprentice and was so free to sell his labour by the day - or journee. I worked for 25 years in the print and now I am a History teacher. I am a socialist, biker and martial artist. Sometimes I write about these - and other - things.