In Ji Yong Martial Arts
“Tradition is the soil from which future generations will take root. As we preserve the old ways, we give those of the future generations the potential to blossom.”
While many metaphors could be used to describe In Ji Yong, it is preferred to relate the concepts to nature. To understand the central framework that comprises the In Ji Yong School, envision a tree.
Trees are stabilized with their roots. This is the starting point for the tree to grow. The roots are similar to the In Ji Yong lineage. It may not be noticeable to the casual observer, but it is essential to the survival of the classical method. It is through the lineage that we are able to teach techniques proven to work for hundreds of years. Because of their depth in the roots of time, we have depth in what we teach.
The trunk of the tree can be thought of as the framework which comprises In Ji Yong. These are guides and concepts that are a type of tactical wisdom, giving us a format of design for physical action. This might seem obvious and basic; something that every martial art school has, but unfortunately this is not the case. A large portion of schools teach a disjointed group of techniques that is not guided by a central framework. This may cause some schools to combine different arts together, in hopes of providing a complete experience.
The branches of the tree can be seen as the various elements within the In Ji Yong curriculum . Some of these branches are older (weaponry, small unit tactics, etc.), and others are new (improvised weaponry, modern scenario training, etc.) but all stem from the central framework.
Sub branches can be seen as different exercises within the broad categories of curriculum. Studying the sword Studying the sword includes many exercises that combine to give a more complete picture of the weapon. Similarly, self defense is taught from multiple ranges and with multiple scenarios.
The leaves on a tree can be thought of as the techniques themselves. Within a particular exercise exists many techniques that are taught based on the student’s abilities and desire to retain material. Because the underlying principles are similar, certain techniques can be applied to use in different defensive situations. By understanding how techniques can be applied to different situations the student becomes aware of the design behind the technique.
The comprehension of this framework is essential to becoming a representative of this lineage. One may also note that the techniques of the teaching method follow a similar framework, each tactic an extension of a central framework rooted in the classical lineage.
“A great tree of innovation that is not firmly rooted in the wisdom of tradition will not weather the storm of time.”
The commercial school, existing solely for profit, can be compared to a weed. The school dies quickly when the instructor retires or changes location. It takes in its share of sunshine (money, existence) and serves nothing more. Oak trees take time to grow, sometimes over centuries, and the wisdom is accumulated through time.
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