What is respect in the martial arts? On the battlefields of old you had respect for could happen on the battlefield and what the enemy could do, and the martial arts teachers that trained you to survive, your fellow warrior’s, family, the community that supported you. There were rules and guidelines for conduct with in the context of everyday society that the warriors had to follow these rule’s help keep order and peace with in the context of everyday living in society. In today’s dojo (school) their are rules and guidelines that help the student stay and feel safe in the dojo also these rules help the student in everyday life.
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I was working on kenjutsu last week and was moving with my training partner changing kamae (position based on what my spirit is sensing in relation to a changing environment). This requires the mind and body to stay sharp, because if your mind floats for one moment you could be in over your head. A good starting place on how not to get in over your head is “Stay in the moment, not before or after.”