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Why is more time dedicated to exercises and very less for sparring? Is it for the fee?

This is a good question. And to answer it, you have to understand why karate kata (forms) exist, what their original purpose was, and how kata practice differs from sparring. The original purpose of ...
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Who said there are 3 paths of judo and where can I find the quote

Obviously, the sourcing is kind of messy, but considering Hal Sharp used to actually be in personal contact with this man, a video of his will have to suffice for validation. Yoshimi Osawa, 10th Dan, ...
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Why is more time dedicated to exercises and very less for sparring? Is it for the fee?

mattm and Steve have adequately covered the angles of injury and the basis of kata. I would also add two more factors, efficiency and the need to set a physical foundation. Efficiency It's not easy ...
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Why is more time dedicated to exercises and very less for sparring? Is it for the fee?

People get hurt sparring, and they get hurt worse fighting. This is a fact of life. It's why professional fighters may only fight a few times a year, and why you can't just pound each other in martial ...
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Looking for martials arts with similar wing chun mindset

The question is: What martial arts are similar to Wing Chun? The question does seem like it is open to interpretation. It depends on which aspects of Wing Chun you're looking at. But without going ...
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Looking for martials arts with similar wing chun mindset

Hsing I (Xing Yi) is a direct and to the point efficient kung fu system not overly dependent on muscular strength. Its goal is to close the gap and seize the opponent's ground. It is an internal art. ...
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Why is more time dedicated to exercises and very less for sparring? Is it for the fee?

Many good answers here - I would add that for many, like myself, martial arts practice is a way of life - a 'practice'. It's practical and exhilarating to learn actual fighting techniques and to ...
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If the instructor recommends advancement, should I trust them?

First and foremost, if you do not trust your instructor, it makes no sense whatsoever to train with them… Therefore you should trust them in teaching you useful things, in helping you progress, and in ...
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What does it mean to "eat bitter" in Chinese gongfu

It means hard training, repetitive work, etc. Anything that tests your will and endurance in training. In the past when Chinese traditional martial arts were still aimed for actual combat, this means ...
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What is meant by "Absorb what is useful. Discard what is not. Add what is uniquely your own."

While Steve and Mattm's answer are excellent and do a great job of putting the quote into the context of Bruce Lee's life, I would like to add my take on it. Bruce Lee's quote is not aimed at ...
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What is meant by "Absorb what is useful. Discard what is not. Add what is uniquely your own."

I think what Bruce Lee and those who have said similar things both before and after him are getting at is that it's a process, not a set product. Through this process, you take what seems to work "...
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What is meant by "Absorb what is useful. Discard what is not. Add what is uniquely your own."

Fighting Specialization: Everyone cannot excel at everything Ultimately, you do not need many techniques to win a fight. What is the point of studying all of the kicks if you only need a handful, and ...
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Philosphy and history of Okinawan Karate

There is one main source you can base your knowledge about the art on: Higaonna, M. (2001). The History of Karate: Okinawan Goju-ryu. Dragon Books. Morio Higaonna is the current epitome of Goju ...
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If the instructor recommends advancement, should I trust them?

I am an Aikido practitioner, but I think it is very similar to Hapkido in this regard. The answer is: YES First of all, the belt test is not only to examine if you have advanced enough, but also to ...
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Who said there are 3 paths of judo and where can I find the quote

The earliest reference I can find to this quote is from the following: Three types of attitude are discussed next: training attitude. competitive attitude, and personal attitude. First, training ...
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If the instructor recommends advancement, should I trust them?

Trepidation is normal. You have expectations about what rank means, and you are not sure whether you can live up to the expectations of a new rank. Many people have this reaction. Analogy: Learning/...
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How can I use mindfulness to regain focus during Muay Thai?

If you are a beginner in Muay Thai, the pad drills are key and should typically make up a good percentage of your gym time, along with western boxing exercises, footwork, skipping, etc. A gym should ...
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What sort of questions drive karate forward?

You are mixing up karate (the art) and karate-do (the "way", or "the whole", one's journey with karate). Most schools and/or instructors weave spiritual (philosophical) teachings into their ...
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How does martial arts philosophy consider suicide?

Encouraging students NOT to commit suicide is one of the central aspects of Shorinji Kempo, The martial art I practice. This is in deliberate contrast to the older ideals (based on the idea if not ...
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If the instructor recommends advancement, should I trust them?

Depends on the instructor. I've encountered instructors who promote people way too quickly. When I was looking for an instructor to train with in college, I encountered a school that would routinely ...
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How do General Choi and his peers consider mental illness

One way to view mental illness is through the mental model of Buddhism and Daoism. This mental model is the basis for meditation in taekwondo (See here and here), as well as karate, Shaolin gongfu, ...
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Is there an "ideology" in martial arts that would question/not abide to hierarchical and authoritarian martial arts organizations/cultures?

TL;DR - Martial arts organizations are generally a form of quality control that will rarely, if ever, interfere with your learning experience outside of a few specific occasions such as grading for ...
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What martial arts philosophy books are recommended for martial arts originating outside East Asia?

For Capoeira (admittedly, a somewhat niche martial art), I particularly recommend Ring of Liberation: Deceptive Discourse in Brazilian Capoeira by J. Lowell Lewis and A Street-Smart Song: Capoeira ...
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Is a dualistic perspective required to grasp nei gong?

There is nothing that anyone can claim about anything which does not manifest. If it doesn't manifest, how can anyone observe it in order to know anything about it? You can hold a qigong pose and feel ...
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What does it mean to "eat bitter" in Chinese gongfu

My understanding is that "eat bitter" is perseverance through hardship. There are old Chinese idioms that are 4 characters, like "eat bitter taste sweet" meaning something like ...
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What does it mean to "eat bitter" in Chinese gongfu

Winston's answer got me pondering this, and I'm still pondering, so the answer may evolve. But instinct is telling me: It means painful sacrifice, in addition to hard work and physical pain. My ...
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ITF Taekwondo Patterns Information- Yul Gok & Toi Gye

As a really basic overview: Both Yi I and Yi Hwang studied/followed the teachings of the Chinese Philosopher Zhu Xi They differed slightly in their beliefs around the interaction of Chi and Li. (...
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If the instructor recommends advancement, should I trust them?

Ultimately, it should be your choice. Listen, but make your own decision While your instructor can certainly tell you what they believe to be the best course of action, it is ultimately always your ...
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How does martial arts philosophy consider suicide?

In almost two decades of doing various martial arts from Karate to Capoeira to Escrima, I have had exactly one time when the subject of suicide was brought up and that was more of a general statement ...
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What sort of questions drive karate forward?

Those things are important, but they are secondary to Karate's (and any other martial art's) purpose: learning how to be a good fighter. All these other things are aspects you need to study to be a ...
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