I genuinely appreciate your thoughtful response, thank you!The contact aspect I too understand... it is the UNANSWERED aspect of the ritual which leaves me ~agape~....
~....Sure, kick anything you want, and though I do not know you personally, may never have trained with you, may know nothing about you....please feel free to kick/hit me and I MAY NOT respond, react to those potent techniques.... and am compelled by ritual to take them... until X number of dan ranked people are finished...~
<<There is indeed a fudamental danger to the practice of martial arts, yes?
Inherent danger in practicing, yes... conceeded. Inherent danger in defacto duct-taping my hands and feet so that an unknown number of strangers can strike me so hard to take me off my feet... I would respectfully offer that is not martial practice but potentially dangerous masochism <sp.?> I would propose.
As an outsider, probably because I am an outsider to the AKK, and though surely a lessor scale (???) it feels, looks and tastes like the demonstration with the live blade and the watermelon... (in context) to me....?
I trust implicitly any number of the people with whom I train. But, even so, I would never give them the type of shot as described so elliquently repeatedly so many times... I would rightfully be afraid I would be harmed. And I know and love (generic) many of these men & women friends, classmates, fellow techers, students... despite that love they would be dumb to do nothing to prevent me from giving them such a "gift"... and the same would be true in reverse!
Respectfully perplexed (believing he must be missing something critical....),
<<It sounds a lot worse than it is.
Read the book "Journey" (?) interviewing 24 Senior Practitioners of the lineage of Mr. Parker who all describe this particular event???
I take your point concerning locks, and throws. I do not decend simply to be nice, liking them, or because she is beautiful, or I do not want to hurt their feelings. I go because I do not want to BE hurt, and go down IF the technique is executed correctly, resistance is dangerous and not the point at the beginning.
<<Really depends on how you look at it.
Understood... (still wishing it had been mythic hyperpole...)