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"Advanced techniques are the basics done better?"

This comments/statement was a comment on a blog post and I just had to comment in return specifically to the statement itself. I replied to the comment by saying, "I would disagree." I disagreed because to me there are no "advanced basics" because basics or what are more accurately called "fundamentals" of a martial system are the ground work, the gross movements to teach a novice, and yet something a practitioners must use as a "reference" in instruction and continued learning.

I still practice a somewhat modified version of the Isshinryu system so-called basic techniques which are not the basics or fundamentals of the system although most would argue that point.

The fundamentals are comprised of those "principles" that are a part of any and all systems. Read the "Book of Martial Power" by Steven J. Pearlmen to get the picture I am trying to paint here.

The basic techniques which are exclusive to any one system are connected to those martial principles that transcend any one style or system. If one learns the basic techniques in their "basic" form then learn the other fundamentals of martial systems, the principles, then those same basic techniques are "adjusted" to fit/meet/apply those principles into the system so that they become correct in application yet they may be labeled as "advanced" but in reality the basic techniques are simply a foundation from which to teach correct principles as to a systems techniques.

This also begs the question of "basics done better," where this is misleading. It denotes that someone is doing the basics "incorrectly." This is inaccurate for hopefully the systems instructor is teaching the basic "techniques" correctly at that level, i.e. gross movements to teach about such principles as structure, pose, alignment, etc.

In my view there are NO ADVANCED techniques or basics in any martial system. What happens is when the practitioner learns the principles and then as they apply them and learn the correct application of said principles to the system "seem" like moving into "advanced" techniques. Any improvement of principles applied to the system might be viewed as "advanced" but are merely applying the principles to the system and "improving" that application.

So, this quote is misapplied to marital practice of "basics" and the inference of doing badly on basics then doing better and calling them advanced seems, "hinkey."

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