Mitesco, on 20 October 2011 - 10:46 AM, said:
... the book - for kids! - by Wil Lüschen is almost the only recent book, telling a little bit more about judo than just how to tie your belt and fight...
Rumors say, that it will be translated to german ;-)
Back to INK:
5) I don't know of course, but I once heard that the principles of INK are really difficult to grasp. Do we as Westerners have sufficient knowledge about the deep meaning to make adaptations without screwing maybe the whole kata up?
Some remarks. First I must say, that my personal opinion completely differs to the opinion of most of the "high-ranks". Let me explain.
1) INK originally is the display of the "five essential teachings/principles" of Tenjin-shinyo-ryu and considered to be the "last teachings" to achieve full transmission. How old were the students and how many years of practice they had when they were taught it? Usually the training started as kids and it tok about 10 years to full trainsmission. So they were in their mid 20s.... The idea, that it takes decades of training judo before starting to learn these principles seem a bit weird to me.
2) INK is a "learning" tool like every other kata. Einstein´s theory of relativity is far more difficult to understand then INK. But we teach it to 17/18 year old in school in a simplified, but not wrong from, and later in University more detailed. Are there limitations in understanding? Yes of course. Not all pupils in School understand the basics and not everybody, who understand the basics can understand the full theory in detail. So it´s fully acceptable - and must be done(!) - to break down the theory of INK to the level of understanding of the learners. Some will understand it on a basic level, others on a more advanced level with some "extra" points.
INK is a generalisation of basic principles, which are displayed by metaphers. In this way it´s abstract and find it´s concretion in application of techniques in combat and randori. Understanding of INK follows a two step pattern:
- what is the point of each of the five forms (what´s "content" and what is metapher)?
- how is this applied in randori/combat?
Another point is, that Judo itself is a system of (also) moral education. So INK in judo is expanded to a moral dimension.
I see no problem to explain these things to 16 or 17 year old youngster and give them a start. Of course he will not understand the complete thing, but he can grow with it. Years, maybe decades later, (s)he will understand more and more.
But the real problem is: INK is mystified, but it´s not so difficult...
It´s a tool for learning, so we must use it...