I was sent this link earlier today: http://www.shinyokai.com/Essays_PCSConditioning.htm by Andy Shipton.
It is a very good article by Toby Threadgill (Takamura ha Shindo Yoshin ryu) on “Psycho-Stress Conditioning in Budo” and I feel it will strike a cord with many of those here. Well worth reading!
The following quotation of Yuiyoshi Takamura from the article is very interesting:
When I hear such naiveté provided as fact I am reminded of the harsh wisdom of sensei Yuiyoshi Takamura when he said:
"Remember that most people who call themselves martial artists are nothing of the sort. Most dojos are not martial arts dojos either. They are glorified social clubs thriving in an environment of emotional stimulation which is heightened by a false or extremely limited perception of danger. When real danger shows itself in such a dojo, the participants run for cover. In a real dojo the participants run towards the conflict."
For a vast majority of budo practitioners, even experienced ones, to effectively apply technique during an actual violent encounter requires familiarity with the onset and debilitating effects of PCS. Without such experience, the technical syllabus one has spent years perfecting in the dojo is simply unavailable. It is like a box of valuable tools locked behind closed doors without a key.
I’m pretty sure that most here would totally agree with the general sentiment. However, it could be very interesting to consider what people feel a true “martial artist” is? What a true “dojo” is? What differentiates a true “dojo” from a “glorified social club”?
All the best,