“Life is a great travel trip..?
But the problem is that it doesn’t come with a Map, we have to search our own ways to reach the destinations”
Many have asked questions on what kind of Martial-Arts I am learning. Answering this question was simple but not easy, so I took time to find the correct answer and here it is:
I am learning Martial-Arts from Master Pavan Kumar Sharma. The teacher is a Goju Ryu practitioner, yes, the system from Japan, and he is very good at it. He is 3rd Dan black belt in Yamaguchi Karate and people with 6th Dan level come to him to learn katas, basic techniques and fundamentals of Goju-Ryu style. As per my Teacher he is teaching me Goju-Ryu way of exploring the human limits. His basic foundation is Goju-Ryu and he has studied other arts like Krav Maga, Kalaripayattu and others I don’t even remember. He is a Martial-Artist from last 14 years and has created a fighting style for street fighting out of his experience (what we named as CTFS, Creative and Tactical Fighting Systems). Here are some of the fundamentals of his art in his own words:
Martial-Arts is creative thinking. Speed and strength to attack come after thinking creatively. The mind plays the major role in Martial-Arts training. Creative thinking develops techniques and in turn, techniques develop speed and speed always carries strength. There is one easily observable phenomenon in today’s Martial-Arts world, all the beginners, inexperienced students or even the ones who have practiced an art for a longer time, run after many styles of fighting. Practically speaking, running after learning so many styles shows your immaturity as a Martial-Artist. Learn one style and learn it well, learn its basics correctly and then practice, practice and practice. Practice makes a person mad and mad people are dangerous. After that your thinking will become that one of a fighter, then observe other styles, mix your natural body flow and movements with it, mix your thinking and create one of your own ways of fighting which suits to yourself only. It is called the true spirit of CTFS. The training regime in CTFS is in the old traditional way and the fighting system is very modern. We need to understand the fact that ancient Martial-Arts Masters had much better knowledge of human body as compared to today’s doctors. Like as we emphasized earlier, learning many styles does not matter, learning from a good Master is what matters. There is no style that will make you a Martial-Artist, there is only teacher and then a student, only a good teacher will make the student a true warrior. Path is not easy, its difficult and hard and its no excuse to not to learn from a good master. What other option you have ? Path of wrong practices ?
Generally speaking, CTFS is designed for a person with a weak body structure and average level of thinking. Syllabus is simple to follow but developing your mind to adapt the different situations can only be achieved through practice. After learning CTFS one can easily adapt to a fighting environment. Though CTFS training sessions are hard, the street fighting way but like we already said and emphasized earlier, one must understand that ancient Martial-Arts Masters had much more knowledge and experience of fighting as compared to today’s Modern fighters and modern Martial-Arts practitioners. CTFS was created to minimize the difference between the two. Also, CTFS focuses more on mental training. Its is 60% mental training and 40% physical training. e.g a 156 kg man may lift a mini car on his head for 33 seconds but a 25 kg kid can lift a car as long as he wants using a car-jack. Its not about strength, its about creative thinking. The ultimate aim is to lift the car and it is more important than what ways we use to do it. On street, never ever try to fight in a direct strength situation with your opponent, explore his weakness use techniques and tactics (reminds me of Steven Seagal) .
Like these earlier examples, CTFS has very simple concepts, there are no complexities in its foundation, CTFS focuses more on building good foundation first. try to understand these two technical concepts of this art: in kicking, one must explore the strategies of kicking below the waistline. That way one will be able to tackle a street fight. In India Karate championships are one of the most popular activities in Martial-Arts. My teacher said that, after 9 months of CTFS training, I will be explored to the Karate championships and he wants me to face the enemy, fight within the rules, but points or winning the championship will not the criteria, there will be only aim, one target, banging the hell out of the opponent. That will give me a good experience in facing an opponent. In a fight, a winner is neither super human nor a brilliantly intelligent person. He has just practiced in a fundamentally correct manner and fought in a different way.
One of the common misconceptions in the minds of the people who are not Martial-Artists is that aged people are weak and hence a Martial-Artist’s art is not useful to him anymore in his old age. He will just perish in his weakness. In CTFS we believe that you must learn the techniques that will be useful in older age. In old age when your physical strength will diminish (thats natural law), at that time all the tactics and creative thinking in fighting will be very useful. A Martial-Artist must get stronger and stronger as he gets older and older. CTFS focuses on inner strength along with physical strength. In old age, you must be able to defend yourself with your Chi (the life force, the breathing, known as Pran in Sanskrit). You can’t punch at age 80 the way you punch at age 30 but you can defend yourself if, for years, you practiced with your Chi.
“Having power does not mean that you can move anything,
It means that nothing can move you. Be strong, live strong. In short…Think Big” (think fundamentals).
CTFS is not just about finding or discovering how to beat others, its more about how to discover yourself and learn about your body in the process. Its about finding the natural processes that go inside within your body and understanding them and then become one with your nature, become one with yourself. Its about understanding your own body and brain and their collaboration, the CTFS practitioner will understand that they always work in harmony. CTFS is not about quantity of your kicks but its about quality in your kicks, CTFS is not about anger, its about control of your mind, CTFS is about ability, its not only about dedication, its also about caliber. May be you have the ability, may be you don’t have it, may be you have the ability but you don’t know it, you discover your ability in CTFS. CTFS does not focus on power. A CTFS practitioner focuses on correct technique, correct posture, correct breathing. When you master all these the strength and power in attacks come automatically. Its is like buy one get many free offer. You get power for free if you focus on getting the basics properly.
One of the reasons CTFS was designed was to help a very weak person. If a person is so weak that he thinks that he must not fight with anyone. He will die if someone punches him and he must save himself from death or serious physical injury by using social and diplomatic skills then that person is an ideal candidate for CTFS. But it wasn’t the primary reason the CTFS was created. To know the origins of CTFS, you have to dig deeper.
The basics of the Martial-Arts are lost, the origin has become extinct, its gone. Its nowhere written in books, no one knows it but it can be searched within your own body. Finding the origin is the primary reason CTFS was created. These days modern fighting arts and modern fighters focus on simple punches and kicks, elbows and thighs attacks, they focus on physical techniques totally, the Martial-Arts has lost its true meaning. These modern fighters emphasize that those ancient masters of Martial-Arts were inflexible, their arts are rigid and useless in today’s street fighting situations. Many fighters even have modified the ancient arts to make them usable for street fighting hence making them useless in the process unknowingly. What these modern artists fail to understand is that what those ancient guys knew in their thirties, can never be known by them even if they keep on practicing their so called moderns arts for a thousand years. The practices of ancient masters were far advanced and beyond the understanding of todays fighters who focus solely on external aspects of beating and killing the opponent whose main purpose is just to win or loose the fight and nothing else. A true Martial-Arts is more than fighting: its about fighting, its about breaking bones, its about defeating and killing your opponent and it does not stop there, its about understanding your body, its about understanding the connection between your body and your mind, its about finding your connection with nature, its about discovering your true-self and that is CTFS.
“END is not end. In fact E.N.D. is Effort Never Dies”
“Success lies not In the result, but In the effort ,
Being the best is not at all important, doing the best is all that matters”.
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