I was wondering if some you wouldn't mind filling out this questionnaire for me. It's part of my research project which is about whether or not those studying a martial art, incorporate what they learn in their training into their everyday life.
Please forgive me if some of the information I use within the questions are wrong. I, unfortunately, am not currently studying a martial art, and so I do not know as much as I should. But soon, very soon I am hoping to begin studying Iaido.
I'd appreciate any feedback. Thank you!
1. Age: 2. Gender:
3. How long have you been taking Martial Arts?
4. Why did you begin studying Martial Arts?
5. “Which do you fear more, a live blade or a wooden stick?”
6. Which would you prefer wearing designer clothing or just anything? (Circle One)
7. What do you do in your spare time?
8. What are your thoughts about death?
9. If you were in a situation that could mean instant glorification, would you go for it?
10. Do you finish what you begin?
11. If you were engaged in a fierce battle, what is/are your goal(s) if fighting against many?
12. Would you go at all costs to achieve your goals?
13. Do you frequently use vulgar language?
14. Becoming skilled in your martial art, not only takes physical and mechanic moves, but involves the mind as well. Taking that into account what can you achieve?
15. Would you join the military?
16. Do you do any community service or volunteer work? Enjoy it?
17. Do you mind waiting for something or would you rather have it right away?
18. Do you hold grudges?
19. Are you very opinionated?
20. What does samurai mean to you?
21. From all your training, what’s a piece of advice you would give?
22. What are your thoughts on these thirteen points?
1. Every technique should be done with a combination.
2. Always move both feet. This is natural. Never move only one foot.
3. Do not favor one foot.
4. Maintain flexibility. This is essential so you can adapt to the situation.
5. Pattern your techniques after your size and comfort.
6. Do not favor one technique.
7. The time to attack is when your opponent blinks, when he takes a breath, when he tenses, or when he slackens. This instant is called suki. Suki is a stopping of the mind. It is a space between two objects or points of time.
8. There must be no intention; it must just happen. This is zen.
9. Maintain a superior mindset. Never consider losing. If you do, you will.
10. Move in combat as you do everyday life, and vice versa.
11. Act freely of any conscious thought to act. There should be no sign of effort.
12. When there is no intention, there is no thought.
13. Maintain your balance. Never extend yourself over too great an area. (Miyamoto Musashi)