Another well written and thought out podcast from Iain, kudos. He touched subjects that I have been trying to organize into coherent post/article, but have been unable to. So I'm going to ramble a little bit and hope that the feedback will give me the push needed.
First, lets consider two castes, european knight and japanese samurai. They develped separately but are both remarkably similar solutions to the same problem:
One night me and my wife were watching a classical ju jutsu demonstration and my wife turns to me and says.
"This is like LARPing."
If you don't know what LARPing is, it's Live Action Role Playing. Basically people dress up like fantasy characters or even historical figures and beat each other with foam weapons. Think orcs and elves as well as knights and vikings.
My knee jerk reaction was just to say "it's tradition and respect for a cultural heritage." Though both practitioners were caucasion and not in asia.
I've been trying to think up some strategies for getting some older students to start training in my dojo. The little ones are adorable but not having enough adults makes me nervous about what direction the school is going.
I saw this the other day on someone's Facebook page, and had a mild laugh. It looks like a lark. But when I look closer and with more intent, I notice what the two contestants do ... or rather, what they DON'T do ... when they finally make contact with the other one. They don't use their non-striking hand to maintain contact with ... locate, control ... their opponent.