The "Divine Storm" (Kami-Kaze) squads, called Tokkôtai
in Japan, became famous for their action during the end of WWII in the
Pacific. The suicide attacks began on October 1944 : 2198 pilots committed
suicide with their bomb-aircrafts, destroying 34 US ships and damaging
288 other ones. This kind of behavior is typically a proof of domination
of the fear of death. Bushido, the samurai code, first teaches to
control this fear. It is the base of warriors spirit.
Arts are violent... YES, often martial arts action movies are violent,
often martial arts classes are violent -- if you train hard for a national
championship you'll take some blows for sure... Well, there are two families
of Martial Arts in the Japanese terminology : Budo and Bujutsu. Budo would
be the martial art aimed at self-development and spiritual blossoming.
Bujutsu is only a set of techniques to be efficient. But really, is this
separation unbreakable ? Well, the origin of Martial Arts is for sure becoming
efficient in the battle, to be able to win combats. Efficiency must be
the first word in the mouth of a martial artist, even if it is not his
only purpose. Being efficient in life is the same that being efficient
in combat. By its own, it's a personal release. And if becoming efficient
in combat means sometimes some violence... War will always be a bad thing
but men are born with. So, we must accept violence, and train to accept
it because it will unfortunately never disappear.
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