Was my post invisible or what? Why did three people just repeat what I said without adding new stuff?
Shroom Man 777 wrote:
So... it's a bit like how today in the West it's all about mixed martial arts? They've never been prone to going "dragon jitsu futsu fujitsu clan of fist punching" and have preferred to label and combine these things under a far more generalized umbrella? So in the West, even centuries ago, they've been less about specific schools with specific names and more about (proto-)MMA or something similar to how they're doing MMA today?
Yes thats the effect, but not really the reasoning. Modern MMA was a brazilian response to the tons of BS in asian martial arts, its more of a "prove it" attitude vs claims like ki/qui/chi power etc. Just like when kung-fu practicioners tried it in muay-thai and got literally kicked out.
But historically yuros have always loved military style "games", with rules etc. See the olympic games etc. However there has always been so much competition from deviation in the continent so that traditions that didn't remain competitive would be lost. Add to that the language barriers etc, whatever the french master said wouldn't necessary be well received by the brits etc but rather "translated" and changed.
Bows would be a good example of the core difference, there has 'always' been archery competitions but due to tech changes in how the bows are made, the style of the competition has changed. So throughout the centuries yuros adapted the competition & rules to the tech. Then compare that to the japanese horse bow tradition, Yabusame, who mix in religiuos overtones and which is super ortodox when it comes to form, like materials, clothing etc. Compare the 'modern' yabusame yumi bow with the archery bow yuro style.
Its simply not the same attitued and/or culture that produces two such results.
Same thing with almost everything, for modern actual knight jousting in full armor with lances, then of course yuros use the latest tech in making them etc, with enhanced safety etc.
While looking at kendo, it was an outrage when the protective gear changed looks. Or all of that handmade voodo stuff surrounding katana making.
Simple approach and attitude. Don't underestimate the importance of culture and Confucius.
Look at the millenia old Glima that I mentioned before, the champions look like this:
modern gear, modern shoes, modern made belt (although outdated coloring due to flag colors).
Imagine that in asia... Like when that haiwanese joined the sumo leage, there where cries of outrage all over japan and only when he fully adopted the tradition style was he "accepted". Think what would have happened if he had showed up in olympic style gear...