Tag Archives: Integral Theory

Integral Martial Arts: A deeper look at the Red Stage

Coming out of the previous Purple Stage, aka the Tribal Stage, of martial arts practice, the student begins to wonder about individual power and skill when pit against other foes. Whereas the Purple Stage focuses on a group of students and its master teacher, the Red Stage focuses on what the student can and cannot do, and how the student’s abilities relate to the wider adversarial world.

Red Stage martial arts practice is ubiquitous throughout the world in every culture and time period and naturally arises out of Purple. Those of us who lived through the 1980’s may remember a great example of a Red martial arts school from the movie The Karate Kid, the Cobra Kai.… Read more...

Expanding your “We”

Fortunately or unfortunately as it may be, I am in the process of getting a job that will take me away from regular teaching of the martial arts, and has been keeping me away from blogging here over the last month.  I have high hopes for the job which is similar in function to being a Sensei to martial arts students, but it instead involves another arena.

Having said that, I will be getting back to the dojo here and there and teaching intermittently.  This past week I had that luxury.  The class spent the last few months working on first quadrant (i.e.… Read more...

Taking the time to explain

Today’s class was the first of the month, which means we switch instructors.  Sensei Frank takes a back seat and I take over the teaching duties for the month. For the past few months we’ve taken the students through a few different things, giving them a taste of many techniques and challenging them to find what is the same below the surface.  We spent a couple months working mostly tai chi, and then another couple of months working mostly sword.  Now it is time to recoup and digest.  I don’t feel it’s wise to go on loading them up with new things constantly, lest they forget and wind up with nothing.  … Read more...

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