It is my opinion and that of many instructors of Bushido or Battojutsu schools, that competition is very much a proven and valid indication towards technical competency and credibility in each style of martial-arts. However the technique and form used or presented should always be based upon the fundamental teachings of each school, and not based purely on experimentation or personal ideology. The Shadow Trials are however an exception to the rule and not always condoned by many schools due to the brutal nature of the competition overall. It is for many the ultimate test of skill and endurance against formidable opponents that will not only push each challenger to the limits their ability, but also question individual mortality during the trials.
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We scare ourselves by imagining negative outcomes to any activities we pursue or experience. But just because we imagine these things happening, that doesn’t mean they WILL happen, or that they will be as painful as we think.
That’s why psychologists like to say that fear stands for “Fantasised Experiences Appearing Real.”
Because fear is all about what MIGHT happen – not what WILL happen.
The “Shadow Trials” is not so much about testing your skills and abilities with a Live Blade, but more about accepting the fear of Death or Dying when using one. It is inevitable that at some point in our lives Fate will show it’s hand, so understanding and Control of this fear by placing yourself directly in line with it can ultimately benefit towards understanding immortality and the inevitability surrounding death, and not leave you in fear of it.
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There is a saying: That it is not so much the Wining that is important, but the taking part. The analogy of which is best left to those contented with coming last. The “Shadow Trials” is not for “Theatrics” or “Role Player” but about the self, and you ability to overcome almost impassible odds against challengers of equal standing or higher. It is not always about the fight but more the fight in the Individual. For every situation or difficulty within the trials can have its own rewards or failures, and every challenge has a unique answer if found. Reaching your goal and claiming your prize may not be the aim, but to question the why will alway drive the individual to find an answer.
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