We have all heard these two words numerous times from Soke. However, the big question is have you been constantly hearing these words over the course of the last 20 years? If you have not, then has your teacher?
Soke talks about the evolution of the Bujinkan and the necessity to keep going. What does this mean, well, it means what it says, you keep going and keep training.
The Bujinkan has evolved, and Soke has evolved. It is natural, and in the course of things, expected. What Soke was doing or saying 20 years ago, may be similar, but definitely not the same. Things change. Things evolve. This is natural.
There are too many people out there that say, “We used to do it this way”, or “the training has changed”. But they are missing the point. Of course it was different back then, but does that really matter if we keep going?
What we learn is just a flash in the instance of time and it is gone. But that’s ok, because we will have another chance to learn if you keep going.. Maybe not the same exact thing, but that’s what is natural about this art, the similar things may happen, but it is not entirely the same. Could Leonardo da Vinci paint the Mona Lisa twice, exactly the same? This is an art from that we are pursuing. Each moment, each technique, each experience is a unique one and that’s why is it better. So, unless you keep going, how do you expect to improve?
Life is naturally evolving. Therefore, we must remain natural to evolve naturally. Don’t fixate on something, because it will deviate you from the natural path. The natural path is the correct one, because it is natural.
Too many have given up on “keep going”. Too many criticize what was then, but they have no clue of what is now. Too many think they have it and run away to teach it. But how much time have they really put in? They are cheating themselves and cheating their students. Because this is a life art, it takes a lifetime to master. If you stop the flow of time and try to control something, it will naturally mutate into the stagnant surroundings that have been created by the lack of naturalness.
Too many chase what they think is the truth. They package it and sell it, and teach it. Soke is the first to say that it is different and infinite. But in order to get there you need a lifetime of experience. Too many seek the easy route…seek only the material knowledge of technique. Well at least they have something to show for their effort. But is this a physical art?
Soke does not teach. He inspires. Inspiration is the catalyst that is needed for one to find their own path. Once you find that path, then just keep going. Its that simple.