The martial arts go through phases and fads just like anything else. Right now, they're leaning toward pragmatism. People are showing more interest in solving the practical problems of sport fighting or self-defense and less interest in Zen riddles or warrior mysticism.
In fact, mysticism has become almost a dirty word, a synonym for obfuscation and hucksterism. The attention that was once paid to phantom energies and death touches is fading. Testable techniques and clear, consistent ideas are in, and that can only be a good thing. As some empty ideas wither, other mystical notions may find firm ground to stand on. In particular, seemingly empty superstitions about shifts in consciousness may prove to be something real and valuable.
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