Combat or competition
The Methodical Pyramid is a progress-targeted model. It describes process and progress in the learning of movement. It was developed as a progress model of the Budo Ninjutsu martial-art, but soon honed into a more comprehensive model that facilitates other movement goals.
This does not stand as a contradiction to other models that analyze martial activities by other means. Most of these models try to use analysis as means of navigation and categorization. There are models that analyze martial-arts along other parameters such as types of techniques, “softness”, country of origin etc. Most other models do not contradict the progress model presented in this booklet, even while setting their own unique goals.
The Budo Ninjutsu martial-art progress model is based on the following premise: a martial-art prepares its practitioners for real fighting as well.
For the sake of clarity, I am well-aware of other aspects enhanced by martial-arts, and apply them in my own groups: humaneness, physical health, aesthetic and precise performance, and other realms that embrace much more than just the narrow field of fighting.
This is in no sense an inconsistency. The basic premise of Budo Ninjutsu, the same axis of the progress model, does not keep other dimensions from developing in parallel.
The need for new terminology
As work on the model began, I used only Japanese names to describe the different levels. In time, as more general applications were developed for the progress model, the use of English/Hebrew terms seemed more apt. The tradition is, indeed, Japanese, but it needs to be adapted to the West. The precise meaning of terms is important: the existence of different interpretations for the same term hinders learning and sharing knowledge among various disciplines. Some contents that receive a precise definition in this booklet are different from those commonly used in our field. As more professionals embrace the names and terminology of this booklet they will comprehend the model and facilitate communication amongst peers.