When you begin to feel like you are a tough guy, a warrior, a master of the martial arts or that you have lived a tough life, just take a moment and get some perspective with the following:
I've stopped knives that were coming to disembowel me
I've clawed for my gun while bullets ripped past me
I've dodged as someone tried to put an ax in my skull
I've fought screaming steel and left rubber on the road to avoid death
I've clawed broken glass out of my body after their opening attack failed
I've spit blood and body parts and broke strangle holds before gouging eyes
I've charged into fires, fought through blizzards and run from tornados
I've survived being hunted by gangs, killers and contract killers
The streets were my home, I hunted in the night and was hunted in turn
Please don't brag to me that you're a survivor because someone hit you. And don't tell me how 'tough' you are because of your training. As much as I've been through I know people who have survived much, much worse. - Marc MacYoung
WARNING, CAVEAT AND NOTE
The postings on this blog are my interpretation of readings, studies and experiences therefore errors and omissions are mine and mine alone. The content surrounding the extracts of books, see bibliography on this blog site, are also mine and mine alone therefore errors and omissions are also mine and mine alone and therefore why I highly recommended one read, study, research and fact find the material for clarity. My effort here is self-clarity toward a fuller understanding of the subject matter. See the bibliography for information on the books. Please make note that this article/post is my personal analysis of the subject and the information used was chosen or picked by me. It is not an analysis piece because it lacks complete and comprehensive research, it was not adequately and completely investigated and it is not balanced, i.e., it is my personal view without the views of others including subject experts, etc. Look at this as “Infotainment rather then expert research.” This is an opinion/editorial article/post meant to persuade the reader to think, decide and accept or reject my premise. It is an attempt to cause change or reinforce attitudes, beliefs and values as they apply to martial arts and/or self-defense. It is merely a commentary on the subject in the particular article presented.
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“You should prepare yourself to dedicate at least five or six years to your training and practice to understand the philosophy and physiokinetics of martial arts and karate so that you can understand the true spirit of everything and dedicate your mind, body and spirit to the discipline of the art.” - cejames (note: you are on your own, make sure you get expert hands-on guidance in all things martial and self-defense)
“All I say is by way of discourse, and nothing by way of advice. I should not speak so boldly if it were my due to be believed.” - Montaigne
Learning Styles - Teaching Styles
My studies of the Gentle Art of Verbal Self-Defense, six volumes of material, can be related to martial system instruction as well as any other system where a person will instruct/teach others. I have posted on teaching syllabus and plans and styles and other stuff so this is to compliment those posts.
Samurai Girl: http://samuraigirlsahara.blogspot.com/2011/08/learning-styles.html
My posting: http://www.ocf.berkeley.edu/~cejames/training/training.html
It has become apparent to me that a fundamental of any teaching or instruction is to follow Dr. Elgin's GAVSD rules. The primary rule I speak of here is syntonic listening, active listening, where you listen for the sensory mode and then match it. This helps you connect syntonically with the other person and promotes this connection that provides for good communications.
When you use this to connect to a practitioner and then enhance that connection with other teaching/instruction methods such as kinesthetic styles you get a well rounded ability to convey fully as humanly possible the instruction. Match this with repetitive effort and intent and the person gets it.
As Samurai Girl's post conveys essentially what Dr. Elgin teaches you learn to recognize those hints that tell you what a person uses as to sensory mode. If the stress is higher the person will gravitate to a primary sensory mode. Yes, we use a variety of sensory modes when communicating at a normal level. It is our job as Sensei to discover what the primary sensory mode is and then match it in our instruction as explained in previous paragraphs.
Sensory modes are another important fundamental principle of teaching/instructing humans in any subject or system. Thank you Samurai Girl for the inspiration for this posting!
My sensory mode learning style: see the moves, hear the explanation and they do it. I really need to see things first. I find that most everything I learn is from seeing it either physically performed or written or what I hear supplemented by demonstration and then doing it. I use the feel of the movement and repetitive practice to encode it. I will come back to check and verify then the cycle is repeated until I have it. My primary sensory mode tho when stress increases is seeing. I suspect that hearing and feeling are still available even if not totally at any conscious level. It is a challenging instruction technique to discover sensory modes of those you are trying to mentor.
These types of posts tend to inspire me and at the same time cause me to wide-eye wonder at the complexities of instruction/teaching/mentoring others. It is a challenge that far exceeds using karate or martial systems. It tends to teach a lot about life and other people. People are a complex system of senses and perceptions and perceptual filters. It explains why often the true self defense is one that most ignore because it is complex and difficult to learn - communications for deescalation and avoidance of conflict, etc.