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The Fork In The Martial Road

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The Fork In The Martial Road

We start training in the martial arts to improve ourselves. We get fitter, healthier, better at technique and go up in our own and other’s estimation, often taking responsibility to teach and having others look up to us. This brings us to an important fork in the road of our martial arts training.

We may have been weak, greedy for money, lust driven to manipulate others, bullied or a bully and/or a narcissist. Martial arts training SHOULD then reduce those weaknesses and make us a more disciplined, empathic, compassionate, tolerant and helpful person, but at this ‘fork in the road’ we may take that route or with our new found power become more greedy, lustful, bullying and narcissistic.

Good quality martial arts should be our priority and helping others to get there is our role as mentor to others. If money, sex, vanity, or the control of others becomes our priority, then we took the wrong road at that fork.

When it’s all about the teacher and not the teachings, it’s wrong. When it’s all about the ‘business’ and not the standard of the art, then it’s wrong. We need to know about the teacher, we need to pay the bills, but the art, the standard and the transmission should come first, if it doesn’t, you’re on the wrong road.

Any mentor of martial arts teachers and coaches should teach this first. Our primary function is as martial artists and then we take care of business and encourage and help others to become better people without harming or damaging them.

The irony is that if we work this way, others recognise what we are and that we don’t see them as ‘punters’ or targets for our narcissism. Students will have confidence in us, we will retain them and have a successful club.

As the business guru’s would say….. win/win…..

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Principled Training And Existence

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My Shi Kon training system is ‘principle based’. Principles are what makes everything work and we have 8 of them. If all 8 are in place, whatever you do will work. I only think and train in principles and strategies, techniques will be the result of them and can vary from situation to situation. This means that there is a area that techniques will appear different and still be ‘right’, many people find this confusing, “is it like this, or is it like this?” can sometimes be answered with “yes” because both are correct as they employ all 8 principles. Fighting is spontaneous and responsive and needs to vary according to the conditions, this is why principle based training is essential. I will vary what I’m doing according to the opponent or training partner and therefore don’t really have any ‘set’ routines, only ‘set’ principles and ideas. Narrow minded, linear thinking people find this intensely frustrating because they want a definitive ‘right and wrong’ and not what they see as a ‘fuzzy logic’ – but that’s the way fighting and life in general works. The resolution is whether it works in a spontaneous exchange or not – and definitive structured linear thinking techniques don’t work in a fight.

My club and association work in the same way. ┬áCourtesy, kindness, compassion, patience and tolerance rule until we touch hands, then it becomes resolve, determination, courage, the 8 principles and 13 strategies. To mix these up is to lose, to understand how they function is essential. If you make rules, you will just keep making them to cover the exceptions until everyone is confused and they don’t work, but principles underlay all behaviour and are quite clear to people when the ideas are grasped.

Understand quite clearly what principles are, without them the technique and the person will be weak and easily fail, with them both will always be strong, connected, harmonious and powerful.

Strategies are dynamic, interchangeable and will flow through technique combining to make it useful but will not be ever present.

Truth just is. The principles that work in the microcosm of martial arts also work in the club and association structure, in business, family and in life generally.

Learn how to tell the difference between principle, strategy and technique.

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Principles And Dynamics

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Principles And Dynamics

What is the difference between principles and dynamics?

Both underlay technique,

Principles are present all the time,

But dynamics change and combine.

The feet must always be in the right place,

At the right time and press the right way,

The body must always be aligned,

And the mind always alert, focused, sensitive and intense.

The breathing must always be deep and natural,

The internal line always connected,

The spine and core always being manipulated,

And the ideas of wedging and spiraling always in place.

These principles are what make a technique work,

Combined they give immense power,

Break one and the others fold,

They give the strategy to win or lose.

Whilst keeping these in place,

There are strategies you can use,

These will come and go,

And dynamically change the game.

Ward off is to repel the opponent without losing structure,

Roll back is to lead the opponent into nothingness,

Press to smother and repel not allowing to opponent to attack,

Push is to uproot bouncing the opponent out of his feet.

Bump is to hit and uproot by bumping with the body mass,

Strike is to hit with body parts like fist and elbow supported by body mass.

Pluck is to shake or vibrate to break structure.

Split is to take the opponent in two opposing circles at the same time.

These can be combined with standing firm to repel,

Or stepping in to attack,

Stepping back to absorb,

Or to the side to evade or deflect.

The 8 principles are always present,

The 13 dynamics are interchangeably used within their frame,

And the techniques are the method of expressing them,

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