By Geoff Thompson
This booklet explodes the myths approximately what does and what doesn't paintings in martial arts on today's risky streets. Geoff educates a reader in all points of 'pressure testing' the martial arts, making sure that approach and personality healthy whilst it fairly issues.
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Extra info for Animal Day: Pressure Testing the Martial Arts
They teach their practitioners to wait for the attacker to attack, then block and counter attack. In the real world? TOO LATE! Too late by a long shot. It doesn’t take much logic to realise that action is quicker than reaction. If you let someone attack you first and expect to block and counter think again. In the dojo, when the distance and conditions are perfect and when you know what the attacker is going to attack with and when and how and with how much intensity, sure then it will work. Outside, from eighteen inches, with no prior knowledge of which attack and when or even why; not quite so likely.
The greatest intangible is physical contact, sparring or getting hit. A great percentage of people leave training because they are frightened of sparring. Even at the boxing club when I was coaching, it was common knowledge that you lost 85% of your new starters after you put them in the ring for the first time. The only way to overcome this is, firstly, to admit it. Don’t be ashamed, everyone feels the same so you’re not on your own. Secondly, confront it again and again until you become desensitized to it, and take heart, it does get better.
After such a quick advance even a slight decrease in speed may seem like a backward spiral, usually it is only the person himself who sees or thinks he sees this supposed decline, everyone around him will be seeing his improvement but him. From my experience and as irony would have it, it is usually the better student who thinks he isn’t improving. Every day and every session that you train will bring you, visible or invisible, large or small, some advancement. The child that you see everyday will show no visible change or growth, to the person who only sees the same child every few months, the change is so obvious that they sometimes can’t believe it’s the same child.
Animal Day: Pressure Testing the Martial Arts by Geoff Thompson