Efficiency and Effectiveness come by "Three's"

February 2005

Volume 8 Issue 2

Aibudo Kanji
Picture of Shihan

The fault is within the training, which comes from the instructor(s)!  I was told a story this week, from one of our members (Bill Kuhn) that proves the above point.  He said that he once trained for a short time within another local system, of which he consistently was winning against the senior instructor and his black belts.  This wouldn't be so bad, but Bill was only a beginning white belt at the time.  He was told by the senior instructor that the reason he was winning was because he wasn't doing the techniques right!!!!!!  Now let's see if we fully understand this instructors philosophy.  If he performed the techniques as he was taught he wouldn't win so much, but if he continued to do them wrong, he would win all the time.  Now what's wrong with this story?  More than likely, the problem was that the style that he was in at the time was probably based on one-step or two-step "sport" system.  There are many of these type systems within the martial arts "community" and their sole purpose is numbers of students and money.  You've all heard the saying, "make it simple, stupid".  Well, if you make it simple enough, everyone and anyone can advance through the ranks, pass the tests and acquire the "gold at the end of the rainbow" (Black Belt).  The problem is, that the "black belts" who exit these systems have a false sense of their abilities, which could come back to haunt them someday on the street.  If they are not able to defend themselves against a beginning white belt, that should have told them something right then and there.  The problem is that it generally doesn't, because they trusted their instructor(s) as being correct, even though they couldn't fight themselves out of a "wet paper bag".

They were so "brain washed" by what was supposedly correct, that the losing was the way it was supposed to be.  Now I know that doesn't make much sense, but that's the way it is.  These one-step, test 50 in a line, systems are only going to produce mechanical stickmen, attempting to imitate "karate practitioner's".  They are like "diploma" mills, on the internet.  Send us your money and we will make you whatever you want to be, "on paper"!  Only the styles and systems that train in the close, control and win methodology, are going to produce martial artists', "worth their salt".  So, the next time that you find yourself in a confrontation, remember the 1,2,3 approach and don't waiver from it.  Evade (slip, work-around, etc), Control (place your opponent in an awkward and defenseless position) and "Ikken Hissatsu".  This training isn't for everyone, because it takes patience. a lot of hard work and dedication.  The "diplomas" are fewer and farther between with this type of training, but the results equal the "diplomas"!  As a final note in this newsletter, don't ever forget the two sets of "five attitudes" that make the 1,2,3 training work.  Within the closing, controlling and winning, there is also the 1,2,3 attitude changes that have to be taking place at the same time.  One or two attitude changes alone, will not be enough in controlling the mind of your opponent.  You must use three of the five positioning attitudes, within each closing set.  Any thing other than that and you just as well join a spa and get your "exercise" there, because that's all you're going to end up with.  If you're losing, find out why and don't blame it on yourself, as it's not your fault.  The fault comes from the instruction and lack of constructive criticism!

Winning By Three's

We've discussed many times the value of "three's", but I'm going to present it again here in print.  No matter the situation, you're winning or *"ikken hissatsu" technique generally comes at number 3.  Only when against the most vulnerable do you win on number 1 or number 2.  When against a skilled opponent, it is going to take some "work" to close, efficiently control and effectively strike and/or win.  If you attempt to "bypass", or otherwise circumvent the 1,2,3 method, you may look good once in a while, but you're going to "lose" most of the time.  I don't know anyone who would purposely humiliate themselves by attempting something stupid, in an attempt to make themselves look good, when they know better.  If you don't know better, that's one thing, but if a martial artist is consistently losing every confrontation, whether in the dojo or on the street, there must be a reason and it's time to find it.  The reason is generally poor and/or unrealistic training.  It doesn't matter whether you're a White Belt or a Black Belt, you are not going to lose every confrontation that you come across, if you have proper training in closing and ending.  No matter the style, system or whatever, if you train via the 1,2,3 method, you are going to be more effective.  Win or lose, you are going to look and function like a "martial artist" and not a "dumbo" that learned "karate" out of a book.  The "ill-trained" look like mechanical "stickmen", lacking in purpose and direction.  The sad thing is, that students who are trained this way, don't know any better and believe that their lack of skill is their fault.  It couldn't be further from the truth.

*(Certain victory by one blow)