"To Pass On", working for you or against you!

October 2004

Volume 7 Issue 10

Aibudo Kanji

     Who would you depend on to protect your family

other than you?

     If your family had to call someone for help when their home was being broken into, what type of individual would you recommend?  The "bull-head", whom you don't particularly care for, but whose words and actions are the same, or the "nice-guy" whom you can never seem to figure out?

     Is the "bull-head" actually that or a very confident and determined individual?  Is the "nice-guy" actually that or an indecisive, cowardice type?  Or in reverse, is the "bull-head" an indecisive, cowardice type, attempting to make up for it by a false outward appearance?  Then also on the reverse, is the "nice-guy" a very confident and determined individual, hiding his true self?  How do you find out the truth?  If you had to make a choice between two different individuals, you would most definitely choose from persons you actually know first hand.  Therefore, do you choose "bull-head" or "nice-guy"?  In truth, the outward appearance would take second place when it came down to your family's well-being.

I hope that you would choose the individual who has proven his "true worth" in practice and not words alone.  Not because of their education, status, financial worth or because they are a friend of yours.

     What is Shihan up to with this "gobbly-gook"?  It's just this…..when it comes to your family you would choose an individual who you knew wouldn't waver when it comes to commitment.  You would want someone who is efficient and effective.  Are you as that individual or would you choose someone else?

Learning from the

senior instructor, good or bad?

     I was talking to Sensei Curtsinger recently and a point came up again that is worthy of discussing in the Hoodoo.  Would you rather "kumite", "grapple", etc. with the senior instructor or one of your peers?  Which one do you think you would learn the most about, your offensive tools?  How about your defensive tools?  How about your overall general awareness?  Don't read any further, until you think about the above and make a note of your answers.

     It's my opinion that you would receive a better all-around test by working with and against one of your peers.  Your offensive techniques are more likely to complete and your defensive techniques are also more likely to be effective.  Awareness should be better as the speed is generally less, allowing for a larger "window" for you to see what's going on.  If you find that your peers are no longer a "threat", then by all means step up and compete against a more senior participant.  Continue this up through the system members, until you end up facing the senior instructor, nose to nose.  Using the above procedure, the execution of your movements will receive a "fairer" test of their effectiveness.  If a technique, at this time, doesn't work against a peer, then it most probably won't work against a senior.  Put in on the "back burner" for awhile, to be tried again at a later time.  If something seems to work every time with a junior, then by all means try it against a senior.  "Read" what you learn, improve it and polish it to fine "edge".

     Working only with the senior instructor can delay your long term effectiveness.

Picture of Shihan

     We recently had a class where the strategy of "To Pass On" was alive and well.  What one person did, caused a "reproduction" in the second.  If that was the plan of the first, then that was good unless the first didn't capitalize on it.  If the second, purposely appeared to follow the first, then that was good, otherwise…..

     The "Yawn Syndrome" is a natural phenomenon with the human race and can be capitalized on in the martial arts to either assist in a win or unknowingly cause an opponent to lose.

     Most generally, in my case, the only place I utilize this strategy is between "2" and "3", in the 1,2,3 series and after "3" in all 1,2,3, series.  Sometimes, with reference to an initiation movement (a "move the shade" or setup technique), I will pause after it and before the 1,2,3, series.  This allows you to either capitalize on what you have just accomplished or follow your opponents "desperation strategy" to "crush" them again.  It's both humiliating and confusing to them at the same time.  It takes a while to regroup from this and with the continuation of movement and utilization of the "yawn strategy", they seem to never do.  You look great and they look "bad", by your actually doing very little in the process.

     As I've said before, this is very difficult to perform in the beginnings of martial arts training.  It is extremely unnatural to stop or change-up what you're doing, when everything seems to working just fine.  That's the gist of it.  "Seems to be working just fine" is just that.  You get so worked up in what you're doing, there isn't time to take a look and see if there is something better that you could be doing!