Embrace the Mat, Prepare for the Street, Right Hook Life!
I am well aware that I confuse my contemporaries in the martial arts world, nowhere is this more evident than with those who teach.
On the one end of the spectrum I am an advocate of being able to defend oneself, while on the other side I believe that learning to fight should make you less aggressive, not more. Most people who teach martial arts today are either completely focused on competitive success — or for those in the reality based world, obsessed with the the fight on the street. Personally, I believe there is a middle ground.
I believe it is in this middle ground, in the experience of martial arts, where ART should be seen as valuable as fighting skills — and in doing so the experience on the mat becomes one of personal transformation leading to self-mastery. I want to make this clear however, that I do not believe self-mastery through martial arts is possible unless the martial skills one trains in is grounded in reality.
At the same time, I also believe that in order to be truly effective in one’s martial skills requires a very different way of looking at the problem of understanding the complexity of the fight, how one trains for that unpredictability — and in turn the pedagogical approach required to be successful in this endeavor.
In our current times of quick fixes and instant gratification, answers to the above points are not easily packaged. What I raise above is nuanced, complex, and requires careful unpacking. If you want a deeper understanding of my approach and my philosophy to martial arts (and life in general) I have provided some helpful links below. I suppose you have to decide how far down the Rabbit hole you want to go 🙂