Friday, February 11, 2011

From page to practice

I've spent a lot of time working on developing realistic, effective techniques and strategies for dealing with, and surviving, knife attacks.  I've started a series on this (see my previous few points if you're interested). 

Over the next few days, I'll be putting my ideas to the test.  Obviously, I've worked on doing the techniques myself over and over again, together with my Sensei and a couple of senior students.  

I know that my techniques will work, and I know that they're effective. Now I need to discover how easily they can be taught, well, actually, how easily they can be learned.  

I'm attending a knife seminar with my Sensei.  I'll be presenting my ideas and techniques to students from a variety of different schools and experience levels.  

Just as important as the techniques themselves, is the ability to learn and apply them.  If people from different walks of life can't pick up the material quickly and apply them under stress, then I haven't achieved what I hope to; a realistic approach to knife survival for the majority of people.  Of course, it'll also tell me something about my teaching style.  Can I make it all make sense?  

Wish me luck, I'll report back with the results.

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