Dying at the Hands of Babes-in-Arms

I thought I would start this post off with a link to a funny video or two of people failing at chi/ki/energy flow martial arts, but I got pretty depressed looking through the available samples. I’m going to skip that. No one needs to start their week off with that sort of thing. The point I was going to make was that with the best of intentions, and sometimes even with the best kind of training, we can still wind up training in what Ameri-do-te would describe as “Bullshit.” Sparring is usually seen as the real test of a martial art, but even schools that invest heavily in sparring can wind up doing nonsense. There was a video not to long ago of a black belt exam in a large martial art school that featured some of the worst body mechanics ever seen, and some truly atrocious sparring…mostly flailing. A…

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Teaching 3.0

It’s nice to grab a few minutes this morning to write a post. Nothing in mind today, like usual, but I’m in the mood to feel like I’m talking to someone. I’m really glad you are in the mood to hear about teaching, because that’s exactly what I’m feeling like talking about this morning. The last big post I wrote was the second in a series that explained what we were doing for assessments for our students. That project was a ton of fun, but we still haven’t presented the results to the students yet. The initial assessments were done on the spot, finished up by the time the students finished their assessment bouts, but the instructor team decided we wanted to all get together as a group and review each assessment as an exercise. We want to find a common ground in how we look at students, and what…

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