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    Default WHAT IS OLD IS NEW - INTEGRATING "OLD SYSTEM" TRAINING METHODS

    WHAT IS OLD IS NEW - INTEGRATING "OLD SYSTEM" TRAINING METHODS

    Wednesday, May 30, 2018



    For the past few years we have mentioned the importance of mindlessness, or the ability to react skillfully, perfectly and spontaneously to a threat. We have also discussed the way to attain those skills, to develop the pattern-less/system-less ability to improvise to an unexpected event. Those attributes, by the way, are the keys to winning the reactive fight. I don't care how well or accurately you shoot. If you do not have the ability to move on demand, quickly and dynamically as you draw the weapon and counter attack, you will lose and you will die. We show that time and time again in our force on force sessions. In the reactive realm it is all about timing and about not getting shot.

    As we focused harder and deeper on the development of the gunfighter it became clearer that the method to get our gunfighters to the level we wanted them to be was not via more range training, nor more force on force.

    The methodology had been laid out a long time ago and it was something that some of us had learned as children in Karate training. It was by the process of learning basics, connecting natural and fight-proven movement patterns, strategies and concepts in a kata form, learning the applications of all the movements concurrently, and then testing all of it via the crucible of our force on force exercises.

    When that realization was made, it changed our view of how to get our serious students to the level of skill we wanted them to achieve. It changed everything.

    Now first a word about "Karate". When most Americans think of Karate they envision some 300 pound dude with a candy stripe belt teaching a dozen grade-school aged kids in a strip mall. That is not Karate. The Karate that I learned was a brutal system of full contact personal combat. Training injuries were common, and the physicality of the training would probably be untenable in today's society. Real karate as it was conceived in Okinawa and as I learned it, is for becoming a strong and dangerous fighter, and not for anything else that may be contrived for socially acceptable marketing today. But moving on.

    The biggest impediment to training as I know it today is that many western students are physically unfit, lack physical coordination to move naturally, and are extremely "tool focused". They all want to shoot their guns thinking that is training, when all it is is manufacturing reloadable brass cases. Rather than seeking a high round count class and trying to make their heavy feet stumble along while they shoot, they would be better served by putting the real firearm aside and relearning how to move naturally. Once that was understood in the combat/gunfight context, those skills would be studied in the force on force application (analog to "kumite").

    Then and only then would live fire be of any importance, of benefit, or of any consequence. That process worked for decades to train some of the best fighters on earth. Why weren't we doing the same for the martial art of the pistol? That all changed earlier this year when I developed Diagonal Lines, the first pistol kata. It was followed up by Brent Yamamoto's contribution - Watch Your Back, another kata with a different theme and application. And those were followed up by two others - Changing Levels and Crashing Elbows. These all have a specific theme and strategic lessons that are applicable to the gunfight application.

    As we move into 2019 and the future, the focus of my teaching will shift from range-based shooting classes to pistol kata based, force on force supported, gunfighting classes. Classes where there will likely be no live fire at all. These will give a repeatable structure to the training and daily practice that did not previously exist. And it will develop better, fitter and more agile gunfighters.

    And developing great fighters, and not merely shooters, is the underlying objective.

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    Last edited by Gabriel Suarez; 05-29-2018 at 12:30 PM.
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    Iím excited and thrilled for this direction.


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    First learn to move
    Second learn the context of movement
    Third apply movement in correct drills
    Fourth test the complete package in correct pressured exercises.

    Shooting bullets doen't contribute as much as some might think.
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    Kata practice, done correctly, conditions you to move and respond appropriately under pressure. It is deep programming when done purposefully and deliberately. Even if you don't know the application of everything in the kata (which is of course ideal), there is still benefit because you're training your body how to move, coordinating hands, feet and brain. You condition yourself to move with proper structure. The kata has a specific sequence, usually with a specific application in mind. But life isn't going to feed you the exact same scenarios the kata envisioned...nonetheless the kata prepares your mind and body for improvisation.

    Looking at historical kata, most of the applications we know today have been reverse engineered. The people that authored the kata are no longer here, and they didn't leave a great written record of what was intended. Lots of application have been passed through spoken instruction, but for much of it, no one really knows what was originally intended. That's a great loss on the one hand, but it also drives creativity as people try to unlock the "kata code".

    With the SI kata, students will have the benefit of knowing what the intended applications were from the start. But students may also see things that were not intended...which is not a bad thing as long as their applications are tested and proven to work.

    But it is first important to practice the kata movement as intended. Changing the kata itself will yield something completely different. Usually to the detriment of results.
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