Keeping martial art techniques or actually anything simple, easy, fast and effective is something that I have always tried to instill in my students from day one, as in my humble opinion it has to be that way, if you expect to survive virtually any hostile confrontation, or even just existing daily in this world, as it seems like virtually everything is confrontational to varying degrees.
I now have the benefit (hopefully its a benefit) of being able to hear by wearing powerful hearing aids. For a long time, due to inner ear infections and ear operations, I was virtually deaf; however I consider that somewhat of a blessing rather than any kind of handicap, because even though I became a very good lip reader, I never got bogged down learning names for every technique and movement from all of the various martial art styles I have been involved with.
Back in the early years, many teachers insisted their students learn the language of the country that a particular martial art style originated from.
I for one am never going to try to impress anyone, especially an attacker or attackers who want to fight, rob, intimidate or kill me, with my ability to spew out the terminology of the multitude of martial art styles I will use to defend myself, much less speak a different language to impress them. Nor do I ever intend to impress some smart ass punks by elaborating on the techniques I am about to stomp their worthless asses with. So, right or wrong, because of not being able to hear or any other excuse, I personally feel learning all of that is purely procrastination for efficient, expedient development in any martial art training.
That kind of thing does however keep a student occupied learning those kinds of things, while the teachers try to gain more material to teach the student.
Nearly always students would tell me, “You teach too much too quickly.” I do this intentionally to overload their conscious mind.
So I ask them, ” How much time do you have to learn how to be able to defend yourself?”
What I share with them does not take weeks, months or even years to learn. I tell them, “If someone wants to set upon you when you walk out this school door tonight, you will be more than able to defend yourself.”
I am not staking my life on that statement, I am staking their lives on that statement!
Most people are used to being taught everything slowly and methodically, but that kind of methodology can often take years to achieve any level of proficiency, including learning the martial arts. In today’s sometimes dangerous fast-paced world, you might live long enough to be able to adequately defend yourself, and maybe not.
I allow students to learn at their own pace, and once they have realized that I am sharing with them the essence of what they are trying to achieve, they really accelerate learning themselves, needing no prodding from me.
Students that have had previous experience learning from other teachers, regardless of their time involved or rank achieved, always come to me, thanking me for assisting them in accelerating their learning ability, confidence level, and most of all, the totally unexpected ability level.
Students who go out from my school and experience other schools and their students ability very often come back and tell me that they actually feel very comfortable blending with other schools, not being concerned at all whether their ability and expertise will be sufficient to keep them safe and or fit in.
I actually developed this method of speed teaching from one of the world’s greatest martial art teachers, and he once compared his method of teaching to speed reading, with speed reading basically teaching you how to read massive amounts of material by skimming pages, picking up on pertinent words.
Speed teaching the martial arts is basically the very same thing. You simply learn to see, feel, and recognize similar movements and motions, where a multitude of techniques and variables easily blend together effectively. There is no set pattern to combat, so flexibility, fluidity, mobility and agility are very important ingredients to any combative ability.
Whatever you do in any aggressive confrontational situation, whether it is physical or mental, remember to keep it simple, easy, fast, and effective!