No styles, no systems, no rituals, no lineages, no masters, no labels, no belts, no katas, no uniforms, no dogmas;
Only the process of self actualization & personal expression of truth through functional combative movement and fitness.
As the mind navigates the body; by challenging personal self defense dogmas and individual & core belief systems, personal growth and evolution occurs.
On a human level, we learn about the ripple effect and the moral, legal, and ethical consequences of our chosen actions while self examining our darkest emotions. We are encouraged to question everything, to learn to think for ourselves, to be more accountable and research everything we learn and to be open and responsive to life without judgment.
On a personal level, the training can make you face and slay your own demons.
Monday, February 15, 2010
My first solo seminar...
My first time posting on the blog. My name is Wesley Derequito and I have been training in Senshido for over 10 years now. I hosted my first seminar and it was fantastic. We were a nice small group of about 20 people, and everyone got to take part and everyone did phenomenal. I really felt they saw that Senshido is more than just a self defense system. I even got personal at the end and shared a very small history of me prior to training with Rich and the Senshido gang back in '99. I was ready to write a blog on how the seminar may have impacted the group of people but I am here ot actually share how my semmy impacted me!
Here's my story in a little more detail than I had time to share at my seminar:
I was a little hot-headed before. Not crazy or anything but saying a little wrong thing to me and I would blow up ...never got physical but angry and raising my voice due mostly because I kept things to mself. Only the closest people to me knew I was like that. And some of them today actually forgot I was like that. Basically, Senshido taught me to be level-headed. The verbal diffusion drills and just being aware to it made me realize so much about myself...I was overweight, somewhat lazy, I didn't see the value in many things, and had low self-esteem (which was the worst part). I decided to make changes to myself for the better. My training motivated me to get up train, get healthy and just enjoy being me.
I had finished my initial trainingat Senshido (approx. 3 months) at the time but I was dying to go back. Nto because I felt I needed to...because I really wanted to. I never found a system that was so complete. Not just in the aspect of self defense, training, fighting, martial arts, etc...being aware and learning the psychology of attackers, criminals or so-called "predators" really attracted me. I used in the seminar..." Unfortunately you have to 'think' like the 'bad-guy' to understand the bad-guy..." And it helped me. It helped me to see how not to be the "bad-guy". Not that I ever was, but it helped me to be a better person (not to sound preachy lol).
So that was me before. And today, just like Senshido has, I have evolved as a person. Now, Senshido is not some kind of all world saviour, but I know it does its best as a system ...actually scratch that...the people wh oare part of Senshido do their best to help the peoplearound them be better people whether it be directly through the self defense training or indirectly through the simple gesture of letting anyone come in and at least try a class despite age, race, sex, culture or physical condition (Check out the previous post for that one!). Are there other systems that do this? Yeah, I'm sure there is. But I am just happy to be part of one that does and to be someone who can also give back by being an instructor and able to share with other people is an even bigger reward.
You know at my seminar there were people like my sister and her boyfriend who I invited and to have them tell me how great it was meant alot. And just now one of my best friends who I invited and came just for simply moral support messaged me and told me he didn't even expect to learn so much if the short 2 1/2 hours that he feels he owes me money lol. And then got great feedback form the participants who did amazingly well! I was able to cover stuff that wasn't really on the program because the gang really caught on. The thanks and gratitude I received was a great feeling. I mean I teach the material already but it always feels great. I almost wish for a negative comment because I want to grow as an instructor and find new ways of developing people's skills including my own ;)
Well that's all for now. I will have more seminars in the near future and I will be holding my own classes very very soon which I am excited about. Thanks for reading guys.