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.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Making friends... lmao...
The man I am referring to is Joe Saunders of Progressive Defense and I'll let him recount the day in his own words, taken from http://progressivedefence.com/news/
This video is from Richard Dimitri's 2007 seminar in Sydney.
While demonstrating his Shredder concept, Rich was asked how well it would work against a grappler. Nevel one to let words alone prove his point, Rich asked the most experienced grappler in the room, in this case, our own Joe Saunders, to do a live, no compliance drill with him. The drill would be that Joe had to submit Rich doing anything he wanted while Rich would only use the Shredder concept.
After a highly unsuccessful round 1, Joe had a second chance in round 2, this time starting standing up. Despite managing to catch Rich with a hip throw that badly aggravated an old shoulder injury, Rich continued fighting and would have removed Joe from his site had it been a real altercation. Watch for yourself:
This is a great example of the survival mentality I was referring to in the recent article "Permission to Survive" http://progressivedefence.com/articles/permission-to-survive/
Despite being taken by surprise, put in a disadvantageous position with a much larger person on top of him, and suffering a serious injury, Rich contniued to fight and survive, that's a lesson for us all.