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.
Saturday, March 26, 2011
An inspiring and brutal account of reality:
From Chris Roberts of Safe International:
"Today I taught a man and a woman privately for four hours. The woman bought this private self defense lesson for him as a Christmas gift! He had been in a situation where he was stabbed by his son. I want to thank him for his openness in discussing what must be about the most difficult scenario one could ever find themselves in.
After he told me the story, he wondered about what he should have done differently. I said NOTHING as I felt the chills in my body. You are alive. He handled it, in my opinion, perfectly, using a chair to create some space between him and his son. He used Rich Dimitri's/Senshido verbal tactics which I told him likely saved his life! He used empathy with his son in the middle of a knife attack! When I told him how amazingly he handled it, he was shocked thinking he should have done so many things different.
It just confirmed that people who teach knife defense analyzing attacks from different angles, etc need to really look at the rage, unpredictability, and sheer panic of a real life knife attack and address it not just physically, but environmentally, verbally, and psychologically. I told him his story taught me more about knife defense than anything I have learned, and confirmed what I now know about knife attacks.
He just remembered his son slashing over and over. He did get cut and injured, but he is alive and so is his son. And imagine if it was a family member who you love? This is a guy who could share his story and you would get more out of what he did than anything any of us instructors could teach. Thanks again to them!" ~ Chris Roberts - Safe International
Amen brother. Thank you for sharing that.