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.

On a purely physical level, we share how to individually and collectively use all of our natural tools as well as extended ones, offensively and defensively in a strategic and tactical manner and in all ranges of combat.

We're put through functional physical fitness training where we learn to push ourselves through our own perceived limitations. We also have much to offer on nutrition, health and optimum performance.

On a more cerebral level we learn about the psychology of violence, fear, stress & confrontation management skills, deescalation strategies and holistic survival tactics.

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.

Everything shared here is highly encouraged to be individually researched, to “absorb what is useful, add what is specifically of your own and disregard the rest.”

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Realism in Your Training


Training needs to be as realistic as possible to be truly effective.  The physical elements should mimic those of your day to day life.  For example, why train for a street fight while bare foot when you usually wear shoes?  Why train in sneakers if you wear business shoes during most of your waking hours?  What good is training in loose clothing if you wear a suit all day?  When cops train ground fighting without wearing their duty belts or body armor they are really just setting the stage for disaster......

This idea applies to the emotional and mental element as well.  A Senshido instructor will often try to elicit an emotional response from a student before attacking, because street altercations often start that way.  Piercing glares, profanity, threats and shoves are often displayed before the attack on the street, so why not incorporate them into training?  Surprise attacks, that start as casual conversation ( "excuse me man, you know what time it is" ) ​then switch to violence in an instant, occur on the street as well and training should reflect this fact.

Practice does not make perfect.  Perfect practice makes perfect.  Training does not increase your chances of winning when it's for real.  Realistic training does.......

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