[I:http://martialarts.surrey-sussex.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/AlCase20.jpg]My favorite part of the martial arts is Karate Kumite. The sad truth, however, is that nobody knows the right way to do martial arts freestyle. They keep insisting on the stuff that gives pain and bruises and body injury.
I know, the reason for Karate, or Kenpo or Taekwondo, and martial arts in general, is to hurt somebody, correct? Sorry, it isn’t. If you think that, then you’ve got it wrong…totally and dead wrong.
The purpose is to control somebody, and modern martial arts freestyle methods do not teach you how to control, only to hurt. Interestingly, I was there when it went bad. Further, there are methods in which one can learn how to freestyle painlessly and easily within a couple of hours.
In my first lesson in kumite my kenpo instructor beating the holy crap out of me. The theory was that martial arts were a rite of passage, you had to be tough, you had to go through pain, that was the only way to get better. While I survived the lesson, and even thrived on it, other students just dropped out, and now you know why so many people quit the martial arts.
Towards the end of my kenpo training the instructor began insisting we wear (buy) protective gear. Instead of protecting, however, it just encouraged us to hit harder, and we actually suffered more injuries. I quickly realized it was just a gimmick to create more dojo income.
I went to a classical karate school, and, no protective gear, stopped getting all injuries. A few bruises, but no more broken fingers and toes. The instructor was more into control, not destruction.
This lesson, control versus destruction, stuck with me, and when I opened my own training hall I played with all sorts of methods to teach Kumite effectively, without the pain and trauma. And I finally realized the truth…people stop perceiving when you strike them. Isn’t that an interesting thing to understand after years of beating people up?
Thus, when I teach freestyle in stages, I use methods which do not shut the eyes of the student, but rather open their perceptions. It’s real, incredibly real and effective, and my students will survive on the street better than most. Simply, they haven’t been trained to shut their eyes, but rather to open their awareness, and the shocker is that using my methods people can learn Martial Arts freestyle within a couple of hours.