I've attended and participated in all types of seminars, from martial arts to programming, cooking to business and many others too numerous to remember, what the seminar was about, or even what was taught. I'm sure that this is a common outcome for most who attend seminars, courses, and classes and learn a technique or techniques for something.
Why was it that I didn't remember what I had just paid a pretty penny to learn but came away empty handed.
This didn't deter me from attending any more seminars, just the opposite. I began my quest to seek the "why" that I wasn't remembering the material that I went to learn.
What I discovered was that most seminars taught how to do a technique or series of techniques. I could remember them for a while but it didn't take long before they faded from memory. Unless that specific scenario occurred, the technique couldn't be applied. Which posed another issue. The "but what if they do this?" scenario. Techniques can be too specific and limiting.
That's when I began seeking the concept behind techniques. If I could glean what the underlying concept for the technique was, I could see if that concept could apply to other scenarios.
What I discovered was that while a technique can be applied to one application, a concept can be applied to many techniques.
This began my greater quest to learn and teach conceptually. Being able to convey a concept to a student made it easier for them to better understand and remember techniques. They then began their own exploration of the concepts and their principles.
In summary, while a technique may express a single concept, a single concept can be expressed in many techniques.
With that being said, future BLOG posts will discuss some of the many concepts that I have discovered or developed.
Stay tuned! - MS
I will be blogging here to give my thoughts and opinions that I've learned over my 55+ years in the martial arts.
By no means should these writing be taken as "gospel" but as something to spur your own thoughts about your martial arts path.
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I first heard this concept from Grand Master Estioko back when I was just a mere Guppy. It was always something that was intriguing to me mainly because I didn't fully understand it. But it stuck in my subconscious and became a guiding force in my martial arts training.
It was like the philosophy of the Yin-Yang. Basically, how is it possible to create something from nothing? Without being God, I didn't think it was humanly possible.
The philosophy of the Yin-Yang became my starting premise. If one thing was true, was its opposite also true? Up Vs Down; Hand Vs Foot; Hard Vs Soft; etc. If something could be applied one way, could it also be applied the other way?
Every one knows the Five Basic Turns. The first are are in the 360 drill and 3 thru 5 are the three turns in the Kicho Hyung. So I created the Five Advanced Turns. I considered the Basic Turns as being offensive in nature because you'll always turn into an attack, the Advance Turns are then Defensive Turns which move away from an attack.
Both sets of turns achieved the same results but were performed opposite of each other.
From this example, you can see how understanding both sets of turns will make your defensive action more efficient, as there is another option.
This writing was not intended to "give" you the answer, but rather to show you one path to follow on your trek to enlightenment.