You'll notice something new on the site - the incorporation of my other pursuit, Pastless, into Pramek. For those who have been around Pramek awhile, you might be thinking, 'Ok, what the heck? Is Matt going soft?' For those who have heard me on numerous personal growth...Read More
It's time for a new definition of FEAR. False Expectation of Assumed Reality. I've seen the acronym defining FEAR a lot of different ways. Most of the time it's related to self-defense. In working on this article I wanted a definition of fear to work from....Read More
We are beyond proud of Matt's newest venture, PASTLESS, and it's first product, UNDO. The book has been a great success, and now, we are excited for Matt's newest multi-media project, UNDO: The Learning Series. Ready to change your life? Then be ready to UNDO the past...Read More
CLM 4: The State of Action The concept of having a student teach another student is one as old as learning. A teacher looks to students to fill knowledge gaps that either the teacher does not have time, or capacity, to fill. In a large classroom...Read More
Dr. Landry of Pramek Florida demonstrates the wedge with students. He begins by demonstrating the basic wedge defense, and then moves toward a more combative approach to the wedge - wedging to the vagus nerve, forcing the head back, defending against the round house. Dr. Landry...Read More
When you are no longer learning from a teacher, coach, or trainer, it is very tough.
I write this article from a personal standpoint – I’ve been there with a system, and a teacher. It becomes like a bad relationship as resentment grows. It is common to say in gambling someone stayed at the table too long, usually resulting in the gambler losing money, when they should have simply stepped away from the table. They become invested psychologically.
This very often happens with students of martial arts. They stay at the table too long. This is not to say they have nothing else to learn but at a certain point the investment becomes so expensive, or it becomes difficult to square with life and general ethics or morals, they begin to confuse the relationship with the teacher for their own well-being. It starts out slow, and grows, and soon the student is staring at the abyss in training, wondering, feeling guilty for looking at other systems and teachers.
The whispering inside the head grows louder.
And then the abyss stares back at them.
It’s a daunting task to leave or take time off, especially after years of training in a system. Here’s a few tips I have found to step back from that abyss and create more longevity in training in a system so that the day doesn’t come, or if it does, you recognize it and can work to prevent it…or prepare for the inevitable.
1) Never sign up for a new school for more than a few months. Contracts are a common thing because people have to put food on the table. But when you are starting off, start slowly and only go a couple times a week. After a few months, if you want to do more – do more, but never sign for more than a few months at a time if you can. This way you never stay because of money, you stay because of training.
2) Avoid a personal relationship with a new teacher for a while. Avoid excessively hanging out, getting beers with or doing dinners with your new teacher. Other students is one thing, but the more you are able to avoid personal entanglements the beginning the more you will be able to tell the difference between friendship and teaching relationship.
Tonight, while working on CLM 4 I began talking (yes, talking, I use Dragon Dictation) about the 90/90 rule.
Then I realized – I never actually talk about the 90/90 rule and what it is outside of the podcast.
You will notice at a certain point in Pramek, about 2 years ago, what we were teaching began to change. It was a rapid shift as I discovered something using the CLM. In the DPT we talk about testing learned martial art skill. Over time, running hundreds of DPT based classes, I noticed that what I talked about in the DPT, the concept of does it work on people a majority of the time against a majority of attack types…I began to develop an internal rule.
If it didn’t work 90% of the time on 90% of the people, I simply wasn’t teaching it anymore out of the gate. If someone is learning to defend themselves, why rely on neurological methods from the 14th century (if x, do y, rinse, repeat)? If someone is learning to defend themselves, why teach them a jab when we know in physiology that a cupped hand or vargus nerve strike does the most effective damage.
In our Cleveland videos (which we are releasing soon but you can see a snippet here) you can see where this was in full effect, as students were using a variety of methods to defend, but the further they went into the DPT phases – the more they all used the same things. This occurred Day 2. They couldn’t help it – not because the scenarios presented no choice, but their stress and fatigue gave them no option bu efficiency. This is convergent evolution at it’s finest – that given enough time, convergent evolution is the independent evolution of similar features in species of different lineages (read more here). Even though students are different weights, heights, different skill levels and experiences – by understanding biomechanics, mechanics, physics, psychology, neurology, strategy – different students develop similar methods. When you use science, and you’re taught it correctly, you can’t help but end up at the same place. People who understand HEq will stop trying techniques and will move the Line of Gravity outside of the Load Bearing Area. They begin to all look the same, and as the fatigue level increases, they look for this more and more.
They find it works when tired, so why not do it when not tired. As I talked about long ago, science is the ultimate shortcut. It is our unfair advantage. CLICK BELOW TO CONTINUE READING.