About a month or two ago, our head instructor used me as a demonstration of the effect of chemical dump. Without warning or provocation (and without an impact suit) he started pushing and shoving me and yelling at me. The result was, since it was a complete surprise to me, was that even in the dojo setting I experienced a bit of what a fight is like and reacted similarly (tunnel vision "Hey where did the rest of the dojo go?", wide eyes, heart starts to go, etc). That is all well and good, because for me I don't care if I get yelled and pushed around. But that wasn't his point anyway ... he knows that I know what it is like. His point was to demonstrate to the class what will happen. After the class, many of the students asked about what it felt like, and we recommended various reading material, etc. Some commented as well that it scared them to death from 15' away (Sensei is a good yeller
). So perhaps this is a method to use to get at those students that would quit if "attacked" in the dojo, while still getting to point across a bit.
Other than that, what can we do? I mean for those of us who are labelled "psycho-nuts-who-enjoy-pain" (whereas I prefer the term enjoy intense training) doing this training is easy for the instructor .. for those who will never stand for it, and will rarely understand, options are limited if there are any at all.
Another thought, a lot of time the instructor will want to seem All Knowing (tm) and All Powerful (tm). It isn't too surprising why ... it attracts and keep students. Unfortunately, it does a great disservice to the arts and to the students. A good teacher will be honest with their students, especially higher ranks and just what it is that they they (the students) know ... i.e. next to nothing. And that no preperation except intense training will ever get them close. That takes a lot of guts, especially when the guy down the street says he can make you invincible in 4 years, and for US$2000. I guess if you start people down the right path from the start they will respect your honestly and stay with you ... but it is rough.
* We know what will happen
* We know the solutions to help people prepare for it
* Some students will be willing to accept the limitations of the arts and how to maximize their effectiveness and the cost of having to put in some real work, with the body, mind and soul.
* Some students won't, and what can you do, except try to nudge them in that direction, of if you got the money/guts throw them in the ocean and see who heads for the beach, who drowns and who starts swimming.
* I hate to sound defeatist but I personally do not see much else. Maybe if we all focus our chi?