From: VAN CANNA
Date: 06 Sep 1998
COMMAND AND CONTROL
Prof. Steiner writes that in the continuing quest of mindset [ much like the golden fleece] , any individual ,about to face unavoidable violence , must be capable to project ' DOMINANCE ' of the situation about to unfold ! He warns that there are exceptions , and here it is the student's
responsibility to educate himself in tactics along with the physical and traditional precepts !
Example …. Steiner points out that , as a rule, if you are facing a deadly weapon threat, depending on the circumstances , good tactics call for initial submissive behavior to throw the assailant off guard to set up evasive counterattack !
' Command presence' is another component aspect of your defense mindset posture and it is not very easy for some people to incorporate in their budo demeanor as they lack natural force of personality , and, what is more insidious , they will argue the point while perched on their' mushin wall ' !
COMMAND PRESENCE starts at the kata level , and it is unmistakably communicated by
posture and carriage projecting a ' mean business' body language that says much about how he feels about himself and his own efficacy and resolve ! You usually see this in high dan ranks , such as Gary Khoury , Tracy Rose , Ray Bedard , and the many of our strong and adventurous tournament players !
Some people are endowed with natural ' force' , such as the persons enumerated above , but we can cultivate the seed by the right intensity of training , meaning you must bring a certain PASSION into your execution of physical/ emotional applications !
Steiner concludes that good military leaders and Quality martial arts teachers display '
A flip coin of 'command presence' manifestation ' is immediate all out preemptive attack under certain tactical demands to undermine the opponents perceived superiority !
"Punks want victims , not adversaries. Anyone possessing command presence automatically
projects the image and status of a possible adversary " [ Steiner] !
Remember that every time you step to a class you are teaching or to an opponent in free
sparring or real life [ business life as well ] you are sending subliminal messages about yourself which are been detected by the mind tentacles of the contender in your space ! HOW WILL YOU MEASURE UP ?