Ringo - thanks for the plug for my tapes and Yes I do have the ‘Secret Scroll Edition’ with Koans chanted backwards, some of which you could probably use as monologues for auditions.
This thread was emailed to me its very interesting.
I would like to share some thoughts. They’re slightly provocative [PC for inflammatory] but my intention is to help create clarity and not to incite. So please read this from the perspective of 'shocking a realization through forced introspection'.
In the defensive tactics community there are many renowned systems that the are wholly embraced & supported by agencies at local and state levels that DO NOT support most officers in a real 'holy-****' confrontation. Their complex motor skills go out the window. Their strategic verbal skills are lost to fear brought on by the imminent danger.
The point is that our overly Politically Correct world has made the 'handling of violence’ a ‘touchy feely' thing at times and all this does is make the predators job easier.
Another problem is the source. Many defensive tactics & self-defense systems are starting to incorporate modern negotiation and intrapersonal communication tolls into the systems and for the most part this is a dangerous path.
Here’s the problem: Everything works in a demo. Real fights are not demos.
Evaluating an athletes blood pressure and fine motor skill coordination after taxing his systems and then simply transposing that same info to the combat field is not realistic and potentially dangerous to the real warriors who need to have faith and will to forge on. But that is the standard for many DT groups.
Further, most verbal systems are designed to accommodate relationship strife, corporate negotiation, conflict resolution and so on. But they are founded on conditions not present in the street [risk of death & injury] and also, the consent to negotiate is present in most marital & board meetings [and still sometimes their shots fired]. The street is vastly different, and in my humble opinion, blindly adopting or adhering to systems that encourage ‘steps’ or rules can be dangerous. When you walk into harms way and you are reading from a cue card you cannot possibly see what’s going on.
The danger when I read long, detailed threads like these is NOT that the info is inaccurate, not at all, its’ just not all appropriate. Anything calculating or too methodical has a danger in that one expects a stereotypical response because of what we were trained to look for. But the predator has a plan, and you better not be locked into an XYZ systemic approach that potentially takes you out of the INTUITIVE LOOP, that loop is the very process that tells you, for no discernable reason at the time, to suddenly ‘drop’ the predator, run or defuse.
At an Officer Survival course I gave last year, I made it extremely clear that my focus for the 40 hour class would be on surviving close quarter attacks where the predator was trying to seriously harm or kill the officer. This was made clear in my opening statements, throughout the day and the next day and the next, etc.
At the end of the class evaluations were given out, one of the attendees wrote that my tactics were too ‘violent’ and that their department would not sanction them???!!!! Excuse me, but someone please tell me what is considered too violent when someone is trying to kill you? I mean, can things get any more violent?
Only our friend ‘PC’ can be blamed for this sort of Pavlovian conditioning of a DT trainer! You see, in the real world, there are tactics that work in theory but not in practice. But, there are many great tactics that do work in practice but not in theory [but PCness, doctrine, ego or cultist myopia will not allow their benefits to be experienced].
How many of you have watched videos of good guys dying because they failed to observe or integrate their intuitive survival systems warnings? Not many of you I surmise. Believe me I’m not bragging, in my capacity as a police & military consultant I have seen many films like these and trust me, one gets a sickening feeling watching a real person die, especially when you can see the mistakes happening.
Sometimes **** happens, but in many of these videos it was the ‘system’ that failed them. [My opinion]. It’s important for anyone who cares to realize that my system evolved out of analyzing real confrontations, not trying conform a system to quell confrontations to ,make the system look good.
My system, which is so misunderstood by most, is intuitively generated and then behaviorally wired. All the tactics are interconnected and the emotional, psychological and physical choices are congruous with one another, therefore there is no dissonance [other than the real life organic fear present and unsolicited negative thoughts of fear/failure], the system is theoretical reliable because I do not teach rules.
Aside from my real world confrontations, teaching only self-defense for over 20 years, , thousand of hours of ring and scenario contact drills analyzing tactics for their merits, draw backs & so on, networking and training alongside some of the world’s elite warriors, I ALSO have seen the result of people who chose NOT to fight back, and of those who tried to fight back a moment TOO LATE.
Look how abstract and simple the Three D’s are. DETECT to avoid. DEFUSE to de-escalate. DEFEND to protect. No forced sequence [though those that do not really study my material think that there is an order]. The Three D’s can start @ DEFEND or end with DETECT. I don’t really care and only the scenario and you [that day] and your opponent can decide how it unfolds.
As I wrote in a recent post: Very often we all 'talk too much' and 'do too little'...that is one of the reasons I developed the Panic Attack System way back in 1982. During a training discussion on real-life responses, I realized we were all talking about what we would do.
On judgment day, we will not be asked to make a speech..
Experience cannot be bought but can be sought. Winning is an 'ego' driven pursuit and can interfere with the intuitive genius of the body/mind connection.
Theories, techniques, fitness, books, sparring, etc are just components. The actual scenario has a huge influence; from time of day, weather, fatigue, who's the opponent/s, are there weapons involved, escape route, allies, is it a mugging or a murder, I could go on & on. In reality, there are many components that must be present for the sun to shine on us in a 'holy-****' moment [as we respectfully refer to it]. If we all remind ourselves that we are training to improve, we'd all see more clearly. The 3-Dimensional scenario is the missing link in 'self-defense' training. Without it, everything is theory, discussion, talking.
Many individuals in the martial art world have trouble grasping my message and misinterpret my research. No one likes to hear another 'so-called expert' [me] suggest that what they are doing may not work. But that is the reality of life, most of what we all do does not work, which is why we all ‘work’ on learning to understand our relationships, jobs, children, language, martial arts, etc.
If one of your goals is maximum confidence for a real-life confrontation then the training must be life-like . I call our process the 'synthetic experience' because no matter how hard we all try, we cannot ever create reality, and we can only replicate a past event or imagine a future one. It's only real once, when it happens. [Fight the same guy wearing the same clothes in the same bar at the same time - next week - and I guarantee it’s a different fight, get it?]
In honor of the next mission Impossible movie, let me say it this way,...should you decide to accept the mission, your job is to create the most realistic FAKE stuff imaginable.
And that has been my philosophy for 20+ years of teaching: creating realistic fake stuff. Because when you think everything you do in a laboratory type environment is real, you begin to lose the plot, to think you know more and so on. 'Fake' keeps it humble, if this makes sense.
Train hard & stay safe.
BLAUER Tactical Systems www.tonyblauer.com