On Dave’s forum there is a good discussion going but it is not getting much attention.
Many people at the camp have broken boards, concrete blocks, even baseball bats.....but these same people pulled their power during some simulations...DID THEY PULL THEIR POWER OR IN FACT HAVE NO POWER?......the same power that broken these hard objects..were unable to hit someone in a protective suit that is designed for HIGH BLUNT TRAUMA......the question is WHY?...
Get over to his page and read and get involved _
So what about your ‘confident competence’? We have heard so much about these words representing dojos training concepts that will emerge automatically when really needed, right?
Sure_ it is a good mindset, and I am sure we can all relate episodes of such performances for some of us.
Let’s see_ can we define competence? How about unconscious competence as implied in another big TMA word _ MUSHIN
"Competence" isn't easy to define either. That's because competence is context-dependent. A person can be a champion bull’s-eye shooter and miss the target completely in a shoot house or in force-on-force training.
As Bruce Siddle explains in sharpening the Warrior's Edge, a person fighting to stay alive must be competent to perform under high levels of stress and arousal. Furthermore, "competence" in one situation may be both quantitatively and qualitatively different from competence in another.
Therefore, the "competence" aspect of unconscious competence refers to the ability to successfully implement learned behaviors and achieve a defined objective in a specific context or set of similar contexts in an automatic manner.