Hi everyone. I have been a visitor and thought I'd try being a member. For my 2 cents. I make my guys drill in 3 ways. One is for the fluid movement, 2 is for power, and 3 is for the most realistic way we can.
One of the ways I like to make things realistic is verbally. I have taught a few seminars where the people are pros in a field, however, they are not used to the verbal assualt that is part of reality.
for example. A few months ago I was being contacted to go to businesses and lay out a plan for them as many employees were being let go and the company along with workers were getting death threats. Bad economy makes bad choices. At almost every business there was atleast one blackbelt. Many thought they had all the training they needed. I won't go into my methods but I think the point of verbal training is valid here. I had many who would tell me that they would just take the gun from anyone who wanted to shoot up the place. So I let them demonstrate. Of course holding a rubber gun with my extended arm and a pleasant face they accomplished thier task. Next I would demonstrate a more real scene. I asked if they were ready and when they were, I started with a casual walk up to them and then a very mean and determined face along with a string of profanity. Many broke down and cried, others just froze, and most everyone watching was outraged at the language.
without getting into gender and who did what, the point is what works in the dojo is very different from the actual encounter.
So one of my drills is to be as real as possible. Since I have LEO's and EP agents as students, the reality is easy to find.
as for power, it is 2 fold, the student delivering it practices but the one taking it also practices taking the hits.
before anyone goes off about hitting eachother, there is the safe way with a flat fist and avoiding vital spots and then the idiot way of just letting it fly.
We get soar but not injured.
speed is not going to do anything without power,
power without speed is not to worthy
but neither is worth anything if you can't take the hits and perform in a real situation
rubber is easy to eliminate. we use real knives, real guns,
class is always focused and safe,
thanks for your time.
I look foward to reading more of your posts