Stryke wrote:My approach is to train mindfulness
I try to maintain awareness and not be distracted, in training and daily life, I try to take in a much from my senses as I can, and not be distracted by thought, but aware of it and aware of what I'm currently experiencing.
There are so many school of thought on this better than mine, buy its really just active meditation and consciousness work
Being observant, studying people, and looking with a beginners mind and not knowing
Good post. Attended a Tony Blauer seminar and he described himself as being in "Bodyguard Mode" when out and about. Not looking for trouble but always being aware. Good mindset to maintain at all times.
Also recall something in one of Rory Miller's books about those who work and deal with real violence as opposed to those of us who haven't. Not sure what book it is, but he said that unfortunately real violence is the best teacher and we can only imagine how we would respond if we were there. Because of this I felt Ray's denigration of bouncers in the UK was irrelevent. Whether guys like Lee Morrison, Geoff Thompson, and others are bouncers/good guys/ bad guys/whetever is irrelevent to me. They certainly have something to teach us who haven't experienced real violence too often.
Rory Miller's book "Talking Them Through" has been a staple of mine and i review in a lot. I work in mental health and we cannot harm our patients who become violent, (like karate "no first strike"),so it's a scary spot to be in because a pre-emptive strike is a great equalizer.
Read a lot of the stuff that's out there on this topic and Rory Miller's stuff is the best I've come across.Something I've come to realize is that uechi ryu is a great base for all of this stuff that is reality based and is a great style to cross train from. I try to train in two modes, karate do for health,physical improvement, balance, mental improvement, camraderie and as a lifestyle.Cross training has caused the light to go on as far as the practical side of what we should be capable of if we need to use our training for self protection.
We talk a lot about how we would handle this and that type of threat and what we "would" do if threatened or what we "did" do years ago when in high school, college, in our 20's or whatever.
We need to train for who we are now.