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I know things are different for everybody. But, for me, it was the discipline of Karate training that trained me for reality. NOT the fighting techniques, it was the process. It was where I learned exactly what the human body and mind could accomplish. It was where I learned the difference between what I was and what I was becoming.
Curious as to what additional training guys do to"train for reality" outside the dojo. I lift weights 3 days per week, stretch twice each day ( and that's probably not enough in my case) walk or ride a bike daily. In addition I hit BOB in the basement when working out,work some joint locks with my son who trains mma every week, and do some aspect of Kata each day.
Otto wrote:I know things are different for everybody. But, for me, it was the discipline of Karate training that trained me for reality. NOT the fighting techniques, it was the process. It was where I learned exactly what the human body and mind could accomplish. It was where I learned the difference between what I was and what I was becoming. It was walking to the dojo in a blizzard when my car was broken. Then walking home all sweaty and sore and thinking of every single moment of class time as I waded through slush and drifts, my feet all numb. I would have bought new boots that week, but I had to buy that new fangled safe-T kick stuff that had just come out. The boots would have to wait. It was training in a horse stance when your legs were bruised and your feet blistered, and not letting your mind wander to "when the hell is class going to end?" It was wrapping that bad wrist with duct tape so you could at least TRY to do the pushups. It was going to class when you just didn't want to. And again. And again.
I've been in situations I didn't want to be in. It wasn't my firearm or my knife that made it easier. They probably had guns and knives, too. It wasn't that I was used to fighting, which I was - heck, I'm sure they were used to fighting as well. And while my awareness, tactics and experience were probably better than theirs - those things didn't tip the scales in my favor. The process of Martial Training did.
Yes, we all need tactical instruction and practice, we all need to take our lumps while getting them. But, in my opinion, what we all go through in the dojo, day in and day out, shouldn't be discounted when it comes to the subject of preparing for reality.
Van Canna wrote:if they don't think they have the advantage, they will choose another victim.
Van Canna wrote:As to training...yes work hard, stay hard, work 'concepts' more than techniques...but also stay armed in some fashion, know your weapons, and that includes your body.
And then come to grips that you soon get old and much of what you took for granted is gone, leaving the mental, which also has its day of reckoning.
Stryke wrote:One thing that's important I think in training self protection is training from a natural stance.
I think stances are where you end up not where you come from.
Same when looking at Kata,I think many miss the fact you move through a neutral stance between stances, work from neutral , not some aggressive posture that should send a signal your looking to fight
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