In today’s world,
one cannot take our situations lightly. We must be trained and
alert for what we encounter daily. Too many of us walk
everyday in a clueless state of living. Most of us don’t really
pay attention to our surroundings, drive or walk the same way
to work everyday, and are oblivious to changes until they
suddenly happen. This is also how some security/police/martial
artist are caught off guard. It seems we are in the freeway or
autobahn mode of getting to places as fast as we can, and not
prepared for detours.
We, as martial
artist, especially instructors, should be in a “yellow light”
mode. In other words be cautious, scan regularly your
surroundings, and think also ahead of where you will be going.
Most confrontations can be avoided if we are “watchful”. Also,
if a fight is unavoidable, we can be better prepared. Training
with a certified instructor is a must, especially an
instructor who can prepare you for the street and life. An
instructor who just teaches tournament martial arts is only
giving you half of what you need. So check around, any of the
instructors in our Federation meet the grade of instructors
who will lead you to the proper path.
assist you to become more alert, train well for physical/mental
fitness, and how to defend you and your family. In my classes,
I will on occasion train in a park with uneven ground, or in
rain or snow, in a parking lot, as well as the dojo. Variety
keeps the mind and body alert, and ready for tactics of street
attackers. In these times , we can no longer afford to be
“clueless”, we need to be leaders and teach people how to be
the best they can be and avoid being a victim.. In the long
run, being focused keeps one relaxed and conserves energy.
Avoiding surprises, not being caught up in the “fright
syndrome” (tunnel vision caused by being surprised and not
ready), by training. Live well and train hard each day, even
if only for a few moments. Besides martial arts, reading t
learn more about history and the world is invaluable… know
more about people you deal with each day, be open to new ideas
to expand your knowledge and better your martial art skills.
Bruce Lee had his good martial arts knowledge, but was also
very aware to update and hone his skills everyday!
To succeed in
modern day society, one must be aware that most situations can
be handled, if we are the confident one! If one says the have
no time for practice, not so. We can workout when watching TV,
taking a break at the office, while stuck in traffic, etc.
Live well, strive hard, enjoy life, and be a leader!