In a normal martial arts school, the first few months you learn to defend yourself. Once you can defend yourself, however, something interesting happens. You begin the struggle to collapse reaction time.
If you could respond faster, you could win.
Over time, you learn how to move at the same time. Takes decades, but you learn it. And, maybe you are one of the blessed few who learn to act before.
Not react, because that is to act after. But to act.
No reaction time is an interesting place, and you realize that nearly all fights are a reaction. They happen after an insult, a slight, a shoulder shove, which happen after a bad day, a lousy personality, whatever.
And the true martial artist learns to avoid the reaction, to see it coming.
He’s the guy in charge, he’s the guy who teaches,he’s the guy who stays calm in the middle of the fray.
Now the real tragedy is that so many people start, then stop.
It seems they like to be stuck in reaction time, victim to the circumstance. And, it is too bad that so many advertisements play to this mentality. But then a victim can be manipulated to buy.
That’s where I realized that I was up against it with Monster Martial Arts. I was teaching the original stuff, and I was teaching accelerated methods for getting that calmness of mind, of getting a fellow out of reaction and into action.
But it’s hard to sell that to a victim personality. He wants a wham bam punch in the eyeball approach, and I was selling the real thing, where you outgrow childish behavior and learn the real art.
Fortunately, there’s enough smart people in the world, and more people are getting smarter every day. Some day, if I and people like me can push enough true martial arts, we’ll have nothing but real martial arts schools.
Check out Monster Martial Arts. Matrixing if you want the accelerated approach, or Evolution of an Art if you want the old tried and true approach. Which ever method you choose, it’s done the right way.