The Fellow Who Stole the Martial Arts

The Good and the Bad of Stealing Martial Arts

I was teaching a class a few years ago,
probably the last big class I ever taught,
and it was a joy and I was in heaven.

Now, the way I teach
I go through the forms,
then the students pair up and I circle through them,
taking them through the next step in the form,
showing them exactly what it means.
This makes the form more and more real.
So they are practicing self defense,
real self defense techniques,
when they are practicing the forms,
and they are practicing the forms,
whenever they do self defense techniques.

It is an excellent way to impart reality in martial arts,
and to bridge the gap between
the perfection of theory
and the chaos of combat.

it is a VERY fast method.
Maybe eight techniques in a form,
eight to ten classes,
that’s a month of twice a week classes,
12 forms in a year,
and the student is ready to move on to the next art.
My methods are fast and efficient,

So I was teaching the class,
went to one of the students and said,
‘Let’s take a look at the next technique.’
He said, ‘Joe taught me that one.’
I blinked.
And it turned out that Joe had taught him all the techniques,
and even the next two forms.
They had gotten together over the weekend, you see….
So I walked on.
And I thought about it.

Joe had taught him two forms,
about 15 techniques from the forms,
and he had done this fellow a real disservice.
The fellow now had all techniques second hand,
from a fellow who hadn’t worked them for more than a month or two.
And, he was now missing out on instruction
from a fellow with about 45 years of teaching experience,
he had the system,
but not the knowledge of what it was all about,
how it worked.
He didn’t have the ability to take the next step,
to do the next art,
because he had learned these techniques monkey see monkey do.
The fellow didn’t care.
Because he didn’t know.
Didn’t understand.
He didn’t understand that there was knowledge to be had.
He thought he had all the knowledge,
but all he had was a bunch of moves,
memorized in a weekend
without understanding how they worked,
how they fit together.

And, years later, I ran into this student again,
the one who had gotten all the tricks,
and he still didn’t know what had happened.
He had quit martial arts,
gone on to other things,
he asked if he could study with me again.
He knew something was missing,
you see.
He didn’t know what.
He didn’t know that he was still seeking.
he thought he had it all,
but he was still looking,
still missing out on what I would have taught him.
it was too late.
I couldn’t teach him,
he would have been bored,
wondered where the big mystery was.
he knew that stuff,
so where was this big thing he was looking for?
And he will never understand
that the big teaching happened years ago,
and he was there,
and he missed it.
He missed it because he had asked somebody to teach him.
In essence,
right in the middle of class,
he had asked for another teacher.
And he had gotten one.
As fast as my teaching method was,
he was impatient,
thought he could learn on his own terms.

There are several lessons to be had from this incident.
You could say you have to
respect the teacher and respect the art.
you could draw a conclusion about people who try to skip the line,
who are arrogant in their belief that they know it all.
there is always the lesson about people being blind.

But what I think about is that the fellow quit.
if he hadn’t quit,
if he had kept studying,
it would have worked.
It would have taken longer,
but he would have matured,
the art would have matured in him,
and he would have figured it out.
Might have taken him a few decades.
Might not.
He was a smart guy,
after all.

But here’s the thing…
it’s okay to get excited and grab what you can,
just don’t quit after you grab,
and here is the real lesson behind this guy.

For him it was like eating candy.
he grabbed it,
he ate it,
and then there was no more,
so he shrugged and walked away.

i mean,
he tried to eat it,
but he couldn’t,
without what I would have told him,
he just couldn’t ‘digest it,’
so he shrugged and walked away.

He’s still hungry for the ‘candy’ of the martial arts,
doesn’t know it,
but since he gorged himself once,
i know he missed the lesson,
and he’ll do it again,
so I can’t teach him.

it’s his fault,
but the fellow who taught…
it’s his fault, too.

Big disservice there.

no use crying over spilt milk,
life goes on,
and all I can say is that if you want to learn a system,
be prepared to practice that system for a year or two,
even if it is one of my fast methods,
you have to make sure that you get it,
that you are not just memorizing moves,
but getting the knowledge behind it all.

most important,
if you want the knowledge behind the martial arts,
if you want to know the secrets behind the systems I put together,
if you want to know the concepts that make the real and true martial arts,
check out The Master Instructor Course.
The Master Instructor Course has the real reasons
behind the martial arts.

You do this course,
and even if you gobbled the martial arts up like candy,
you will understand it all,
and you won’t walk away,
thinking that you got it all.

Okay ka dokely
and remember…

you can lead a horse to water,
but you can’t teach him to fish.
Only the horse can teach himself to fish,
but if horses could wish,
they’d all cast nets.

Got it?

Now have a great and wonderful work out.

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