One of the accepted datums is that the real martial arts take years to learn. It’s wrong. You can learn to get hit in the face in one second, and that means that you have one second to learn the martial arts. One second, and the lesson is learned, and you will be different next time.
You think about getting hit in the face, what it was like, the pain, the frustration afterward that borders on rage.
You think about ducking, putting up your hands, a weapon, kicking, jumping back, letting the arm pass, hitting the other guy first…and on and on.
I’m going to tell you a secret in a second, one of my never fail teaching secrets that makes instant martial artists, but first, read the win right after the video snippet of Pan Gai Noon.
“Already seen both DVDs and I think the material is excellent. Sure makes my martial arts training have more meaning. I am going to study in more detail (kind of like a second phase with me) the manual and DVDs this week, and thus send it to my “long term memory.”
Okay, here’s what I do when I get one of these idiot softies who wants world peace without paying the price (learning competence and self-reliance and all that sort of stuff)
I place my fist on their cheek and push through, and I tell them that is the path a punch will take.
I then tell them I’m going to hit them lightly, not hurt them, and I want them to look at what happens. I punch softly and lightly through their face. No real pain, just a grunt of surprise at the collision of flesh.
I then stand back, and tell them I am going to hit them and hurt them, unless they can slap my fist out of the air. I then punch, but I make sure I punch at a speed they can slap my fist.
If I get through, I pull the punch a little, but I still hit them. Then I tell them I’m going to do the same thing again, and that they must learn to slap the punch out of the air. Usually they don’t miss at all. But, if they do, they learn pretty quick.
Voila! Instant martial artist! HAH!
And then we get into angles and follow ups and what ifs and all the fun of real training.
Be careful with this technique, only use it with the people who need it, but can still assimilate it. Obviously, I don’t wish to go MMA, or abuse the art. I just want to open eyes to reality, and introduce certain kinds of people to the real martial arts.
If you want more hints, and some real die hard training concepts, drop by Monster Martial Arts.