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04 Oct 2015


I started my self-defense lessons in a small town in Georgia soon after high school in the early 90's. I had been a skinny kid that found myself in scuffles all of the time growing up. So I figured it only made sense. And well, I have been training off and on ever since. - Survival

Unfortunately I have not reached ninja status or anywhere even close (not Karate Kid status), on the other hand have learned a few things other than techniques... What I've learned are a handful of very important tips which can help other people starting their training in self-defense. I guess you could say I've gained some wisdom.

Slow down

The first tip I have is to simply slow while training. Seriously, get into sloth mode. So many people starting in self-defense training need to find out a technique as quickly as possible... And also this just isn't a good idea in any way. For one, you need to take some time with every technique so that you can learn it correctly. Unless you take your time and be patient, you'll be able to pretty much bet you'll not master the technique. Therefore basically you have wasted your time and efforts and money.

Secondly, if as a beginner you move too fast, the chances of injuring your training partner skyrockets. Think it over, you have someone who has just learned a leg bar, and as an alternative to taking it slow, they join you without any control and fully execute a leg bar. Bam! See ya later elbow!

Just Listen

You'd think listening would be a given. And you also would think listening would certainly be the respectful thing for students to do. However, so many people that start off training need to provide the class as well as the instructor with their inexperienced opinion about the reasons why a certain technique won't work or whatever else... They wish to say things like, "Who would ever grab you prefer... ", "How would this work if... ", "This is not realistic because... " Okay folks, here's the sale, you need to just become all ears if it is time to train. I can almost guarantee that when it's all said and done, and you're simply looking back, you will understand why your instructor taught you ways they did. That's the case for me.

Always Practice

Although you may normally need a partner to apply your jiu-jitsu, aikido or whatever discipline you could be studying, whenever you are away from the dojo training, run through your techniques in your face. This will help commit these details to memory. And then for any striking arts, shadow box. That is certainly all I have to say with that. - Survival


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