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Technical Difficulties, Curricular Conundrums and Adaptive Learning

The following is a true story, one that happened to a good friend.

He is, as we say in Australia, a Unit. With a capital ‘U’. He is mid-thirties, around 6’0 and 95kgs, with hardly any body fat. In addition to being very fit and strong, he also had a military career spanning close to two decades and has been involved in self-defence and the martial arts for most of that time. He has been in situation where he had to put those skills to the test, and has done so successfully. Simply put, he is not a dude you want to mess with.

His career often involves travel. During one of his moves to another part of the country, he sought another Krav Maga school to keep up his training (and sanity – those of you who train regularly know what I’m talking about). He trained there for the better part of 6 months, and then went for his first grading. Despite surviving all of the scenarios and dropping one opponent after the other, he failed his test and was told he needs to stay on as a white belt. The reason was that his technique was different to what the school teaches. Apparently, his blocking technique was not effective… despite all evidence to the contrary.

Was the school right to fail him for not learning their way of doing things, or was it their oversight for failing someone who has demonstrated to have clear self-defence capabilities?

Read more...

Fight or Fright, Pt. 2

Fight or Fright, pt. 1

Being a Good Training Partner, Pt. 2 - Roles, Mirrors and Comfort

Being a Good Training Partner, Pt. 1 - Roadmaps and Tools

3 Hilariously Sad Stories of Effort and Reward

'Woof Woof' - Tales of Intent, Confidence, Ego and Dog Poop

Economic Theory and Your Training, Pt. 2 - Lessons From Behavioural Finance

Economic Theory and Your Training, Pt. 1 - There May Be Something Here...

Venn Diagrams and Martial Arts: Tradition, Sport and Self Defence

Lessons From A Tattoo - Attachment, Contentment and Progress in Martial Arts

A Broken Compass: Mayweather Vs McGregor, Morality Vs Curiosity and Combat Sports Vs Martial Arts

The Many Faces of the Dojo, Pt. 3 (or 'Enough Stereotypes Already!')

The Many Faces of the Dojo, Pt. 2 (or 'More Stereotype Fails')

The Many Faces of the Dojo, Pt. 1 (or 'Martial Artist Stereotypes')

Not All Arts Were Created Equal

It's You Vs You, Part 1: Martial Arts Mediocrity, Excellence and Success

How Your Messy Desktop Can Literally Get You Killed!

The Dojo Syndrome Pt. 4 (Or 'Oh No, More Self Defence Fails!)

Why You Should Beat Your Instructors Up

Play Music to Learn How to Fight (or Vice Versa)!

Principles of Pugilistic Propulsion

Alone or Together?

Talk the Talk Before You Walk the Walk

Speed with 3 P's

Is Your Krav Maga Soft?

Sparring in Krav Maga... Should You?

Why You Will Fail to Keep Your New Year's Resolution... And What to do About it!

Get S.M.A.R.T

Getting Punched in the Face, Puzzle Solving and Critical Thinking

Is Self-Defence a Lifestyle Choice?

The Dojo Syndrome pt. 3 (or 'even more reasons why self defence training is done badly')

The Real Dojo Bully

Martial Arts Fairytales

How do You Know You Know?!

Learning Different Styles... or Different Learning Styles?

As Real as it Gets

The Dojo Syndrome Pt. 2 (or 'More Reasons Why Self Defence Training is Done Badly')

The Dojo Syndrome (or 'why self defence training is often done so badly')

Holiday Safety Tips

Turning Your Attackers On. And off.

Why you should love training what you hate

Fill in the blank: 'Practice makes ______'

Keep questioning yourself...

Space and Time

The 'diminished fighter' conundrum

The paradox of Tradition and Self Defence

Mind the Gap

A Breakdown of Reality

Two Pillars

Schooled - What are you looking for?

Perception and Reality - My Two Cents

What If? Reflections on a Relevant Phrase

DIEP - Learning Martial Arts Through Reflection

Sidelined, Not Sidetracked

Adrenal response and the arts