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Old 07-24-2005, 01:37   #3
Roundeyesamurai
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I'm sure that everyone reading this has, on numerous occasions, seen those fire boxes which have a label reading "In Case Of Emergency, Break Glass". Have any of you ever wondered whether the contents of such boxes (alarm pulls, water hoses, etc.) will actually function if needed?

Obviously, the prudent business owner today doesn't rely upon the hope that the equipment will function- many businesses regularly test the fire extinguishers, test alarm pulls, replace the batteries in smoke detectors, drill fire evacuations, and so forth.

The reason this is done, is because in the past, too many people have died when their reliance upon "In Case Of Emergency, Break Glass" fire equipment failed them. So, the equipment is tested regularly to make sure such occurrences won't happen again.

This thread illustrates very well why I have a problem with the notion of "(insert technique) is too badass to be practiced". Such techniques are the combative equivalent of "In Case Of Emergency, Break Glass".

We can take it as assured, that anything which is practiced under duress, will likely succeed under duress- and the converse, that anything not practiced under duress, will likely fail under duress.

To this end, it is folly to rely upon any technique to "save our skins" which can't be practiced under duress beforehand- and futility to continue to train under an instructor who claims otherwise.

If the 'sparring' being executed is something along the lines of "We'll practice (insert material), but remember that, in a real fight, you'll be able to use (insert unpracticed technique) and it'll be over", then the sparring is a waste of time. Invoking the "special" technique is like tapping out, but performed by nage rather than uke. In other words, uke has won the match.

As for sparring- the advice I give, is that you need to learn to move. Undoubtedly, if you have an instructor who believes in one-shot-stop fight-ending moves (which are "too wicked" to be practiced), he's also not teaching you many needed skills, such as how to move well.

What is needed, is for you to have a fundamental, paradigm shift in combative mentality- and this can only begin, by taking up training with a different instructor, probably in a different method.

Obviously, if your instructor insists on having you remain the class punching bag, rather than teaching you (individually) how to compensate for your stature, skill level, etc., then he and his instruction are a waste of money for you.

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