November 4, 2014, Perth, Australia
Rebekah, understanding concepts such as the use of space, force and improvisation. IKI Seminar, Perth, Australia
I remember the days well. Every new technique was exciting. Every new lesson was a source of renewed inspiration. I documented my journey and my growth. I filled notebooks with drawings, sketches and descriptions of the new martial arts techniques that I was learning. Each one was a source of amazement to me.
I memorized each one.
It is exactly the same as learning a new language, every new word, phrase is exciting. But as time goes on our language skills become not a collection of memorized phrases but an actual living language. We can create our own phrases to fit a situation, we can express ourselves creatively and in our own unique individual fashion. We do not need to fall back on memorized expressions.
It is the same with true Krav Maga.
As time goes on we move beyond memorization and we move beyond technique.
We learn to understand concepts and principles which, unlike individual techniques, are applicable in an infinite number of situations.
We may forget individual techniques. We may not be able to access that notebook, that page, under stress, but concepts, few in number and infinite in application, are easy to learn, easy to apply and easy to remember.
That is the IKI Krav Maga way.