October 26, 2015, Windsor, Co, USA
Krav Maga Tour
I am on my Fall Krav Maga tour, traveling around the United States, teaching students and instructors, beginners and advanced.
I teach groups, but yet I must not see a group, I must see individuals. Each individual has his own needs and expectations. It is the art of observation and fine tuning. It is the art of knowing when to correct and how much, and when to let go.
It is exciting to introduce newcomers to Krav Maga, our style of Krav Maga, and see the look on the faces; Wow, this is simple! I can do it! It is also gratifying to see the true teachers. The true teachers always remain students.
Some students who view themselves as "advanced practitioners" will participate or watch a seminar and say....same old stuff. They are so wrong it is sad. They will use this as an excuse not to attend a future seminar, feeling that they already know it all.
Yesterday I taught a seminar that I really enjoyed. Among the participants were those with ranks of master and high level black belts in various styles. But none were nonchalant, none had the attitude of "I know it all, there is nothing new to learn". Even with techniques which I have taught before they observed subtle points which they had not noticed before. The same was true with my seminars in other parts of the USA; guys with 4th dan in Karate, 5th dan in Hapkido, 6th dan in Kenpo, as well as black belts in Krav Maga opened their eyes with that Ah Ha look.
They told me that unresolved questions were answered, little points of difficulty resolved and new levels of understanding reached. This shows the true student and the true teacher. The one who thinks he knows it all will walk away with "same stuff as last year", and will have learned nothing while the true high level instructor will walk away with new insights and true progress.
That is part of the goal of these tours, to maintain our quality control of Krav Maga, to fix some bad habits that creep in while I am away, bad habits that can totally change the effect of the technique, to make sure that you are getting it right.
The open minded humble true martial artist will see this benefit, and say Ah Ha! now I get it, while the one who thinks he knows it all will walk away feeling he wasted his time since "it is all the same stuff".
A little point can make all the difference in the understanding and performance of a technique. A word here or there can change everything. That is the job of the teacher. That is our Krav Maga quality control.