September 2, 2022, Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA
The Rutles, not the Beatles, but...similar. We need to know who we are.
I am a fan of the Beatles, of course, but I am also a fan of the Rutles, the spoof of the Beatles, a brilliant concept created by Eric Idle of Monty Python fame. In their song "Piggy in the Middle" a takeoff of "I am the Walrus: they sing...
I know you know what you know
but you should know by now that you're not me.
Silly, but clever indeed.
Indeed, we all know different things and we all learn in different ways, and by now each one of us should know that we are who we are and that we are not someone else. You should know by now that you are not me, and I should know by now that I am not you. So why should we expect our abilities to be identical?
We are all different, we are all individuals. And so our Krav Maga should be individual. Now if we were dancers in a chorus line there would be no room for individuality. Every step would have to coordinated with the music, every dancer would have to step in line, and step in time. It is a show, it is a performance, but Krav Maga is not a show, Krav Maga is about your personal survival, and therefore it should match you, your abilities, your skills and your limitations.
Thus, if I am testing a 70+ year old individual for black belt I will not expect a back spinning kick, nor is it necessary. I will not expect movements that can no longer be done due to physical limitations, the wear and tear of many years. We will indeed use our Krav Maga, but we must be adaptable, we must take the individual into account.
Krav Maga is not a performing art. It has one goal and one goal only; get home alive. As long as the concepts are adhered to, as long as the principles are used correctly, we are fine with it. When those principles are "Tweaked" or modified by individuals who do not understand our Krav Maga correctly, things go bad, the entire technique can become useless. That is why you need an instructor who understands the style and how to apply it to the individual. We need instructors who can help guide the individual to adapt the technique to their body without compromising its effectiveness.
We need to know ourselves; we need to know who we are, and who we are not. You should know by now that you're not me. Listen to the Rutles.
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