February 18, 2020, California Highway 101 North
Driving up north to San Lois Obispo and thinking of the upcoming seminar, the last in this North/Central America Winter Tour, I hear a familiar song on the radio. It is called "The Logical Song" (Supertramp)
But then they send me away to teach me how to be sensible
Logical, oh responsible, practical
and I understand what I must teach tonight.
When I present a technique, I explain it, logically. I show how it is...sensible, logical, oh responsible, practical.
(now I do understand that the young man in the song is not singing about Krav Maga, but is rather confused by a world where he must be so logical, but there is a lesson here for us, as teachers)
I am not a drill sergeant, I am not an old Asian master who is not to be questioned, I explain the technique, and then I ask; is it logical? Does it make sense to you? Now you try it and please give me your feedback.
I do not teach techniques that defy logic, or gravity. I teach what can you work for you, the simple man...
The questions run too deep
For such a simple man
Won't you please, please tell me what we've learned
We need techniques that work for us, not against us. My method of teaching is to show how the techniques share a common thread that unites them in a way that makes them easy to learn, easy to remember and easy to use in many different situations. It is a logical system.
As the songwriter points out it is often difficult to make sense of the world we live in, but we can at least teach a system of self defense that is logical, sensible, practical.
When I was young, it seemed that life was so wonderful
A miracle, oh it was beautiful, magical
But we must understand that the world can be a very nasty place at times, we must be prepared. We must be logical and responsible.