May 7, 2018, Israel
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Ever go to sleep at night and think about all the things you plan to do the next day? Ever travel to another country and think of all the friends you are going to connect with and all the sites you are going to see?
We all know the truth; you don't do half of them.
All those plans you thought of last night, when you get up in the morning you just don't have the energy to make that kind of effort. What seemed like a good idea yesterday is just too much trouble today.
I just landed home after a brief trip to Rome. I had ideas of all that I would accomplish when I arrive home. But the flight was delayed, I was caught in traffic, I had to make a stop for gasoline and now I am tired and not really up to doing most of the work I had planned to do today.
Now what is the point of this story?
This story is the truth behind Krav Maga and why most systems of Krav Maga and martial arts do not really work on the streets. In the dojo, the training hall, we plan our moves step by step, we ask - what will come next? and What is the follow up? But in reality what we plan in advance will never happen.
We will be caught off-guard, we will be tired and stressed. Like a trip home from the airport; a chance meeting with a relative, a delayed flight, trouble with the cart and the credit card, a stop for gas and before you know it, you are just too tired to do what seemed so easy before the flight.
It is exactly the same with self defense, exactly. We will do this, and we shall do that, and ....No you will not! You are training incorrectly. I will repeat that, you are training INCORRECTLY.
As Bruce Lee wisely said, all you can do is train yourself so that in a moment of truth your tools will strike correctly. You cannot plan in advance the sequence of the attack. You can train your mind and when the attack comes your body will react, but you will not remember exactly what happened. "it" will just happen.
The following blog was written in response to a question from a young woman in Ukraine. What is next?
“The great mistake is to anticipate the outcome of the engagement; you ought not to be thinking of whether it ends in victory or defeat. Let nature take its course, and your tools will strike at the right moment.” (Bruce Lee)
The title of master must be earned and awarded, you can't just call yourself master.