Sunday, June 14, 2015

Never Judge a Fighting System by Its Best Athlete...

Judging fighting systems and rating fighting systems

     One of my old and favorite adages -

"Never judge a fighting system by its best athlete. He will make everything look good. Conversely, never judge one on its worst athlete, he will make everything look bad."

     Think about how many systems are sold by the superstars doing their amazing stuff. Super champs make a system and sell it,  often doing things that we mere mortals cannot do. The question is what can normal people - the median, the high percentage of us - do with this superstar's system? This material? Often we aren't as athletic or don't have the time to train as the superstars did.

     We operate in a "mixed person's" world, with people of all kinds of shapes, sizes, weights, ages, strengths, etc. A good system of so-called "reality" fighting or self defense, and not sport, is a system that recognizes this common-sense truth as a foundation.

     Each person is different. But if you have an excellent trainee of superior mental and physical skills? Then the definition of "simple" is different. The definition of "complicated" is also different. Your fine-tuned motor skills are his gross-motor ones. The norm is not the common norm. A good system doctrine must challenge, help, and encourage these special people to do the special things they are capable of.

     And it should always make all people "push the envelope" of their perceived capabilities, too. A little push every day. 

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