We knew it would be slightly controversial posting this video. If you can’t see the link, it features one of our drills where several people are hitting and pushing one female student in the middle of a circle. It took some time, but eventually the comment we had been waiting for surfaced.
“Wow! Are you telling me I can learn how to gang beat a defenseless woman? Such powerful technique. Please take my money!” *Editors note: the spelling and grammar mistakes on the comment have been fixed for the purposes of this newsletter.
But small talk aside, let’s look at this drill, which has its roots in the Slavic tradition of mass fighting. No hard feelings. Just training in preparation for battle.
In our case, the person in the middle isn’t intended to fight in that particular version of the drill. Rather, we are working on developing attributes in students. It is intended to accustomize a student to stay calm and focused in the face of the stress inoculation, to keep moving and breathing, and to quickly recognize the fighting style of the different characters in a multiple-opponent scenario. They take a few light hits…no big deal. There is nothing about being defenceless there, nor is this even a self defence drill.
Sport martial artists- who are dominating the market these days under the guise of warrior arts- fail to recognize that there is a massive difference between studying the vastness of conflict, violence, and self defence vs. sport fighting. The person in the middle is not interested in a medal. This is a conditioning drill about self development and survival… and not even necessarily in the context of violence.
We would invite our keyboard warrior to come for a visit. We can pair him with one of our “defenceless” female students to see what happens. It is a big win for us when those who appear the weakest, are the most powerful. We also welcome comments on the video thread! Let’s keep the debate going.
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