Kyusho Teaching too Static
One of the biggest criticisms of the science of pressure point self defense it that it is taught too "static." What do you think? Is Kyusho Teaching too Static? Or are the critical people simply misinformed?
For sure someone who thinks this has never been to one of my classes, workshops or seminars. This is why I have a book and a video course on movement as it applies to Kyusho Jitsu. But I do understand their point.
Let's take a look at why things are taught the way they are, and how they can evolve.
Kyusho Teaching too Static - Reason One
When the student first begins his journey of Kyusho Jitsu there is so very much to learn. And event hose who are proficient at their root martial art style will have issues with all that must be learned!
Therefore this is NOT THE TIME for adding on the fly movements. Once the basics are learned and internalized, we have move on. Now to reason two.
Kyusho Teaching too Static - Reason Two
The next is very simply, the Uki. When you are first learning, and then if you add moving "live" the chances of a seriously "hard" pressure point strike increases. The mind is trying to focus on more than one thing at a time. The result is the potential for serious injury to the Uki.
As your understanding progress to the point of unconscious competence in what you are doing the level of attack can be increased with accidental damage and unintended consequences reduced.
Kyusho Jitsu Learning Curve
The diagram to the right is how all people, regardless of intelligence learn.
The first level is the "red" zone. This is Unconscious Incompetence. This is where 90% of martial artist fit when it comes to Kyusho Jitsu. Why? Because there has been no serious study.
This is the beginning level, when you don't know what you don't know.
The second level in Conscious Incompetence. This is the "orange" zone. Here you know you don't know anything. Sometimes referred to as the white belt mind.
The third level Conscious Competence is when you have been training for a while. This is the "yellow"zone and the place where we can stop the "Kyusho Teaching too Static" idea. You are now really beginning to understand things. And they are beginning to become natural for you. Therefore movement can be added to the training.
The fourth level is the final one. Unconscious Competence. The "green' zone. This is the "Master" stage when you no longer think about what you are doing. It is driven purely by "intent" and not emotions. As Bruce Lee so beautiful quoted in Enter the Dragon, "not anger, emotional content." And also "i do not hit, it hits all by itself."
Facts are fact, however you will never convince a naysayer of anything.
Closed minded people are very insecure and the idea of learning is just more than they can handle. And that is fine, they are in life where they are.
And just because someone does not like something does not mean that it is not true.
There is a path to learning and no matter how much some people do not like it, the facts do not change. Even if you are a 50 year Grand Master this still holds true. Experience will help you progress quicker, but the path is the path.
Once Unconscious Competence is reached, then Kyusho Jitsu can be practiced full speed. If you have any questions please feel free to comment here.
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