Rory Miller of Chiron Training:
One of my threshold observations was that people who has prevailed in a single violent encounter were consistently the worst teachers. These were the ones that felt there was only one right answer, whether it was rage or fitness or speed or power or… the one thing that had worked was the only thing that could work. And, because all thinking humans know that’s not true, these instructors had a constant cognitive dissonance they needed to resolve…
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Maija Soderholm, author of The Liar the Cheat and the Thief: Deception and the Art of Sword Play:
I admit it, I talk too much. The pictures and concepts I see in my head want a way out. They want describing, refining, sharing and altering, and words seem to be one of the most accessible ways to do this with others ….. But really, how useful are they when teaching a physical skill set?
Language can explain and inspire, yet it can also confuse and misdirect, it is a true double edged sword – our savior and our downfall
Precision can be hard to convey, especially when personal experience differs to the extent that words mean different things to the speaker and the listener …. and this is assuming that the speaker is explaining clearly, and that the listener is even listening!
Say the word ‘threat’ for instance, and some will not even have a concept of what that might be…
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Kathy Jackson of Cornered Cat and the IDJ:
What if we never showed a child what their ability to walk could be used for? Never showed them how to run, or kick, or jump, or climb a tree? Would it help a child’s ultimate independence and ability to do those other things if instead of doing those things with them, we kept the kid in a perpetual state of improving their skill at walking? If we measured and categorized every step they took, telling them all the different ways they could improve their walking performance? “Kiddo, look, your step-to-step times can be improved if we just eliminate a little wasted motion right at the top of that left leg swing…” We might even put together little contests for them with their other friends, where we tightly scripted and carefully measured their walking skills, with stages that emphasized foot flexion, leg extension, stride length, being able to balance on one leg or the other, and so on…
Rory Miller of Chiron Training:
Here’s the way I see it. I will assume 100% responsibility. If I am the teacher it is 100% my responsibility to be understood. And if I am the student, it is 100% my responsibility to understand. These percentages and the concepts of teaching and learning, the relationship of teacher to student are not exact realities. A huge amount of every interaction you have with other people is being created in your head. Humans don’t deal, almost ever, with objective reality. We ascribe meanings from our own histories, and interpretations from our own internal connections to everything we hear and everything we see. You can and do control this process. A fairly large amount of it you can control mindfully, consciously. And some you can only influence…
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Jason Miletsky of Exceptional Fitness, Self-Defense, and Safety started the Special Needs Self Defense And Safety group on Facebook.
“Jason Miletsky earned his B.S. degree from Nova Southeastern University in Behavioral Science. Jason is a certified Exceptional Student Education teacher. Currently he is an ESE and Behavior Specialist for the Broward School District. Jason has an extensive background in Applied Behavior Analysis, athletics, fitness, recreation management, martial arts, program development, and implementation of developmentally appropriate programs and curriculum for typical individuals as well as those with special needs of all ages.”
Looks like there are some good resources there.
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h/t Phil Wong
Information overload: When I first began coaching I was anxious to pass as much detailed information as possible to students when demonstrating moves; in the belief that the more details they had, the more perfect their performance of the move would be. I soon found the opposite effect took place. The students did not have the experience to know which details ought to be given priority and so tended to emphasize the least important details over the most important. … My job then, is not dumping information – IT IS ABBREVIATING AND PRIORITIZING INFORMATION. Once I feel it is absorbed in ways that a student can utilize it under stress, I can add more. As soon as I made this adjustment…
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h/t Torin Hill of TORIS
We do not live in a world where everybody can wear an untucked polo shirt over a gun belt with a Glock 19 and centerline fixed blade knife, and can take all their vacation days every year to attend gun school. Nor should we. By making that sound like the lowest hurdle for responsible self defense, we turn off more people than we attract.
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