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Rory Miller: The Instructor With One Use of Force

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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Rory Miller: Learning, Responsibility, and Power

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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Rory Miller: Teaching Adults

Rory Miller of Chiron Training:

Some of the tenets of adult education versus childhood education are:

  • In order to interest an adult, you must show the adult the value in the lesson
  • You must tie in what you are teaching with what the adults already know
  • You just fit the new information into the world that the adult lives in
  • It is better to use the adult’s current skill and knowledge as a jump board…

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Rory Miller: A Hint From an Instructor Development Course

Rory Miller of Chiron Training:

Here’s a thought for curriculum development, a quick and dirty thought experiment. If 1) someone you loved was 2) going into harm’s way and 3) this person was completely innocent and 4) you had five minutes on the phone to tell them how to be safer, what would you say?

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Rory Miller: Teaching on the Fly

Rory Miller of Chiron Training:

I didn’t always know how many people would be there, the backgrounds of the students (how many force professionals versus experienced martial artists versus beginners, etc.) what the facility was like or what equipment was available. Traveling, I can rarely carry the amount or type of equipment that I like, so I’m dependent on what can be provided.

Teaching on the fly is a challenge, and I enjoy it.

Some tips…

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Rory Miller: The Practical Problem of Teaching Self-Defense

Rory Miller of Chiron Training:

Unlike police or military force training, you will use your skills alone the first time. Police and military do everything in their power to make sure that rookies don’t go into their first bad situation alone. The new officer is paired with a FTO (Field Training Officer). The infantry private is assigned to a squad with, ideally, an experienced corporal or sergeant as fire team or squad leader. A civilian will not get into his/her first violent assault with a partner who is a veteran of multiple self-defense situations. You’ll be alone.

And unlike anything else, in this unexpected problem experienced under pain, surprise and adrenaline, you will be held to a legal standard. Your decisions will be scrutinized by people who were not there, who did not feel the adrenaline or the pain. And they will question whether you needed to use force and if so whether you used too much.

These are the things that make teaching real self-defense such an incredible challenge.

Challenges and Possible Solutions

I could probably write a book about these challenges and possible solutions. (Hmmmmm…) Truth is, I don’t have answers. But I have some ideas. Here are a few.

1) Teach the way humans naturally learn…

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