EDC’s (Non-Firearm)… and all the crap floating around this

We love our toys, I’m the first… how we love to show our friends the new

“emerson” we carry. Looks great clipped on ready to go. Some of you might
have other toys. Why not? It’s easy to sell
instructionals/manuals/workshops and more… Man does it look good when the
guy draws in one fluid motion and starts to thrust slash backcut the
“invisible” foe in front of him….

One thing you have to grasp. The limitations of carrying an EDC/s : Here’s
a few facts to consider:

1. Most people have a limited amount of time available to training. That
includes unarmed, firearm, fitness, EDCs…. Your main challenge is to
deploy under stress. Experts who spent hours practicing can’t, for the
most part, deploy a tucked in folder in a realistic no consent scenario.
retentionLEOs have a hard time accessing Pepper spray, carried in open holsters BTW,
15 ft of distance between them and their attackers. You will have to clear
clothing, create distance to do so obviously, not eat significant shots in
the process… and finally cut or pierce something significant…..
retentionRiiiiiggghht. So pre-deployment is key. Have it in your hand before the
shit hits the fan. “Yeah but my instructor can…..” Your instructor trains
30 fucking hours a week and I bet that he can barely draw under pressure
100% of the time. As the late Jeff Cooper once said:’ If you wind up in the
middle on a gun fight, and your carry piece is NOT in your hand already…
you are dead.’

2. If you understand the relation between stopping power and lethal force,
knives can be lethal but lack stopping power. People have fought on with
horrific cuts. There is little possibility of non-lethal stopping power
with blades. I can live with that…. You are justified or not.

3. EDCs are not a substitute for poor counter ambush skills, tactical
thinking and brains. Your opponents will have his tool/s in his hand when
he makes his moves where he thinks he has a clear advantage. If he has the
drop on you, you can carry anything you want. won’t help you.

4. You’re tools work as well for your attacker, understand the importance
of retention….

5. This applies to sprays, spikes, flashlights and co….

Don’t attribute powers to tools. It’s a huge mistake.

The Malevolent Preacher

Networking hahahahahaha

Nothing against building contacts. But really… I never gave a flying fuck on a rolling donut what my “peers” think about what I do. I never needed anyone’s approval besides my clients. We, in the early days, looked forward. We developed and could not care less what others did or not do or said or not say. I always felt it gave me total teaching freedom. No rent, never had to buy expensive equipement, never marketed (nothing wrong with it) and left my clients happy and empowered. That simple, all I cared about. What I teach now is different than what I taught in the past. It has evolved and will change in the future. So chase me to do what I’m doing and when you figure it out? I’ll be on something else.

I find it humorous when I see who wants to join a group and it says “member of 14 groups”. If you have enough time to keep up with 14 groups maybe you should train more. Really?

2014-10-13 20The group hug pictures are great memories, but so many of them are floating… who gives a shit anyway. Lots of people love the “I’ll take my picture with XXXX and people will think I’m a regular student or an instructor!” Good if they think you are that famous… flattering as fuck. Before you know it 80% of what they teach is your material and NO… you don’t see 80% of the money. Should we start harping like most of this trade do…. “He’s using my stuff!” At the rate the DVDS are flying, Richard should be happy. I’m not aware of what arrangements are in place, but I assume everyone gives his cut. Right? If not… well maybe you should re-check your premise. Anyhow I hate this part of the biz and Rich and Wes should not even have to ask.

The real Senshido is only taught in a class context, the only place where true experimentation can occur and concepts evolved. Certainly not over a keyboard. Speaking for some of us, we rather train than talk about it. That simple.  The Germany experiment proved that.

Senshido class = degree in medecine
Semis = First aid class with CPR…. Keyboard = I watch ER once a week…. good comparaisons.

Drive forward and don’t look back. Eagles fly alone, pigeons congregate on a statue of someone in the past and shit all over each other

Ahhh the shit we do for approval

                                                                                                   The Malevolent preacher

Why you should do classes on top of seminars

Because at seminars you barely scratch the top of senshido. You can take 75 of them, you will have made yourself a huge favor by increasing your survivability dramatically.  Periodical semis are the best for people that don’t or won’t train on a regular basis.  Semis don’t make you a senshido apprentice or certainly not an instructor (Laughable).  Doing a senshido class on a regular basis will however change a lot.  When I see a clip of “innocent victim vs evil michelin man” the people participating are doing a great job (no sarcasm)… But most of the clips end with the ever entertaining double shred, each party latching on to the other’s face and wild catting the other. This is really a fail. In a senshido classen5oct07s where we have more time, this is corrected. How? Simply, we box, grapple, kickbox, mess with judo concepts, invite specialist in those discipline to help us.

I know what you are thinking and fuck off, I’m sick of hearing people with N0 skills default to the “Yeah but we are not about sport fighting!”  Principles of physics are universal, generating power, bio mechanically speaking is the same wether you sport fight or not.  We grapple so we instinctively know where to position our hips in a clinch (“dick in pocket” thank you Jim A. or clearing them)  in order not to be lifted or thrown off our feet.  We can keep someone off balance, We box to program range and to be able to move in without eating shots to “anchor” a shredd… We know how to slip to help us get out of the power box, we kickbox to tune our reaction to low line kicks and to deliver them without sacrificing balance, we do pad work to improve timing/speed/coordination, we do bag work for mechanical improvements, we use agility ladders to improve our ability to move.

Take all those attributes, integrate them and watch what happens to your primal combat skills.

Reverse the drill and try this… make the victim wear the michelin man costume, then have a very competent striker put on mma gloves and tell him to start slugging with all he’s got. See what you go through before you anchor…. Then lose the pillsbury doughboy suit and try with a helmet only.  In the old days we were confident because of our abilities to box, kickbox and grapple. Shredding just happened, no that ridiculous double shredd ….

Join a local class and become the real deal

The Malevolent preacher

The meaning of “having access to a senshido instructor”

First understand the “cred”. Your instructor has something money can’t buy. A handful of cash and a few weekend seminars don’t do it. Ask our newest members Jani and Jurgen. The senshido instructor is not politicalized nor cares about what the rest of the world does, he really does not give a crap about backslapping with famous people, or getting his picture taken, He/she has an understanding of combat and it’s general principles, he or she seeks to empower and does not care how he or she do it. It takes years. We really are oblivious to whether the rest of the industry loves us or not. Opinions are like assholes, everyone’s got one.

In the wonderful world of martial arts… franchising does work, for lots of outfits, like the Mc Donald franchising model…. people buy franchises… It’s a win-win for both parties. It works. No sarcasm. In the arts it is called an affiliation. It is a formula and/or a template. All parties can benefit of each other’s contacts and when the programs are good, the word gets spread quickly and good things happen. At Mc D… you don’t need to be a cook to make a good burger, the formula is on the wall. And it’s a good thing. We need this, and the people we associate with are very competent.

SENSHIDO MAKES ZERO$ ON INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATION. What does that mean? You are being part of an organism where you cannot buy in. This is powerful. So Jurgen and Jani… welcome aboard, your students will see and benefit from your teachings.

Senshido is not a martial art. It’s a lifestyle and a way of thinking that transcend into people’s life.

Ssenshido instructorenshido instructors, are not cooking recipes, They are generating them, They have the tools to work with a group and make it work with or without equipement, anywhere. They were chosen, not on their ability to generate revenues or the their potential to do so, but on pure ability, attitude and the desire to make a difference in their community.

People will stand around and whine “I wanna be an instructor!” with a handful of cash… The day we will let those in…  will be the day this amazing philosophy dies.

The Malevolent preacher

Disturbing trend… Are we making the “shredder stupid” AKA when the shredder goes against the 5Ps of senshido?

Huh? During my experimentation with bladed and blunt weapons, this phenomena would happen….  When a guy had a tool, it became his fixation to use it. He forgot everything he learnt about unarmed combat and he basically only worked his “tool”…. ignoring and /or forgetting to integrate all his other hand to hand skills. Well… dunno how to break it to you folks but watching clips after clips the same is happening to the shredder.

First thing first, to my dismay, the attackers are too often looking to anchor a ‘shred” and the guy who is the “victim” passes 3 opportunities (Did I say opportunity?) to land a significant strike because he wants to shred!!!!???!!!  I thought opportunity striking was one of the Ps? So a well initiated simulation with the verbal/emotional intent ends into a shredding contest between padded man and non-padded dude, who both are anchored to each other’s head and shredding. Makes for an intense clip with the grunting an all but besides entertainment value there is not much.  Second, we are so intent on shredding that we forgot to integrate grappling to maneuver behind or out of the kill box. Advance student or wannabe instructors need a basic grasp of wrestling so they can move their hips to break the balance.  What is wrong with landing a strike from punching range if the OPPORTUNITY is there? To default automatically to shredding is dumb as shit. Especially when you passed up the OPPORTUNITY to land a devastating low line kick and/or a crushing hand strike.

If your simulations look like the world shredding championship’s finals “Padded man against the world”… It’s a fail. Attackers have to attack like attackers, pumping fists and all that nonsense. So the simulations might not be as real as you would like to think. In the late 80s and early 90s, we spent a lot of time doing pad work and sparring, we used these “sports” to better our timing, striking mechanics and defensive skills.  Quite often a simulation never made it to shredding, the attacker got dropped before.  One of the concerns I had 20 years ago was just that….  The shredder is a powerful tool, the 5Ps at 100 miles per hour… like all tools, if you don’t understand how to use them, you mess up.

Other skills need to be integrated.  The great thing about the shredder? you can be good at it with a minimum of training. Better start allocating training time on other complimentary skills that will optimize his efficiency.

The Malevolent Preacher

Kids and self defense

stranger-dangers-250They only need 2 things….

Where not to be standing, and how to create/maintain distance. Unless they have a complete grasp of the application of that concept, everything else is bullshit. Please spare me the horse feces (I was told shit was a 4 letter word than offends pussies) with effective striking and all that jazz being spewed out there is pretty much pointless without the core concept mentioned above

If an adult grabs your 10 year old kid with intent, things will go bad. Your kid’s programs have to allocate a serious chunk of time to that. They have to understand that “come here, I wanna talk to you” has to be met by “that’s fine, I can hear you from here” and that every step forward triggers 2 steps back from the kid… even better a swift escape.

More traditional than traditional arts

What we commonly refer to as traditional arts, at their origin, probably looked more like what we do at senshido. Those centuries old arts were without a doubt, a product of their environment. For sure developed with an eclectic methodology, and were quite functional in the socio-cultural context of their application. Just like us. Believe it or not, we probably use the same “exploration/experimentation patterns as they did 500 years ago. It simply had to work….

For example, traditional Japanese weapons… Tonfas, sais, kamas…nunchuks… more… were used simply because swords and weaponery was illegal in the hands of simple peasants. Therefore they made due. Who in his right mind would chose a grain milling tool over a sword if he had the option. Those farm implements doubled as weapons.

Flying side kicks served a purpose… they were done by foot soldiers to knock people off horses. Try knocking someone out of their car lately?

So all this babbling to say that the problem with these arts is that they simply died. They stop breathing, they calcified. And now, people re-enact that martial past. So essentially, it is great to learn how they did it in the past… if it’s your goal, knock yourself out. But the relevancy to our times is minimal. People carry briefcases, drive cars, ride elevators, firearms… and much more.

If one wants to have a traditional perspective on martial arts, well maybe he or she should embrace the journey like the “originators” of various styles did. That is with a lot of experimentation, and open mind , willingness to adjust modify and discard continually. In other words “feed it, air it out, let the information flow move freely” …keeping it alive.

Enough bullshit, bottom line, don’t try to adjust the situation to the technique, make the technique work for the situation. It is what was done centuries ago….

Don’t drink the coolaid

In any sports, the drilling and technical work, mirrors the kinetic signature of the movement patterns used. I got to lie down after writing this sentence. It is simply common sense.

Yet… In the wonderful world of martial arts, regular pedagogical principles don’t seem to apply. Another fucking fancy word.. sounds like gynecological… oh well sue me. Here’s an example, I saw a karate class spend 20 minutes doing gedan barai (downward block) and when the sparring started, a student blocked a low kick using the move and it failed. The teacher jumped in action and said with a straight face: “Nooooo you never block like that when you actually fight!!!!” I was waiting for the student to say: “Then why did we spent 20 minutes on that?” It would have been a good question in deed.

Another example… This FMA outfit keeps showing clips of flow drills. They look cool. Hubud this, Hubud that…. looks fast!!!!! Hoooooo ahhhhhhhh! They they publish a full tilt stick fight in the forest, I have to admit it’s a good one…. Here’s the thing… NOTHING remotely looks like their flow drills… actually when they go balls to the wall nothing looks like anything they do.

Do you guys have that much time to lose? In Germany I had the pleasure to work with the Senshido Europe crew and was treated to some knife instruction by some of our affiliates, also part of ACDS… What struck me is that 100% of the material was usable right away. Wish i could’ve done more.

When you seek Self protection instruction, just so you know, you are not joining a religious cult. No one holds the truth. Blind faith in anything will get you killed. bottom line is this, the training has to mirror the fight. I feel stupid writing this. It’s fucking obvious. If it does not? move on.

I can’t hear the usual: “yeah but you can teach balance and coordination with xxxxxxx (fill the blanks with your favorite pointless drill)”…. Or: “Yeah but we use it as a conditioning tool” hahahahahahahaha Since when bad neuro-muscular programming as good thing? You will fight like you’ve trained. Period. Join a gym.

However, these things are good time fillers for instructors who want to fill 15 minutes at the end of a class….. when they are out of ideas.