Boston Martial Arts Center Boot Camp 2021 will explore evasion as a method of offense. This unique way of protecting ourselves allows us to be proactive using awareness in a changing environment. Awareness of the environment promotes taking personal action in a world that feels like it’s out of control. The skills and techniques covered in the 2021 Bootcamp will consider this profound idea of how to take charge when it feels like things are falling apart.
It’s important to take the basics seriously. The basics cover a wide range of skills, including physical movement, tactics, strategy, and mental and spiritual training. All of these factors can either interact harmoniously or they can clash and create calamity. For example, as we know, it’s very important to keep your feet under your hips and shoulders when moving. But when emotionally and spiritually pressed, they can become misaligned, which causes critical imbalance. You can see that happen in the photo and video here. There are solutions to this basic problem, but figuring them out comes from correct training and careful observation.
When studying self-defense, it’s important to understand just what you are protecting yourself from. Having an honest understanding of what you are facing is the key to honing a mindset relative to a problem at hand. In general, we don’t want to be controlled by our fear. What we should do is use our fear as an indication to be vigilant and prepared.
When self-created fears start to get in the way of good-natured vigilance, that’s when issues get overcomplicated. A general example from the martial arts is either lacking information or laying too much importance on the wrong information. In either of those cases, you’ll end up filling in the blanks with personal fears.
In self-defense, we want to avoid being controlled by something that is not happening now.
That also goes for the fear of being seen as weak. This type of fear can put us directly in the line of danger (the “it-can’t-happen-to-me” syndrome).
It’s so important to find a balanced approach to processing fear. It is possible to find it in studying the ways we stay safe in the interest of the well-being of ourselves and others (self-defense).
…Or as my dad would say: “Don’t act like a darned fool: act for yourself, and act accordingly for those around you.”
Chuden boot camp going on now: a glimpse of the basics from the floor
Demonstration of shaku ken, a historic technique, in leadership class