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Shooter wrote:How can a 'student' develop an understanding of the idea if the 'instructor' never demonstrates it? I've spent hours getting tooled, bested, caught unawares and put to sleep by my training partners in demonstrating the leaks in my Personal Combat before I ever turned the tables on them in the context of theirs. Aside from the cerebral drills, the contact stuff should have a revealing element on at least a basic level that isn't even being discussed, let alone demonstrated.
I also agree on the contact. It does give better feedback. The student was having trouble with what I was already throwing at him, I think contact may have overwhelmed him at that point in time, but I could be wrong.
It seems like your training partners would have to have some pretty effective attacks in order to allow you to experience failure realistically (i.e. not just feeding them). How do you develop that in folks who are less conditioned, experienced, etc.? It seems like maybe you could get there by having them attack you and you just defend without counter-attacking, on the assumption that eventually they'll figure out how to attack and get through (which is also probably a really fast way to get past the "I can't beat teacher" syndrome). What other kinds of stuff do you do?
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