Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Shortcut fallacy

We all know there are no shortcuts to becoming good in gaining any skill, especially if it also entails the aspect of making split-second decisions about which skill to use and how. And still, we see people incessantly seeking the way to "get there faster". What's up with that?

Well, it is a natural striving - wishing to achieve more results with less effort. As the mater of fact, that would be some kind of definition of  efficiency, right? So, what is the problem then? The problem is that, for some reason, the field of martial arts/combatives is plagued by the mystical notions of "secret techniques", various "super powers and supernatural abilities". They funny thing about those is not that they are essentially snake oil related product, but even more so that fact that those looking for something along those lines end up taking the longer and rather winding road, just to get nowhere in the end. Unless the point is exactly in taking the road, i.e. the quest itself. In that case, more power to them.

However, if you are searching for the efficiency, then you better set your sights on the best training methods, instead of any particular techniques and/or tools. We have seen time and time again that some schools end up having better performing students that others, even if using more or less the same tools and under similar circumstances (rules, belief systems etc). Moreover, I have seen how the same individual could change for better or for worse when going from one training methodology to another.

So, how do you know what is the right training approach for you? Well, it starts with defining as clear an understanding of what are you training for; how much are you ready to sacrifice; does your idea(l) fit your physical and psychological profile etc. I have already addressed some of those subjects in this blog, so go back and dig around a little.

Just understand on thing - once you embark on the chosen road, you still have to go over it in full...no shortcuts.

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