LEARNING HOW TO LEARN: This process helps accelerate learning in 3 ways.
#1. Understand what the technique is for and what makes the technique work.
a. Is it a block? A punch? A close? An exercise?
b. Does it require power or speed?
c. What are the elements that make it work?
d. Do you agree or disagree with the concept or technique?
#2. Teach the technique to the body slowly. (No speed or power)
a. Do you need to warm-up or stretch?
b. Does it feel comfortable or awkward?
c. Do the movements feel natural?
#3. Train with speed, power and repetition for skill.
a. Should have a comfortable feeling in applying the technique.
b. Training at a pace that all the elements can come together.
Three Structural Rules Of Technique
Bruce Lee was very adamant about becoming the best fighter that was. He did not want to waste any time and practice things that were unnecessary. In order to focus on the things that were best for him, he laid down three simple rules. These are the rules that he took every technique and compared them to. Did the techniques fit these three rules? If they did not, then he would throw the technique out. The three rules are simplicity, efficiency and practicality..
Simplicity means that it must fit your body. You must be able to do the technique without any great change in your capabilities and movement. An example that would present problems to people is doing high kicks. With a reasonable amount of working out, you should be able to do the technique without any great strain. It must fit the body naturally without preparation immediately before the application of the technique.
Taking the most direct route with the least interference and telegraphing. Eliminate all unnecessary techniques or anything that hinders growth. Uncomplicated, moves that cater to your natural movement. The technique applied by the individual complements his physical abilities and in some cases, his disabilities. The body is capable of doing it.
In efficiency, the technique must be strip of all unnecessary movements. It must not have filler, fluff or no flash. There is no wavy, circular type of extra wasted motion. There is no two or three movements when it could have been done with one motion. It is stripped down to the most direct applied use so that it could be done in the quickest possible manner.
Direct, uncluttered and in as few moves as possible. It is taking the most direct route and eliminating all unnecessary moves. Moving without telegraphing. Efficiency gets things done in the smoothest way with the least wear and tear, and with the smallest expenditure of energy.
This involves a certain amount of thinking. one must observe, apply knowledge and experience to the circumstances, and decide what to do and how to do it. An efficient person will use facts and skill with good judgment. A good definition for efficiency is the quickest and shortest route with the least amount of warning.
It does not matter how beautiful, efficient or simple it is; if it does not work then it has no value to you. The technique must work and have some practical value to it. That gives you confidence should you get into an altercation. All your techniques should be geared towards practicality. Must be able to work and be applied in an effective manner. Practicality means that it is workable, useful and effective.
RESPONSIBILITY OF THE SECONDARY: This is a critical part of DJKD, WCD and DSS.
#1. Understand the correct way to apply the technique; do the attack correctly.
#2. Be attentive to the techniques of the primary and give feedback.
#3. Train at the speed appropriate for the primary’s skill level.
#4. Develop basic Boxing, Karate and street fighter movements.
Q. What is meant by the term “element” when talking about technique.
A. It is breaking any technique down into the parts that make it work, taking each part “element” and training on it as a separate drill, then adding the “elements” together to make a single technique.
Fighting Engagement Thoughts
Bruce Lee believed in the less than two second rule. The quicker you wipe out the opponent, the less chance of making mistakes. Proper engagement, that reduces down the opponents offensive/defensive options, will always give you the advantage
You fight who you are, not what the system is. You fight to survive as a person. A martial art system will add to your potential as a fighter. It will make you more efficient, explosive, versatile, offensive and defensive. But, all the technique in the world will not work if you do fuel the technique. Get highly emotional and intense. You have to think “destroy to survive.”
The martial arts will fill in the voids in your fighting skills. Your attitude concerning fighting is very important. The worst problem you can develop in fighting is to have an over-confident attitude towards the opponent. Never take your opponent for granted even if you think you are good. Also,a person who has fear, will tend to go overly defensive. Never be afraid.
In fighting, do not become your worst enemy. Empty out thoughts of winning or losing and leave only total commitment. In fighting, you must develop a survival instinct where one learns to go all out. You take the attitude that if you fight somebody, a person is going to get hurt and it is going to be him.
In a fight, you must assume the guy really wants to hurt you, you fight to wipe the opponent out. In fighting, you go for the gold, never the silver or bronze.
In a fight,the person who moves first, is the one who has the best chance of coming out on top. A strong offensive attack is better than absorbing an attack. Attack with a plan. Attacking randomly lessens your chances of winning. After you have attacked the person and failed to drop him, then he will be on‑guard and harder to reach, so back-up technique is critical.
Between two fighters that are not trained,usually the more aggressive fighter will win out. Go in with the attitude of total annihilation. You take the attitude that,”it’s either going to be me or him so let it be him.”
When you bring in emotion, you become faster and stronger in your technique. But the body cannot maintain that high level for very long ,because you burn out too fast. Thus, you have to learn how to “train smart” and turn this high level of intensity on and off at will, so you can “fight smart”.. Learn to have control in your intensity. Demand more and want more in your training.