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Mastering the Principle of a Technique

Many people are taught to do a technique aka "monkey see monkey do". But most never learn the principles behind the the technique. This is sad as you then apply it from any angle. I have been reading and enjoying Mark Wiley's book: Mastering Eskrima Disarms that just came out. After reading some of the book and  looking at who was in the book I was not surprised that his thoughts are similar to mine. I was surprised who we shared as friends. I have always tried to teach my students the concept and the mechanics behind the method. I am always telling my student  this how it works here are the mechanics. I demonstrated this to one my senior students with a stick throw that I demonstrated from a forehand, back hand and thrust as well as using his live hand. He comment that he had never seen me do that  before. I said it is easy when you understood the mechanics of it! I told him to study what I do and how i do it and to talk with me on how do a technique.It is one thing to tell a student, it is another when they ask because they know enough to ask the question.

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Comment by Ben Cerasi on April 15, 2013 at 2:50am

this is good stuff. Im young so i usually do monkey see monkey do.


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