Throughout my twenty nine years of training, I have found one constant; any combat methodology must be simple and chalked full of intent, an intent manifested by the individual practitioner. The first factor, simplicity, is often time forgotten in the martial world. There are systems so complex and technique-heavy that it seems more a maze than a functional realistic system of preservation. I have studied such systems and invested a lot of time in my early days trying to decipher what it is they were getting at. Many of these systems are based on the premise of more is more, or should I say, more is better. The problem with this mentality is the lack of principal as it pertains to motion. These systems are taught as a hodgepodge of techniques from a chart to be memorized by awestruck students who buy into this dogma without realizing that what they have done is simply collect static movement without a deep understanding as to how these techniques break down. These students are not to blame. This falls upon the heads of the teachers who themselves have learned this quagmire of ineptness from their teachers. Somewhere along the chain, someone had to have known what it all meant as it approached the western mindset and the “more, more, more” mentality was lost in translation.
The intent factor is a key to proper function and practical function. However, it is a very difficult entity to teach and pass along. There are people who simply have no fire in their guts to manifest the desired intent needed. In training, I teach my people to try and find that inner sanctum that drives them, to go to that place under duress, to find that internal button. Only the practitioner knows this place as it pertains to him or her. As a teacher, it is my duty to help them realize that there is nothing wrong and nothing right within their personal preservation work. In a time of physical conflict, one has to be able to flow on his feet and flow in his mind manifesting the intent needed to render any situation controlled. I have found over the years through teaching and training that we all have it. But often at times it is deluded in systems that teach dogmatic drivel and pass it on as truth when in actuality it is a theory based prayer based on something other than truth.
In SEAMOK, we live by the following axiom's of Simplicity with Intent...Go ugly early and win....There is nothing wrong or right, just flow.....
In the end, it is your ass on the line when it all goes belly up...find your milieu and build it with the help of a solid, practical teacher who understands intent… There are many out there.
-Amo Guro Michael Blackgrave, founder of SEAMOK