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"Ideally, your self-defense will never get physical. Avoiding the situation and running or talking you way out - either of these is a higher order of strategy than winning a physical battle." - Wise Words of Rory Miller, Facing Violence: Chapter 7: after, subparagraph 7.1:medical

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Why do Sensei go to the technical all the time to answer questions on fighting/defense?

The technical seems to be the easier path to follow. What I am saying is to immediately go to a specific technique to answer some question regarding, "What do you do in ???? situation Sensei?" You might also hear, "Why does this technique work or not work?" You find Sensei going directly into a demonstration of the why it worked or not or to demonstrate a specific technique that is supposed to work against that specified situation.

The hard road ... well ... is hard! Sometimes, mostly, folks want a simple this fills all type of answer and if it starts to take a while or get a bit complicated you can sometimes see in the eyes the mind just shutting down and they wait till your done and just say, "yes, thanks Sensei." You can say, "Do you understand?" They just smile and say yes Sensei.

In my opinion the strictly physical as taught mostly, my opinion here, is a matter of this technique to counter that technique. This kind of system can be learned quickly and with little effort yet when you start to add on stuff say like bunkai in kata the eyes glaze over and some tend to start second guessing their practice, etc.

The more esoteric explanations, the psychological, the discussions on repercussions in using martial systems, the principles/fundamentals that actually give the physical stuff their oomph are either not known thus lost or not discussed cause it takes time and a lot of effort to teach and learn, at both ends, i.e. practitioner and Sensei.

Lets not even get me started on those who do it, teach that is, because they enjoy the power and the sparring. I had one guy say that the only reason he had a dojo was to have students he could spar with and, basically although not openly admitted, to beat up on. Fruitless and pointless in martial arts.

A good example, when one person of note is asked about self defense you get sent to his site where the entire site is dedicated to that topic. It is deep and complex and has no clear cut answers. Why? Cause that is its nature.

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