Explaining "Aliveness" in a nonthreatening way?
When read articles and watch the videos about Aliveness in the Marital Arts I can see how traditional martial arts teachers would react very defensibly. It is an attack on their core belief system. But how could you introduce the idea in a way that gets around that reaction?
I was at an MMA school for a long time and for various reason left. My kids are 7 and 10 (I'm 39) and we found a school that we can all go to. I really like the guys who run it. It is like a mile from my house. It is the biggest MA facility that I have ever been to. I have a ton of nice things to say about it but . . . As much as they may talk and truly believe their Kajukempo style. The place just does not have the aliveness that it should. The kids point spar once a week and as adults we do no sparring whatsoever.
I genuinely really like these guys and they seem pretty open. On one hand we might have a week or two of excellent boxing drills but then we also have stretches were we practice forms, katas, combinations and kempos.
I was a blue belt at my other school, but the belts really didn't mean anything. We didn't wear them and the whole "testing" and rank thing was really for the students to feel like they were making progress. But looking at the fundamentals we are learning with a critical eye I am normally impressed by what they are teaching. A lot of what we are learning is good form and good technique but it's like we never take what we learn and practice on a life resisting partner.
The other thing I really like about the school is that the price is right. No fees, no contracts $119 per kid and $90 for me.
I guess what I am looking for is a way to convert these guys from their very "dead" teaching style to a more alive practice. I am looking for a way to casually be like, "Hey,I found this article I thought you might find interesting." Yes it sounds totally passive aggressive, but I am the newest student in the whole place and I'm going to walk in and be like, "Yeah your doing it all wrong".
Edit: I pay $119 a month per kid