It's based on Tracy Kenpo with a lot of modifications. Once you reach Brown Belt, it has very little to do with Tracy Kenpo and once you reach BB, it has nothing to do with it. There are 10 degrees of BB in our system. It's at Brown Belt that we veer off drastically from other Bok Fo schools, in that most the techniques were created/modified after the founders of those schools left East-West. Regardless of the system, or style, it baffles me that many end once you reach your BB.Quote:
Originally Posted by Nuck Chorris
As for your comments regarding teaching techniques with set responses and no resistance, that would be true if that's all we taught. Teaching the technique is only the beginning. However, we DO have students do techniques against each other with resistance. Once you're at the higher belts levels, free form becomes a much bigger part of the curriculum. Again, the whole goal is to get the student to the point where they know what they're doing, and not just in a staged, choreographed setting. Not everybody reacts the same way to the same technique and that's where it's deadly important that the student understands that and knows how to adapt.
On a side note, we have done the set techniques against each other with resistance and, properly executed, they do work. Where modifications have been made is where it was felt that they wouldn't work. It would be pointless to teach them, otherwise. Where the distinction has to be made is that although the technique would work, that's not the way you would necessarily respond to an attack. That's where it's important that the concepts within the technique be extracted and taught in addition to the set pattern. Although I know a couple of hundred different set techniques, if I can't take out an attacker with one, or two moves, then I haven't been paying attention and haven't learned a damned thing. If I come up against somebody who does know what they're doing, then I'm glad I know how to extend my response beyond those one, or two moves if necessary. In other words, we pretty much agree on what needs to be taught for someone to be able to take care of themselves. Where we disagree is how to get to that point. To each his own. That's why we teach a cross section of material to perspective students. If they like what we teach and how we teach it, great. If they feel as you do, that's fine too. There are plenty of fine MA schools out there with a number of different teaching methods. To me, quality and comprehensiveness is much more important than a specific method to achieve to overall goals.
Thank you for the intelligent, well thought out discusson.