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    A Good Experience

    Tonight I was invited to watch a BJJ class. The teacher and his primary student are professional fighters whose records can be found on sherdog.com. They were polite and attentive to their students, and gave me an inordinate amount of time for questions, and there was no pressure to join. There are no contracts. The class was a good balance of technique and sparring (rolling?) and if anyone was burning time, it was the students. The teachers rolled with the students. When they were done I noticed that the teacher had some escrima sticks and I asked him about them, mentioning that I was also interested in escrima. He said, "I'm not certified to teach." WTF!!??? I've never heard that from a martial art instructor before in my life! In every TMA school I've ever trained in or visited, the teachers have walked the perimeter and engaged their students only to adjust a finger etc. Occasionally they might pull some sucker move on a skilled student just to keep them under their thumb. None of that here. When did this become so hard to find?

    **The most miraculous power that can verifiably be attributed to "chi" is its ability to be all things to virtually all people, depending on what version of the superstition they are attempting to defend at any given moment.**
    Normally, I'd say I was grappling, but I was taking down and mounting people, and JFS has kindly informed us that takedowns and being mounted are neither grappling nor anti grappling, so I'm not sure what the fuck I was doing. Maybe schroedinger's sparring, where it's neither grappling nor anti-grappling until somoene observes it and collapses the waveform, and then I RNC a cat to death.----fatherdog

    #2
    I thought it was good. I was pleased that he said that.

    **The most miraculous power that can verifiably be attributed to "chi" is its ability to be all things to virtually all people, depending on what version of the superstition they are attempting to defend at any given moment.**
    Normally, I'd say I was grappling, but I was taking down and mounting people, and JFS has kindly informed us that takedowns and being mounted are neither grappling nor anti grappling, so I'm not sure what the fuck I was doing. Maybe schroedinger's sparring, where it's neither grappling nor anti-grappling until somoene observes it and collapses the waveform, and then I RNC a cat to death.----fatherdog

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      #3
      I agree. Very impressive.
      And that's when I figured out that tears couldn't make somebody who was dead alive again. There's another thing to learn about tears, they can't make somebody who doesn't love you any more love you again. It's the same with prayers. I wonder how much of their lives people waste crying and praying to God. If you ask me, the devil makes more sense than God does. I can at least see why people would want him around. It's good to have somebody to blame for the bad stuff they do. Maybe God's there because people get scared of all the bad stuff they do. They figure that God and the Devil are always playing this game of tug-of-war game with them. And they never know which side they're gonna wind up on. I guess that tug-of-war idea explains how sometimes, even when people try to do something good, it still turns out bad.

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        #4
        I agree, a piece of paper or a " nod " from someone does not change what you know. If he has the moves and is willing to share it shows he is humble and not trying to make himself out to be some " all knowing, you will never achieve my level, all powerful sensai master". A rare find in the dojo realm of today.

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          #5
          Yes very good.

          Bring out the windbreakers, I feel a storm coming on!

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            #6
            It's weird, basically my instructor doesn't claim certification in anything but the PFS. His attitude is: watch a class, if you think you can learn from me, come and train.

            "I'm not tense; just terribly, terribly alert."
            Monkey Ninjas! Attack!

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              #7
              </marquee>

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                #8
                "I've never heard that from a martial art instructor before in my life! "
                Did you ever ask any TMA teacher to teach you another different art ??
                I asked my teacher to teach me some Nun-Chako, he gave me a similar answer: I only trained a little bit, I don't know enough to teach.

                My sensei is doing Randori with the students when ever he can. He demonstrates any technique before we try to apply it, then walks around watching and if we miss something - he corrects us by showing how to do it properly, and on occasion, being the recipient of the technique. I thought most T.M.A. sensei act the same way.

                "Rolling with the class" has a teaching methodology has both advantages and disadvantages:
                Practicing with your one's teacher one is learning a lot from him, including lots of minor points to work on. The teacher can also adjust his behavior and reactions to suit the particular lessons aims.
                Once the teacher has more then one student, while he is practicing with one, the others are left on their own. This could be irresponsible as hell, as a student may get injured. The other students may also make gravious mistakes which go uncorrected.

                As always, when there is a trade-off, a good teacher will find the correct balance for every lesson separately. And practice with junior and advanced students only after he has taken care of the all group.


                Amir

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                  #9
                  "Did you ever ask any TMA teacher to teach you another different art ??"

                  Yes, once it was, "As you are teaching sword, what is your experience?" And gotten no answer. That was for an entire school. I had been a fencer and could see that what they were teaching was nonsense.

                  "Once the teacher has more then one student, while he is practicing with one, the others are left on their own."

                  Sure, but there are two teachers, both fight professionally. And there were eight students. These guys teach out of another guys studio, in an upstairs room with mats and a ring. And what's the alternative? The oh-there's-the-master-he-can-spit-fire mentality of many TMA schools?

                  **The most miraculous power that can verifiably be attributed to "chi" is its ability to be all things to virtually all people, depending on what version of the superstition they are attempting to defend at any given moment.**
                  Normally, I'd say I was grappling, but I was taking down and mounting people, and JFS has kindly informed us that takedowns and being mounted are neither grappling nor anti grappling, so I'm not sure what the fuck I was doing. Maybe schroedinger's sparring, where it's neither grappling nor anti-grappling until somoene observes it and collapses the waveform, and then I RNC a cat to death.----fatherdog

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                    #10
                    I couldn't train with an instructor that would not roll with me.
                    And that's when I figured out that tears couldn't make somebody who was dead alive again. There's another thing to learn about tears, they can't make somebody who doesn't love you any more love you again. It's the same with prayers. I wonder how much of their lives people waste crying and praying to God. If you ask me, the devil makes more sense than God does. I can at least see why people would want him around. It's good to have somebody to blame for the bad stuff they do. Maybe God's there because people get scared of all the bad stuff they do. They figure that God and the Devil are always playing this game of tug-of-war game with them. And they never know which side they're gonna wind up on. I guess that tug-of-war idea explains how sometimes, even when people try to do something good, it still turns out bad.

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