Warrior warrior every where! Every other word in training seems to be the talk of the Warrior Mindset. It is one of the most powerful labels to have when you achieve that title.
“a brave or experienced soldier or fighter”
But how many trainers or coaches actually have actually been in some type of fight or war? When the words are thrown out there, does the trainer/coach back what they are? Musashi once wrote: “It is false not to do so, and to die with a weapon yet undrawn”. This simply means that a warrior should not give up his life to the enemy without having used all the tools at his disposal.
With the many “strip mall warrior” shops going up every few blocks and across the globe, one can only wonder what they are walking into once the doors open. Some of the best fighters in the world are now training others giving back to the self defense and conditioning community. While in other places there are those who have never been in any confrontation yet continue to teach the concept of preparedness and “returning fire” so to speak.
Through “real life” experiences where one has faced a controversial event in their life which required the person to use the many skills they were taught to neutralize the threat, it is an amazing learning curve and one we all should learn from. For example: When I train clients in my combative conditioning fitness programs, the paces that they must go through replicate the “fight or flight” concept pushing them to their limits and taking them to an all new high. In Law Enforcement it’s the theory of the “1 minute fight or flight” syndrome where the officer gets attacked and into the 1 minute fight. At that point the fatigue from the explosive amounts of force and energy being exerted between the officer and the suspect now starts to elevate. Will panic set in? If you are attacked as a civilian will you panic? Will you lay on the floor and let the suspect get the best of you? What is your conditioning level at the point of fatigue? Does the punch become a punch or just a limp wrist? What was the last piece of training you received from your trainer/coach that showed you how to last, regroup and counter?
As an educator of tactics, fitness and self defense I can tell you I would never put a student/trainee in a position I have never faced before. Being able to teach how to throw a punch is similar to teaching one how to draw, index and fire their weapon. When I ask students in training “how many of you ever been punched in the face before?” I am astonished at times to see the limited amount of people who have never been punched or even slapped in the face. I normally would tell them “if you have not experienced it I would suggest taking it up and get to the know the feeling.” After all how will you know what your response method is unless you are suddenly compromised for a moment.
Practice and BE What You Preach: How can one teach SWAT if they have never gone through a door? How can one teach self defense when all they have experienced is attending a class from someone else and then hone in those skills to teach others? How can one teach surviving the ambush if they have never experienced an ambush? Or perhaps training someone how to do dumb bell curls yet never have lifted a weight in their life? Many lives depend on the best educators and trainers to take them to the next level in fitness and survival/self-defense methods. Do your homework and seek out the best trainers and educators in the world who have real time experience in the field they are teaching in. Stay relevant, stay focused, stay on point.