I’m a trainer. Â I love what I do. Â I enjoy teaching people and helping them toÂ acquireÂ new skills and develop skills they already have more throughly. Â I have every intention of someday being a billionaire from teaching training classes. Â Check on me in ten years to make sure I have kept my word, but the $50 I actually may make in the business is not going to be from ADVANCED classes.
Being “Advanced” is cool. Â Until this past year I was a pretty avid diver. Â I spent a lot of time and energy on developing my skills so that I could do more “advanced” dives. Â I took courses, I did shallow dives to train for deeper dives, I mixedÂ gases, configured, reconfigured and re-reconfigured my gear. Â I got my certs and I went deep. Â It was while I was at 165′ in 40 degree water in Lake Huron with 90 minutes of deco over my head that i realized that I never really learned anything other than new applications of what I was taught in my first scuba class. Â Take it easy, watch your bouyancy, plan your dive, dive your plan, and don’t panic.
As much as the Dive industry wanted me to believe that I was doing something special it was my instructor Jeff that taught me that I did the same things everybody else did only I had to do it better. Â More easily, more naturally, moreÂ efficiently. Â You get the point.
Training for self defense shouldn’t be any different.
- Don’t be afraid of the basics. Â No one is too cool, too good, or too experienced to take time to work the basics. Â For every “advanced” Â training session I have I like to train a ton of basic sessions.
- Understand that folks that really get this stuff Â understand that “advanced” should be nothing more than a broader, faster, more powerful or more accurate application of a basic skill.
- More tools in your tool box isn’t always a better thing.
We must master the basics so that they are effortless, fluid, efficient, powerful, fast… again, you get the point.