What works and what doesn’t when you’re teaching. In theory every technique that has ever been taught is a scenario right? It’s just from the perspective of the protagonist. It’s the response portion of a scenario.
We don’t talk about them that way, but that’s exactly what they are. The are a finite event has a patterned response.
Generally speaking those patterned response are mostly only good/practical/useful in the ways that they are trained.
Movement is just movement and if it was applicable as movement then we’d all be capable of doing anything that had movement in it, as long as we knew the movements involved.
But that’s not how it works. Instead, we’ve got to go about defining WHY we are moving and basically give it context or it will not create value in anything. I can type and move my fingers like I’m playing a guitar but until I pick up a guitar and start actually plucking the strings I cannot really know what it’s like.
And this doesn’t mean I’ll be good…
So a technique then, is a scenario/situation and martial arts often provide a pre-determined outcome for that scenario/situation. It is a historic happening that may have been meant as an idea but it somehow has been trapped in a paradigm of specificity instead of ambiguity.
If we’re honest, they are, fairly useless in the greater context of reality because in the vast majority of cases they are to tightly conceived and there’s very little in the way of contextual change to draw any greater value from.
If we go back then to scenarios, a like companion then is a fixed scenario, which is nothing more than a technique by another name. It may have resistance but it’s still fixed (this is no different than a technique with a resistant partner.)
So then the proper way to think of scenarios is that they should be ever changing and employ principles and let people work through them with the tools they have. Let it be about adaptation and process. Not about memorization.
This doesn’t mean that the scenario changes as a person is working it, but that it evolves from a static starting point, is worked through, and then ultimately may be discarded—or another variation of it might be used the next time.
It isn’t memorization that is needed—it is understanding and adaptability.
Scenario Or Variation?
And let’s be clear, I think there are levels of “scenario.” For example, putting the focus mitt vertical facing the front—represents a face or target of some kind, but putting that same focus mitt horizontally facing and along side of your face—represents something else.
This notion of close quarters striking is essentially mini scenario training. You are learning to create power and strike from odd positions with odd leverage and learning to understand your body and the way it moves to meet that situation. A situation or circumstance is just another name for a scenario.
With that in mind you can have constant circumstantial changes in mind.
Look, doing the same thing with another person is a change in scenario. There are people that you work with who you know you would just walk through and there are people who you work with who give you a little bit of hell. Those are contextual changes.
Potato or Potato?
Let’s say that you’ve learned how to defend against a choke from the front. Very basic. You might say it’s a core piece. But then to up the value, someone chokes you from behind using their hands, or the side, or the front, or at any other angle you’ve not experienced. That is a contextual change.
So will you modify yourself, your position, your process, your footwork to make the choke release we use work??? And the purpose is NOT to create something else but find what we do that works already and make it work for you. Modify it. Tweak it. Add a base disruption. Add an eye gouge. Add a head butt. Whatever… frigging modify.
Be great at the material not just mediocre.
They notion is not that you should have 50 scenarios you always use, you should figure out ways as a “bad guy” teaching people, to try and break what they are learning progressively by putting them in situations/scenarios that cause them to expand ability and understanding.
That first requires people to have a base to work from. A core. The Disruptor is that core for us.
Hoping this helps. I demonstrate this throughout the class videos that I posted in the units. Be brave. Try shit. Fail and keep learning. Then, share it with us.