Wednesday, August 3, 2011

An open question

Lise and I have been working on some promotional items for the martial arts side of the Rory Miller /  Marc MacYoung seminar. 

Yesterday after I showed the promos to Marc, he asked me - can it get through the thick headed "I know it all" of most school owners?

That got me thinking.  Way I see it we want to reassure them that they didn't waste their life training in something that doesn't work.
"Almost every technique in the Martial Arts works.  If you know when and where to use it." - Rory Miller

At the same time I know there are instructors who are secretly insecure about the validity of their training.  Would this work against a real attack?

I'm trying to promote the seminar in a way that reassures them about what they know and encourages them to attend the seminar learn what they don't know or what is missing.

The theme being applying martial arts to real world modern violence.

So, with that in mind here are the class synopsis we will be sending to all the schools in the metro area (yes Marc Minnesota has a metro area)

Violence Dynamics Seminar - Classes

The purpose of Conflict Communications is to teach you how to prevent conflict whenever possible and to minimize its impact when unavoidable.

Martial Arts training has an emphasis on punching and kicking. But how much practice time do students get identifying when they are on the road to violence or how to get off that road without using physical force?

Conflict Communications provides that training.

Martial Mechanics is not a defensive tactics system or a “martial arts” style.
Martial Mechanics is a training method developed to enhance your ability to use the martial arts system you are trained in more efficiently.  Increasing your competence, and confidence in your existing training.

Martial arts evolved in very dangerous times to deal with dangerous situations.  In the modern era, where armed bandits and invading Mongols are rare, some of the hard-earned lessons of the past are easily missed.

"Almost every technique in the Martial Arts works.  If you know when and where to use it." - Rory Miller

If you've spent years practicing your responses to violent situations, you owe it to yourself to spend two days studying violent situations.  How do criminals attack?  Why?  How can I see it coming?  Which of my skills evolved from dueling and which from ambush survival?  What is the law on self-defense?

Introduction to Violence is a non-system specific way to train yourself to adapt to emergency applications of force

Instructors –

Marc MacYoung
Marc MacYoung grew up in situational poverty in the gang-infested streets of Los Angeles. Before turning his life around, he freely admits he was 'part of the problem.' As well as living in some of the most violent and crime-infested areas of LA, he's worked as a body guard, bouncer and director of a correctional center. He's taught de-escalation and defensive tactics to police from nine different countries. He's the author of 21 books and videos on subjects ranging from crime avoidance to professional use of force to street knife violence and street survival.

Rory Miller
Rory Miller spent more than 17 years in a metropolitan jail system as a line officer and supervisor, investigator, tactical team leader and mental health specialist. He also spent a year teaching Iraqis how to run humane and effective prisons. He is the author of several books including; "Meditations on Violence", “Facing Violence: Preparing for the Unexpected”, and Drills: Training for Sudden Violence

Kasey Keckeisen
Kasey Keckeisen is an experienced Police Officer, SWAT team leader, and SWAT training coordinator.  Keckeisen has taught Control Tactics to Universities, Law Enforcement Agencies, and Special Operations Teams across Minnesota.

The open question is if you received this seminar promotion at you Dojo  / school would you want to attend?
If not what would encourage you to attend?



1 comment:

  1. My father has a plaque in his office that reads "Never try to teach a pig to sing. It wastes your time, and it annoys the pig."

    I think what you have here is good. It will bring in those instructors who are inclined to be open, honest, and introspective about their training.

    There's nothing that you can write that will get through the head of the serious "I know it all" kind of instructors. They will stay holed up in their own little worlds.