Starting Point, Don’t Fight, 80/20

 

Skill Learning

The Culmination of Someone Else's Lifetime of Work is Only Your Starting Point

Once you’ve really learned a new move or skill, don’t stop there… try to improve it. Don’t fall into the trap of “it’s been done this way for 100 years…”

The way it’s been taught to you may be the culmination of someone else’s lifetime of work, but it’s your starting point. See it as you’re “standing on the shoulders of giants”… you should be able to see further than them BECAUSE of all their hard work!

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Self Defense

Fighting is Not Self Defense

Sorry to have to tell you this, but actually using your fighting skills is the LAST thing you want to do to protect yourself. 

The goal of self-defense is to return home safely to your loved ones at the end of the day. If you fight with someone who’s threatening you, here’s some of the likely outcomes: 

– You risk going to the hospital, living with chronic injuries, or dying
– You get sued by this jerk for hurting him
– You go to jail, possibly for years

Nursing your bruised ego is a far better choice than risking the above.

Realize now, rather than in the heat of the moment, that you have to do what might feel very unnatural… that is, just let him say what he wants while you simply try to defuse the situation.  

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Skill Learning

Apply the 80/20 Rule to Training

Ever heard of the 80/20 rule? For you, that means only 20% of what you’re practicing gives you 80% of your results.

If you want to get the most bang for your buck when training, find out what that 20% is, and spend most of your time doing that. You’ll not only improve skills A LOT… you can do it in a lot less time!

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Keep training! 
Bob