I have traveled literally all over the world over
the last several Years. And it has been a great privilege for
me to do so. The reason for my travels have been seminars, and
regardless of where I am I always start them the same way. I explain
that my main message, the thing I am most interested in sharing
with people, with communicating effectively, is the message of
Occasionally I am asked why I bother? Why not just teach some
functional fighting skills, and leave it at that. Why explain
the process? Why discuss the differences? In short, why
is Aliveness the main message?
And my answer to that can be summed up in four words. . it is
When our intentions regarding the activity we
are engaging in are clear, honest, and open, then that 'thing'
(activity-event) becomes incredibly healthy.
It is about Authenticity.
In other words, if someone says "I do Tai Chi because I
find it a relaxing form of moving meditation". . . .I say,
rock on! In fact, I might even join them.
However, if someone says "no need for Doctors Tai Chi will
cure your cancer." Then I may need to question that. And
that questioning is also incredibly healthy. Likewise, if they
say "Tai Chi will serve as a wonderful form of self defense".
. .then I will also want to question that. Both those claims,
'cures cancer', and 'good for self defense', are verifiable
within objective reality. And as such, if we are really
interested in Truth with the capitol T, then not only should we
question those statements, I believe we have an obligation to.
I think that is common sense. When we don't question such statements
within ourselves, and accept them solely at face
value, then we find ourselves lost, deceived, and often hurt.
Granted, one of those things (cures cancer) may be far more serious
then the other. But both are equally irresponsible, and I never
claimed to have the most 'serious' job. Just a blessed one.
So let me be clear about what I mean when I say 'question'.
We come to the question of speaking publicly on it. And to be
clear, I don't advocate that for everyone. In fact, the only thing
I believe matters is that we are honest within our own
self about our own intentions. And that
we remain skeptical, and question all forms, and statements of
authority. . .for ourselves.
Whether or not someone then goes out and speaks to others about
their findings is an individual thing. I can only say I am really-really
grateful that some people do.
I think of the Amazing Randi, who has been debunking charlatans
like Uri Geller for well over 30 Years. His writings had a great
impact on me when I was a teenager. I remember watching Uri Geller
on television and feeling like something was just not 'right'.
And his book helped validate my own critical thinking on the matter.
And Lord knows that if this world could use a little
more of something, then 'critical thinking' would rank VERY high
on that list. Just under Love and Compassion, in my opinion.
I felt much the same about Martial Arts as I think Randi and
many others felt about the scams of Uri Geller. I felt like I
had been deceived, whether intentionally, or through ignorance.
But deceived either way. And that is never a good way to feel.
And it can, and does, happen to us all. Uri Geller deceived a
large pool of highly educated scientists at the Stanford Research
Institute, using what amounted to poor magic tricks. Just as thousands
of people have been deceived by fraudulent Martial Arts, only
to find out later that what they where being taught might in reality
get them hurt. Especially if they believed it worked! (Witness
the first few UFC's for an example).
Did they want to believe, or where they just naive?
I have a good friend who recently sat in on an interview with
a major Martial Arts figure. This man being interviewed is known
as one of the leading authorities in "pressure points".
. .which he claims are hidden within 'katas'. When asked why we
don't see this amazing pressure point knock outs in full contact
sports, he said "they have been banned". When pressed
as to why that would stop a grappler from striking a point on
the body which was legal within most sports, he said "well
you have to hit three points almost at the same time, and it depends
on what time of day it is!". I am paraphrasing from memory,
but I promise the exact quotes would be equally absurd. He then
explained how these points are different on men and woman, and
which order they need to be struck. My friend then asked, "what
if the guy you are fighting was gay? Would you use the male points,
or the female points?" And this person sat very still for
a moment, and then he said "use the female points."
Sadly, he was deadly serious.
This man then went on to explain how you can knock someone down
using just a sound. . .which he began to make. My friend emulated
the sound, and then asked, "If I was in that corner of the
room making this sound, and someone else was in the other corner
making this sound, would you consider it a mass attack?"
After some thought the man answered, "yes".
And no, I am not kidding.
So I still see Aliveness as the core message.
When Aliveness is compromised on, the entire structure
falls apart. This happens because Authenticity is lost. And the
results are not healthy.
But when Aliveness is maintained, then everything else seems
to come right in the end. And once the proper methods for drilling
and Coaching are added in, the sky is really the limit in terms
The following is a basic Aliveness Q & A.
These answers have been gathered over many Years, and all these
questions have been asked many hundreds of times. This section
details the answers we have given, time and time again.
"In considering whether being
Alive is good, we must realize that what matters is not what the
mind thinks about being, but only the experience of being. And
this experience can only be had when the mind is not." -
What is Aliveness?
Aliveness is timing, energy, and motion.
What do you mean by timing, energy, & motion?
For something to be truly alive in what we do then it has have
three key elements, movement, timing, and energy (resistance).
If you are missing any one of these then it is not Alive.
Movement means real footwork, not contrived,
not in a pattern... on the ground it means exactly that also...
movement... if the person is just laying there, not moving as
you apply your lock or move....that is not Alive. In the clinch
its the same... pushing, pulling, moving.
Timing is of course just that... if its in a
predictable rhythm, a pattern, a repeatable series of sets, then
you are not acquiring or developing timing, just motion speed.
And of course energy... swing the stick like
someone would really swing it... don't stop at centerline. Punch
with the energy of someone who wants to hit you. Not locking your
arm out so your partner can look good doing the destruction, or
trap, or silat sweep, etc.
You must move, have a sense of timing,
and progressive resistance.
Why do you place so much emphasis on this point as opposed
Aliveness is everything. If a person grasps the principle and
truly understands what is mean by it. . then they can never be
bullshitted again . That's why I emphasize it so much. I am also
constantly being asked... what's better... this or that. . this
style or that style....why don't you do this drill anymore...why
do you say this doesn't work... The answer to all those questions
is Aliveness........so once they grasp what that means then about
one thousand and one of their questions are answered for them.
However, if someone wants to collect a certificate from a well
known "Sifu", or look cool doing two person forms, then
they will not care or pay attention to the concept of Aliveness.
Why do people then find the Aliveness concept so difficult
I think that is because when some people start to train Alive,
and expose their students to Alive training, they often have to
throw out a major portion of the curriculum they learned before.
This is because it is shown to not work when applied against a
resisting opponent. And Aliveness gauges that very quickly.
All of the sudden the premium is placed on performance. And Arts
that perform well. . .boxing, wrestling, Judo, Muay Thai, BJJ,
and others, become the base.
What is the distinction between "delivery systems",
& personal "style"?
"Style" is always very individual.Each
fighter has his/her own "style". And it's acquired only
through sparring and Alive training. In that action against a
resisting opponent the athlete discovers how to make the delivery
system work for them.
That is their "style".
However, Delivery Systems always remain fairly
constant, regardless of the individual body.
In other words, there is a proper way to put on a rear naked
choke. And as long as humans have the same design to their bodies,
that 'technique' will remain the same. That choke is an example
of "delivery system".
That is why the typical JKDC method of a buffet approach, picking
and choosing from many arts regardless of the delivery system,
is such a poor idea. Without solid skill in the basics of the
delivery systems of stand up, clinch, and ground, you will not
be able to fight, or apply any of the information. Sticking
to the simple basics, drilling Alive, and sparring, is the only
way we have found to acquire real functional skill.
Delivery systems can be tested, and it's obvious what works and
what does not. MMA has shown the boxing, wrestling, and BJJ delivery
systems to be of great value. So the delivery systems fighters
choose tend to all be the same. Someone trained in say 'silat',
without that background in the functional delivery systems mentioned
above, would be unable to compete in MMA. They cannot defend themselves
against such opponents.
However, each fighter naturally develops their own style, as
they practice, drill, spar, and fight. No two BJJ fighters are
the same, yet they all use the same delivery system. No two boxers
are the same, yet they all use the same delivery systems.
It's all very simple and clear.
But isn't ALL just up to the individual.
There are no superior delivery systems are there?
There is a proper way to perform a rear naked choke that will
allow you to achieve the desired results as quickly and efficiently
as possible. This is simply a reality. Likewise, we there is a
proper way to throw a right cross. Their may be many variations
of 'how' it is thrown. . .this is 'style' and every boxer will
have his own. But the fundamental body mechanics, such as rotation
of the hips, are based on the laws of gravity and motion, and
this is the delivery system.
Whether people choose to acknowledge that reality does not change
As an example, everyone who teaches functional ground fighting
these days is incorporating the guard, mount, etc. They may call
it Submission wrestling, but, it's the same delivery system.
Since the Brazilians brought that delivery system to prominence
I feel it's important for me to give them credit. But ultimately,
the name of the style is not important. The reality that the delivery
system is backed by principles of leverage and timing, and works
against resisting opponents; that is what is important.
Can you give me a better example of what you mean when
you say 'delivery system'?
Sure, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu could be called a 'style'. Shooto could
be called a 'style'. But, if you took a close look at two of the
top players, as an example I will say Rumino Sato of Shooto, and
Renzo Gracie of BJJ, then you would see that they are using the
same delivery system. They both train the same positions, guard,
mount, cross ides, head and arm, etc. The same submissions, armbars,
leg locks, chokes, etc. And the same types of drills, passing
the guard, drilling leg locks, etc. So they essentially train
in the same delivery system. So the Shooto, BJJ name becomes moot
at that point.
Without that delivery system neither one would be as good of
a fighter on the ground. That is just a fact. Imagine if Sato
didn't know what the guard was, or could never hold that position,
or if Renzo didn't train his escapes from mount.
So a delivery system is just that, a system of body mechanics,
Here is another example, both JJ Machado and Rigan Machado teach
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. If you asked them to teach you a shoulder
lock from mount position I am sure they would both teach you the
same method of delivery. How to set your weight, hold position,
crank the joint, etc. That is because there is a best known way
to do this. That may not be the politically correct thing to say,
but it is the truth.
Now as far as 'style' goes. Both have a totally different style.
Rigan is slow and crushing, and works an amazing top game that
makes you feel like a crushed bug. JJ has a fast, machine gun
like, attacking game from the guard. JJ puts the word active into
his guard game in a whole new way. So they both have very different
styles, but the same delivery system.
Then to clarify, by your definition what is a 'style'?
Good question. A style is an individuals personal method of application
of a delivery system.
It is worth knowing that you cannot develop a personal style unless
you train Alive, or at the very least. . .spar.
So how do you develop your own "style"?
It is not a matter of taking different pieces from different
arts, (the Concepts method), or learning an imitating someone
else's style, (the Original method).
Rather, it is a matter of learning the basic delivery systems
and then training Alive. That process is JKD. And not everyone
Can there be real JKD without Aliveness?
No, without Alive training you cannot really develop your own
game, your own "style". And not reaching a level where
you have your own style equals not doing JKD.
JKD is not a matter of tracing your lineage back to a certain
person. And it's not a matter of having some ink printed on a
piece of paper from Kinkos. Nor is it a matter of accumulating
a mass of dead pattern drills, or chi sau skill. Doing JKD is
a matter of reaching a point in fighting where you begin to develop
your own personal 'style' in all ranges of combat. That can ONLY
be done through Aliveness. That is just the reality of things,
and it's a lack of understanding about this point that has lead
to all the confusion.
Why do you think there are a lot of Instructors that
are still not teaching with Aliveness?
Two reasons. One is they don't know how yet. They honestly just
don't know exactly what Aliveness is. Two is fear. They are smart
enough to know what Aliveness is, but the curriculum that such
a principle would demand is something they are scared to get into
100% of the time. They have too much they would need to throw
away, or stop teaching. They have a position or reputation that
they have spent Years developing, and they feel like they have
come to far to step back and admit that perhaps they where wrong
in the past, and that there is a better way. That's to bad, because
that attitude prevents growth, and produces fear. Fear leads to
anger, and that anger comes out as a defensive reaction. You have
to be willing to let go.
So there is such a thing as superior delivery systems?
Let me give you another example, lets use a hip throw. You can
find the hip throw in Freestyle wrestling, Greco Wrestling, Judo,
Jiu-Jitsu, Sambo, Mongolian Wrestling, Icelandic wrestling, swedish
wrestling, and Chinese wrestling, just to name a few. But, the
Delivery System for the hip throw, or 'hip toss' always remains
the same. The mechanics of the move are essentially, always the
same, a back step, level change, hip bump, and toss. Why? Because
there is a proper way to do it.
And every Art that trains Alive in throwing has found it.
I could go on and on with examples, but hopefully you see the
point. Without the delivery system you cannot become familiar
with the range, and thus you cannot effectively realize the goal
of JKD, to become effective at all ranges.
Whether you choose to call that delivery system BJJ, Shooto,
or wolverine style, is redundant, not because it's been posted
before, but because it is a semantic, and not a real difference.
Yes, but not everyone can be a good fighter? What about
those that say you can be a good technician without necessarily
being a good fighter.
Think about it... how can you be a good technician if you can't
fight? It doesn't make any sense. You don't say... hey that guy
is a good boxing technician... but when he spars he just gets
mauled every time. Or that wrestler is a good technician, but
his takedowns suck... or that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu guy is a good
technician, but he cant fight on the ground at all. If you said
that you would sound insane. But people say that in JKD all the
time. Its another in a long line of myths.
You can be a tough fighter without being technical, due to aggression,
size, explosiveness, strength, etc. But you cannot be a good technician
without being able to fight, its impossible.
It's similar to when people tell me they think I have taken the
Art out of Martial Arts... that its all about fighting only with
us... I reply, Art of what?
The Art is in the performance, the doing. Art is in the performance,
sharing, and experience of the training itself.
Also, anyone can be a fighter. A good coach can show anyone of
even moderate to low athletic ability and intelligence what it
takes to become a good fighter. Now, not everyone may then want,
or need, to make the sacrifices necessary to get to that level
If all you train are basics, then wont you be training
only for the short term objective of 'performance'?
There is no such thing as "advanced" techniques
The same armbar Rickson Gracie uses, is the same armbar a white
belt with one month in uses. The same triangle choke, the same
elbow escape, etc. The difference between 'advanced' technique,
and 'beginner' technique, is simply the timing, tightness, and
efficiency of the movement.
The same holds true for wrestling. The same double leg 6 years
olds are taught in pee-wee wrestling class is the same double
leg the olympic level "experts" use.
In Judo experts of the Art spend lifetimes perfecting two or
three of the "basic" throws. Yes, the exact same throws
taught to all beginners.
Lennox Lewis doesn't throw an "advanced" left hook.
. .same basics, same basics, same basics. Fundamentals, that is
what ALL functional fighting arts offer.
Fundamentals done really well. . . .those are advanced techniques.
If all you have are basics, what can you offer others?
The answer is = everything.
But I don’t believe in throwing a new person in
over their head and having them spar in the first few months of
Yes, we don't usually suggest throwing a new person into sparring.
There are far better methods.
Is such and such Art functional?
My message and that of the Gym is Aliveness.
If you understand that message, and what Aliveness means then
you can look at any Art and see right away if the training methods
they use will be at all functional. As such, there is no need
for any of us to single out specific Arts or Instructors, nor
is that the point.
First things first.
My Instructor say's Kata training is useful. Do you see
use in Kata, forms, or Djurus?
None, in fact it's most likely to be counter-productive.
Well since boxers hit bags, and football players run
tires, don't you believe you need a mixture of both Alive &
What you are describing is not what we would call a "dead"
drill, but rather a set of conditioning exercises.
Yes, you can lift weights, and then train with Aliveness and
be highly skilled. You can also run tires, jump rope, do wind
sprints, practice Yoga (I am a big believer in that), and a host
of assorted other conditioning drills, and if combined with a
combat sport, yes, you can be highly skilled.
But, if you are going to train an activity specific movement
designed for 'fighting', then you need to train movements that
are functional and will work against aggressive, resisting attackers.
And when training those movements with another human being, you
need to make that training Alive. *(see 'I' method)Otherwise your
training will not translate under pressure.
But people lift weights, run tires, etc, to develop attributes,
so why not do sombradra, hubud, kata, or two person forms for
Lifting weights is a conditioning drill. It will enhance you
fighting skill, because it makes you stronger, and in better shape.
It will not teach you how to do an armbar better. That requires
an Alive opponent. That is what "isolation drilling"
is for. In order to develop functional fighting skill you have
to invest in thousands of hours Alive drilling against a resisting
That is why it is important to separate conditioning drills,
from sports specific training. Athletes don't become confused,
they know the distinction, but Martial Artists often do. There
in exists the problem.
Sombrada as an example is not taught as a 'conditioning drill',
it is taught as a sports specific drill. It has been alleged by
those that teach it that it is the first stage used to teach people
to fight with a stick. It is not sports specific because it does
not apply directly when you spar. . .the way an armbar does in
BJJ. You don't teach an "armbar flow drill" to enhance
attributes, and then when it comes time to spar the armbar say.
. .okay now we have to make these changes to make the armbar work.
Again, that would be counter productive. That is one of the many
reasons why Sombrada, as it is often taught, is not and Alive,
or sport specific drill.
You could attempt to make the argument that it can be used to
"enhance other attributes" which many people attempt
to do, but why learn something the wrong way in order to enhance
attributes. It is not rational.
How would you teach someone with zero experience how
to stick fight then? As an example, how to enter and counter off
a forehand or backhand swing?
1) Demonstrate a move that I feel will get them there. As an
example a cover an crash.
2)Have both people gear up, (as little gear as possible). Have
one party swing a forehand at the other. . .starting slower, but
pulling through with the strike. Again progressive resistance.
As this is done the other person attempts to perform the skill
you are trying to coach...in this case, cover and crash without
eating the blow. As they get better we increase the resistance,
and add a back hand. Within 5-10 minutes this should lead to one
side feeding a random forehand or backhand, while the other side
attempts to cover and crash.
After about 15-20 minutes we would probably just finish with
some sparring if this is where the participants want to go with
it. The level of intensity and type of equipment used there would
depend on the level the Athlete was comfortable with.
This is how we coach armbars, jabs, kicks, double leg takedowns,
sprawls, and stickfighting.
It's the first stage of drilling and we refer to it as the: I
Introduce (should only take a few minutes, if
not it is probably to complicated for the participants)
Isolate (Isolation sparring in an Alive way)
Incorporate (Add into your total game)
Nobody needs to gets hurt, there are no memorized patterns, no
contrived footwork, it's all random and real. When they move to
the sparring 'stage', nothing needs to be 'tweaked' or modified,
because they where trained correctly from day one. There is nothing
to fix. There is no box pattern. It's fun, and students like it.
As an experiment, or just for a change of pace, try this:
Teach one group of students using sombrada/hubud progressions,
and then work them through all the different 'stages' you have
to sparring. And, at the same time have another group that just
drills completely Alive, as I described above. No patterns, no
hubud, no B.S., just sparring drills against progressive resistance.
Then have them spar each other. The results should interest you,
and more then anything else make my point.
But not everyone will respond to 'I' method drilling
right away will they? Don't some people need to be walked through
dead patterns first?
If you are making the assumption that 'drills' must be done in
a pattern, please look at that assumption. They do not.
Furthermore, you gain little value from the drill in
terms of any attributes, beyond introducing a movement, when you
are operating within a pattern*. To actually "drill"
correctly there must not be a contrived pattern, and there is
no reason to start with one beyond ignorance born out of 'tradition'.
*(note: by contrived pattern I am speaking specifically of a
two person form. I do this, you respond with that, etc.
Sometimes good combinations are linked, but when we 'drill' we
want to work those combos against a resisting opponent.
Otherwise there is no timing, and we are still at the "I"introduction
stage of the game.)
You are not developing sensitivity until you throw away the pattern.
In other words. . .you cannot get and increased sense of 'timing'
from hitting a wooden dummy, or a stuffed bag. You can get 'sport
specific' repetitions in on the stuffed bag. And that will help
you build the heart, and muscles which propel the tool. And help
you remember combinations. But, it will never give you any type
of 'timing', because it is not "Alive".
Sensitivity. . .is nothing but 'timing' applied to 'tactile sense'.
. .again, you need another human for this. You cannot get sensitivity
from a wooden dummy, or heavy bag, anymore then you can can get
'timing' from a wooden dummy and heavy bag.
There are a hundred thousand ways to gain true sensitivity from
day one, without getting hurt, with sports specific moves, that
do not involve patterns, that can be taught to anyone, that are
All you have to do is. . . .let go, and create some.
But people like the goofy stuff?
Let me give you a concrete example. Often I hear from Instructors
that state that some students 'want' that 'stuff'. I have taught
seminars before where the host begged me to show some 'trapping'
because the students would love it, and I was told that the group
that I was teaching to, (as non athletic a group as you could
find) would not respond to my approach. Anyone who knows me knows
I don't I don't compromise on this, ever. So. . . I showed no
hand trapping, or one and two step sparring. I taught as I always
teach, and the students. . . . . .loved it. They said to the Instructor.
. ."why didn't you show us this approach before?"
That has been my experience all over the world.
But, would I have had the muscle memory or coordination
with/without the drill?
What would you say if I threw a right cross in sparring, after
being taught reverse punches and Karate blocks. And then when
it was pointed out to me that my cross didn't look anything like
my reverse punches and karate blocks I stated,
"True, but would I have had the muscle memory or coordination
with/without the drill? Personally, I don't think so."
It just makes no sense.
Why do so many JKD/Kali Instructors still teach drills
like Sombrada, and hubud then?
My gods honest guess is that most Instructors simply don't know
how else to do it. Since they don't understand how to drill they
fear they will lose students by teaching Alive. They believe that
students 'want' or need these drills. Or that to stay in business
they have to do it this way.
Again, that is a fallacy. There are much better ways to teach.
Just as safe, just as easy to learn, just as fun, and far more
What is the De-Chau analogy?
It was an analogy that explained why it is important to always
teach 'principles' for fighting with activity specific drills.
So for example I would talk about the mysterious "dropping"
energy. I could then invent a two person form to 'demonstrate'
that principle. Perhaps a little dance where we stomp our feet
a few times, like the chicken steps in Kali. Or perhaps a two
person patty cake form where we can play a game and try and slap
each others hip before we perform the "drop".
There would quickly be De-Chau experts, who were undefeatable
at the game of de-chau, and who could show you lots of cool switches,
and variations of the de-chau drill.
When questioned as to why the de-chau drill looked nothing like
a real fight, they would explain that de-chau is just meant to
teach you principles of "dropping energy", and impart
a few techniques. That's why!
Or I could just teach an athlete to sprawl.
The sprawl teaches the "dropping energy", but if you
where to ask a wrestler what they where doing they would tell
you they where learning to stop a takedown. Not learning "dropping
energy". And the concept of learning the sprawling energy,
without a sprawl, would seem absurd. That is just a common sense
When you begin teaching forms and two person drills which are
not activity specific and simply meant to demonstrate a 'principle',
and athletes begin practicing as such, things get goofy and the
functional Art is lost rather quickly.
Isn't it ignorant to claim as some have that chi sao
No, that is inside out. Ignorance comes from the root words which
imply something you "ignore". In this case it would
be the lack of any measured evidence for functional use.
Unfortunately the MA school I attend does not always
use aliveness (which you define so well in your videos and web
site) as it's guiding principal. People will often defend training
methods were aliveness is not a factor. During a discussion about
training methods someone said to me "What about boxers hitting
the heavy bag, and speed bag there is no aliveness there, So hitting
the bags is a waist of time huh. Hitting the speed bag doesn't
look anything like fighting so that must be a waste of time too
huh." I replied that the heavy bag was good for things like
body mechanics, and could be a great work out in itself. The only
response was "well if there's no aliveness how can it be
any good, huh..." Anyway just wondering if you had ever fielded
a comment like this?
You are correct. People will defend their beliefs because they
are feeling defensive. This usually has to do with personal identification
with the method. And so the best thing you can do there is simply
speak your truth, (never be afraid to do that!), smile, and walk
In regards a heavy bag, you can make heavy bag training more
realistic. . . . by moving around, and not using repeated patterns
like a robot. However, there are many things we may do that improve
are bodies that are not "Alive". Its just that all of
those things fall under the category of conditioning/exercise.
Lifting weights is not Alive, but it will have a direct impact
on your body.
Aliveness comes in is when you include a partner. BJJ is a great
example. You could roll around with a stuffed dummy on the mat,
and practice knee ride, punches, etc. This would be very similar
to a boxer hitting the heavy bag However, if you never, or rarely
wrestle "live" against a resisting opponent, you will
never be able to compete or reach the performance level of even
a beginner blue belt.
You must have Aliveness, its as simple as that, that's where
timing and ability come from. As it is in BJJ it is in stand up,
But you can't teach beginners that way. How can you teach
a whole seminar full of people that way. It would look chaotic?
Simply not true. I teach seminars all over the world without
the aid of dead patterns. I teach stick, ground, clinch, stand
up, whatever, without ever busting into a pattern. All the while
people learn quickly, have fun, laugh, and stay injury free.
What about the idea that these dead pattern drills are
for self perfection?
That is usually the last excuse for poor training methods that
gets put out there. The thing to ask here is what is meant by
the term "self perfection"? If that term is left un
described, then the idea itself is absolutely meaningless. So
it is important to ask for a description on this.
Once a description is given, ask yourself if an Alive training
method would serve that description just as well, or in reality...
much better. You will find this is always the case.
Remember, for something to be used for 'self improvement' it
must first be true, real, authentic.
If you are looking for real methods of "self perfection"
then you will find them in Alive training, in athletics.
As the late, great Joseph Campbell stated, "the
only peak experiences I have realized have come as a result of
But don't they thrown all the 'self perfection' or 'spiritual
side' away when they train only Alive?
This is backwards, in reality the opposite is true. And there
is much writing regarding how functional athletic training can
have serve as a deep and meaningful vehicle for self actualization,
How do you train Alive as you age?
Great question, three things:
1) Stay in shape. (You should do this anyway, as I assume you
care about your body)
2) Train smart, that is do not over train.
3) Use progressive resistance. There is no need to go balls out
very often. In fact There is a false idea out there that effective
training needs to be rough and brutal, and like so many ideas
that too is backwards.
That is also why I love Jits, it can be done slow and gentle
and still be highly effective. What a beautiful Art.
Remember, if you can't pull of Tai Chi, or Silat, or Aikido,
etc, now, as a younger, strong man, what good will it do you when
you are older and less athletic? (This is why it amazes me when
I hear people talking about saving those arts for when they are
old. What sense does that make?)You need to use the same moves,
you just have to be wiser, and smarter about how you apply them,
and how you train.
Aliveness is for every-body!
Isn't there are as many ways, as there are faces on the
So true, when left that vague. . .add the words (to execute a
rear naked choke) and we begin to see that all people share similar
bodies, and as such the body mechanics and laws of physics applied
to that motion will be similar in nature.
Here is a favorite Krishnamurti joke regarding that exact topic:
The devil and a friend were walking down the street,
when they saw ahead of them a man stoop down and pick up something
from the ground, look at it, and put it away in his pocket. The
friend asked the devil, “What did that man pick up?”
“He picked up a piece of the truth,” said the devil.
“That is very bad business for you, then” said his
friend. “Oh, not at all,” the devil replied, “I
am going to help him organize it!.”
Truth of the truth:
Aliveness is about the freedom to use whatever works in the moment.
Right action at right time. Which is another name for true compassion.
A freedom that is only fully felt when one is completely immersed
in the present moment of now, and free of the burden of beliefs,
which manifest as thoughts. A clear mind fully aware of reality
as it is now, and operating with absolute synchronicity within
time and space, that is the real beginning of Aliveness.
It is about Love.
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