© Street Combatives 2016
Q:  What makes a good student?

A:  Dedication, determination, commitment, ability AND THE ABSENCE OF AN EGO.

Some people are born with it,,  VAST MAJORITY are not.  We get students all the time that want to

learn to fight but they won’t or they cant for many reasons. 

Learning to fight and fight hard takes a strong person, not just strength strong, but strong in will

too..  Learning to fight is not simple and you can not learn it in a few weeks.  It  takes a commitment

and a will to change normal routines so a student can have the time to train and time to recover.

It also takes a person who has the ability to train.  Sorry, but being grossly out of shape or having

numerous health issues like smoking, arthritis, bad neck/hips, knees, back, etc. are going to limit

what you can and cannot do and if I feel that it is a safety issue, I will ask you to stop training so no

one gets hurt. 

Some great qualifications that helps to make a great student are:

- Being on time and training often.

- Asking Questions and taking notes.

- Being focused while training.

- Having no ego and being humble while training.

- Practice at home, both physically and mentally.

Being on time and training often.   Remember, it takes a commitment which may include changing

or altering other activities.  In class, other students are often having to wait until someone else

shows up so they can have a training partner, which is often better than sharing one.

Asking Questions and taking notes.  This one surprise me,,  Many gyms do not allow students to stop

the class an ask questions, nor do they allow students to temporarily stop training so they can write

down notes.  If you belong to one of these gyms I highly encourage you to find a new place to train.  

Here,  I STRONGLY ENCOURAGE ASKING QUESTIONS, TAKING NOTES AND EVEN TAKING

QUICK VIDEOS.  If a student is training but isn’t quite getting the understanding of what to do,, 

how are they going to learn?  And having a bunch of notes or even quick video’s allow students to go

back home and practice more effectively because they have something that can an will remind them

what to do as well as what not to do.  Note taking is a fantastic learning tool.

Being focused while training.  When a student comes to the gym to train, their focus must be on

training, not family, not of friends and certainly not about work or the weekend that’s coming up. 

Ok, great,,  you have a vacation coming up or you are pissed off because of work or someone you

know.  Put your phone on silent and put it all on pause for 2.5 hours and train.  Your problems will

still be there after class.

Having no ego and being humble while training.  Students need to come to class with the intention

of learning, training hard and HELPING OTHERS LEARN AND TRAIN HARD TOO.  Many times

students come in and they act like they have something to prove like they are bigger and stronger

than there training partner.  Great,, maybe you are, maybe you are not!  This is the biggest reason I

see in class why students don’t learn.  They go too hard too fast and forget what is being taught. 

Slow with intent is the way to learn.  Hard and fast is for the streets.  In class,  take it slow and learn,

and that means to slow down and help your training partner too.   A student has two jobs.  First job

is to learn,,  Second job is help their training partner learn.  No one can learn when they are hurt.

Practice at home, both physically and mentally.  Learning anything takes time and it requires the

student to practice as often as possible.  Even when you are not at the gym, you can help yourself  by

eating better, exercising mentally practice techniques and mentally prepare yourself for the next

actual training session.  Mentally rehearse what you would do if someone was to break through your

bathroom door with a steak knife, or what you would do if you turn the corner at walmarts and

someone lunged at you with a screw driver.  it is better to have some options mentally rehearsed and

practiced so you have some type of reaction should something happen, then to hesitate and take no

action because you don’t know how to react.

 

Why good students are hard to find?

1:  Unwilling to find time 2:  They don’t want to get physical or make contact with other people. 3:  Most of todays society are wimps and cowards,  sorry but true. 4:  Lack of finances 5:  Full of excuses 1:  Majority of people want to train but are unwilling to make time to train by saying no to friends and colleagues.  Remember, it takes a commitment to priorities.  If you want to learn to fight, you have to devote time to learning to fight. 2:  Majority of people do not actually want to get physical (close proximity) with another person who may be sweating and/or smells (this is especially seen in women).  If you can’t train under these conditions, how can you fight there. 3:  Vast majority of people today are cowards and wimps.(sorry to be blunt, but it’s true.)  They do not like it when they get hit, bruised or hurt.  Hell, a lot of people don’t even like it when they sweat or get exhausted.  They do not want to actually spar with a real person and would rather simply hit a punching bag instead. Taking bumps and bruises is part of training, just like basketball, hockey or any sport.  Experiencing and dealing with pain also helps you deal with it more effectively if you ever do get attacked and injured.  You will already know what it is and how to deal with it.  We try very hard not have anyone get hurt, but accidents do happen.  Punching bags is great for endurance and conditioning, but punching bags don’t move and they don’t think or hit back.  You have to have some heavy sparring if you every actually want to learn and get proficient. 4:  Some people can’t afford it.  This I can understand, however, if you really want to do something you will find a way to do it.  If the person is serious enough, they will find a way to do it. 5:  TOO MANY EXCUSES; Roads, weather, tired, had to walk the dogs, too far to drive, no clean cloths, had to watch the game, ETC,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, Again, if you are serious about learning to fight so you can protect yourself and your family, you are going to have to make some changes to your regular daily routine

 

Street Combatives
Specializing in Close Quarter and Knife Combatives
© Street Combatives   2015
Q:  What makes a good student?

A:  Dedication, determination, commitment, ability

AND THE ABSENCE OF AN EGO.

Some people are born with it,,  VAST MAJORITY

are not.  We get students all the time that want to

learn to fight but they won’t or they cant for many

reasons. 

Learning to fight and fight hard takes a strong

person, not just strength strong, but strong in will

too..  Learning to fight is not simple and you can

not learn it in a few weeks.  It  takes a commitment

and a will to change normal routines so a student

can have the time to train and time to recover.

It also takes a person who has the ability to train. 

Sorry, but being grossly out of shape or having

numerous health issues like smoking, arthritis, bad

neck/hips, knees, back, etc. are going to limit what

you can and cannot do and if I feel that it is a safety

issue, I will ask you to stop training so no one gets

hurt. 

Some great qualifications that helps to make a great

student are:

- Being on time and training often.

- Asking Questions and taking notes.

- Being focused while training.

- Having no ego and being humble while training.

- Practice at home, both physically and mentally.

Being on time and training often.   Remember, it

takes a commitment which may include changing

or altering other activities.  In class, other students

are often having to wait until someone else shows

up so they can have a training partner, which is

often better than sharing one.

Asking Questions and taking notes.  This one

surprise me,,  Many gyms do not allow students to

stop the class an ask questions, nor do they allow

students to temporarily stop training so they can

write down notes.  If you belong to one of these

gyms I highly encourage you to find a new place to

train.   Here,  I STRONGLY ENCOURAGE ASKING

QUESTIONS, TAKING NOTES AND EVEN

TAKING QUICK VIDEOS.  If a student is training

but isn’t quite getting the understanding of what to

do,,  how are they going to learn?  And having a

bunch of notes or even quick video’s allow students

to go back home and practice more effectively

because they have something that can an will

remind them what to do as well as what not to do. 

Note taking is a fantastic learning tool.

Being focused while training.  When a student

comes to the gym to train, their focus must be on

training, not family, not of friends and certainly not

about work or the weekend that’s coming up.  Ok,

great,,  you have a vacation coming up or you are

pissed off because of work or someone you know. 

Put your phone on silent and put it all on pause for

2.5 hours and train.  Your problems will still be

there after class.

Having no ego and being humble while training.  

Students need to come to class with the intention of

learning, training hard and HELPING OTHERS

LEARN AND TRAIN HARD TOO.  Many times

students come in and they act like they have

something to prove like they are bigger and

stronger than there training partner.  Great,, maybe

you are, maybe you are not!  This is the biggest

reason I see in class why students don’t learn.  They

go too hard too fast and forget what is being taught. 

Slow with intent is the way to learn.  Hard and fast

is for the streets.  In class,  take it slow and learn,

and that means to slow down and help your

training partner too.   A student has two jobs.  First

job is to learn,,  Second job is help their training

partner learn.  No one can learn when they are

hurt.

Practice at home, both physically and mentally.  

Learning anything takes time and it requires the

student to practice as often as possible.  Even when

you are not at the gym, you can help yourself  by

eating better, exercising mentally practice

techniques and mentally prepare yourself for the

next actual training session.  Mentally rehearse

what you would do if someone was to break

through your bathroom door with a steak knife, or

what you would do if you turn the corner at

walmarts and someone lunged at you with a screw

driver.  it is better to have some options mentally

rehearsed and practiced so you have some type of

reaction should something happen, then to hesitate

and take no action because you don’t know how to

react.

 

Why good students are hard to find?

1:  Unwilling to find time 2:  They don’t want to get physical or make contact with other people. 3:  Most of todays society are wimps and cowards,  sorry but true. 4:  Lack of finances 5:  Full of excuses 1:  Majority of people want to train but are unwilling to make time to train by saying no to friends and colleagues.  Remember, it takes a commitment to priorities.  If you want to learn to fight, you have to devote time to learning to fight. 2:  Majority of people do not actually want to get physical (close proximity) with another person who may be sweating and/or smells (this is especially seen in women).  If you can’t train under these conditions, how can you fight there. 3:  Vast majority of people today are cowards and wimps.(sorry to be blunt, but it’s true.)  They do not like it when they get hit, bruised or hurt.  Hell, a lot of people don’t even like it when they sweat or get exhausted.  They do not want to actually spar with a real person and would rather simply hit a punching bag instead. Taking bumps and bruises is part of training, just like basketball, hockey or any sport.  Experiencing and dealing with pain also helps you deal with it more effectively if you ever do get attacked and injured.  You will already know what it is and how to deal with it.  We try very hard not have anyone get hurt, but accidents do happen.  Punching bags is great for endurance and conditioning, but punching bags don’t move and they don’t think or hit back.  You have to have some heavy sparring if you every actually want to learn and get proficient. 4:  Some people can’t afford it.  This I can understand, however, if you really want to do something you will find a way to do it.  If the person is serious enough, they will find a way to do it. 5:  TOO MANY EXCUSES; Roads, weather, tired, had to walk the dogs, too far to drive, no clean cloths, had to watch the game, ETC,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, Again, if you are serious about learning to fight so you can protect yourself and your family, you are going to have to make some changes to your regular daily routine

 

   Street Combatives      Specializing in Close Quarter and Knife Combatives