I was discussing “revolutionary” moments in our martial arts with a training partner a few days ago. Whereas most martial progress is steady and takes place over a long period of time, occasionally we come across something that changes what we do overnight. What I mean is a concept or idea that we are so blown away by that we change what we do from that point on.
A few examples from my own training would be experiencing Peter Consterdine’s double hip method of power generation (coming from Kimura), Geoff Thompson’s “fence”, a seminar with Martin Murphy where he stressed the importance of practising running away and gave a number of drills for its practise, training with Peter and Brian Seabright and their emphasis on transitions or “fighting on the half beat”, and so on. All of the above made me change how I trained and practised from that point on.
I thought it may be interesting for people to share their own “revolutions” as it would give us all the chance to check them out and see if they would help us too?
So what concept, technique, drill or experience did you personally find revolutionary? Why was it so convincing and how did your training change afterward?
All the best,