One day I was doing my interval training on the exercise bike in the basement and watching a training video of a seminar put on by a high ranking iu jitsu black belt. He was discussing this very topic with the seminar participants. He explained that there were no advanced techniques in the art, just the basics mastered. He used the example of the rear naked choke and explained that a rear naked choke was a rear naked choke. It was the same for a 6th degree black belt as it was for a white belt. The only difference was that after 20 plus years of training and thousands of applications on hundreds of people he happened to be more proficient at it. The technique however, was the same.
- Step back and reflect on your personal training. How much time do you spend on the basics.
- Now step back and reflect on the training you deliver. How much time do you spend finding ways to make practicing the basics fun and meaningful for your officers. Training the bacics is not about being boring. The basics can be practiced in a variety of ways that are fun, innovative and practical. Use your imagination.