For me in the end this is what it is all about. Functional, efficient and effective is what the martial sciences need to be. While I enjoy history, stories and interesting technique in the end can I make it work in the moment is what I am asking myself. So along my journey in the martial sciences I always try to keep my eye on the ball and when practicing anything always ask the question of is this functional, can I make it efficient and also effective. Typically I will take a new skill set or technique and work my way through it questioning the functionality, efficiency and effectiveness. The end goal of course is can I take that technique and keep it in line with FEE. If I can then I will add it to what I do and Instinctive Response Training provided it fits within our unique framework. The framework of IRT pretty much allows anything that is functional, efficient and effective. So what makes something functional? Well angles, distances, structure, body movement, footwork, etc. all will come into play but in the end your particular attributes and skill set will determine if you can make something functional. Also what is functional for one person may not always work for another based on their unique characteristics. This is just one more reason why people should not try to copy their instructors but in the end find their own unique movement and any good system promotes this. Functionality happens when you can make it work. Once you consistently do this during training you are on your way. Once you get something through the functionality test then you need to constantly work it so that you can make your movement efficient and effective. Just because a technique is functional does not mean that you will be efficient or effective with it. Taking the movement and looking at how you can apply the principles and elements of the martial sciences in a multitude of variations will in the end help you in your ability to make it efficient and effective. During this period you need to pay special attention to angles, lines, distance, timing, etc. and the more you do that the easier it will be to apply. Effectiveness comes when you can apply what you are doing in the moment or under stress. Only then will you have made it a part of yourself and taken your ability to that level. Being effective comes through lots of painstaking training and finally pressure testing your training whether in scenario drills, sparring or yes in the moment. Functional, efficient and effective are what we need to strive for in the martial sciences. Always keep that at the top of your mind when training!
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