The Two F’s!!!


The other day I was reminiscing on a conversation I had a while back in Michigan.  This particular conversation was with a friend who has been practicing a specific martial art for about twelve years.  Mind you he is very good at what he does.  Still as we were talking about the latest rage in the martial arts or MMA to be exact.   He mentioned several times about being worried with the new breed of MMA person out there that his skill set might not be enough if he ran into somebody trained in MMA on the streets.  Now this friend has a Traditional Martial Arts background or TMA for short.  He is really good at what he does and has been for a long time.  But there is a problem here.  One is that he has stayed so much in a certain area or just training in his art/system that in other areas he is pretty weak.  This is a huge issue with any martial practitioner.  If you want to increase your odds be well-rounded.  Still this is not his personal biggest issue.  His biggest issue is that he has lost faith in what he does and he fear’s the consequence should he meet someone who may be able to neutralize his skill set.  First off there is always someone out there that can neutralize your skill set.  Push that to the side and do not worry about that!  What you can control is your fear and your faith in what you do.  The two F’s are tied together.  If you push past your fears then in time you will have faith.  Once you have faith you will then indeed be formidable at what you do.  I have been practicing a long time and met many people who practice the Martial Sciences.  One thing that is markedly true is that you can be really, really good and come from a completely different system from someone else who is also really, really good.  In other words a system gives you a format to train but in the end it does come down to you and your ability to implement your skill sets.  During that implementation how you control your fear and maintain your faith will decide the outcome!  My advice when beset by fear is to go out and conquer it.  Find a way to push into an area where you are afraid and then change and metamorphosis into someone who does not fear that.  By getting out there and conquering your fears and training hard your faith in your system and skill sets will grow and grow until that faith is unshakable.  That my friends will make you a formidable person if you are ever attacked by someone in a moment of violence!

See You On The Mats! 

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Brian R. VanCise

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About Brian VanCise

Hi my name is Brian R. VanCise and my passion is the Martial Sciences. I have trained almost my entire life in the pursuit of martial excellence and I teach a world class curriculum in Las Vegas, Nevada. Contact us at: 702-326-3622
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5 Responses to The Two F’s!!!

  1. Tim says:

    First I agree… says the Traditional Chinese Martial Arts guy 🙂

    Why worry?

    If you can do something about the issue then do it…. no reason to worry
    If you can’t do anything about the issue then accept it…… again no reason to worry

  2. Brian VanCise says:

    Absolutely Tim,

    One of the things I feel is missing in many martial practitioner’s is the faith component. Once you have faith in your skill sets and you practice them dilligently and never stop then you truly have some thing that is special. To many people lack faith and have many fears!

  3. Tim says:

    I never thought of it that way but you are correct. You need to have faith in what you are training and the skill set you have developed. Without faith in training I do not think one can develop a skill set to have faith in.

    And based on some people I have seen or talked to of late I would have to say many are missing faith in their skills, style and training and that can, and at times does, translate into fear. Fear of a possible confrontation, fear of another person, fear of another style, etc.

    You have a very cool POV Brian, thanks for this post in your Blog

  4. Jim Sheeran says:

    I was taught that you need to have faith in your system (that it was built on solid principles), faith in your teachers (to properly present the system to you), and faith in your training and practice to apply the system. If you all of that — then you’ll almost certainly do well.

  5. Brian VanCise says:

    Nice post Jim and very, very true!

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