Fundamentals are so important. It is true in the following phrase “A house is only as good its its foundation”. In the Martial Sciences you will only be as good as your training in the fundamentals. If you mess this up you may build a house of cards that will fall down in a light breeze. (or a self-defense situation) No, you really need to pay attention to your training in the basics and you need to constantly train those fundamental basics. It is not about the quantity of how much you train those fundamental basics but instead on how well you practice them! Take your time and build your foundation up. Once your fundamentals are solid then you can explore infinitely! As I was telling someone the other night in our system of Instinctive Response Training it takes about three years to have experience in all of the fundamentals. If you have trained well and put in considerable effort during this time and been corrected on mistakes then you should be ready to really explore and take off to incredible journeys in your Martial Science training. Of course some people may take less time and some others will take more. The point is that if your fundamentals are strong you will have the opportunity to be a good martial practitioner. Yet, if you mess them up. Well you may have a lot and I do mean a lot more training to do to ever have the opportunity to get it right. Fundamental basics are essential so do not rush to fast! Once you have them you will be happy you put in the work and will work even harder to keep these skill sets!!!
Brian R. VanCise
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