I was in an internet conversation recently regarding how one individual with the same training can do so well and yet another maybe will not perform to the same level. The conversation kind’ve deteriorated when another individual from his perspective and art claimed that the group is what is really important and not the individual from his perspective. In life everyone is entitled to their opinion. It is some thing that I live by. However, an opinion is not fact nor is it always rational from ones perspective. In Instinctive Response Training we have a very cohesive group of individuals who are all training together so that we can become better martial practitioner’s. This group is like an extended family and you all are like brother’s and sister’s to me. While I may have been the initial driving force behind IRT I am not the only driving force within it. Individual practitioner’s like Gary Haffey, Kerry Krick, Scott Sober, Tony Kirby, Pat Mayette, Tim Oommen and really every single practitioner within the system help drive it and of course themselves! In IRT everyone is a unique individual who is valuable and important to the group but even more so to their own unique martial experience! You see the individual in the end is what matters. They determine just how good they can be as a martial practitioner! A teacher or fellow practitioner can guide them, help them along their path but we each must take personal responsibility for our own training and growth! Everyone in IRT is an equal in my opinion. That is just one of the reasons why we all address each other by first names rather than titles. I have learned so much from all of you and I hope you have learned from me or one of our instructors! This martial path is wonderful in how it transforms us during our physical, mental and spirtual journey. In the end we owe it to ourselves to be the best martial practitioner that we can possibly be. As a unique individual we need to practice and grow. While this happens best some times within the group each and every one of us can practice on our own and become better as well. (especially once the fundamentals have been ingrained) Your unique martial path is yours. In the end you alone determine how you will grow by your diligence in training, your focus and your determination. I hope to help and guide you so that you may miss some of the pitfalls that I had to go through. Yet in the end you have personal responsibility for your training!
Brian R. VanCise
Note: This blog is opinion only and neither Instinctive Response Training LLC or Brian R. VanCise are responsible for any third party actions.
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