In the old days of martial arts training, well let just say they were brutal! My instructor was a hard nose, powerful man who took no prisoners. Today I have the damaged joints and pains of getting old to prove it. Not to mention the scars.
But times have changed, just like they always do! Pressure Point knowledge was always in the arts, and it is still there laying underneath the movements that you train in. The old timers just simply call it “hitting correctly.” The problem is they can do it from that example, but 99% of their students cannot. The knowledge is not passed on!
People today learn differently, they have different family and job obligations then we did or have now. So telling someone to “hit correctly” is a injustice. We can no longer be instructors and be successful at being school owners, we must now be teachers!
My GM from the early days used to brag that 1 out of 1000 would make Black Belt. To him that was prideful. He was so harsh that 999 dropped out. He was not a success but a total failure. Some will disagree, he would if he was still alive, but the value of the arts come in doing it for a long time. Spreading the arts is something we love to do, and I believe a responsibility. Dropout are a black mark against us.
Retaining students is a hard job. But i am one of the best at it! I have had adults with me for 20 years now, and not just one or two. Kids grow up and stay which is wonderful!
Why is that?
Because I work very hard, on the floor operations, to make sure that students stay motivated and NEVER STOP LEARNING!And Black Belts are the ones who need the most motivation!
If you are a school owner, or someone who is thinking about opening a school, you need to retain students. Kyusho Jitsu as an additional training not only helps assure retention, but can also add some extra cash flow to your dojo. Schools don’t fail because of the style taught, they fail because of cash flow from lost students, missed enrollments and bad planning.
Now quite often owner will turn to Krav Mega to give students something new to work with. This is chosen often just because the instructor likes it. But how many schools in your city are teaching it? In mine there are several!
But I am the ONLY pressure points guy!
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Have a great day!
Grand Master Art Mason is a professional full time martial artists and Kyusho Jitsu teacher. He is available for seminars and study groups. He resides in Brasov Romania
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