-Take ample time to understand the goal of each training experience
and ask questions if you are unsure of what to do. It takes less
time to learn something right the first time than it does to have
to relearn the same lesson over and over again.
- Be aware of yourself and your surroundings while training. Constantly
take inventory of your limbs, surroundings and location in order
to accustom the mind to look at the world through the eyes of
a warrior. Remember: awareness is the sword that is never sheathed.
- Ask questions of the instructor, or your training partner, if
you are confused or unsure of what to do.
Notes - Supplement these notes with your own observations
and comments. While your memory may be excellent you will rarely
remember everything that is covered during a seminar without written
- Share your experience and abilities with your training partner
in order to help yourself and them grow.
Safely - Protect your partner's safety at all times.
This is not a competition but a learning experience; train at
a level that will provide you and your partner with the most realistic
training experience without endangering them or yourself.
- Train at an intensity that matches your skill and experience
level. Don't make the mistake of overestimating your own skill
or experience level
most "experts" get caught
by the basics time and time again.
- Train at a speed that initially enables you to execute the technique
or concepts 100% of the time. Once you have developed competence
and experience then increase the speed and intensity until you
can are challenged to perform it 50% of the time. Continue training
at this level until your competence and experience match this
Train, Train - Nothing takes the place of training
consistently at a level that will facilitate growth and understanding.