Updated: Jan 1, 2019
What intrigues me about Martial Arts is the apparent contrast between it's obvious purpose and the training process: while the obvious main objective of Martial Art is to be able to defeat others, the training of martial arts is a process that lets us experience how to become successful by building our success together with the success of others.
Training Process in Armadong Kali
Let's have a look at the training process in Armadong Kali: In Armadong Kali we learn how to protect ourselves by letting our trainer or partner act as an opponent. Unlike a true opponent, who may want to destroy us by using all his destructive capability, our trainers and partners will help us by attacking with a proper energy and technique, so that we learn how to cope with it.
Finding the proper energy and technique
It is the responsibility of our training partners to find the balance between attacking too easy and too hard. If the attacks are too easy, the training will become boring and won't show any progress. If the attacks are too hard, the training will be injury prone and frustrating. By finding the proper attack pressure they challenge us to grow and to improve our defensive skills.
A good defence improves the offence
With improving defensive skills on our side, the partner can safely attack with higher intensity. Once the defence becomes so good that the partners have difficulty to launch a successful offence, then they feel pressured to improve their offensive capabilities.
A working defence points to a flaw in the offence
In Armadong Kali we don't stop the cycle when we found a satisfying defence against an offence. We consider the existence of a good defence as an indication of a flaw in the offence. We strive to improve the offence, so that it can neutralise the found counter technique without loosing its original attacking value. One of the design pattern we use is our reminder: No idle hands! No idle feet!
Honest progress is progress for all
The whole process started with our trainer sharing their offensive skill with us, so that we can improve our skills in countering those attacks. Then we use the experience to find an improved attack, that would neutralise the counter while still serving the purpose of the original attack. That improved attack in turn will pose a challenge to improve the defensive skill. With this process of honest feedback, attack and defence will both improve, as the training partners will improve together.
Building our success together with the success of others
In Armadong Kali we experience how we can build our success by sharing our knowledge and helping others to be successful. The better our training partners become the better we can become with their support. We help our training partners to improve, and they help us. The Armadong Kali training process is a cycle of growth based on trust and support. It is like standing on the shoulders of giants which allows us to see farther – the notable Armadong part is, how to let the mind of persons grow, so that they are able to comprehend what they discover, once they are standing on the shoulders of giants.
Power Up & Kali On!