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#433218 - 07/11/11 10:54 PM What concept made a difference to you?
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There's an old quote -- "When you understand a technique, you know a technique. When you understand a concept, you know a thousand techniques".

I was thinking about what counted as an important concept to me, one that opened many potential techniques.

In teaching, one idea that was important to me was that repetition is most effective as a learning tool if combined with variation -- not exactly the same each time, but with nonessential elements changed. (Small example -- do a kata in different settings, different speeds, backwards etc. to ingrain it better).

What were some important concepts for other people on this forum? What broadened your experience?
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#433239 - 07/12/11 08:27 AM Re: What concept made a difference to you? [Re: hope]
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The most important concept I ever learned was "test it". I was able to find out the effectiveness of many techniques by trying them under pressure, with the assistance of my training friends.

The second most important concept I ever learned was "keep an open mind". Some things that I couldn't get to work, I saw other people were able to.
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#433241 - 07/12/11 10:50 AM Re: What concept made a difference to you? [Re: MattJ]
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To me the concept of getting my center of gravity down was an eye opener. Coming from a TKD background I was used to bouncing around on my toes in a tournement setting.
The concept of "getting heavy" so that my base is strong took a great deal of time to implement. I'm still working on this concept.(Old dog/new tricks) Every now and then it comes together and I'm amazed how much power my techniques have using this concept.

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#433242 - 07/12/11 11:22 AM Re: What concept made a difference to you? [Re: gojuman59]
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The most important concept to me was "Don't get hit." I was used to doing boxing and kickboxing and just standing there and seeing how much I could take.

Also the concept of stances and changing your stance for power in different directions.

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#433243 - 07/12/11 03:07 PM Re: What concept made a difference to you? [Re: hope]
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Originally Posted By: hope
There's an old quote -- "When you understand a technique, you know a technique. When you understand a concept, you know a thousand techniques".

Maybe old to you. I spent 16 years trying to learn Aikido, the last 10 of them in a "traditional" dojo, Never heard it mentioned even once, much less discussed.

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#433254 - 07/12/11 09:54 PM Re: What concept made a difference to you? [Re: iaibear]
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"Yin-yang".
My striking power increased by a lot when I started to incorporate that concept into my training.
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#433256 - 07/12/11 11:16 PM Re: What concept made a difference to you? [Re: choonbee]
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Originally Posted By: choonbee
"Yin-yang".
incorporate that concept into my training.

Lucky you.

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#433263 - 07/13/11 10:30 AM Re: What concept made a difference to you? [Re: iaibear]
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"Maybe old to you. I spent 16 years trying to learn Aikido, the last 10 of them in a "traditional" dojo, Never heard it mentioned even once, much less discussed."

Hi Iaibear -- not sure I understand, but I think the quote struck you as misguided. Can you explain more?
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#433273 - 07/14/11 12:42 AM Re: What concept made a difference to you? [Re: hope]
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Thanks for asking. Your quote was not misguided. It was just something I wish I had heard ten years ago.

I spent six years at an Aikido dojo where "techniques" were drilled. I later found out the sensei was teaching the syllabus, so short-term students could get some working skills. When his dojo lost its lease, I transferred to that of his sensei where I spent from 2000 on, still hoping I was going to be taught Aikido. Wrong. It turned out he is a traditionalist and demonstrates variations. Period.

I have since been told that these variations are based on concepts which we, as students, were supposed to figure out for ourselves. No one saw fit to pass along that bit of common knowledge information. If I did not enjoy and need the activity so much, I would have left years ago, because I sure was not learning Aikido. As luck would have it, there is a newer dojo in town where "concepts" are explained and practiced understandably.

"Variations" and "concepts" are words I am learning to live with, along with "frustration".

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#433317 - 07/17/11 09:37 AM Re: What concept made a difference to you? [Re: iaibear]
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I was looking around for a style that i could improve my self defence skills from. I had hoped to find a Krav maga club in my area because when watching it demonstrated, i was impressed by its look. It looked real and effective. Sadly one wasn't available for me so after carefully looking at the techniques being used i realised that all i needed was to take its 'concept' to my already learned stuff.
Forgive me if i'm mistaken but as i see it, all i have to do in a self-defence situation is to react fast with ferocity. Everything and anything goes! Hopefully i won't need it.

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