Grit in Martial Arts

During the thirty plus years I have been teaching, so many students have gone through groups, so many students, that I feel that the data I present is not anecdotal, it has a statistical significance.

Grit predicts success.

Success is also personal. Each practitioner starts from a different point, equipped with different initial quantities of courage, intellect and money. A different starting point affects the end point. Those who come to groups from a low starting poing will find themselves after thirty years in a better place, compared to their own starting point.

What is the unit of measure of grit? Years.

Grit is founded on decades of persistance, grit manifests in resistance to external difficulties. Grit maintains focus in front of disruptions. We sum up grit toward the end of life. Period.

A practitioner who trains for ten years is at the beginning of the road. Ten years is about tenth grade. A practitioner who has been training for thirty years is getting nearer.

Should the training be in Akban? Of course not, but there must be a comprehensive practicum, not just practicing but an initiation practicum that the apprentice is a part of.

When I look at the student’s cards, I do not see a statistically significant deviation. Long-term training predicts a student’s personal success – success relative to his starting point.

And those students who have a good starting point? Money, high IQ, crazy courage, the same students create success that can be measured in absolute terms, not only relative. Academic achievements, excellent family life, money or if the apprentice wishes to – an enterprise that improves the quality of life of many other people.

Grit means a simple but very difficult thing – training is not an option.


What’s new on our martial arts wiki – 23.2.2012

This has been a busy week with many updates to the AKBAN martial arts documentation project. Here’s a concise list of the English AKBAN-wiki changes. If you’re addicted to wiki code, the wiki rss can be grabbed here.

 The Ninjutsu Acrobatics section was updated

  1. Koho tenkai – Back hand spring from omote gyaku
  2. Koho tenkai with koho tombogaeri – somersault
  3. Koho tombogaeri – Back somersault against an opponent
  4. Koho tombogaeri – Back somersault against gosha dori
  5. Koho tombogaeri – Back somersault against koshi nage
  6. Koho tombogaeri – Back somersault from oni kudaki
  7. Oten – Cartwheel
  8. Zenpo tombogaeri – forward somersault
  9. Zenpo tombogaeri – Front somersault against morote seoe nage
  10. Shoten – Wall running
  11. Shoten tombogaeri – Back somersault from wall running
  12. Zenpo tenkai – forward handspring
  13. Zenpo tenkai – Front hand spring agaisnt ura gyaku
  14. Zenpo tenkai – one hand forward handspring

The 16 secret Ninjutsu punches became not so secret here:

  1. Hoken Juroppo, sixteen striking treasures – Ninjutsu
  2. Elbow strikes, hiji, enpi, 肘 – Ninjutsu
  3. Bent thumb knuckle strike, Koppō Ken, Ko ken – Ninjutsu
  4. Ura shuto, Reverse blade of hand strike – Ninjutsu
  5. Five fingers claw strike Shako ken, Kuma Te – Ninjutsu
  6. Beak strike, Shitan ken, san shin tsuki, go shin tsuki – Ninjutsu
  7. Fudo ken, Ninjutsu fist
  8. Boshi, Shito ken, thumb strike – Ninjutsu
  9. Tsuki, back punch with a step, Ninjutsu
  10. Happa, simultaneous two side strikes – Ninjutsu
  11. Tai ken, body blow, Ninjutsu
  12. Shishin ken, little finger strike – Ninjutsu

Various Judo and Ninjutsu articles were updated

Video of the Osoto gari from Murata sensei seminar last week

Only one video was uploaded this week to our YouTube channel

For this week on the Hebrew site click here.