“Kill this dummy “, they said to me “with this”, they handed me a blow dart and pointed to a beam suspended from a wall 13 feet height, “from there”.
It was going to be one of those days.
When I was asked to do the next installment for the Fight Science series, I was yet again honored, and also excited.
Unlike traditional martial arts training, the tests stretch the applications of my abilities in ways I’d never thought of myself.
Most of the tests were outside of my realm of day-to-day training (which is unconventional as it is). This made the new tests quite a challenge and I love to rise to a new challenge.
I really enjoyed that the tests gave me immediate feedback and results that let me learn my strengths and weaknesses while in a safe, controlled environment.
I have been truly blessed to be able to represent the martial artists of the world and get to scientifically prove myself to, well…myself. The types of tests, equipment and scientific experts are simply not things martial artists have access to in everyday life.
This was like a dream come true as I like to think of myself as a “martial scientist”.
I was able to log all the results to assist in my ongoing future training.
The test that stood out for me from the Stealth Warrior episode, was the wall climb and fukiya (blowdart) as it needed to be performed in a way I had never tried before.
Initially I was a little apprehensive, as I had never fired a fukiya under the conditions and circumstances of the challenge, especially not upside down, hanging from a beam.
I had to adjust my aiming and technique to compensate which was a challenge unto itself. I was pleasantly surprised to have hit the dummy accurately in a vital spot. I’m sure that it was (what we in the martial art world call) a fluke. Either that or my decades of training have paid off, you decide. 🙂
I learned that there are always ways of training that we haven’t thought of yet and the mind is just as important to train as the body. On many occasions on the show I needed to really focus to get into the “zone” to achieve the test results while still maintaining relaxed, not as easy as it sounds.
What viewers might not know is what you get to see in the show is my first attempt at these complicated tests, as there were no rehearsals due to the tight filming schedule.
My only regret is not having more time to play with the tests and try additional tests, because I had so much fun rising to the challenge each test presented. It was a great reminder that no matter how long I have been a teacher I will always be a student.
I hope the show inspires martial artists at all levels to constantly test their limits and abilities while retaining a sense of wonder and excitement.
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