The 5 Elements system was developed as a way to produce effective martial artists. In order to be effective the student has to â€œownâ€ their techniques and learn how to improvise. This is why the 5 Elements training system is less a collection of techniques than it is a system of training.
Rather than forcing students to be like a master, they are given guidance and nurtured in their development as a martial artist. There are always basics that must be practiced but as a students skill and technical understanding increases they are then allowed to develop and grow. This method paired with the guidance of an experienced teacher gives the student the power to find their own strengths and weaknesses. This method will eventually lead to a path of self realization, self motivation and self actualization. The method for achieving this is based on a few core principles.
1. Take what works from wherever it comes: If we find a technique that is simple and effective it will be taught. If a technique is proven to be ineffective it will be dropped.
2. Inoculation: Students will be exposed to realistic and random situations. This breeds familiarity. Familiarity builds the foundations of confidence and self control. We train through this lens at all times.
3. Exposure: Students will be exposed to a wide array of martial arts principles. Once a student develops a competency in a wide range of principles they will be encouraged to find their strengths and weaknesses. They will then pursue their strengths and limit their weaknesses. Awareness and respect of all things and all methodologies is necessary to becoming a well rounded martial artist.
4. Progressive training: Every drill and exercises is designed to teach a basic principle or idea. As a student advances the principle or idea is expanded. This makes the drill more difficult or demanding. This coupled with live training and inoculation allows the student to understand their training on a technical and useful level. In terms of conditioning it means beginners will never be asked to â€œpunishâ€ themselves and advanced students will never be left wanting for a challenge. Conditioning is achieved through steady progressive improvement. This way anybody can be transformed into a tough and capable martial artist.
5. Escape, react, and counter: Not all situations require the same measure of force or response. Some situations can be aggravated if they are met with an all out assault and can even get the â€œdefenderâ€ into legal trouble. While we advocate defense first we also give our students self defense strategies that can be safely used in any environment, from a schoolyard bully to a high intensity physical assault.
It was with these principles in mind that the 5 Elements Combat Arts training system was designed.
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