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K.I.M.

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Kyusho gets a lot of flack...not because it is not effective, but because of the methods employed to demonstrate and teach it.

     When I first started this journey in 1989, when I had a full head of hair (yeah...I know you are laughing), this is how we practiced it: Our partner would stand there while we wacked him on the arm, talked about what we were going to do for a few minutes, then hit them on the head, body, etc.  ALL WHILE THEY WERE JUST STANDING THERE LIKE A PUNCHING BAG, which they literally were.

     We would tell everyone that our partner was going to stay still for his safety's sake.  The problem with this was that then they were a sitting duck and some guys had a very heavy hand.

     Even if they were able to develop a soft touch while their partner was standing still...all bets were off if they decided to come at them with any REAL force.

     I am all for safety and making sure that no gets hurt.  The unrealistic way people were practicing was going to wo…

Too much wood?

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Starting a campfire is really simple.  Make sure there is plenty of ventilation, and start with small pieces of kindling (grass, paper, etc) and slowly add small pieces of wood.
The fire has to be nurtured and adding too many large pieces too soon will just smother the fire and lead to a lot of smoke.
So why am I talking about building a fire?  What does this have to do with Kyusho?
For me it really goes to the essence of education.

There are several schools of thought with regards to the best way to effectively teach many people at once.
One on one is pretty easy as the interpersonal interaction with the student, you can quickly figure out what that person’s learning style is and tailor a program most effectively to them.
Group training is different because you are dealing with many different learning styles, but still have the chance to interact with individuals and can group them according to learning style as you get to know each person.
Online training is a whole different animal becaus…

What does it take?

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What does it take to learn anything?

     Let's take a look at from the perspective of hunger.  You are hungry beyond belief and feel like you could eat an elephant.  Why an elephant you ask?  Because I could not spell hippopotamus:-)

     So you are starving and decide to go to an all you can eat buffet.  The spread is amazing and after a walk through, you decide where you are going to start.

     There is a saying, "Your eyes are bigger than your stomach." and this applies to the buffet/restaurant industry.  They make money on you eating all you can, but since we tend to eat quickly at a buffet...the turnover rate is fast and the profit margins good for the restaurant owner.

     Did you get your money's worth?  That depends on what your definition of that is.

     So back to the original question, What does it take to learn?

     I would say moderation and a good, structured program.  Taking things in too fast, then you do not get to mentally digest much of …