Yesterday, just as my expectant wife, our 12 month
old and I were about to turn into the parking lot of our favorite
specialty market, my bad-guy radar instantly took over and made me
steer clear of the area.
I asked her if she saw the two
suspicious characters I spied as they burned way too much energy taking
long strides on diagonals across the small parking area.
“Yeah, I saw them, ” she replied with equal concern.
“They’#8217;re the reason I took off, ” I explained.
problem, ” she shot back. As an experienced student of kenpo karate, she
reacted exactly as I did to the potential danger we averted.
of the most underestimated benefits of great martial arts training is
that it gives you a sixth sense, a kind of ESP or precognitive ability
to spot and skirt danger before it threatens you, personally.
typical dojo training, too much attention is devoted to fighting your
way out of dangerous circumstances. By the time you’#8217;re besieged, you
could be so compromised that it’#8217;s too late to stage a successful
defense or counterattack.
Some gung-ho combatants might think
that circumventing danger is somehow unmanly, wimpy, or other than
virtuous. But they’#8217;re mistaken.
It shows the sort of omniscience and awareness that are the hallmarks of the highest and best uses of martial arts training.
Funakoshi, the founder of Shotokan karate, taught that there is no
first strike in karate. The art should be used defensively.
believe cultivating your “Danger ESP ” eliminates anyone’#8217;s first strike,
making it a suitable and logical extension of Funakoshi’#8217;s philosophy.
your martial arts teachers to introduce drills to sharpen your
extrasensory abilities. Believe me, they exist, and some of them are
nothing less than amazing!
Gary S. Goodman is a top trainer, conference and convention speaker,
sales, customer service, and negotiation consultant, and attorney. A
frequent expert commentator on radio and TV, he is also the
best-selling author of 12 books, more than 1,000 articles and several
popular audio and video programs. His seminars are sponsored
internationally and he teaches at more than 40 university extension
programs, including UC Berkeley and UCLA. Gary’#8217;s sales, management and
consulting experience is combined with impressive academic credentials:
A Ph.D. from USC, an MBA from the Peter F. Drucker School of
Management, and a J.D. degree from Loyola Law School, his clients
include several Fortune 1000 companies.
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