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 on: July 05, 2006, 03:12:43 PM 
Started by Hock - Last post by Hock
You are a college graduate in teaching history.

You teach elementary school.
You teach high school.
You teach college.

Do you teach college level history material to your elementary school and high school classes? Or do you teach age (skill) appropriate material for the group? Obviosuly college history would appear too complicated for elementary and high school.

But is your college attendance and B.A. considered too complicated?
Are you a better history teacher in general because you have graduated college? Maybe have a masters? PHD?

Is there a parallel in martial education?

Basic training - elementary school.
Advanced training - high school.
Expert training - college.


 on: July 03, 2006, 07:18:15 AM 
Started by Hock - Last post by Hock
Only a novice looks at the college list of material and says WOW. I have to learn all that?

The simple answer is...simply no.
"Simple" is always defined by the eyes of the beholder.

>KISS (keep it simple, stupid) means you are to remain stupid, the instructor is stupid, the course is stupid and we all plan to remain forever stupid. God help us if we dare do a new thing or try a new thing.

>Einstein's "keep it simple-but not too simple!" is a far better, more free standard, as I will always believe in the freedom for a student to try to take one more step for their personal development. I like things just a few clicks above dangerously over-simple and plain "stupid."
Everyone's definition of simple is different, and everyone's skill level is different, also their body, shape, age and size. There is not one system that suits everyone. Not one uniform that fits everyone. Their needs are different.

Material in almost all established martial arts systems won't work for everyone, their situations, their jobs, their problems. My favorite things are not your favorite things for these very reasons.
I have my favorite 8 or 10 things I know and like and I practice them over and over. I too do the same tired things over and over again. How simple is that?  Everyone is also supposed to work with hand, sticks, knives and gun. A its best, there are basic concepts of movement that bridges these caregories. But also, there are not similaritries.

What do we do for these people, the many who can't do one-punch/one kill. Or, fire rabid jabs and crosses like a Thai Boxer? Or, for anyone that cannot fit one mold? What do we do with them? keep them simply stupid in a system that doesn't fit their needs?

They have to research form a broader group of techniques to pick their favorite simple things out of. That is the simple part. How complicated is that to understand. Instructors must know more for more people, their missions and than jobs.
I have a hand, stick, knife gun college course for instructors to guide people to their favorite, workable, 8 , 10 or 12 simple things. I have many challenges to shave things done, make parallels and similarities in movement and so forth, try to bridge the gap between hand, stick, knife and gun.

"Does anyone know why my best students are best in what they do. Easy. They stay within their field of endeavor. They do not bite on more then they can chew."

This is a quote sent me recently form another martial arts figurehead.
But, just how big is your bite? Your chew? Your neighbor's? Your 20 year-old student? Your 50 year-old female student? Differing!

Not only are people different sexes, shapes, sizes and strengths and psychologies, they have different skills levels. Some can handle more. Do more. Do better. WHY KEEP THEM STUPID! Why draw a line in the sand and declare - LEARN NO MORE ELSE YOU WILL FAIL!

As the head of an international organization of near 10,000 regular customers, I simple cannot draw such a line and say, "stop here, stupid!" Is that how a college works? Students need the freedom to push their personal envelopes. It is wrong to tell them not too. People can bite off and chew more than others, and this really is the difference between the basic, the advanced and the expert courses.
Everybody's different. Everybody has a different level of chewing and biting.
People could spend their whole lives working on the the first three levels of my Unarmed Combatives Course. It is my most generic, most simple, collection constructed to reach out to as mnay people as possible. But many want, need and can do more! ergo, the rest of the systems. SOMEBODY has to be a clearinghouse for this information.

I am also committed to the concept of pushing the envelope. Just a little every day. Tiny! Challenge yourself. Push just a little. That sound too complicated?


 on: July 01, 2006, 10:09:26 AM 
Started by Hock - Last post by Hock
Size Matters.

Invariably smart people ask about what style is good for me? My body shape? My Size or gender. That is why there are weight categories in competition fighting. It is really not a "style" thing.

Generally I think techniques/tactics are best meant to possibly work when both opponents are about the same size, strength and weight. About. I would say give or take about 15 percent.

Take the average size person and see where you are, then get busy. If someone is out of this range, then they need to get back into the 15 percentile range. Get 10 percent faster. 10 percent stronger. Even smarter. Etc. (Weapons are equalizing agents)

I am always amused at seeing photos of sayÖthe latest Dan Severn seminar. He is teaching in middle of a group, all 600 pounds of him, and there is always some 98-pound guy listening attentively in the crowd. Poor guy. Does he think that he can do what Dan can do? What can Dan do that more mortals cannot? Does Dan understand this?

Pee Wee Herman will always have trouble fighting Hulk Hogan. Now work the scales from there...

Pee Wee a bit bigger. Hulk a little smaller.

Pee Wee a bit bigger. Hulk a little smaller.

Pee Wee cheats.

Pee Wee armed.

Öat what point to you think Pee Wee has a logical chance?


 on: June 22, 2006, 02:11:31 PM 
Started by Hock - Last post by Hock
"if I become an instructor? How much must I tithe a month to the SFC?

Nothing. You keep all your money that you make.

I have been in the martial arts for decades and I have been screwed for money for decades. My plan was to create an organization that bolsters an instructor, not sucks the life blood out of him.

Its tough out there, and even to make the electric bill can get scary.

I just ask that you come see me at least once a year. And we understand emergencies...
A sick kid? An emergency.
Painting the back porch? NOT an emergency.
Nor is laziness,
Nor is unfocused-ness
Nor is a lack of discipline.


 on: June 21, 2006, 02:45:27 PM 
Started by Hock - Last post by Hock
How much experience do I need to come to a seminar?

None. All training is meant to be simple. Level 2 and up only exist because these simple things need to be spread out to digest, not because they grow in their complication. We always have beginners in every seminar.  We always puch your enevelope just a bit to increase your knowledge and skill levels.

Do I need to be in shape?

Not really. All ages, shapes, sizes and skill levels attend every seminar. You just do what you can and donít do what you canít. These classes are VERY informal, non-classical and user-friendly. The goal is your improvement.  Walk out smarter than when you walked in.

What should I wear?

-Wear long pants with pockets and a belt. We will need these modern clothes to for all kinds of weapon training. 

-Any shirt is fine.

-Matt Shoes. You never know where these classes will be held.  Sometimes they are at martial arts schools that have expensive mats and street shoes scar and rip them up. To be on the safe side wear the standard wrestling mat shoes. You can ask for them at sports shoe stores. Buy them also at athletic show stores.

What gear should I bring?

Gearing up a crowd is really hard for the host and myself, so try, I mean really try, to bring:

* One hard metal or wooden training knife.

* One soft training knife

* Two training sticks. This could be a martial arts stick, an expandable baton, or some such facsimile.

* One padded stick.

* One Replica pistol and holster. Buy replicas at

* Buy a cheap holster at a pawn shop or sports store.

* Eye protection-buy at any sports store.

* Elbow and knee pads-buy at any sports store

* One or two Thai-sized Focus mitts. See Century products or buy at any sports store.

* A Helmet: Any helmet. There are martial arts helmets, hockey and football helmets. Hockey helmets are a moderately good idea. Buy them at any new or used sports store

With the proliferation of kidís karate, not almost any sports store in USA has some affordable, martial arts gear.

How do I get there?

* Get the address of the seminar listing on the left. Then connect with www. and type in the address. It will provide you with a series of maps.

* Call the host.
Please keep a CLOSE eye on the seminar listings on this webpage, even look at it the day before, or even the morning before the seminar. Remember to reload/refresh your page.  It is constantly updated and your best way to confirm the latest times and information.

 on: June 07, 2006, 04:42:56 PM 
Started by Hock - Last post by Hock
I look for the bare-bones tactic.
The essence of the tactic.
I strip away all the art aspects.

if something I teach looks like karate or Wing Chun or might be by accident! It have a generic collection of things that simple work a lot. A good precenatge of success. There is a propensity for these good things to appear in various systems.

The idiots and the ignorant at times criticize me for being..."Asian-based."

          "How can this system be effectice I wonder if it is Asian based."

Then some wonder-boys criticize me for being "filipino-based." While I have a diploma or two from these colleges, what I teach is based on the essence of combat.

That is the base I seek. The true "esence of combat" found at the base of all good systems. But you still have to go to college. Colleges - with an "s" even. Former Police Chief and Airborne vet Mike Gillette once said of me years back-

   "You don't pay Hock to watch him perform at a seminar. You actually pay Hock
    for his 'eye,' - his discerning eye."

Which I thank Mikey for saying that. And it does help define my mission pretty well, as there are hundreds and hundreds of wonder boys out there with a rather blind eye.


 on: June 05, 2006, 04:24:46 PM 
Started by Hock - Last post by Hock
The mad elephant is really the symbol of the CQC Group. Shown here on this page, to the left. The SFC Congress - the big umbrella - has the classic eagle, here on the left also. We have other symbols. The knife course has its logo. The PAC course, its logo. The Stick course has two logos actually, the two fists on a stick and the radical Killshot skull logo.

I was looking for something different.


 on: June 05, 2006, 04:20:48 PM 
Started by Hock - Last post by Hock
A few always ask, "Hock, why an elephant as a logo?"
Veteran insiders in the military and police world have long used the expression when talking about experienced operators.
''Work with him! He's seen the elephant,"
"Train with him-he's seen the elephant."

The elephant symbol and expression has come to represent real action and real experience. If you can't live it, then train with the people who have....kind of thing. The training mission is to collect this type of information.

That is why I selected the elephant as the CQC emblem. We try to be a repository for as much of this type of information as possible. Our books have true stories from all kinds of vets, this talk forum does, etc. It is a never-ending, and somewhat ever-changing process, of course.


 on: June 05, 2006, 12:20:40 PM 
Started by Hock - Last post by Hock
Have a look at the instructors world wide at-


The ones advertising down the side columns are the ones more serious about doing privates, semi-privates, seminars and so forth. That list is growing as soon as we get the word out it is available...

International list (all outside the USA)


 on: June 04, 2006, 12:52:06 PM 
Started by Hock - Last post by Hock
Q: Must Instructors Teach Only Congress Material?

A: NO! You are free to do as you wish. Some SFC instructors...

- Exclusively teach Congress material.

- Run Congress courses in their school or other schools.

- Mix Congress material into their existing program.

- Lease time in schools, gyms, rec. centers, etc..

- Use their backyards and garages to teach.

- Travel on their own seminar circuit.

- Are also instructors of other very famous courses! And teach those too.

- Are military and police instructors and teach those services too.


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