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Author Topic: Inside Hock's Heart! (The Rich Dimitri Interview)  (Read 1984 times)


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Inside Hock's Heart! (The Rich Dimitri Interview)
« on: May 12, 2015, 10:47:34 AM »

And now, a different sort of interview, May 2015,  of yours truly...the kind only Richard Dimitri would conduct.

Question 1. What significant change(s) on a human level, have you gone through over the last decade in direct relation to your work and how has it, if any, changed the way in which you teach/instruct?
     Ten years went fast, but if I conjure up an image of myself teaching somewhere at that time, it seems like 25 years ago. Not being a very introspective person, I think, change-wise, I still hone away at material to its generic core, trying to see what and where that core could fit in the other subjects I try to pass on.

     In these ten years I still try to get people to experiment through options and select their favorite 8 to 10, or 12 favorite ‘self defense” things for most of the problem-solving that fits their world. But as I age (in my 60s), I now tell people to review their list every 8 or so years to see of they can still do their favorites well enough and maybe consider some changes. These last years though, I start all sessions off with a speech that includes,

 “...nothing I, or we will do, will be perfect. Everything we do will have a counter,”

just to get the right mindset that we are going to exercise though a variety of options, non-perfect, all with escapes. This bit of truth gets a chuckle from some smarter folks and shocks others because they think martial system “heads” and "ringleaders" are supposed to deliver “magic bullets” to any and all attack problems.

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