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Author Topic: SFC Testing - The "College Approach"  (Read 8175 times)


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SFC Testing - The "College Approach"
« on: June 13, 2013, 01:50:46 PM »

SFC Testing - We Are Now The College Approach

Simply put? Now, you do not have to take our modules in order. You can complete course levels out of order.

I am already scheduling seminars for 2020, my 24th year on the road.  In some circumstances, I may only return to a city around the world in a year and a half now, not every year. Worse, complicating the mission, I really am consistently asked for rank progressions and instructorships. Squeezing all this in, IN PROMOTIONAL ORDER for each person, is just about impossible to schedule.

Every single thing I teach is a course we have. We have 7 courses. Hand, Stick, Knife. Gun. CQC Group (which is the combination of the hand, stick, knife and gun courses) PAC/Filipino and Police Judo. But the core and most popular courses are the hand, stick, knife and gun programs. Four main courses.

Though there are ten levels in each course, the tenth is a big test, so there are 9 levels of study in each course. That's nine times four. 36 levels. 36 modules. Granted the modules are short and simple, but they take time to do, to teach and get to. Getting to them all, for everyone gets harder and harder each year. In a perfect world, like the perfect college schedule, you would start with "Subject 101" and proceed in perfect order, on through the "Subject 400s." Ever done that? Who do you know that has? It is next to impossible.

When folks go to college, they do the best they can. They take the subjects and classes that are open to them at the time, wrestling with both their schedules and the college-scheduled offerings. This means a college student may actually start in class "Subject 105," rather than "Subject 101" because the 101 class is full. (I actually took all my senior level business courses first!. Yes! As a night student no one seemed to care. So I took "401, 402- on up." Took the others later as I could get them.) And fact is we are not even a real "college-college." We are just some certification courses, some training courses. We are not even a martial "art." So, you can achieve out of order.

Complete any three levels? You can become an instructor. Instructors can teach ANY SFC level material, but only promote people in the levels they tested for. Any six levels? Any nine levels? And so on. Another simple way to put this, if on any given Sunday I teach Knife 6 and you complete it successfully? You can get official credit for Knife 6, even though you haven't finished knife 5. We'll all catch up with everything you in the end.

This will facilitate more people to achieve what they deserve this way, given our constricted opportunities.

Some courses have prerequisites. Seen this before? "Must Take Class 301 Before Class 308." Fortunately, in my practical/tactical course modules, these subjects are not brain surgery or rocket science, nor are they fancy, difficult katas, high jinks or high kicks. They are simply basic, simple things spaced out over time, because not all things can fit in level 1 or "101." Plus we expect people will already be working with their local instructors, have the training videos, and also have experience (most folks I see, have experience) in a variety of systems and schools.

So now, simply put? You do not have to take or test for our modules in strict order. Nice if you would? Best if you would. But like college, you can complete course levels out of order.

And, of course, you can simple train in all of this for knowledge only, never taking any tests at all. The choice is always yours.

« Last Edit: February 03, 2020, 07:53:53 AM by Hock »


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Re: SFC Testing - The "College Approach"
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2013, 03:02:15 PM »

Sounds like a winner for the folks...but a potential paperwork nightmare for you! Tracking students progress can be difficult enough even when they do the courses in order. I've always enjoyed doing the courses in order and ensuring I had those key, fundamental skill sets down before I progressed to the next level.

As always, I'll be hoping for the best! You just never know what might work until you actually give it a go!  ;D
"Whether you're paranoid or not, they're coming for you."  - Dawg


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Re: SFC Testing - The "College Approach"
« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2013, 05:28:41 PM »

Like in college. It s better to do the courses in order, but no one does. No one really can.

I hope people will keep track of their stuff. You know usually they do. Unless someone emerges from many years ago and can't remember. That happens.

Last year, 2012? I saw over 2,000 people. I made 9 instructors. NINE! Promoted less than 300 people in various ranks. Probably 400 or 500 more of them are on the path and wanted to, but the timing and the outline wasn't right.  In 2013? Only 7 people. Many deserved the ranking but the structure of my seminars are not conducive to this.

There had to be a better way. I think this is it. In the end, they all catch up.

« Last Edit: March 22, 2014, 09:24:37 AM by Hock »