This blog is designed to be a short, simple guide for those that are beginning to train in the Shi Kon system, a reminder to those teaching it and helpful hints to those designing their own training system.
Those first sessions in the Martial Arts are vital for everything that follows. Just like the first years of your life set your cultural way of thinking or being the same happens when you join a Martial Arts club.
From the first session I want to lay out a map for my students so that they understand what they are working for and why the the basics are so important. From day one we are working to achieve:
For the mind – awareness, focus, sensitivity, intensity and emotional intelligence.
For the body – good health and vigour, spine and core health with the ability to soften, connect, open, close, stretch, compress, twist and release.
These skills are then applied through martial strategy and technique, we start with neigong (inner work) qigong (energy work) and then form, application and weaponry.
Tip 1 – Burn off some aggression and fire up your enthusiasm with kicking, boxing, grappling and self defence! Our training is lively, enthusiastic, rhythmic and healthy, at Shi Kon we hit pads not people and have a LOT of fun!
Tip 2 – Get up close! We deal with the problems a teenager might face, such as bullying, we deal with what makes a bully, why they feel the need to do it, how to avoid being bullied and how to deal with physical confrontation by talking, negotiation and if the need arises, physical technique.
Tip 3 – Deal with street confrontation and abuse. Bear in mind that we teach European Police Forces, Security Personnel, Presidential Bodyguards and a range of other professional people that have to deal with violence and abuse – so we know what we’re talking about!
Martial Arts are not like other sports – they could very well save your child’s life. We have instances where children we trained escaped from being abducted by adults using our techniques, where they have taken a bad fall, but escaped injury using our breakfall training and have neutralised constant bullying through our social skills programme – and where necessary been able to deal with physical confrontation.
Our trained coaches have identified potentially serious illness, special needs that needed to be addressed and helped countless children with various problems to be able to socially integrate with other children and adult
As they grow all too soon your children are walking the streets on their own and going to parties and nightclubs where there is a greater risk of violence, so the ability to identify dangerous situations and be able to deal with them in a skilful manner becomes all the more important as they may have to deal with drugs, drink, weapons and some very nasty people. If they are following our healthy lifestyle and attending classes they are also less likely to be found in these situations. Those background years of quality Martial Arts training can really pay off as they age!
Most children give up because their parents are too lazy to bring them to classes or resent paying the fees in hard financial times, some want to give up because they are just in a ‘lazy stage’ of their development, whatever the reason, it’s worth trying to persevere as it could tip the balance in a life threatening situation.
Remember at Shi Kon we have a Welfare Officer who is trained to deal with all these sort of problems and is available to talk to you or your child to keep that vital spark of interest going. If you have any difficulties and need advice speak to Jez Walters on 01634 581092.