YMAA wants to film a companion video to "Drills" in August in Boston. In one day. That's ambitious, there are 72 drills listed in the expanded version. The video has to be able to stand on its own, too. And, IMO, the most important types of survival knowledge won't really work on a video.
Important type part one-- knowing yourself and the world, learning to make a good decision and execute it. All the stuff that keeps defense from ever going physical in the first place. The really big safety gains are right here.
Important part 2-- In a visual media you can only see what something looks like. Looking 'right' is almost completely useless when things go bad. It is a matter of feeling, internal and external. You have to feel balance. You can see it, but eyes will never be fast enough to use it. A good hit and a bad hit can look almost the same, but they feel very different, on both ends. You can learn about this stuff (whether the stuff is fighting or self-defense or play) by watching. But learning about a thing is not learning the thing. You have to get in and play.
So, the script outline (current version):
Basics on safety, goals, teaching. Who needs what types of drills (e.g. if you play hard, you have developed safety flaws that you play slow to overcome, but if you ONLY play slow, you will unprepared for the speed and impact).
For each drill a quick brief on safety issues, how to execute the drill, what is learned and what isn't. What might be conditioned, good or bad.
---Slow Man Drills as a coaching option
Four Option One-Step
---Targeting Drill as an adjunct training method
Blind Fold Series
---Include Core Defense and Core Fighting
Dance Floor Melee
---Introduce the debriefing concept
---Explain tricks and one-offs
That's sixteen drills from the book. Might be interesting to add a check list or some of the personal soul-searching exercises to the inserts. It's not nearly comprehensive, but will still be ambitious to shoot in a single day.
For those of you that have read drills, are there any in there that aren't on this list that really need a visual tutorial? Which were the hardest to understand in writing?
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