Dealing with ambushes and thugs! A one day seminar with Rory Miller - my idea of heaven on earth!
Meeting your heroes!
They say you shouldn’t meet your hero’s as invariably you’ll be disappointed. At least I’ve heard it said by someone. I wonder who their heroes were that left them feeling so jaded because I’ve got a different perspective. You see over the past 5 years I’ve met two of my heroes and I can honestly say both of them were absolute gents. Humble, articulate, incredibly interesting and with a desire to help others by sharing their knowledge that came across as being hugely authentic.
Dan John is, to put it simply, an absolute legend in the strength and conditioning world. He’s also a philosopher, a highland games nut and a brilliant raconteur. His lectures and books have a way of stripping away the bs and getting right to the crux of the matter. His observations are incisive, succinct and just make a hell of a lot of sense. When I met him in 2016 he brought something to my notice about my training that in all honesty, I haven’t fully explored yet. No excuses that’s all on me. However, it did enable me to push through some limiting beliefs and discomfort and get my G1 in 2017.
Rory Miller is the kind of guy that you could walk past and not pay any attention to. Unlike Dan John who is a bear of a man that you’d be hard pressed to miss in a crowd, Rory is an expert at being the grey man. I’m not 100% sure if he designs it so, I’d be surprised if he didn’t because he’s one of the most cerebrally challenging (in a good way) humans that I’ve ever met. I’m not sure if I’ve bought every book he’s written but if not I’m getting close! His area of expertise is self-defence and teaching instructors to be better. I know going on the Instructor Development Course that he taught in 2017 changed the way I think about teaching Krav Maga and how I execute it. If I sound like a total fanboy that’s because I am. I think it's also because like Dan, what he teaches makes so much sense to me. What both Dan and Rory teach crosses over into life on many levels. They are both incredibly humble and unassuming. In krav maga and martial arts and life generally, there is a lot of ego running rampant and out of control. The older I get the more I understand that is not my scene.
Read their books!
I'm going to sign off now, not because I have nothing to say on these two but because I am staying in Harlow (oh the glamour!) for the seminar today with Rory which is organised by KMG UK. Rory is such a well respected self-defence expert people have travelled from all over the UK and Europe to take the opportunity to learn from him. Part of what I love about these events is catching up with friends I don't get to see for months or years at a time. The KMG community is very special and I love it. So if you get a chance google Dan and Rory and look at their work. It may seem niche and irrelevant to you but trust me you will learn something that is applicable to life. They're not quite gentlemen poets but more like gentlemen philosophers and their observations about the simplicity and complexity of being human resonate at a deep level. I don't know about you, but any help I can get with being a better human and understanding others is gratefully received!