What to bring to class:
1) A willingness to sweat, work hard, and learn
2) Water Bottle/ Towel
3) Shoes- Clean shoes that can be used just for the mats sneakers only, UNLESS A LEO (Law Enforcement) Class
4) Mouth piece/ Cup *optional but strongly suggested
Note: There may be impact in the class as you will be asked to hold targets, mitts, or shield for others.
Be cleared physically before training and be willing to pass a criminal background check due to the sensitive nature of the techniques.
The objective of Battle School is the advancement of the principles of self preservation and conditioning in modern self defense. Battle School grants the privilege of membership to individuals and organizations committed to that objective. The privilege of membership may, therefore, be withdrawn by Battle School, whenever it determines the conduct of a member is inconsistent with the objective of the organization, or the best interest of the training and those who participate in the curriculum.
In order to assist all members to better serve the interest of those who participate in Battle School, we adopted a CODE OF CONDUCT, which follows. This code is not intended to establish a set of rules that will, by inclusion or exclusion, prescribe the appropriate behavior for Battle School members in every aspect of their participation in the modern self defense curriculum. Rather, the code offers principles to guide conduct and the judicious appraisal of conduct in situations that have ethical implications.
The code itself cannot enhance ethical conduct in the training, that can only come from the personal commitment of the participants in Battle School to behave ethically. This code is offered instead to guide and affirm the will of all Battle School members to safeguard the best interests of members, by conducting themselves ethically at all times.
- Brotherhood: Battle School Instructors shall reinforce the family spirit among students, parents, and other instructors. Their attitude must always be positive and cooperative in order to channel their creative energy towards the strengthen and the growth our family, always putting the team in front of individual selfish needs.
- Cooperation: Battle School Instructors shall nurture and reinforce a cooperative environment inside and outside the academy. They must ensure that the competitive realm is restricted to In house tournaments as well as the competitor attitude. They must make the students understand that progress is not reflected on their ability to overcome a training partner or an competitive opponent, but rather reflected on their capacity to engage on a cooperative training experience were the winner is whoever learns more.
- Discipline: Battle School Instructors shall constantly discipline the students and never punish them. They must make students understand that without discipline there is no mastery, neither in self defense nor in life, and that without the willingness to sacrifice, excellence is just not possible.
- Respect: Battle School Instructors shall reinforce that students must act with warmth and equally toward one another, regardless of their differences in race, creed, gender, nationality, etc. The ranks/ hierarchy must be respected and the authority of the higher rank sincerely recognized.
- Continuous Improvement and Growth: Battle School Instructors shall reinforce that Self defense is a life long journey with no ending point. Students must perceive the Level 4 as their minimum goal and that their progress represents an increasing commitment to their growth as Battle School practitioners and human beings.
- Leadership: Battle School Instructors shall lead by example, kindness and care. The formal authority shall always and ever be supported by their moral authority built upon a positive, cooperative, and constructive attitude towards the students and other instructors.
- Inspiration: Battle School Instructors shall understand their importance on students lives as role models, as well as their responsibility in bringing out the best each person has within.
- Enjoyment: Battle School Instructors shall teach a class as a privilege and never take it as a burden. Each class is the realization of a dream, the instructor life’s work. They must enjoy every minute of it and teach like it was going to be their last opportunity to change students lives for better.
How we learn
The four phases of learning a skill
1) Unconscious Incompetence-
You do not know that you do not know (be humble and start here, stop excuses and become a good student).
2) Conscious Incompetence-
You NOW know you don't know! Congrats, now learning can start.
3) Conscious Competence-
Through practice, you can think on a subject and complete the task correctly (usually still hard under pressure).
4) Unconscious Competence -
Correct reaction without the need to logically THINK- this is your reaction and flinch response. This takes work and time. Anything worth being good at is worth being bad at for a bit. GO do work!
CLASS ETIQUETTE TO SUPPORT LEARNING
1) DO NOT add extra techniques you have seen or trained elsewhere, there is a reason you are here, if your other style was so good, go back. If we want you to teach something we will ask you. If you would like to show us a technique after class, we are always open. If it works better, and meet our standards, we will teach it and give you full credit. This is not an Ego thing, we take self defense serious as lives may depend on this. Many factors are taken into account.
2) GO slow and learn each step in the techniques.
3) Practice on your teammates the way you would want it done to you. slow is smooth , smooth is fast. start slow and with detail, as you get it down speed it up as much as you can without sacrificing details.
4) Do NOT use the excuse "well this is how I trained it"... well work on un-training it. If it was so good, you don't need us! Remember why you are here, To LEARN.
5) Stay humble or be humbled.
6) Do NOT play with equipment unless asked i.e. removal and playing of training knives, guns, riffles, or sticks. There is an etiquette that unless you are taught, stop. We take this serious.