Target Focus Training Review 2: 8 years after

It’s been a somewhat long time since I first bought the TFT Nuclear Weapons dvd series.

In the time since, I’ve used that base to help me learn martial arts, both as a beginner who didn’t know the difference between kung fu, karate, or aikido as well as a person who wanted non-lethal tools in the toolbox to supplement the lethal ones.

For those that want to know if it is worth the cost, I say it was worth it to me. I had to do a lot of homework and individual training (self training) in the years since then. What TFT’s trainers taught me, however, set me on the right path in more ways than one. In Ancient China and Japan, martial arts wasn’t a hobby. It was a man’s life work, the sum total of his knowledge, skills, and ability to be employed as a mercenary or the mark of his competence in the warrior’s caste. Skills of a warrior, martial arts, were seen by those ancient societies as equivalent to our modern college, Ph.D., and high school diplomas. If you didn’t have one, you were seen as either common, inferior, or an easy target. Just as Sarah Palin was derided on the national stage for having a community degree rather than an Ivy League degree. However, while there isn’t much difference between an Ivy League education and a 4 year community college one in the US, there was a huge difference between various martial art levels of skill and knowledge. And that difference wasn’t determined by the unjust, fickle, rules of society, but by who lived or died.

Thus martial arts was originally something taught to kill and that was the first and perhaps only goal. Only later on was the “non lethal” methods and philosophy tacked on. Thus in the modern era, learning non lethal methods, complicated ones evolved from baser more easy to apply lethal methods, is very difficult. It’s not difficult because people can’t spend 12 hours a day on it, it is difficult because that’s not how human martial art techniques evolved.

So if you want to get back to the real “base”, TFT can teach this base. I personally don’t consider trying to educate people on how to make nuclear energy plants a “fundamental technological base”. First they should be able to build a fire, and then maybe a steam engine or a waterwheel. One doesn’t immediate go from “here’s some sticks, make a fire” to, “here’s some uranium, make a nuclear power plant”. It takes 2-4 decades of a modern person’s life to become recognized as a black belt or master. That’s not because they have jobs or anything of that sort, although it plays a part. Primarily it is because people are attempting to jump too far up the tech tree without comprehending the basics. Nor would I consider the “basics” as being a miniaturized, scaled down, model of advanced nuclear energy plant construction. The basics for that isn’t “being able to make one atom fission, now you can make a nuclear energy plant work”. That’s not a “basic”. Basic fundamentals go wayyyy back. In many ways it is learning that 1+1=2 and why it equals 2 and not 10. Because it can equal 10 if you comprehend numerical systems at a fundamental level. Say a binary numerical counting system. 1+1=10

Those who are taught to mimick a punch or kick, without comprehending the anatomical theory behind it all, aren’t getting the “basics” or “fundamentals”. No matter how talented they are, they are merely being asked to reproduce a water wheel from some water and some wood, without any idea of what energy even is. The extremely talented in martial arts and H2H can do it, and figure out the principles later on. The rest are considered incompetent, slow, or worthless.

TFT’s methodology flips that world view over and considers it the other way around. Attempting to find a way that doesn’t require such sacrifices and inefficiencies. Some people, when they heard that this was the source of my training, were naturally inclined to take that as my style, that I was a member of said organization or philosophy. One of the things I took away from the path TFT started me on was the ability to think for myself. I no longer need organizations, laws, societies, or groups of people to tell me what is left and what is right, what is true or what is false, what is light and what is darkness; I can figure that stuff out for myself now. I can deconstruct any martial art technique in the span of a few days of working with. I can reconstruct it and recombine it with my own methods. I can debug my own mistakes and dead ends. I can fix and explain other people’s problems as well.

While there is much yet to learn, this is far different from those stuck at a plateau because they never understood why 5×5=25. They just memorized a 12×12 chart that their teachers told them to. They never attempted to think things through by themselves, for themselves. They are thus stuck. You’re going to need to know more than just a memorized 12×12 table to solve derivative equations. And yet, no matter how much effort you use, you will not get it until you figure out the fundamental basics and principles that are underneath the reality we see.

[EDIT: Good video review]

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