So here is my question....is every single technique that every single student does in your dojo guaranteed to be martially effective every time they throw?
The truth is techniques are neither effective or ineffective. People....individual people are effective or ineffective. IMO, a far more insightful question is how does your are teach/train/prepare individuals to be effective?
Some related and interesting follow up questions:
- Does your art help a student identify fear and stress in him/herself?
- How does your art teach/train/prepare the student to deal with fear and stress?
- What is the mechanism in your training method that allows and encourages each student to self examine and find his/her Aikido (or other idealism)? Is it simply; do it this way because this was someone's path and it must lead somewhere?
- Does your training method encourage self exploration or teacher worship and emulation?
At the end of the day you can have all of the technique you want, if one cannot identify, understand and deal with the fear the technique is worthless. Getting a true understanding of ourselves is often the scariest action of all, how does your training help with that?