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KI CHUAN DO TRAINING TIPS #10:
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SLEIGHT OF MIND TRAINING

By John Perkins

For all of you who are training faithfully in KCD principles the following
will be of some importance. There is a principle or method that I and the
high level KCD teachers use to enhance the growth of a student that is not
often discussed. I call this Sleight of Mind Training. This term is a take
off on the term sleight of hand, which is used by magicians.

Sleight of mind training is best done in the following manner. A student will
work at contact flow at various speeds with a highly skilled KCD teacher.
The teacher will, while moving with the student, move at levels just a mere 1
to 2% higher than the student. While this is occurring the teacher will also
challenge all the various attributes that the student of KCD needs. I also
employ talking about various unconnected topics, sometimes challenging the
emotions while teaching contact flow. This forces the conscious mind to stay
out of the way of training.

During the contact flow training slight changes in position which are
barely perceived by the student will challenge the student's balance so that
the development will occur without the conscious mind getting in the way.

Sensitivity will be ever so slightly challenged by the teacher in that
the teacher will almost imperceptibly change the angle of attack or defense
and the amount of pressure of the various body parts that are making contact with the student. This will force the student to unconsciously make the tiny changes that are necessary to develop sensitivity which will become a real part of his/her ability.

Timing can be developed by forcing the student to keep all movement at
the same speed as the teacher. The speed can be brought up or down at the
wish of the trainer.

Coordination can be enhanced by the teacher moving one area of the body
in varying positions while changing position of the other body part (hand,
arm, leg etc.) to which the student is connected.

Obviously the further developed the trainer is the more subtle the
training can be. For most beginners and intermediate students some of the
very subtle training is not necessary. For the advanced students and black
belts more subtle training is advantageous. Of course the most skilled KCD
trainers are able to work on the less subtle levels and should do so for
their own personal growth. Remember: to have patience with beginners is
important because all movement is vital to proper subconscious development. You must develop your subconscious store of experience with as many various individuals as possible to increase your ability to also teach.

Working with other students is also important but you must
adhere to the principles of KCD with as much focus and simultaneous
mindlessness as possible. Also your solo training is of vast importance.

Training solo and with fellow students will accelerate your growth with advanced trainers on a geometric scale.

Good luck, JP

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