I am truly blessed to have Kyushi Troy Price as my instructor.  He is one of the most skilled mentors I have ever had and he is such a wonderful ambassador for the martial arts.  Over the years he has taught me many things and I would like to share with my students a philosophy of training that Mr. Price has shared and emphasized with me and his other students.

The Training Mindset

1. Unconscious Incompetence
This is when you first start out in your training and you have no idea what you are doing and more importantly, why you are doing it. You are going through the motions with little regard for stances, balance, power, form or speed. This is most definitely a white belt, or beginner student.  The idea being the student has no idea how bad they are.

Translation:  The student has no idea how bad they are.

2. Conscious Incompetence
This best describes the student who is advancing from beginner to intermediate. The student has begun to understand many of the principles involved in training, but doesn’t have the experience to execute the majority of them. Techniques are beginning to form and the student tends to be less awkward.

Translation: The student realizes there is much to learn and improve.

3. Conscious Competence
As many of us progress into the more advanced stages (black belt level) of our training, this is where most of us stay. We can execute most techniques at a high level, understanding most of the principles involved in footwork, balance, power, and speed. We can look at a form or kata and break it down into little pieces and translate the basic blocks, strikes and kicks. This is considered a high level of training.

Translation: The student is starting to recognize with practice they are becoming more skilled and in control.

4. Unconscious Competence
This is what Mr. Price characterizes as the highest level of training; a level that we should all aspire to train at. This is for the advanced student who has trained for many years and through repetition, acts on instinct, without really needing to think about what to do.

Translation: After many, many years, the student has attained a certain level of skill that requires very little thought, that is graceful and timely.

I love the application of these principles because we can all figure out what level of training we are at regardless of our belt rank.

What level are you at?

I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.   Bruce Lee


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About SKS

Sensei Chris Feldt is the owner and chief instructor of Samurai Karate Studio, a leadership academy located in Northeast Columbia, South Carolina. His school teaches karate to children and adults ages 4 and up. SKS specializes in self-defense, anti-bullying, stranger danger and character and leadership development.

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Mr. Feldt was an adjunct professor at the University of South Carolina for college credit in karate and self-defense. Samurai Karate Studio has been recognized as a leader in martial arts instruction by being honored with the Best of Columbia Award for martial arts instruction for 8 consecutive years in a row.

Sensei Feldt is a certified instructor for C.O.B.R.A., a worldwide self-defense, and personal protection program. SKS offers Active Shooter Training, Real Estate Safety, 10 Week Self Defense Academies, Bully Workshops, and Child Safety Camps.

We also provide corporate safety training.

Sensei Feldt has been a guest speaker in the Richland 2 School District covering school talks on stranger danger, anti-bullying strategies, kindness, and making good choices. He is available for both private and corporate self-defense seminars

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