“I’ve been in the professional violence business now for roughly 40 years and am really juststarting to appreciate how much I don’t know. I think the first step one takes towards knowledge is being able to admit your ignorance and approach your art with appropriate humility. This is especially true when you’re dealing with the safety of actors, or presuming to teach students self-defense. The day you claim to know it all is a tacit admission of hubris and delusion. Therefore, a day without critical self-examination or review of what you think you know, or without discovering the smallest new grain of knowledge, is a day wasted.
My philosophy? As usual, others have said it better:
“I do not believe in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.” Thomas Carlyle
“A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents.” G. C. Lichtenberg
“A man who wastes one hour of time is one who has not discovered the value of life.” Charles Darwin
“Loyalty to a petrified opinion never broke a chain or freed a human soul.” Mark Twain
And barring that, don’t bring a knife to a gun fight!”