There are many different ways to acquire skills in the martial arts other than from instruction. To illustrate by example, I was having difficulty, for some time, submitting one of my ‘stubborn’ blue belt grappling students (let’s call him Jim) who always defends himself by laying down as a corpse and clinging onto his lapels. He can't do much from that position but at least he can survive. So I gave it a shot at Rob’s BJJ school the other night. It worked well until my opponent pulled a ‘rabbit out of a hat’ and I ended being choked out by the lapel of his Gi.
So you can guess what happened next when I was wrestling with Jim again. With a sense of Déjà-Vu, Jim’s on his back again and I pulled the same ‘rabbit out of the hat’. Now that’s what I call magic!
So learning can also be acquired from what other people do to you. In this case I have learnt something and so has Jim. I guess you can say it’s a ‘win, win’ situation. We become very good at something and then, almost always, somebody finds a way to conquer it, which can be a good thing because it stimulates us to come up with something else.
I wonder what Jim is going to come up with next.