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In terms of martial preparation,basic skill development” was founded and developed by Brian K Leishman in 1972 AD and was initially introduced to the general public in 1980. This specific branch of the White Lotus System of Unarmed Combat® is used to impart the first dimension of martial preparation. The teachings imparted in this dimension represents the system’s most basic level of martial exercises. In this dimension of martial preparation, the students’ overall attention is directed towards learning a series of fixed biomechanical events. As an example, a series of fixed biomechanical positions, fixed biomechanical actions, fixed biomechanical presentations, and fixed biomechanical patterns. Once learned, these fixed biomechanical events contribute to the development of the students’ martial skills. More specifically, a series of physical processes, biomechanical skills, that are symbolic of guarding, striking, blocking, parrying, grappling, or throwing.

Historically speaking, in one form or another, biomechanical positions, biomechanical actions, biomechanical presentations, and biomechanical patterns have been learned, practiced, and utilized by martial art practitioners for hundreds of years. Since the beginning, the majority of martial art practitioners have referred to these biomechanical events as “techniques“. In the martial art community, the majority of martial art practitioners subscribe to the believe that learning, practicing, and utilizing biomechanical events will provide them with the skills needed to successfully engage in unarmed combat. They subscribe to the belief that the simple act of executing biomechanical events will enable them to guard, strike, block, parry, grapple, or throw. This fallacy has been held by martial art practitioners for hundreds of years. The fact that the majority of martial art practitioners have held these beliefs for long periods of time does not make them true.

In this specific branch of the White Lotus System of Unarmed Combat®, students are advised not to engage in combat. The knowledge that is acquired, and the skills that are developed, in “basic skill development” do not represent everything that is needed to successfully engage in two man exercises, sparring exercises, or in combat. Please keep in mind that there are two additional dimensions of martial preparation that contribute to the knowledge and development of the martial skills needed to successfully engage in unarmed combat. Individuals who become students in “basic skill development” should do so because they what to learn the physical processes, biomechanical events, that are associated with the basic mechanical skills associated with guarding, striking, blocking, parrying, grappling, and throwing.


As a prospective student, you need to know that it is impossible to fully comprehend what has been stated in the previous paragraphs. The information that is imparted in the previous paragraphs is just a brief overview of some things that are pertinent to “basic skill development“. Your ability to comprehend the teachings of the “White Lotus System” is dependent upon you being able to bring all of the associated studies and sub-studies through to a proper level of completion. Only those students who complete this body of work can truly comprehend and appreciated the value of the teachings imparted in this specific branch of the White Lotus System of Unarmed Combat®.


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