C&S Self Defense Association C&S Self Defense Association Core Training Standards Grandmaster Peter Rose
The Association Core Training Documents outline rank promotion standards and in-rank study guidelines. The Association also has templates for all rank promotion testing forms. All documents have a release id, and this id is updated as the documents change. The following are the current release ids:
Association Core Documents: V20180401
Rank Promotion Testing Forms: V20080710
The Core contains both a public section that all association members should be aware of, and separate sections with specific requirements for each black belt rank.
The Core contains material in not only physical practice, but also intellectual studies and requirements. The Core provides a basic framework of common practice for all members of C&S Self Defense Association. The Core is designed to cover critical basic ability and knowledge. It does not layout anything other than the "things" that make up this common material. It is up to the individual program director as to how to present and build upon this Core to the best needs of the students in that program.
These Core documents are association level documents, and program directors are encouraged to obtain and/or review the association release content and compare that to any documents that are issued within your own line. Each Master, in fact in many cases each program, may have additional requirements to those of the association. Be advised that it is each program director's responsibility to make sure that the material listed under association Core is the current release id material. All documents, such as a green belt test form, should contain the current association release id so that everyone knows they are dealing with current association standards and requirements.
This page has been created so that each member of the association can verify that not only is their program operating in accordance with current association policy, but that they will know what that policy is. It is the intent that the association Core be minimally restrictive so that individual programs can, under the direction of their up line Master, train in areas that they feel their students will benefit the most from. It is not the intention of the association to restrict all students to one way; there are many ways. All we ask is that you are on the same path which will be the association Core, but that you are free to stop along that path at any point and pick up things that interest you in addition to that required by the association.
Anything that is listed as an association Core requirement has been approved by the Governing Council. Thus, if you have any changes that you'd like to see made to the Core, feel free to bring this to our attention and we will address it immediately.
As can be imagined, not everything that is taught can, or should, be documented. Our art should be conveyed personally from instructor to student. No document can be a substitute for that personal transfer of knowledge from teacher to student. This approach, however, can lead to confusion as each instructor has the flexibility of presenting not only the Core, but our whole association philosophy in a manner that not only is comfortable for them, but is suited for the audience they are addressing.
For this reason, everything that is Core level is discussed, and required, in the simplest structure possible. It is up to the individual student to examine this base, and seek out more detailed and sophisticated approaches for the application of what they are taught. This isn't to say that the student is on their own to do this. Again, our approach is to foster a collaborative effort between both teacher and student in order to resolve what otherwise might be viewed as either a deficiency, or an over simplification of the material presented.
As an example of this, Grandmaster Rose addressed one of these issues in his 2018 Annual Report to the Association. It concerns why we teach the simple meanings behind the movements of our forms that are not the full meanings implied within the techniques being taught. This discussion is provided below: