Which methods of development?

Please distinguish between:




What are the objectives and goals of each?

How are they different and how do they mutually support each other?



Hi Scott. To me Practice would be working the basics
without resistance in order to become familar with
the basic concepts,principles,and techniques of that
particular art. Training would introduce resistance
in order to develop the dynamics of timing,sensitivity,
emotional control,etc.. with the mechanics that were
developed through the "practice phase".Competion is
the highest end of the continum and really has as its
greatest value in helping us to deal with high
intensity and the unknown.


1 & 2
I hope you don't mind, but why reinvent the wheel? I
found this in archives:

developmental tools vs. Development)
This is why only daily deepening of one's
personal practice lends development through
ROSS. Only this. There are NO short cuts. Going to
study with a teacher is TRAINING, where one
learns more about what one should be doing in
daily personal practice. Training does NOT lend
development. Training lends the TOOLS for
development. Development only happens in
personal practice. One's daily devotion to
deepening of personal practice is directly
proportional to one's development. There are no
part-time ROSSafarians. There is also no separate
agenda for working within each phase of
development. Only one's perception/focus
evolves... and this only through daily devotion to
deepening personal practice."
--Scott Sonnon

3. Once again from archives:
(A contest of strength, speed, [attributes] and
surprise)-mine-- "for the cultivation of morale in
light of full-on friction (great intensity, duration,
location, frequency, and volume) of combat
multipliers, and on-site improvisation and
innovation for achieving strategic

Some other relevant notes I found:

"Our training only increases the thresh hold of our
performance; it certainly does not ensure it. And
moreover, the worst one is in training is the best
one can hope for in performance."

"This refers again back to the ROSS Pedagogical
Formula: Exercises x Strategy/Scenario =
Improvised Technique. On any given day, in any
given situation, one has a particular performance
level. There are no "universal" answers - only daily
renovation of ancient wisdom to apply to modern

"Practice does NOT make perfect. PERFECT
practice makes perfect. "

"Combat (including competition) is a clash of wills,
and he who imposes his will upon the other is
victorious. "

Each of the a fore mentioned areas of study
overlap and support each other.

You could not have a competition without "some"
training (in whatever discipline). Throwing
someone into a swimming competition before they
learned a stroke would likely be murder. The same
might be said of combat sports. :)

You could not train without daily personal practice
(although I have had "training" partners and clients
that tried--but that is something for another time

You could not practice unless you knew what to

Good questions.