Tomorrow I’m going to be drawn into a Civil War. Two sides, each ideologically separated by a difference that will never be bridged. And I fear it’s a war to the death. And I need to choose sides, no middle ground, do I back the Empire or the Rebels?
I’m talking, of course, about the MSF vs Lee Parks. Tomorrow night is a meeting sponsored by a local school. The school is going to consider switching to the Lee Parks method instead of the MSF class. Three instructors have been trained by Lee Parks and want to tell us about their experience. The latest twist is the MSF is sending two chiefs to monitor the meeting.
Incase you aren’t up on the latest in the rider training world, there is a revolt afoot. MSF dominated the training since the 70’s. Then Washington and Oregon adopted a form of the old RSS. Today we use the BRC and soon the BRC update. You were likely training under the BRC program. I understand the RSS was more “drill instructor” style were the BRC is new age, “how’s that make you feel?”. The “update” is a little different but not tons. My rough understanding of Lee Parks method is it’s a return to the RSS days.
Anyway, I’ll have to pick the method I teach with. The truth, I don’t care. Any training is good. People learn, they respond to kindness, a calm voice, positive reinforcement, and repetition. I try to help new riders not die so they can become old riders, like me.
But it is exciting, will I throw in with the rebel forces or be seduced by the dark side? Odds are I’ll make the self destructive choice, habit I guess! ha ha