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Empty Your Cup
As a student of Shotokan Karate, I've come to see a lot of parallels between OUCH and your local karate club. When you join a karate (or other martial art) club, you come in with a certain expectation for the instruction you're going to receive, and you have certain expectations on how difficult it will be, based on your own athletic ability, self discipline and previous experience.

You join the club and you work on the basics. If you're brand new, you're probably just going to be overwhelmed with all the information that gets dropped on you. That's expected and it's okay: everyone was new once.

If you're experienced, you might be bored because you already know all this stuff. Well, most of it anyway. For the experienced person, it takes a little longer to realize that you really don't know what you don't know.

There is a story of a Zen master during Japan's Meji Restoration that helps to put this into perspective.

Quote:Nan-in, a Japanese master during the Meiji era (1868-1912), received a university professor who came to inquire about Zen.

Nan-in served tea. He poured his visitor's cup full, and then kept on pouring.

The professor watched the overflow until he no longer could restrain himself. "It is overfull. No more will go in!"

"Like this cup," Nan-in said, "you are full of your own opinions and speculations. How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup?"

It's frustrating, I know. You joined the karate club for some training so you could kick ass like Jet Li and Jason Statham, and now some old guy tells you that you have to forget what you have learned and look at things from the newbie's point of view. All you really want to know is: what's the fastest route to black belt?

Eve is a complex game and fortunately for the most part, a lot of people have done quite a bit of ground work for us. There is a lot of information out on the internet to help people get a head start on climbing Eve's infamous learning cliff. Students come to OUCH with an encyclopedia of information at their fingertips. Some come to OUCH with years of experience flying expensive ships. Some come to OUCH with previous PvP experience. Some have put a lot of hours of study into ships and tactics, game mechanics and other tricks of the trade. They aren't afraid to demonstrate their knowledge either.

Unfortunately, half of what they already know is wrong. It's just opinion, conjecture or good old fashioned disinformation.

When you join OUCH, we're going to provide you with classroom training on PvP basics and null survival techniques. Then we're going to point you to null sec and tell you to test it out. If you put your training to good use, you're going to find that the greatest thing that you've learned in OUCH is simple: if you fly smart, and don't panic, you can go anywhere you want, when you want, and most of the time, get there in the same ship you left in.

OUCH doesn't claim to teach you how to be an Elite PvPer. You're not going to be the next Rifter Drifter just by taking our course. But after you graduate, you'll be able to walk the dark streets of null sec with confidence because you will have been taught the skills needed to survive those streets. With that as a foundation, you can do anything you want to, so long as you follow your training and practice, practice, practice. Because being good at something takes hard work.

But first, you might want to empty that cup a little.
Fly Safe or Fly Dangerous, Just Don't Fly Stupid.
Eve Killboard - East US TZ
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