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How can I learn to handle the pressure in sparring?

The most common question I get asked when coaching around the world is,

“how can I learn to handle the pressure in sparring?”

If you are focused on developing a performance game, a game that will stand up to the fire of reality in martial performance, then this is one of the most important questions to ask. The answer however may be counter intuitive.

My Foray Into Boxing

When I first went to learn how to box in my teens,......

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Boxing With The Monkey: The Roots of CMD!

A decade has passed since the official formation of Crazy Monkey Defence. Yup, one decade later, we are still around. I feat anyone in the martial arts world would recognise. This seems, at least for me, a good time to reflect. A lot has changed in Crazy Monkey, we have refined our curriculum, we have dabbled with all kinds of different techniques, strategies and tactics — some we have kept, others have been discarded. What is relevant is not so much what has changed, but rather what has stayed the......

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The Primacy of Defense in Self-Preservation!

From the dawn of man, we have had to learn how to defend ourselves, and those we love. If it wasn’t from roaming predators on the Savannah, it was likely surviving rival bands of hunter gatherers. You see, when one looks at it from this perspective, fighting to survive in one shape or form, along with procreation — have been our main two preoccupations for most of our time on this planet. We could argue, that through all the glorious achievements of mankind, survival always came first. Without it, life......

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Crazy Monkey Key Concepts

I have spent over a decade researching, testing, refining and pushing the boundaries of what is known about real performance in a fight. I am very proud of what I have developed and achieved.

Below is a first attempt at cataloging all of what I have developed over the past decade. It is a work in progress, and I will continue to add to it as I have time (please check back regularly). I hope in time to include actual visual examples of each of the ideas......

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