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The Musashi of Sparring

Outside of being a noted swordsman, what always intrigued me about Miyamoto Musashi, was his understanding and use of the mental game. He had an uncanny way of recognising his opponents mental weaknesses and using it against them. I have had a lot of success applying Musashi’s strategies to sparring. In many instances, I was already doing them, but to see that they were already tried and tested by someone like Musashi — is a testament to the perennial nature of the strategy of battle (be that in a ring,......

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Moving to Fight, Fighting To Move

I have always felt that one of my strengths is my ability to see the subtle nuances in the fight game, that often go overlooked. One of these strengths is looking for patterns in an exchange in sparring, rather than a single technique. For example, I may see someone land the perfect shot to an opponents jaw, but beyond the obvious fact that he or she used a jab, what were the circumstances that lead up to that perfect punch landing? In fact in this......

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Why Train Combinations?

Many of the things we drill, and the way we train in modern martial arts is taken for granted - because of this, often the reason behind a drill is misunderstood. One of the most misunderstood practices is training combinations. There isn’t a boxing, kickboxing, Muay Thai, or MMA gym in the world that doesn’t make combination training a staple of their workout. In Crazy Monkey we train combinations too, but our reasoning is different. I have spent the last decade or more coaching around the world,......

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If It’s Not Uncooperative, It Doesn’t Count!

At the crux of it, if one is truly honest with oneself, learning martial techniques is great, but the application of those techniques in a performance environment is the culmination of skill. At the heart of any martial expression is the question, “Will this work?” As martial artists we have found practical ways to test this question, either through sparring, or competition. At times of course, and reluctantly, we are confronted by a situation on the street, where we are forced into seeing if what we believe we know will......

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