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Tag: Sparring


Most People Who Teach Martial Arts Are Afraid of the Fight!

With all the health issues I have had with my neck over the past few years, I could quit easily sit on the sidelines and tell my students what to do. I could quit easily use it as a convenient excuse not to play the game anymore. Although there are days I am forced to be on the sidelines when my neck flares up, most of the time, ninety percent of the time, you will find me on the mat rolling and sparring with my students. It’s tough too.......

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Fight Pedagogy: The Method & Practice of Teaching for the Fight

Techniques are not difficult to teach. What is extremely difficult is the ability to ensure that a student can deploy said techniques against a resisting, uncooperative opponent. The reality of the fight remains an elusive distance from the training mat. And as obvious as this may sound, just because you teach someone something doesn’t mean that they will be able to deploy it when it is needed most. This should be self evident to anyone who has been educated in the West. We teach kids loads of stuff, that never seems to......

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Below is the video I mention in the video above, along with the blurb that went with it. This was originally posted on my Facebook page. MEETING A REQUEST: As I have been putting out my ‘rant’ videos and writing on my blog, many people have asked me to put out some video of the different games in Crazy Monkey Defense. Here you go! This isn’t all out sparring, but rather what we refer to in CMD as Flow-Boxing. The goal is to work different parts of the sparring game,......

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Beyond Fight Technique, The Inner Theatre of Survival

At the heart of all martial art styles, systems and techniques is the user. That’s me and that may just be you too. There is an assumption among most martial art instructors that the simple act of teaching a technique, then asking a student to copy said technique, dressed up in a drill with a low level of stress, with little chance of failure — will result, if repeated enough times, in success in the moment that technique is needed most. I spend most of my time as a coach, not thinking about......

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