Tag Archives: Training

Road Maps

Occasionally I listen to students of arts such as Tae Kwon Do or Kempo and am struck by comments such as “for my next belt I have to learn 3 new kata and 7 new self-defense techniques.” It strikes me … Continue reading

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Lineage

Hang around in martial arts circles long enough and the subject of lineage will inevitably come up. It’s not always explicitly spelled out, but the traditional concept goes something like this: Once upon a time, there was a brilliant, badass … Continue reading

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Keep Going

Our friends over at the Valhalla Academy have a tradition known as “birthday rounds.” On their birthday, a student gets to spend the entire class grappling non-stop with fresh partners rotated in regularly to keep the pressure on. Even though … Continue reading

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An Experiment in Progress

Periodically I get jealous of the guys who are really, really good at jiu-jitsu and I vow to try to catch up somehow. Perhaps I can take my lunch break to attend the noon classes or start being more consistent … Continue reading

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Steal My Technique

Being a great martial artist or a great fighter doesn’t make you a great teacher or a great coach, and vice-versa. The ability to demonstrate flawless skills in a fight is different from the ability to communicate those skills to … Continue reading

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Matt Smith seminar

There’s almost nothing I enjoy doing on a weekend more than attending martial arts seminars. So it was that yesterday I braved blowing snow and treacherous roads driving to Valhalla Academy for a 4-hour BJJ seminar with guest instructor Matt … Continue reading

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High-Percentage vs Low-Percentage

No technique works every time.  Every technique works some of the time. When you gather a sufficient number of martial artists online, you will inevitably generate arguments over which techniques really work or do not work.  Frequently this gets framed … Continue reading

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