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A Very Fun Drill We Did at the End of Class

Posted: June 30, 2010

At the end of one of our classes, we did a drill that simulates what happens when you get hit in a fight, and how difficult it can be to execute the techniques that you have done a million times. The students that you are watching are all really good students. They have thrown a cross-hook-cross combination countless times, and they are good at it. Once they are dizzy, it becomes a totally different story. This combination they have done many times, is now extremely difficult to do. The body no longer moves the way you want it to and it is difficult to stand.

I had to yell a little louder than usual to make sure you can hear me in the video. The first video is the better video, since it was taken with a better camera. The second is from a different angle taken with a cell phone.

All the students did a very good job with the drill, and it was a lot of fun. I’m sure we’ll do this again. I hope you enjoy it.

Some Tips for Training the Central Nervous System While Training Martial Arts

Posted: June 29, 2010

In martial arts, the understanding of the basics is crucial to development. If the foundation is bad, the house will fall. Everyone knows this, and every martial arts school teaches this and reinforces it.

What is also pretty basic, but is not often taught is the progression to get the basics to become part of you, and the best way to train for maximum efficiency. That is what this post will focus on.

When we first learn a skill, it requires a lot of conscious thought. For example, when we first learned to brush our teeth or tie or shoes, it took some concentration and focus. Once we have done these things 10,000 times, we can do them almost unconsciously. Almost as if we were on auto-pilot. We can tie our shoes while watching a ball game and having a conversation, because the act of tying our shoes has become part of us. Martial arts training is exactly the same, and the basics should become so normal to us, that we can execute them seemingly without thinking.

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