Reaction Times

Large vs Small Muscle Movement and Reaction Times In the next belt curriculum you will study the muscular system in detail. One of the areas you will study involves fast-twitch and slow-twitch muscles. People who are exposed to long duration exercises (long-distance running, swimming, etc.) will generally have a larger percentage of slow-twitch muscles (perhaps Read More …

Green Belt Manipulation Skills

In this article we will cover many skills that can be utilized to manipulate and control an opponent. You will be introduced to some new concepts and ways of thinking about controlling and opponent. Big Circles vs Small Circles One useful goal in any conflict is to minimize your own energy expenditure while simultaneously maximizing Read More …

Physical Conditioning

Many of the skills you will learn in this belt require excellent physical conditioning. This requirement increases significantly as you progress into future belts. This is the time to become serious about your physical conditioning. Hopefully you have been doing exercises like push-ups, sit-ups, stand-ups, and similar drills to increase strength, improve flexibility, and enhance Read More …

Training

We will discuss ways in which you might enhance your training in this section. As you will discover, your skills and knowledge will grow substantially as you observe, consider, and experience new ideas, patterns of movements, and skills. Watch, listen, experiment and learn through every possible venue. Tournaments Martial arts tournaments are a fantastic way Read More …

Choke Hold Releases

Common chokeholds (different from a rear-naked choke) are interesting attacks. In most cases, the attacker has placed themselves in severe jeopardy, and then mistakenly believes they hold the upper hand. The first thing to realize about chokeholds is that your opponent has, in most cases, employed both hands in an attack and has left the Read More …

Headlock Releases

One of the most common types of grabs is a headlock. The opponent encircles your neck with one or both arms, trapping your head and limiting or preventing your movement. These can be life-threatening attacks and therefore require an immediate response on your part. We will discuss ways in which you can obtain your freedom Read More …