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 …

Sparring Strategies

Sparring strategies is another topic that lends itself to a full book discussion, but we will cover a few basic strategies you might initially employ to get you started. Learn from your opponents by adopting some of their winning strategies and by finding ways to exploit their inherent weaknesses. Each paragraph below explores a unique Read More …

Sparring Skills

It takes some significant time to amass enough skills to be good at sparring. Mastery of fundamental punching and striking skills, stepping patterns, stance transitions, angles, and guard positioning are essential, but they are not sufficient. It takes three essential things initially to become good at sparring. The first is working with someone who is Read More …