Friday, February 03, 2006

Epiphany on our approach to training!

Defend University has a really nice page of questions and answers on DT, self-defense, and martial arts in general.

What I noticed from this is that we are missing out on the psychological aspect of martial arts/self-defense training. I am guilty of training you guys in the stuff I enjoy - hitting people - while neglecting the self-defense "big picture".

I will attempt to remedy that, but I need your help. Read these Q&A's, read Hock's free downloads (, and help me out. I mean this. Make list and email it to our group. What do you want to learn? In what areas are we lacking. I want to train by the percentages, to paraphrase Hock. His point is that to be an effective martial artist, you need to train for what you are likely to face. Defend U has a similar take on it. Hock's focus is on gun, knife, stick, and empty hand. The responder in the Q&A here seems to be focused on car (tactical driving), firearms training, and empty hand, while allowing that that a weapon or multiple attackers constitutes mortal danger (to us "victims"), and warrants a deadly-force response (firearms). Only a minor difference.

Bobby is a range instructor. Darren and Mike are SWAT members - any of them would be qualified to teach us firearms. I can do the empty hand and some weapons, but admit I have a lot to learn in terms of knife and firearm defenses, and my ground game is weak, to be frank.
Mike has volunteered a new guy at Rescue who is a Marine Corps reservist, and I'm told, has participated in the MCMAP (Marine Corps Martial Arts Program). See the previous post on this here

Do you get my drift on this? I want to move up to the next level and I don't want to leave behind anything we've done before, just add to it. When I was taking Judo last year, I was taking it to learn, but my problem was that it was a challenge integrating what I was learning into my current training and instruction. When I learn something, I teach it, 'cause otherwise I forget it.

I will be emailing participants this post, and I will blog the answers as comments, depending. See you in the AM, God willing.


SBertolino said...

I would really like to work on our ground game, Takedowns and defenses against takedowns, and more ground stuff. I love everything that we do and enjoy the boxing drills esepecially. But I think we are all lacking on that ground game. Let's do more of that. I personally woudl not place weapons defense high on my priority list but only because I would rather spend the time concentrating on my ground game. But I will do what everyone else wants to do , too - It's all fun! Just flipping through that Ken Shamrock book you had on Saturday really peaked my ineterest. I would love to go through like maybe two of those techniques every week and get really good at them. Maybe we could all get toegether and have discussions on what we are each looking for.

Nathan Teodoro said...

Thanks Sam. I agree, on the takedowns to ground fighting. In that light, we should, as Hock says, play the percentages. In other words, concentrate on what we're likely to face. To me, that means, single unarmed, then single with knife or club, then multiple unarmed, then with weapons (God forbid!). One other thing, also a credit to Hock, is that we have to keep in mind that when we perform the ground and takedown techniques, to dissect and analyze if this is actually practical on the street, rather than in a sport environment. Hock, uses the example of the eye attack defeating many sport grappling techniques. I agree that we need to steer clear of developing a habit of training in a way that builds muscle memory that emphasizes sport vulnerabilities. Just keep us honest as we learn and apply them, beginning in March!