Thursday, January 24, 2008

Inviting Marks Chat to guest blog

Rick and I agreed to try to invite a guest-blogger every month to TDA Training. Markos of Marks Chat has been selected for a number of reasons:

  1. Useful information: Articles on training technique, fighting technique, and self-defense
  2. Well-written posts: Many blogs and articles are written in a manner that prevents the average reader from understanding the point or details. Marks Chat is easy to read, and detailed enough without jargon.
  3. Frequent posts: Marks Chat has been posting almost every day for a while, and always has something informative or interesting.
  4. He's a Convocation of Combat Arts member, and a valuable contributor to discussions there.

Markos should be posting sometime this weekend at TDA, but meanwhile, check out some of my favorite recent posts there:

On Striking and Breathing, "Some say that when striking, you should force all your breath out fully on impact, which will create extra strength in your stomach muscles allowing for a more powerful and accurate strike. Although this creates a strong strike, if you force all your breath out on impact, surly if you are doing combination striking, after 2 maybe 3 strikes, you shall be out of breath and shall have to breathe again while striking, and this is extremely difficult. But then there is the argument that if you breathe in and exhale on impact, fast..."

Fighting Against the Cage on the lesson that MMA can teach us, and how to drill for fighting when your movement is obstructed. "... practice ground fighting and stand up fighting being in this awkward position. When sparring, before you begin, start in an awkward position (against the wall on your back, and maybe with your opponent in the mount, or clinched standing, with your opponent having a double under hook grip.) Keep the sparring contact light at first and with relevant experience add the amount of force in the strikes gradually over time."

A Great Takedown for all Martial Artists "When people see throws and takedowns, the majority of them tend to be double leg pickups, hip throws of some sort, wrestler type suplexes or reaping techniques (O soto gari etc) One of the most underused takedowns which is very quick and requires little energy is the back of the knee press."

There are many more. Check his site out here!


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