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Academy of Combat Newsletter #151


Anzac Day

The Academy will be closed for Anzac Day on Tuesday April 25th. We will open again on Wednesday the 26th as usual.


Kids Martial Arts Holidays

The Kids martial arts classes are currently on a break for the school holidays. They will resume on Monday the 1st of May.


Welcome Livi

A warm welcome to our newest trainee receptionist Livi. We hope you enjoy your time at the Academy.


Reminders


1) Saturday fitness class 10:00am until 10:45am

2) Fighters Classes, Monday & Tuesday 8-9pm and Thursday 6-7pm.

3) There is Friday Night sparring 6-7:30pm for BJJ, MMA and Thai Boxing. If you haven’t sparred before please book a sparring etiquette appointment at reception before your first session.

4) There is an open mat on Saturdays for sparring and drilling from 12pm until 2pm.

Article

Balance & Control of Body-weight

One aspect of training any skilled body movement, especially Muay Thai techniques, is the maintenance of good body posture.

You must develop a fine sense of a balanced posture that allows you to move quickly and easily in any direction.

In addition, you must be able to move from attack to defense, and back again when required.

In order to do this you must develop a posture in which the head, shoulders and hips are held in a straight line above the feet; with the center of gravity positioned at a point between the feet.

A great analogy and mind-set is to pretend that you have a book balanced on your head at all times and move around, such that it would remain there.

When you move, keep your steps short and light, moving on the balls of the feet.

If you need to cover more distance use several steps instead of large jumping steps.

When you throw your punches avoid leaning forward as this not only brings your body weight onto the front leg (making it difficult for you to move effectively), but also puts the head in a position that makes it an easy target to hit.

When throwing your kicks, maintain an upright body position as much as possible when throwing the kick. Pay attention to the way your arms move when you throwing the kick as they play a major part in keeping the body erect.

When on the defense again develop a strong up fight posture that stays strong and tenses only when it takes the strike, relaxing immediately after, in preparation for throwing explosive counter attacks.

Also on defense, train yourself to move out of the way of strikes, just enough, so that the opponent misses but staying close so that you can quickly counter-attack. This is the "make him miss, then make him pay" strategy.

Train good movement and body posture by shadow-boxing in front of a mirror and when you drill your techniques, with your partner on the pads, have him/her comeback striking you with the pads after you have thrown your technique. This will train you to maintain good posture in defense and to move around effectively.

Once you have developed the ability to throw a technique then take a counter-attack from your pad-man then train throwing an immediate counter-attack of your own.

These are just a few tips for developing you balance and posture when training Muay Thai techniques. You must train hard and consistently to develop your balance and posture as it is extremely important for Muay Thai.

For much more about developing your movement , body posture and balance in Muay Thai training check out the Muay Thai online training course at http://www.MuayThaiTrainingSite.com it's dedicated to bringing you a complete resource for learning Muay Thai.

'Til next time keep training hard.

Dr Geoff, Ph.D. www.UltimateFightingSystems.com

Summary

Balance and body posture are an extremely important aspect of effective Muay Thai fighting.
 
In this newsletter tip we discuss some of the important factors that you must pay attention to in your training and give some ideas for Muay Training exercises that will help you develop your balance and posture while executing Muay Thai techniques.
 
You'll find a whole lot more, with detailed video instruction, in our Muay Thai online video training course and, so that you can try it out first, we give you the first 2 weeks of lessons free -  check it out at:

Also have a look at:
for a no bullshit look at street fighting and self defence.

 

Academy of Combat Newsletter #150


Kids Martial Arts Grading

The kids martial arts classes all performed very well at their gradings last week. They now have one more week of training and then they will be away for the school holidays.


Floor Completed

The new floor in the weapons room is now totally completed and can be used as normal.


Easter 2017 Holiday Hours

Good Friday, 14th of April: Closed
Saturday, 15th of April: Open
Easter Sunday, 16th of April: Closed
Monday, 17th of April: Closed


Reminders


1) Saturday fitness class 10:00am until 10:45am

2) Fighters Classes, Monday & Tuesday 8-9pm and Thursday 6-7pm.

3) There is Friday Night sparring 6-7:30pm for BJJ, MMA and Thai Boxing. If you haven’t sparred before please book a sparring etiquette appointment at reception before your first session.

4) There is an open mat on Saturdays for sparring and drilling from 12pm until 2pm.

Article


Incorporating Muay Thai into a Mixed Martial Arts Game Plan, Part 1

The fastest growing fighting sport and martial art (for those, like me, that consider it one) in the world is undoubtedly Mixed Martial Arts (MMA).

If you're serious about your MMA fight game then you must start incorporating Muay Thai kickboxing into our Mixed Martial Arts training routine.

Muay Thai is without a doubt the most powerful striking system available and its' techniques can be readily integrated into mixed martial arts training, however, with the ability to take an opponent to the ground many techniques have to be either avoided or modified.

 

  • In respect of punching techniques there is little problem and the Jab should be diligently drilled with footwork to set up your attacks, whether striking or setting up takedowns. The straight or overhand right is a safe and powerful punch that should also be included and drilled with your jab.

 

  • The uppercut and hooks are excellent against grapplers when they are shooting for the takedown and should be drilled with angular takedown evading footwork.

  • Elbows provide devastatingly powerful strikes in mixed martial arts training whether during standup or on the ground. Train striking with elbows from all angles, standing and on the ground. Incorporate elbows into your mixed martial arts training from the standup grappling "pummeled" clinch position by breaking away to open up the clinch and striking with elbows.

  • I would recommend keeping your straight punching attacks focused on the head as dropping to the body could leave you open to being sprawled.

  • However, body hooks from an angle are still a very useful energy sapping attack that wears the opponent down.

  • In addition, train all of your punches for striking on the ground. Practice developing power in your strikes from the mount, switch-base side control, knee ride, guard and even back control.

 

If you are a MMA fighter, train and fight like one. You must develop a complete fight game as the days when you could fight competitively in an MMA match as a pure grappler of striker are long gone. MMA is rapidly evolving and developing its' own very distinct sets of tactics and it is clear that two of the most dominant fighting systems that are part of this evolution are Muay Thai for standup striking and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for grappling.

 

'Til next time keep training hard.

Dr Geoff, Ph.D. www.UltimateFightingSystems.com

Summary

The fastest growing fighting system in the world today is Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). 
As it evolves and develops there are clearly two dominant martial arts that stand out as essential for being competitive in in MMA; Muay Thai for the stand up striking and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for the ground game. In this and the next Newsletter tip we will look at recommendations for incorporating Muay Thai into your MMA game.

 
...and, if you haven't done so already, be sure and check out our Muay Thai online video training course which allows you to learn it at home, or add Muay Thai techniques to your existing system, with detailed video instruction, in addition you get to try it out first, by giving you the first 2 weeks of lessons free - check it out at:
http://www.MuayThaiTrainingCourse.com


Also have a look at:
for a no bullshit look at street fighting and self defence.

 

 

Academy of Combat Newsletter #149


John Will Seminar

We had an awesome BJJ seminar on Friday with John Will, which focused on entries to ashi garami. These techniques really helped solidify the leg attack game that we have been working on with John for the last year.


No Gi Showdown

Congratulations to Sam Holdaway who won a gold medal and Malcolm Creelman who won a silver medal at the CFC No Gi Showdown grappling tournament on Saturday. Also well done to Cory Shadbolt and Fergus Jenkins, who at 15 and 16 years old, performed extremely well at their first grappling competition.


Weapons Room Floor

The long awaited repairs to the floor in the weapons room are now in progress and we apologise for any disruption this has caused. 


Reminders


1) Saturday fitness class 10:00am until 10:45am

2) Fighters Classes, Monday & Tuesday 8-9pm and Thursday 6-7pm.

3) There is Friday Night sparring 6-7:30pm for BJJ, MMA and Thai Boxing. If you haven’t sparred before please book a sparring etiquette appointment at reception before your first session.

4) There is an open mat on Saturdays for sparring and drilling from 12pm until 2pm.

Article


 Weight Training For Muay Thai

If you want to be competitive in Muay thai or MMA you have to supplement your training with weight training.

The value of weight training increased power, stability and the ability to absorb damage. In addition, if you are of equal skill and stronger than your opponent then you will have the greater advantage.

In a future Newsletter Tip we will discuss High Intensity Interval training, that will develop your conditioning to optimal levels, but you must start with a good, foundation building, conditioning and weight training program so that you have a solid base to build on as this will reduce down time due to injuries and assist you in getting to peak condition faster.

The flowing program is a good mass strength building program that will form a good foundation for your training.

To deal with the schedule that I work within I have opted for a weight training schedule of, alternating body part, super sets and giant sets. Training 4 days a week in a split routine with Chest, Back and Abs on Mondays and Thursdays and Arms and Legs on Tuesdays and Fridays. Each body part is worked with 3-5 sets a body part performed in a progressive weight increase manner and with very little time between sets to keep the intensity high, each workout period being only about 40 minutes in duration, this keeps my heart and work rate high delivering a very high conditioning effect that is essential for the rigors of Muay Thai and Mixed Martial Arts training.

I concentrate on major basic exercises and don't bother with many specific body part exercises:

Mondays: Alternating Flat Bench Press, Wide grip Pulldowns, Back Hyper-extensions and Incline abdominal crunches with weight (4 sets of this giant set are performed). Followed by Incline Bench Press, Bent over Bar Bell Rows (3 sets of this super set are performed).

Tuesdays: Alternating 4 sets of Close Grip Bench Press and 5 sets of Seated Incline Dumb-bell Curls, performed as a superset, once the Close Grip Bench Presses are finished Tricep Pushdowns are performed in conjunction with the Dumb-bell curls to complete the arm giant set. 5 sets of leg press and 3 of leg extension are then executed for legs (separately), these are performed together with 4 sets of power cleans.

Thursdays: Alternating Incline Bench Press, Side to side Single Dumb-bell Rows, Back Hyper-extensions and Incline abdominal crunches with weight (4 sets of this giant set are performed). Followed by Flat Bench Press, Wide Grip Pulldowns (3 sets of this super set are performed).

Fridays: Similar to Tuesday; alternating 4 sets of Close Grip Bench Press and 5 sets of Standing Dumb-bell Curls, performed as a superset, once the Close Grip Bench Presses are finished Tricep Pushdowns are performed in conjunction with the Dumb-bell curls to complete the arm giant set. 5 sets of leg press and 3 of leg extension are then executed for legs (separately), these are performed together with 4 sets of power cleans.

In addition I run for 5 kms on a Sunday morning just to keep a level of cardio up that compliments my martial arts training. I should add that the majority (~ 95%) of my martial arts training is hands on grappling, padwork and either sparring or sparring and scenario drilling, very little is performed in midair.

Remember to keep your intensity up when training; get the work done, then get out of the gym for rest and recovery time.

'til next time keep training hard

 
Dr Geoff, Ph.D.
www.UltimateFightingSystems.com

Summary

If you want to be a competitive Muay Thai or MMA fighter then you must incorporate weight training into your training program.
 
Keep it simple and basic; for fighting we want to develop power and the ability to take damage - we are not bodybuilders, who are building muscle for aesthetics, mainly.
 
Always train with high intensity and get plenty of rest to allow the body to recover.

 
...and, if you haven't done so already, be sure and check out our Muay Thai online video training course which allows you to learn it at home, or add Muay Thai techniques to your existing system, with detailed video instruction, in addition you get to try it out first, by giving you the first 2 weeks of lessons free - check it out at:
http://www.MuayThaiTrainingCourse.com


Also have a look at:
for a no bullshit look at street fighting and self defence.

 

 

Academy of Combat Newsletter #148


Next John Will Seminar March 17th 2017

John Will is returning shortly to the Academy for another in depth and exciting BJJ seminar. John is one of the first 12 non-Brazilians to be awarded a BJJ black belt and currently holds the rank of fifth degree. During his long and storied martial arts career John has trained with iconic names such as Rigan Machado, Rickson Gracie, Benny Urquidez and Gene Lebell. As well as being one of the world's best martial arts instructors, John is also the author of a growing collection of books and DVDs. He also instructs law enforcement groups and Special Operations personnel all over the world. While John's seminars are always packed with extremely useful techniques they are also very entertaining and thought-provoking due to John's vast life experience and sense of humour. Please don't miss this incredible opportunity.

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  Pay by March 10th and gain entrance to the seminar for

 

  ONLY $70

 

 After March 10th the cost is $80

 

Time: 6pm to 9pm, Friday March 17th, 2017
Location: Academy of Combat
Open to any belt level


Graduation

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the graduation on Saturday the 25th of February, it was fantastic to see you all performing so well. Be sure you sew on your new patches which can be bought at reception.


Welcome To Sheneeka

A warm welcome to our newest trainee receptionist Sheneeka. Say hello if you see her at the Academy.

Farewell To Melanie

Sadly we must say farewell to Academy receptionist Melanie McDonald, her cheerful personality will be greatly missed. We wish her well with her future endeavours.


Reminders


1) Saturday fitness class 10:00am until 10:45am

2) Fighters Classes, Monday & Tuesday 8-9pm and Thursday 6-7pm.

3) There is Friday Night sparring 6-7:30pm for BJJ, MMA and Thai Boxing. If you haven’t sparred before please book a sparring etiquette appointment at reception before your first session.

4) There is an open mat on Saturdays for sparring and drilling from 12pm until 2pm.

Article


 Developing Training Goals

When we first start training or doing anything we often are full of enthusiasm and find that training is enjoyable with a continual mind-set of waiting to see what's next.

However, more often than not after this early period I over and the realization that the only way we are going to really master this new pursuit is by continual learning and training requiring many hours of patient, laborious repetition we start training less, look for excuse to avoid training and ultimately give up.

We enjoyed training when the experience was new and exciting but now the realization that, to become proficient requires many hours of constant and regular practice dampens our enjoyment.

 When we look at people who have continued to train and mastered the particular disciplines they are involved in we see recurring patterns.

1) They have made training part of their lifestyle so that it is something they do, just the same as showering or having breakfast.

2) Hand in hand with the first observation we find that training has become a habit. Studies have indicated that it requires at least 21 regular repetitions to acquire any habit.

3) They set goals; short, intermediate and long term goals. Prof. Richard Wiseman, in his splendid book 59 seconds - think a little; change a lot - get it here from Amazon, reveals that studies to date provide four essential components to achieving goals.

a. We must have the right plan.

b. Tell people who are important to us that we are going to achieve the specific goal's.

c. We must focus on the benefits to us, of achieving the goal's.

d. We must reward ourselves each step of the way.

In addition to setting goals in the manner outlined above, Prof. Wiseman reveals another very useful technique that the research has shown produces real results, the concept of Doublethink.

The procedure involves thinking about what you want to achieve; specifically the top 2 benefits of achieving the goal. Then you take each benefit one at a time, think about it then reflect on the biggest hurdles that may come up and stop you achieving the benefit. Then think about how you would overcome them.

Do this for both of the two top benefits.

Then you take the first benefit and think about the value of achieving it, then immediately think about the hurdles that may get in the way and quickly how you will overcome them

Do this for both the two top benefits.

For further reading on goal setting and achievement check out the detailed blog article at http://ultimatefightingsystems.com/

Remember to achieve anything worthwhile takes practice and sacrifice. The rule of thumb appears to be that it requires approximately 10,000 hours of practice to attain mastery in any pursuit.

'til next time keep training hard

 
Dr Geoff, Ph.D.
www.UltimateFightingSystems.com

Summary

When we first start training we are full of enthusiasm, however, we often lose interest and the desire to achieve our goals once we come to realize the commitment that it will require.
 
In this article we look at some of the characteristics of people who have achieved their goals and discuss some very useful techniques, that have been backed up by solid research, and will help us achieve our goals and reach our full potential.
 
...and, if you haven't done so already, be sure and check out our Muay Thai online video training course which allows you to learn it at home, or add Muay Thai techniques to your existing system, with detailed video instruction, in addition you get to try it out first, by giving you the first 2 weeks of lessons free - check it out at:
http://www.MuayThaiTrainingCourse.com


Also have a look at:
for a no bullshit look at street fighting and self defence.

 

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mixed martial arts gum

 

Academy of Combat Newsletter #147


Next John Will Seminar March 17th 2017

John Will is returning shortly to the Academy for another in depth and exciting BJJ seminar. John is one of the first 12 non-Brazilians to be awarded a BJJ black belt and currently holds the rank of fifth degree. During his long and storied martial arts career John has trained with iconic names such as Rigan Machado, Rickson Gracie, Benny Urquidez and Gene Lebell. As well as being one of the world's best martial arts instructors, John is also the author of a growing collection of books and DVDs. He also instructs law enforcement groups and Special Operations personnel all over the world. While John's seminars are always packed with extremely useful techniques they are also very entertaining and thought-provoking due to John's vast life experience and sense of humour. Please don't miss this incredible opportunity.

  brazilian jiu jitsu techniques, brazilian jiu jitsu bjj, brazilian jiu jitsu academy,

 

  Pay by March 10th and gain entrance to the seminar for

 

  ONLY $70

 

 After March 10th the cost is $80

 

Time: 6pm to 9pm, Friday March 17th, 2017
Location: Academy of Combat
Open to any belt level



Adjusted MMA Classes

We have made some adjustments to our BJJ/MMA classes. They will now have the following structure:

  • 20 min Warm up, sport specific exercises and conditioning
  • 30 min Instruction
  • 30 min Sparring
  • 20 min Instruction
  • 20 min Sparring


We have also begun implementing this system in our Thai Boxing and Freestyle Martial Arts classes.


Next Graduation February 25th

The next graduation will be on Saturday the 25th of February at the following times:

12pm Thai Boxing
1pm MMA
2pm Freestyle Martial Arts

If you have a red tab register your name at reception by Thursday the 23rd of February.

Academy Grappling Tournament Results

14/2/17

1. Tim Bromley
2. Mark Wowk
3. Tim Freeman, Sang Woo Moon

16/2/17

1. Tim Bromley, Sang Woo Moon
2. Fergis Jenkins
3. Karl Smith

Special T-Shirt and Thai Shorts Deal

This month if you bring a friend in to the Academy to try out a class you will receive either an Academy of Combat t-shirt or a pair of Thai Boxing shorts. This is open to the first 20 people and is only available to adult students. You must register your friend's name at reception before they arrive.

Reminders

1) Saturday fitness class 10:00am until 10:45am

2) Fighters Classes, Monday & Tuesday 8-9pm and Thursday 6-7pm.

3) There is Friday Night sparring 6-7:30pm for BJJ, MMA and Thai Boxing. If you haven’t sparred before please book a sparring etiquette appointment at reception before your first session.

4) There is an open mat on Saturdays for sparring and drilling from 12pm until 2pm.

Article


 Combination Development - Part 2

In this newsletter we are going to look combination development in a little more depth.

1) When setting up your combination the best set ups move from high to low or vice versa and from side to side. The best combinations use the diagonal change in attack, e.g. Double jab to the opponent's high right followed by a low right round kick to the left leg.

2) In addition when changing lines it is harder and slower for the opponent to defend upward and outward then inward and downward, due to the nature of our musculature.

3) This observation in 2 provides us with some handy guidelines to putting effective combinations together.

a. By attacking to the inside line forcing an inward defensive movement we get a great opportunity to attack the outside opening line.

b. By attacking the low line to bring the hands down we can get a good shot at the opening high line.

4) Develop and use combinations that can be used progressively and that you could stop at any point during the combination. This is a great way to train your combinations, e.g. take the jab, straight right, left hook, straight right. You could use a progressively add-on effect for this and have three different combinations. The jab, straight right - the jab, straight right, left hook and the jab, straight right, left hook, straight right. All very effective in their own right.

5) Develop and use changing angles of footwork in your combinations moving from left to right and vice versa.

6) Together with 5, train moving to an angle and then attacking from the opposite angle, e.g. stepping to your right and throwing a high left round kick to the opponents' head.

7) Always train your follow up to the combination, i.e. your finishing strategy, should your combination not finish the opponent or he/she counters it. The two best strategies are either moving away at an angle or clinching.

8) When training your combinations, particularly in the progressive build up manner discussed in 4, have your training partner throw strikes at you to keep your defense strong.

9) When using a combination if the opponent just covers up as you blitz him/her take a slight pause, step back and then attack again, particularly look to throw a low round kick into the lead leg.

These guidelines discussed in this and the previous newsletter provide with some rules and tips for developing great combinations

Above all keep it simple and train the combinations to the point of unconscious competence, i.e. you don't have to think about each strike, just the combination. Always train them so that you can move in and out effortlessly, when executing them, and make them part of your game not the be all and end all of it.

All of these points are covered together with detailed instruction of many very effective combinations in the Ultimate Fighting Systems Muay Thai training course, so get started today by clicking here.

'til next time keep training hard

 
Dr Geoff, Ph.D.
www.UltimateFightingSystems.com

Summary

In part 2 we look at angular considerations when developing and training combinations so that we get fast effective combinations that flow and give us the best opportunity of striking effectively at an open target.
In addition we look at some training aspects of how to practice them and also what to follow up with if the combination does not put the opponent down.
...and, if you haven't done so already, be sure and check out our Muay Thai online video training course which allows you to learn it at home, or add Muay Thai techniques to your existing system, with detailed video instruction, in addition you get to try it out first, by giving you the first 2 weeks of lessons free - check it out at:
http://www.MuayThaiTrainingCourse.com


Also have a look at:
for a no bullshit look at street fighting and self defence.

 

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Academy of Combat Newsletter #146

Welcome Back To The Kids Martial Arts Students

Welcome back to all the kids martial arts students who started the new term on Monday the 30th of January. We hope you had a great holiday and are ready for an awesome year of training in 2017.

Kids Summer Boot Camp

Congratulations to the 13 young students who graded during the Kids Boot camp over the holidays. It was great to see you all perform so well.

Special T-Shirt and Thai Shorts Deal

This month if you bring a friend in to the Academy to try out a class you will receive either an Academy of Combat t-shirt or a pair of Thai Boxing shorts. This is open to the first 20 people and is only available to adult students. You must register your friends name at reception before they arrive.

Reminders

1) Saturday fitness class 10:00am until 10:45am

2) Fighters Classes, Monday & Tuesday 8-9pm and Thursday 6-7pm.

3) There is Friday Night sparring 6-7:30pm for BJJ, MMA and Thai Boxing. If you haven’t sparred before please book a sparring etiquette appointment at reception before your first session.

4) There is an open mat on Saturdays for sparring and drilling from 12pm until 2pm.

Article

 
 Combination Development - Part 1

There are many combinations taught by various fight coaches. You pick up a magazine and you will find several provided by the guest authors. However, it seems to me that many of these are just a product of wanting to write an article, as many of these combinations are too complicated, and in many cases just won't work in a real fight. In this newsletter and the following one I will cover the essential aspects of combinations.

  1) Always start your combination with a simple primary attack. Examples using hands are the Jab, backfist and (in respect of street-fighting) the eye jab. For the feet the foot jab (probe kick). This primary attack sets your distance for the follow up and sets up the next strike. Quite often the Jab is thrown in twos and threes.

 2) In addition, this primary attack could be a feint. I recommend that you strike with a real attack first before throwing a feint so that you have a greater chance of the opponent reacting to the feint.

 3) The following attack is thrown into an opening line set up by the primary attack, i.e. where the defensive action by the opponent is leaving an opening.

  4) Combinations range in length from 2 to 5 strikes with the most used being in the 2 to 3 strike range. The most prolific combination in boxing is the jab, straight right and in Muay Thai the jab, straight right, right round kick.

 5) A good habit to get into is to throw a right hand at the end of a punching combination; this tends to force the opponent back to a range that makes his ability to counter more difficult. In the case of Muay Thai finish by stepping back or at an angle and throwing a low right round kick. The opportunities for this are great following a good strong combination up high.

 6) The combination must flow easily from strike to strike. If there is any awkwardness in the execution of the combination due to how the strikes follow each other scrap it. It is far better to build your fight game around good solid combinations that have a high probability of striking the effectively and doing damage.

 7) Always pay attention to your distance when putting the combination together. This includes using the right strike for the range that you are at. Trying to use a round kick at a punching range is going to get you into a lot of trouble.

 By paying attention to these guidelines you will develop very effective combinations that will give you a high probability of either knocking out or damaging your opponent with minimum risk to you. In the next newsletter we'll look at some more very important rules that will make your combinations more effective.

 All of these rules are covered and are part of the combinations that are taught in the Ultimate Fighting Systems Muay Thai training Course so get started today by clicking here.

  'til next time keep training hard

 

  Dr Geoff, Ph.D.
www.UltimateFightingSystems.com

Summary

There are many combinations of punches and kicks that are taught for using kicks and punches. However, many are useless and fail because they are too complex and have too much margin for error and others are just not workable due to lack of flow, range issues or too much opportunity for the opponent to counter them.
 
...and, if you haven't done so already, be sure and check out our Muay Thai online video training course which allows you to learn it at home, or add Muay Thai techniques to your existing system, with detailed video instruction, in addition you get to try it out first, by giving you the first 2 weeks of lessons free - check it out at:
http://www.MuayThaiTrainingCourse.com


Also have a look at:
for a no bullshit look at street fighting and self defence.

 

 

Academy of Combat Newsletter #145

Welcome Back

Welcome back to a new year of training at the Academy! We hope you all had a great festive season and are ready to start achieving your training goals for 2017.

Kids Summer Boot Camp

There are still 3 more sessions left to go for our Kids Summer Boot Camp on the 14th, 21st and 28th of January from 11am-1pm. Sign up at reception to take part.

Kids Start Back Date

Kids classes will resume for the new year on February 6th for Combat Kids and February 7th for Mat Ratz.

Reminders

1) Saturday fitness class 10:00am until 10:45am

2) Fighters Classes, Monday & Tuesday 8-9pm and Thursday 6-7pm.

3) There is Friday Night sparring 6-7:30pm for BJJ, MMA and Thai Boxing. If you haven’t sparred before please book a sparring etiquette appointment at reception before your first session.

4) There is an open mat on Saturdays for sparring and drilling from 12pm until 2pm.

Article


The Jab - Your Most Important Weapon.

If you've ever watched and studied the best standup striking fighters you will come to realize that one of their most important and valuable techniques is the simple jab.

You should train it constantly; developing its speed, accuracy and the ability to deliver it non-telegraphically.

Train your jab so that it is thrown in a straight line to the target and retracted back along that line. Don't allow it to drop as it is brought back or you will be open to be countered with right hand over the top.

Always train the jab with footwork both in offense and defense, i.e. offensively - learn to integrate your foot with the jab delivery and then either move into a combination or, if the opponent covered it well and mounts a counter-attack, retreat and set up your attack again. Defensively - as the opponent attacks, move away, preferably on angles throwing the jab in the opponent's face to slow him/her from mounting a full attack.

Step in to throw the jab then retract the jab before stepping back. The arm moves a lot faster than your footwork, by retracting it before or during the step back you are able to cover or throw another jab as you retreat.

The Jab can be used in a number of ways:

  1. To set distance
  2. To provide an offensive defense by throwing  it as the opponents prepares to attack
  3. To frustrate and annoy the opponent into making a mistake
  4. For setting up combinations by opening lines for follow up attacks.
  5. For forcing the opponent onto the back foot in preparation for an attack and/takedown
  6. As a counter-attack following a defensive cover or parry
  7. As a misdirection and sight blinding technique to cover attacks or shift angles
  8. To set the rhythm in the fight in order to set up broken rhythm attacks.

Train your jab by having your training partner move forwards, backwards and to the sides moving in and out of range. As the opponent moves into range have him raise the focus mitt. This is your cue to throw the jab. In this way you train the timing and accuracy of the jab.

In addition, to train the speed and retraction have your training partner try to hit your arm with the other focus mitt just after you have hit it. This will teach you to get it back fast.

You should always pay attention to your defense as well so get your opponent to hit at your head with the focus mitts after you deliver the jab so that you learn to cover against any counter-attack.

These are just some of the things that you must pay attention to when training your jab.

Repetition is the key to learning.
 
Dr Geoff, Ph.D.
www.UltimateFightingSystems.com

Summary

The Jab is the most important and versatile striking weapon in your stand up striking arsenal. Train it so that it is fast, accurate  and non-telegraphic.
 
...and, if you haven't done so already, be sure and check out our Muay Thai online video training course which allows you to learn it at home, or add Muay Thai techniques to your existing system, with detailed video instruction, in addition you get to try it out first, by giving you the first 2 weeks of lessons free - check it out at:
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Academy of Combat Newsletter #144

Kids and Free-Style Martial Arts Gradings

The kids martial arts classes had their gradings last week and everyone did an excellent job. On Saturday the 10th of December the Combat Kids and Free-style Martial Arts students had their brown and black belt graduation which also went very well. It's fantastic that everyone is performing at such a high level so congratulations to you all.

Kids Summer Boot Camp

Over the Christmas holidays the Academy will be running a Summer Boot Camp for Combat Kids
(ages 8-12yrs). Eligibility will also be extended to students who will become Combat Kids in the first term of the New Year.

A student may attend one or all of the sessions. These will be held on Saturday the 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th of January 2017.

1 class-$30
2 classes-$55
3 classes-$75
4 classes-$92
  Classes run from 11am to 1pm at the
Academy of Combat
3 Penbury St, Sydenham
Christchurch


Please see the reception staff and register before Saturday the 17th of December.

Please note: Classes also need to be paid for by Saturday the 17th of December.


Next Graduation

The next graduation for the adult classes will be on Saturday the 17th of December at the following times.

Thai Boxing: 12pm
MMA: 1pm
Freestyle Mar
tial Arts: 2pm

Merry Christmas!

As this is the last newsletter of the year we would like to wish everyone a very merry Christmas. Look after yourselves over the holidays and enjoy your break.

Xmas Hours

December 23rd - 27th: Closed
December 28th - 29th: Open from 5-8pm
December 30th - January 3rd: Closed

We will open as normal from the 4th of January. Kids classes will resume on the 30th of January.

Farewell Bella

It is with much sadness that we must say farewell to Bella our head receptionist who is leaving for Australia in January. Bella has been with us for two and a half years and will be sorely missed. We wish her all the best with her future endevours.

Reminders

1) Saturday fitness class 10:00am until 10:45am

2) Fighters Classes, Monday & Tuesday 8-9pm and Thursday 6-7pm.

3) There is Friday Night sparring 6-7:30pm for BJJ, MMA and Thai Boxing. If you haven’t sparred before please book a sparring etiquette appointment at reception before your first session.

4) There is an open mat on Saturdays for sparring and drilling from 12pm until 2pm.

Article

Repetition Learning

When first learning a new technique it is important that we chunk it down into smaller, easily learned units as discussed in an earlier tips newsletter. Once easily assimilated chunks are obtained these must be practiced with repetition to learn them. However, just repeating them over and over again in a session has its limitations. Studies on a simple nervous system have shown that any more than 10 repetitions of a task in a session does not result in any increase to retention, in addition, performing only one session of learning a new piece of material results in very little retention over a long period.

The most useful method of repetition drilling, to gain the most effective retention, is to spread the repetitions over a number of sessions.

A method that has shown a great deal of effect is to carry out 7 to 10 repetitions in a session of the material. And then carry out at least nine repeat review sessions over several days or weeks. The closer the review sessions are together the quicker the optimal retention is obtained.

Boredom becomes a factor in repetition drilling and is detrimental to retention as the learning process is seriously impaired. Disguising the repetitions in drills, combinations and games that utilize the particular skill involved are ways that can get around this problem.

Fatigue is another factor that must be taken into consideration. Learning and skill development occur beast when the mind and body are fresh and energized; studying early in the day is very beneficial. Always ensure that you learn and repetition new material early in your training program. I find that reviewing earlier material that is related to the new material to be earned immediately before the new material works well.

As soon as fatigue and loss of concentration begins to show move on to the conditioning and sparring sections of your training workout.

Working the repetition of a technique until boredom is noticed and/or fatigue sets in, recording the number of repetitions that you have performed in the training session in your training diary and then working more repetitions in another training session to get to your repetition goal, is another strategy that can get around this problem.

Just develop a determined discipline to complete a predetermined number of repetitions. I would suggest a minimum of 60 spread over a 2 year period for maximum retention.

Bear in mind that this is for the learning and retention of a new technique, not the optimal refinement of it for the highest level of effectiveness that may be required for competition. This requires the development and sharpening of the various attributes required for optimal performance of the technique, such as: speed, timing, flow, balance, connectivity to the next move, variation adjustment, corrections in balance, preparedness for reaction to the opponent’s movement, etc.

Taking it to this level requires many more repetitions and exposing the performance of the technique to increasing levels of risk through controlled to random sparring.

To ensure the best learning of the technique start by learning and drilling the technique under totally cooperative conditions to get it right. This is the retention period discussed above, once a good level of efficacy is obtained then try to use the technique in controlled sparring conditions or controlled performance drills in which your training partner presents moderate problems to deal with. As your efficacy increases start to utilize it in your sparring, at first against less experienced opponents working up to opponents of higher levels.

 

Remember if you want to learn the the most devastating stand-up fighting system of Muay Thai be sure and check out our fully detailed and comprehensive Muay Thai Online video instruction course here at http://www.MuayThaiTrainingSite.com and get your first 2 weeks free.

'Til next time keep training hard.

Dr Geoff, Ph.D. www.UltimateFightingSystems.com

Summary

  • Any more than 10 repetitions in a single session does not improve retention.

  •  Several repeat sessions are required over the long term to give best retention.
  •  Increase the level of risk that the new technique is performed at so that you development the confidence to use the technique
...and, if you haven't done so already, be sure and check out our Muay Thai online video training course which allows you to learn it at home, or add Muay Thai techniques to your existing system, with detailed video instruction, in addition you get to try it out first, by giving you the first 2 weeks of lessons free - check it out at:
http://www.MuayThaiTrainingCourse.com


Also have a look at:
for a no bullshit look at street fighting and self defence.

 

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