Hooks, Training, Filming

  If you haven’t developed power in your hooking punches yet, try thinking of it as being all about body rotation and leg drive, with the arm (fist) just happening to be what makes contact. That will put your focus on the major muscles driving the punch, rather simply contracting your pectoral muscles for an…

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For Self Defense, Trust Your Instincts “Big Time”

Your instincts are MUCH more powerful and “tuned in” than you have any idea. One of the jobs of your subconscious is to help you survive. It “patrols” your environment constantly, behind the scenes, for dangers that you aren’t consciously aware of. It compares what it sees or senses with it’s database of “dangerous” situations it’s…

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Starting Point, Don’t Fight, 80/20

  Once you’ve really learned a new move or skill, don’t stop there… try to improve it. Don’t fall into the trap of “it’s been done this way for 100 years…” The way it’s been taught to you may be the culmination of someone else’s lifetime of work, but it’s your starting point. See it…

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Write it down, Details, Getting Tough

  When you learn new techniques or concepts, you MUST write them down in a notebook for later review… otherwise, I guarantee you’ll eventually forget 90% of what you are taught. Conversely, if you write it down, you’ll eventually surpass all your training partners who don’t. Even if you never go back and review it,…

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Parkinson’s Law, The Less You Know, Training Partners

  Ever heard of Parkinsons Law? It’s a principle that states “Work expands to fill the time available for its completion.” In other words, we drag out whatever we’re doing to fill up the time we give ourselves to do it. So, if your goal is to do X number of techniques today, you’ll take up…

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Barriers, Being Vague, Reps Not Techniques

  A simple secret to success is to simply remove barriers to succeeding. Here’s some examples: If the gym is next door, are you more likely to go every day than if it’s 20 miles away? 10 miles away? 1 mile away?  If you dislike an instructor’s personality, are you more or less likely to attend…

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Training Hard, Curriculum, In The Moment

  The benefits of pushing yourself past your comfort zone go way beyond just improving your physical attributes. So many times I’ve seen people failing in martial arts (and life) because of their lack of self-discipline and mental strength. They wish they had the discipline to follow through with what they start, but they quit… and it…

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Better Weapons, Conditioning, 50 Reps

  At any given moment, you’re surrounded by weapons that are easier or more effective to use than your fists, feet or submissions.  Where I’m sitting right now, I’ve got access to kitchen knives, salt & pepper shakers, chairs, cooking pots, rocks, a glass blender and tons of other objects that would be easier to…

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Adrenaline, Goals, Constant Improvement

Hey guys – below are 3 quick ideas for you that you may not have considered before.  I’ve got plenty more insights I’ve gathered from my nearly 43 years of training, so let me know if you find any helpful and I’ll continue to share them! Think about this – the instinct to survive is the strongest instinct we’ve got, so…

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