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Training the Transition - Connecting the Dots in your Training

Training the Transition - Connecting the Dots in your Training
Are you training the transition?  If not, the expression "change or die" may have a more real and immediate meaning to you. What I mean by transition, is the transition from one technique or tactic to another. Though a curriculum may contain many great techniques, it may not include a training approach that specifically prepares the student to switch to another technique when one fails or is inaccessible because of position, injury or environmental conditions. When I started teaching law enforcement personnel in the mid 90's with Erwin Ballarta, I saw a huge disconnect between empty hands and firearms training.  This was actually true in law enforcement as well as in the firearms community of private citizens.  Though there has been some improvement over the years, it is sti...
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Refreshing your Muscle Memory - Wasted Warmups and Specificity

Refreshing your Muscle Memory - Wasted Warmups and Specificity
If you aren't tailoring your warmups to match the mechanics of application and technique you may be wasting an opportunity to make more progress in less time.   Whether you are teaching a class or just preparing for your own training there is a lot more you can do with a warmup than just touching your toes and doing a few lame jumping jacks.   A good warmup will increase the heart rate, speed blood flow, increase the respiration rate, raise muscle temperature, and stimulate fluids to lubricate the joints.  It should start with simple, multi-joint movements that do not require much coordination.  The intensity should start low and gradually increase.  You will know that your warmup is working when your students start sweating.  I usually start my classes with f...
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Training for Success with the Four Walls

Training for Success with the Four Walls
Recently, our level 1 Pekiti Tirsia students have been working on the Four Walls method (a.k.a Quatro Cantos and Apat na Paligid). Progress is good so far, but the key will be in their understanding. We started the training with basic coordination and body mechanics. We then developed timing and proprioception through repetition of the entries. We added combinations to the entries and developed more dynamic movement - removing hesitation and artificial pauses. Once the coordination was right, we added reaction training to embed the skills in the student. I have found that though very simple, the Four Walls techniques are often misunderstood. The misunderstanding often lies in the perception of how the technique will be applied. If you want to be successful, you must really understand the t...
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Leg Breaking the Dumog Way

Leg Breaking the Dumog Way
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Robert changes position on the ground for a knee break. In our recent Dumog Pangamut training, we are getting deeper into the counter and recounter tactics used with our Pekiti Tirsia leg breaking techniques, sometimes known as M.T.D. - muscle tendon destruction.  M.T.D. is a system of techniques and tactics that can be used as a primary attack or in support of high line attacks.  This includes both armed and unarmed situations.  Our current training is designed to establish familiarity with the options and a solid understanding of the proper positioning for application. First, an understanding of the critical entry points is established, then we train a series of transitions in order to move without hesitation from one position to the next position needed for a technique.&n...
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Mobility - Super Front Rack

Mobility - Super Front Rack
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This exercise will aid in improving overhead position and the front rack position. You can perform the exercise using a moderate resistance band tied off at about knee level. IMPROVES: Overhead positioning and front rack positioning TEST: Gauge your shoulder flexibility by racking the bar in preparation for a front squat EXERCISE:   1. Loop your hand through the resistance band and grip both strands to ensure a solid handle.   2. Rotate your hand palm up. As you turn your back towards the band, step forward and rotate the shoulder outward. 3. Maintaining the hand position, begin to rotate the shoulder beneath the band and stand upright to increase tension in the shoulder. Try to create a straight line from the bicep down to the lower back. 4. Leaning forward with your weight, inc...
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