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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 - Reverse Ballerina to Stop Butt Wink

Mobility - Reverse Ballerina to Stop Butt Wink
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First of all, I didn't make up the name, but this is still a great mobility exercise to use.  Imagine a spinning ballerina with one bent leg held up. The position of the leg in this exercise is the reverse of the leg position the ballerina would hold.  This technique will help you mobilize the tissue above and below your hips as well as the adductors.  Working on your adductors will help improve the position of your pelvis in the bottom of the squat.  If they are too tight you will likely suffer from the dreaded butt wink and have difficulty driving your knees out when squatting. Reverse Ballerina Hip and Adductor Stretch IMPROVES: Hip Extension, Hip Internal Rotation, Flexion and External Rotation TEST: First test for butt wink at the bottom position of the squat. ...
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Improving your Numbers with Ladders

Improving your Numbers with Ladders
This week we are getting everyone started using ladders in their training routines.  The purpose of this is to introduce a low impact way to improve the maximum number of consecutive repetitions you can do with exercises like pushups, pullups, dips, etc.  This week we will start everyone with pushups, but ladders work well for almost any bodyweight exercise. 1. First, you must determine the maximum number of pushups you can do with perfect form in one set.  This means full range of motion wherein your chest and hips touch the ground at the bottom and you lock out your elbows in the top position. Your elbows should be close to your sides and your body should remain rigid.  Do all the pushups without a break to test your max.  After a day or two of rest, you can star...
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