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Academy of Combat Newsletter #154


Graduation

The next graduation will be on Saturday the 24th of June at the following times:

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

If you are taking part make sure you register at reception by Thursday the 22nd of June.

Kids Grading

The kids martial arts grading week will begin on Monday July 26th. The final grading day will be Saturday the 1st of July.

Brown/Black Graduation

The Combat Kids and Freestyle Martial Arts students will have their brown and black belt graduation on Saturday the 1st of July from 12 until 2pm. Come along to watch and support those who are taking part.

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

Dealing with common Muay Thai Training Injuries

If you are training seriously in Muay Thai or for that matter any physical activity, you will get injured from time to time.

In Muay Thai the two most common injuries are bruising and strained muscles.

In this Newsletter tip we'll only give a brief outline for treating these injuries.

For a more detailed report check out the blog article at www.UltimateFightingSystems.com

Bruising

The majority of bruises heal without treatment.

  • You can aid in the reduction of swelling and reduce the amount of pain by applying a cold compress such as ice cubes wrapped in a towel, to the bruise and elevating the injured area.
  • Rub a little tincture of arnica or arnica gel onto the bruise.
  • If you bruise easily, take 200 mg of vitamin C daily.

    Caution: Seek medical care if you have large and unusually painful bruises or if you begin to bruise easily for no apparent reason.

    Strained Muscles:

    A muscle strain, also called a pulled muscle, occurs when a muscle is stretched beyond it's normal range of motion, and small tears occur within the muscle.

    Treatment and subsequent recovery requires time.

    Recommended Treatment:

    Rest is recommended for the early recovery phase, lasting 1 to 5 days depending on the severity of the injury. Immobilization is not usually necessary, and can be potentially harmful to the repair process and outcome.

    Ice application should begin as soon as possible after sustaining a pulled muscle. The application of ice is performed in the same manner as for bruising describe above. The applications should be frequent, but each application should be no more than 15 minutes at a time.

  • Anti-Inflammatory Medications
  • Careful stretching and strengthening are useful in the treatment and prevention of muscle strain injuries.
  • After injuring the muscle, it is important to re-strengthen the muscle(s) before returning to athletic activities. Both the injury itself and the down time following the injury can reduce the muscles' strength. Stronger muscles are less likely to be reinjured.
  • Warming up prior to any physical exertion is extremely important as it will help loosen the muscle and prevent injuries.

    Launching into a sport with cold, unprepared muscles can result in a higher chance of straining the muscle.

    Taking the time to warm up and stretch properly will not only increase performance, lead to greater enjoyment of your sport but also help prevent the painful and frustrating down time that results from injuries sustained in your beloved sport.

    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

If we are training regularly we will sustain injuries from time to time, that's part of the game.
 
In this newsletter tip we discuss the two most common injuries; bruising and pulled muscles and give some advice on treatment.

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: http://www.LearnSelfDefensePrograms.com/ for a no bullshit look at street fighting and self defence.

 

Academy of Combat Newsletter #153


Graduation

The next graduation will be on Saturday the 24th of June at the following times:

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

If you are taking part make sure you register at reception by Thursday the 22nd of June.

Queens Birthday

The Academy will be closed on Monday the 5th of June for Queens Birthday weekend. We will be open again as usual on Tuesday the 6th.

Brown/Black Graduation

The Combat Kids and Freestyle Martial Arts students will have their brown and black belt graduation on Saturday the 1st of July from 12 until 2pm. Come along to watch and support those who are taking part.

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

Breathing

Learning to breathe properly is one of the most important aspects in not only Muay Thai training but any activity that we engage in, from Muay Thai training to singing to sitting an exam or playing Chess.
 The importance of correct breathing is stressed in all martial arts with many of the disciplines utilizing drills and forms to develop the correct breathing technique.
 
It is a major element in the so-called Chi or Ki, an energy that is purported to exist within all living things and that can be harnessed and channeled to enable us to do superhuman acts.
 
While there is no scientific basis to support the existence of Chi, and the stunts demonstrated by it's practitioners can easily be replicated by those of us who understand the trick or physics involved, there is certainly evidence to suggest that breathing correctly and efficiently enables us to concentrate better and control our mental function such that we are more focused.This in turn permits us to perform, seemingly extraordinary acts.
 
When fear starts to take control of us we can often bring ourselves back to a calm and more controllable state of mind by taking deep controlled breathes.
 
Developing the ability to breathe properly dramatically increases endurance enabling you to wear you opposition down. When we start to get tired we are more likely to make mistakes, particularly in combat sports and a fight between two technically equal fighters will often be decided by who is the fittest in respect of endurance, which is directly affected by our breathing.
 
Controlled and forced exhalation during striking or any explosive power movement is essential for generating maximal power. This must be done with short powerful exhalations that utilize rapid contraction of the abdominal muscles, and is often accompanied with a loud yell or kiai.
 
Another aspect of breathing worth consideration, particularly in combat sports, is that our reflexes are faster when we are exhaling and conversely slower when inhaling.

This is due to the mechanism involved in each: Inhalation is a active action requiring the contraction of the diaphragm, whereas, exhalation is passive because it involves the relaxation of the diaphragm.
 
We can therefore utilize an excellent window for attack by developing an awareness of when the opponent has exhaled and then attacking on the inhalation.
 
We must learn to breathe with controlled deep breaths. Breathing in quickly and exhaling slowly and under control.For optimal breathing we must breathe with the diaphragm, this gives us that apparent feeling of abdominal breathing. In addition we must then expand our ribcage by actively lifting our chest up to facilitate a deeper whole thoracic cavity breath. Exhalation should be slow and under control unless power or exertion is required in which case you will exhale in short powerful bursts utilizing your core abdominals to force the breath out.
 
Since breathing is an essential part of our oxygen delivery system we must develop it together with the rest of our cardiovascular system development. The most useful exercise that we can use to do this is running. There are numerous running regimes but for combat sports we must ensure that we include sprinting for the development of the explosiveness that is a major part of fighting. Therefore it is recommended that you run at a good pace for at least 5 - 8 km with several (at least 10) 100 meter sprints include during the run.
 
Dr Geoff, Ph.D.
www.UltimateFightingSystems.com

Summary

  • Correct breathing is essential for maximal effort in any pursuit we undertake form singing and playing chess to fighting Muay Thai or any other combat sport.

  • Train deep, whole thoracic cavity breathing with fast inhalation and slow controlled exhalation.

  • Develop your cardio-vascular fitness with running, particularly sprints for Muay Thai and Mixed Martial Arts.
...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

 

Academy of Combat Newsletter #152


Welcome Back Kids

Welcome back to all our kids martial arts students who have returned from school holidays. We hope you have a great term of training.

Graduation

Well done to everyone who took part in the graduation on Saturday the 29th of March. The standard of technique was very high and it was great to see so many students graduating in MMA.

Brown/Black Graduation

The Combat Kids and young teenage Free-style Martial Arts students will have their brown and black belt graduation on Saturday the 1st of July from 12 until 2pm. Come along to watch and support those who are taking part.

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

Training Round Time Length.

When training our Muay Thai techniques on the pads, shadow-boxing or sparring we train in set round time periods. Traditionally the round length is the same as the length of round that we compete at, i.e. 2 minute rounds for amateurs and 3 minute rounds for professional bouts.

Usually we as Muay Thai trainers extend the length of the rounds to make training harder and to develop fitness and endurance. However, another approach that I take is to shorten the round lengths. This increases the intensity of the training by causing the student to train faster and harder in a more focused manner because of the shorter time periods.

By training this way the Muay Thai drills, although shorter in length, develop faster, more explosive Muay Thai techniques which is what really matters in a fight.

By combining both short intense duration training rounds with longer endurance enhancing rounds we can develop very intense and productive Muay training routines that will really improve your Muay Thai fighting ability.

One of my favorite training regimes is to spar and do pad work in the following sequence:

 Amateur 3 x 2 minute bout

1st round - 30 seconds

2nd round - 1 minute

3rd round - 2 minutes    

4th round - 3 minutes    

5th round - 2 minutes                    

6th round - 1 minute                      

7th round - 30 seconds                 

Professional 5 x 3 minute bout

1st round - 30 seconds

2nd round - 1 minute

3rd round - 2 minutes

4th round - 3minutes

5th round - 4 minutes

6th round - 4 minutes

7th round - 3 minutes

8th round - 2 minutes

9th round - 1 minute

10th round - 30 seconds

This way of training my Muay Thai fighters have been very successful and develops fighters that are fast, explosive, very focused and have the endurance to fight with high intensity for long hard matches.

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

When training our Muay Thai Techniques we often use a system of training where we train for the length of round that we will fight at if we were to have Muay Thai bout.
 
In this newsletter tip we discuss a methodology of training rounds that will provide both intensity and endurance.

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: http://www.LearnSelfDefensePrograms.com/ for a no bullshit look at street fighting and self defence.

 

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.

 

muay thai game
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.

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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



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.

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 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


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

 

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