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Practice what you can, when you can

Practice to make the most of your training situation Our preferred practice methods may not always be available to us as conditions change: partners become unavailable, facilities downsize, our own schedule alters—any number of reasons may signal changing the focus of our practice may be more useful to our growth. Here’s today’s video on practicing[…]

Is it authentic? Who cares?

A rational look at authenticity People often search for and advertise, “authentic (martial art here).” There are many forms of authenticity, most of which don’t have tremendous value to your life. Let’s look at some: With technique of a past era. So either tactics, tools, requirements, or rules have changed. Maybe the art has become[…]

UFC 200 Nunes

UFC 200 — stacked and sucked

If I weren’t hanging out with people I liked, UFC 200 would have been a miserable time. UFC 200…lots of surprisingly positive write ups. I’m going to dissent. A card that looked good on poster but severely under delivered, with a splash of sideshow for good measure. First thing, great headlining fight. Glad to see:[…]

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Your style and sparring

There is no style without sparring When people hear you do martial arts, the follow up question is usually, “what style?” Generally people mean what style you practice, and you could answer “clover poisoning sheep style,” and they wouldn’t care. But something we should be aware of is whatever style you practice is only somewhat[…]

BJJ black belt

The BJJ black belt is a great idea

The BJJ black belt solution works — just like BJJ does Those familiar with traditional martial arts know that achieving a black belt means you just got out of beginner, or maybe intermediate if it’s a particularly rigorous or large system. And anyone who’s been involved with martial arts for a while also know of[…]

Kick of Legend

How to get good training 2 hours a week

You won’t get good training 2 hours a week, so time to re-calibrate expectations Shit, did I just break my rule about over-promising headlines? If you’re casually training MMA and are only able to make it in twice a week for an hour, what is that, an hour of Muay Thai and an hour of[…]

body hardening by beating

Body hardening. Bullshit.

Body hardening is like buying volcano insurance–if it turns out you need it, you’ve already lost Still on the tail end of sickness, this seems like an apt topic. Like many kung fu enthusiasts, in my youth I explored ways to mimic what we saw on film and those secretive masters behind their red doors[…]