SW Portland Martial Arts Blog

Self Defense and Martial Arts

April 4th, 2017

Sometimes people want to study martial arts.  Sometimes people want to take a self defense class.  We’re fine with that.  We offer self defense seminars.  We offer martial arts classes.  We think that, long term, martial arts provides students with a thorough understanding of practical self defense.  We think that regular training helps students understand their capacity in terms of what threats they can realistically handle because they’ve gotten enough feedback from drills and against the active resistance of their partners.  We think that self defense seminars are fabulous at introducing students to actual threats that exist in the real world and giving them some basic physical and mental skills to cope with those threats.

So if you are interested a self defense seminar, check out our new Self Defense tab.  If you want martial arts, check out our Martial Arts tab.  We’re here to help, either way.

Get up!

February 22nd, 2017

How much grappling is a Mo Duk Pai student expected to know?  As a starting point, for an orange sash, the student should be able to fall safely, get an untrained opponent (of their same size) off of them, and be able to stand up quickly and safely from the ground.

Tonight in class we drilled two of those ideas – falling safely and getting up quickly off the ground.  Falling safely means knowing how to sit down and reach towards the ground with your hips (and not try and break your fall by reaching with your hands. Getting up quickly and safely means being able to stand while a partner is taking swipes at you and not get knocked out – the technical standup is a great tool for this.

The video shows two students taking turns falling over safely and then standing up quickly and safely.  Hopefully that helps clarify (some) of the expected ground game competency we expect from an orange sash in Mo Duk Pai.


January 18th, 2017

Functional movements.  Yes.  Most of the time in CrossFit we do big movements like the clean and the burpee – movements that translate to real life motions.  That’s good.  Let’s keep doing that.

But sometimes it is valuable to break things down into simplier movements.  Sometimes it is valuable to target an area.  The reason could be to prevent an injury or to shore up a weakness.  It’s okay.  If you’ve got crappy elbows try doing some bicep curls.  You can do those and still be a CrossFitter… they aren’t against the law.

The video shows a couple accessory movements – the one legged KB deadlift and the Cuban press.  Try them.  If they help you, great.  If they don’t, no worries.

Tight Hips?

January 17th, 2017

What to do about tight hips?  Well, probably lots of things but here are a coutlet things that have helped me and I’ve seen work for other people as well.  These two moves, the boxed pigeon and the death stretch, work particularly well together.  They create some sort of double whammy loosening on rusty hip joints.

My advice is to do 2 minutes on each side for both these moves.  Do some squats before and after and see if it makes any difference in terms of your ease of movement.  If it does, maybe stick with these two moves for a while.  If it doesn’t… don’t.  Mobility work is all about finding out what works for you.  Steal from others but only keep what gives yo7 positive results.

January Martial Arts Deal!

December 31st, 2016

Fist to faceTo ring in the new year we are offering a month of adult Martial Arts for only $25 for new students.  This means anyone ages 13 and up can sign up for a month of classes and save $55.

Here’s how it works: fill out your name below and then click on the PayPal button below to pay $25.  Once you’ve done that, you can come in anytime and start your month of training.  You don’t have to print anything out, as we will be sent an email with your name on it when you pay.  If you love the training, we will tell you about how to sign up.  If you don’t, there is no obligation to continue.

If you want to purchase this deal for a friend, you’re welcome to – simply enter their name in the field below and then use your information to pay.  This offer will only be available in January for purchase but you may redeem the offer anytime in 2017.

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