Category Archives: Martial Arts

The Lead Hook

Lead hand hookWatch this video on YouTube The lead hand hook is tough to learn for a lot of reasons, but the piece that seems to burn most beginners is the pivot. To generate the most power, it is important … Continue reading

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An Introduction to Falling

Falling is one of the most practical skills you gain from training martial arts. It’s not particularly glamorous, but you’re much more likely to slip and fall than you are get into a fistfight or a grappling match out there … Continue reading

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Moving the Armbar from the Dummy to Real Humans

When we teach our youngest students how to do an armbar, we show them on a grappling dummy. It’s safer. It’s quicker. You don’t have to be patient with your partner. However, it leads to a problem: how do you … Continue reading

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Healthy Hamstrings

All those squats, kicks, and triangles can leave the hamstrings haggard and the back bruised. How to cope? Make a plan. Here’s mine, and you’re welcome to steal it wholesale, although I really do recommend amending it to fit your … Continue reading

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Evasion

Evade and counter punchWatch this video on YouTube If you’ve ever sparred, you know one of the most sublime things you can experience is an effortless evasion of your partner’s punch accompanied by your own perfect counterpunch. It’s so sublime … Continue reading

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