SW Portland Martial Arts Blog


July 23rd, 2021

Learning a technique is one thing: you have a compliant partner, you learn the steps and BAM! There it is. Getting a submission against a resisting partner is different. They resist. They try their own counter techniques. They use strength. You get tired. In short, you have to adapt.
For the most part, learning to adapt in BJJ comes through sparring. You gradually learn what works and what doesn’t through trial and error. You learn what sorts of adjustments you have to make, how you have to wait for people to get tired before finishing the move, and all sorts of other details.
However, you can get a step ahead in the adaptation game by learning more than one submission from every dominant position that you know. If, for instance, all you know from rear mount is the rear naked choke, you don’t have any other option except trying to force in that one technique. But, if you have invested the time to learn say, three techniques, then you might have better luck. At worst, when one technique fails, you can switch over to another and at best, you notice which of the three techniques will work best based on how your partner is resisting.
Three isn’t the limit, of course, you might learn half a dozen or more techniques to finish with, but it is a pretty good starting point for learning how to submit a resisting partner (rather than a compliant one.)

What is a Front Kick?

July 2nd, 2021

What is a front kick? I suspect the answer someone will give depends quite a bit on who they are and what use they may (or may not) have for a front kick.

What do I think a front kick is? A general purpose tool for kicking your partner (in sparring) or your opponent (in a fight). My definition describes who I am (someone who coaches a general martial art – Mo Duk Pai) and what use I have for a front kick (sparring and self defense.)

The fun part for me about questions like these is where they lead. I find they often lead you directly to the core philosophy of what you are doing. In that case, that means what you think a front kick is (if you are a martial artist) depends a lot on what the goals of your martial art are. In other words, how you define what a front kick is will define what kind of a martial artist you are.

Fun stuff.

Kid’s Tournament Time

June 25th, 2021

What? A kid’s tournament in the middle of COVID? How is this possible?

We will be holding this summer tournament & picnic outdoors, and welcome families to stay on afterwards to play (in a distanced manner). It seemed like the right solution to the problem. We will still require everyone to wear masks but that should not subtract one iota from the fun that will be had, seeing that we’ve been masked throughout the pandemic anyway.


When: Saturday, July 31 from 10am-noon.
Where: SW Spring Garden Park
What: Forms, Stick sparring, and (if enough people are interested) Point Sparring

Follow this link for more details and to register.

Punch Card Savings

May 23rd, 2021

Looking to skirt the expensive $25 a class drop in fee? Smart move. Buy a 10 class punchcard for $180 and save $70! Wow. These cards are good [only] for any adult class.

These are not valid for our kids program.

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New Mask Policy

May 18th, 2021

Hello internet people.

The Oregon Health Authority has clarified how businesses can navigate the maze of masking that currently confronts us. If you want to see the official document, go here.

Assuming you don’t want to read it, the OHA is basically telling businesses that they can either continue to ask everyone to mask or they can validate vaccination status and then allow those folks who are vaccinated to not wear a mask.

We are choosing to validate vaccination status and allow people to go unmasked if they either show us their physical vaccine card or send us a digital copy. Seems like one step closer to the end of this pandemic.

As a very important note, all kids classes will continue to be masked – all students and all coaches, regardless of vaccination status.

As a equally important side note, if you are uncomfortable being in a class with unmasked people, please let us know when you sign up for class and we will discreetly ask everyone in the class to wear a mask. Don’t hesitate to ask.