SW Portland Martial Arts Blog

What will Martial Arts classes look like?

June 10th, 2020

How in the heck will we do martial arts class when we can’t have partners? We’ll be offering a “striking skills” class and a “grappling skills” class. What are those?

Striking skills class will be putting on some gloves and doing bag work. Kicks, punches, elbows, that kind of fun stuff. We’ll work technique and we’ll get sweaty. You should sign up here. Watch this video to see what it looks like.

Grappling skills will be rolling around on the floor, falling, and practicing techniques in the air. We will get sweaty. You should sign up here. Watch this video to see what it looks like.

Hope that helps!

Day 84: Grappling Skill Preview

June 6th, 2020

Today I made a video trying to capture what the “grappling skills” classes will look like when we re-open. If you’re wondering if you should attend, check it out, see if it is for you!

Day 83: Uncertainty

June 5th, 2020

You don’t get to choose how your partner reacts. The more you train, the better you become at guessing what your partner will do, but you’re never sure. The more you train, the better you are at limiting your partner’s actions and making them more predictable. And yet, you never know.

In kid’s class, we explored the fighting principle of uncertainty. I think it becomes easier when you admit you don’t know that things are uncertain, admit that it is scary, and then try to solve the problem none the less. And in the context of training, it helps if you make things into a fun game, so that when you guess wrong, you can laugh and learn.

For CrossFit class, I goofed around with the hollow hold. Because, I mean really, how much is there to learn from holding the hollow position? Okay, a lot. But it is more fun if you rock side to side and move around your feet and just generally goof off… sometimes.

Check out the weekly internal martial arts class.

Day 82: Active versus Passive

June 4th, 2020

The fighting principle of active versus passive is deceptively simple. Surely it is better to be active rather than passive? Not always. There are many situations which are actually best solved by doing nothing. Neither is being passive better than being active. There are many situations which are best solved by taking action.

Aside from that double talk, martial techniques often start from understanding the passive and then moving to the active. Before you can throw really cool active punches, it helps if you know where to put your cover hands passively. So we explored passive covers versus active covers today in kid’s class.

In striking class, Dug explored the shin block. It’s not passive, but often, when working solo combinations, it’s easy to overlook defense. Don’t get passive and fall into the groove of just punching and kicking when you solo train. Defend.

For CrossFit class, we worked the big toe balance during the skill work. What a weird combination of passively standing still while actively pushing in different directions in order to stay still. Fun.

Day 81: Leading Centers

June 3rd, 2020

When you watch someone punch, what do you see move first? Their fist? Their foot? Their hip?

Often, when someone strikes, they will move their head, shoulder, or hip. Those are the leading centers. So if you want to fake someone out, you might try twitching one of your leading centers. See if they react to your twitchery. If they do, you might be able to use leading center fakes on them. Also, you might be able to “mute” your own leading centers so that your sparring partners won’t see your strikes coming.

Explore the idea in kid’s class.

Explore the idea via CrossFit class with thrusters. We don’t have to hide our leading centers in fitness movements. Power through the hips. Every rep.

Explore the idea in grappling class. Don’t lift with the arm… lift with the hips – the stronger leading center.

And then go off on a tangent and clinch with your heavy bag with my YouTube video.