Shadow Training Martial Arts

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Shadow Training Martial Arts

Ways to train – Shadow Training Martial Arts

Shadow Training Martial Arts

Shadow Training Martial Arts – Introduction

Last week we discussed flow drills, this week we’ll look at shadow training. An important part of martial arts training, well not just martial arts. Many other sports and high achievers use this method of training. Some were doing so several hundred years ago.

If you’re interested in the history of martial arts and combat then check out this. Written by a Miyamoto Musashi who retreated to a cave in 1643 and wrote The Book of Five Rings, a manifesto on swordsmanship, strategy, and winning for his students and generations of samurai to come, he created one of the most perceptive and incisive texts on strategic thinking ever to come from Asia.

Its a wonderful timeless book and he incorporates shadow training into his regime. Now he won 400 or so sword fights so im trusting it as a valuable tool on that alone. But seriously, science has this backed up and well proven these days.

Shadow Training Martial Arts – Why we do

Shadow training develops the mind, you can shadow train calm, slow and methodical like a Tai Chi master. Or you can go full blown Tyson, who was incredibly intense with his shadow fighting.

Video linked below, i’ve linked a video of myself too so you can see my style of shadow training for self defence.

Your mind does not know the difference between shadow training and the real thing. You are building the neural pathways while doing so. Do this enough and do this well. Then come the fight or sparring session your brain thinks you have been there many times before.

Shadow Training Martial Arts – It’s not easy

Now if you are not such a visual person its not so easy but still worth while. Olympic athletes and professional sports people from bob sleigh to formula 1 use this method in their training. 

It’s a damn good work out too, no excuses either. No training partner? No problem, put a pad on one hand and a glove on the other and go mental for 2 minute rounds. You will be on your knees gasping for air if you give it all. 

 

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Martial Arts Flow Drills

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Martial Arts Flow Drills

Martial arts flow drills are but one way, there are multiple ways to train martial arts and over the next few weeks I’ll cover some of them.

All are useful, some you’ll prefer. But don’t just stick with the ones you like. Get out of your comfort zone and grind it out.

Martial Arts Flow Drills

Martial Arts Flow Drills – Tools to enhance

Flow drills can be used in all arts, kickboxing, Jiu-Jitsu, Self defence and so on.

What I personally like about flow drills is once you have the drill memorised. You have the freedom to flow and see opportunities inside the work. When you are shown new work, techniques etc, you are too busy just trying to remember where your hands should be or remember to breathe. If you train you know what I mean eh.

Martial Arts Flow Drills – The basics

I’ll use a Self-defence MMA example here.

In pairs, it would go something like this. Strikes, takedown, ground position, counter, strikes on ground, submission, escape, back to feet. REPEAT left and right reference.

Now we have the flow we can begin to study

Martial Arts Flow Drills – Study time

Once the drill basics are memorised you are free to flow. Now once you are flowing you’ll see things appear. Your mind free’s up enabling you to see things you’d normally miss.

It’s a wonderful learning experience if you relax and go with it. Now finding a great training partner who’s not trying to crush you is the hardest bit.

Martial Arts Flow Drills – Royalise it all as my BJJ coach John Will says

We have the flow drill, we are finding things we couldn’t see before. Now what?

Now we take out one part of the drill, say an armbar. We work on the armbar until every detail is world class. We drill it in isolation thousands of times.

Then when its Olympic gold standard we drop it back into the flow drill. A wonderful thing now happens. The rest of the drill looks shabby in comparison. Like when you buy a new pair of shoes and your clothes look scruffy, the nightmare of many an old punk rocker. So what to do?

Royalise the lot, over time you make the flow drill world class, do that and hey presto you’re getting good.

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Next week Chaos drills followed by shadow drills

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How Gradings Work

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How Gradings Work

How Gradings Work

How Gradings Work – At Function First Martial Arts

Every now and then a student will ask about gradings. Or why there are people in an advanced group and they are not. We figure if one is asking then many more are thinking the same. So we feel we’re not getting the message across well enough.

Heres an attempt to address that

How Gradings Work – Process

Grades are every three months

Year 1 = Yellow – Red – Orange – Green Grades

Year 2 = Blue and above grades

Little Vipers age 5-8. This is nice and simple, we don’t pressure the kids at this age too much. Vipers need to complete twelve classes, so once a week between grades.

Cadets aged 9-14.

Year one is like the little vipers. Once a week meaning twelve classes between grades is sufficient.

Year 2. Now we ramp up the pressure a little. In year two cadets really need to be training twice a week and averaging 24 classes between grades. Kids who train once a week at this level struggle to retain the information so we grade them every 6-9 months. Unfortunately they fall behind a little, and this often develops into a defeatist attitude. They often seem to lose interest and leave. If we look at all our year three cadets virtually 100% of them train two or more times a week. Those who stick with it the longest are the ones who experience the growth and benefits.

Adults. All adult classes require a minimum of 2 classes a week to grade.

It is worth pointing out that those that train twice a week develop the skills at a much faster rate than those who train once a week. We have some kids that train 6 hours a week and compete, I think it goes without saying. Their confidence and attitude are unlike other kids of their age. They are formidable capable young people who walk shoulders back and head held high.

How Gradings Work – What counts?

Class attendance is important as it develops good habits. Though this alone is not enough, we grade on attitude and work ethic.

In year one for all our students, we are fairly relaxed. We want you to figure out if this is something you wish to take seriously. The work becomes more complex in year two and one class a week is no longer sufficient to remember the work.

Now we understand that some simply cannot make it in more than once a week. If it’s other hobbies getting in the way or were getting in the way of other hobbies. Then we advise picking one and studying deep as the benefits are profound if you allow them to be.

Of course one hour a week is better than none, though two hours a week is a 100% improvement. Twice the growth in a year, well actually it’s like compound interest. It exponentially develops so you end up accelerating your learning at a much faster rate over time.

Exactly the same as if you put £100 a week into a savings account and I put £200 in. After one year I would have more than double because of interest, over time this makes a massive difference.

A £10,000 investment with a 20% return each month over 3 years earns you over £20,000,000 yes 20 million pounds.

Martial arts repetitions are exactly the same.

How Gradings Work – Don’t grade?

So if you don’t grade then you stay in year one of our syllabus and repeat the same work. This, of course, is fine, it just means you never get to progress to the more complex work and close quarter clinch work of the kickboxing for example.

Once you have completed all four grades you move into the next group and cover the more advanced work from the syllabus.

Its an old cliche but there is some truth to it. Jack of all trades master of none.

Master one and you have insight into the self that others do not. You grasp concepts and see patterns that give you an edge in life.

Off The Mats As On

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Kickboxing Fight Team

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Kickboxing Fight Team

Oh and grappling, we did that too, oh and MMA

Kickboxing Fight Team

Kickboxing Fight Team – Out In Leeds

Firstly thanks to Fightstar and thanks to all the opponents we matched up with.

The team were out at the weekend sporting the colours and representing well.

Six of the team competed in both K1, MMA and grappling

Ash, currently our youngest member had a great fight with a good matchup.

Kickboxing Fight Team – Mixed Martial Artists

Most of our team compete in various arts and Sunday was a great example of that.

Jumping from a Kickboxing K1 comp into an MMA comp or from a Grappling comp into a K1 comp is pretty normal for our crew.

The team were also willing to stand in at any opportunity for fighters that had no match ups which as a coach makes me very proud. Its all for the fun of the sport, no ego’s just fun and the pure enjoyment of combat and testing oneself.

Kickboxing Fight Team – Missed Opportunities

Think about it, your learning to fight and your in a room with 150 people looking to do the same.

If you get offered the opportunity why would you say no?

Of course, if you’re injured then take a seat. But if your fit and no excuses then take them when you can.

Were talking interclub level here, so the set up is geared towards learning and competing safely. These are not Rocky Balboa car crashes.

Kickboxing Fight Team – Sparring sessions

The interclubs we take our novice fighters to, like this one Fightstar, a well run show aimed at giving novices some experience. The idea is to build confidence and not destroy it on your first outing.

The interclubs are like sparring session that you would normally do in the club., But you are in a new town, new faces, a crowd and an opponent you have never met.

It’s all aimed at building you up

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2018 White Collar Boxing

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2018 White Collar Boxing

2018 White Collar Boxing at Function First Lincoln

2018 White Collar Boxing

2018 White Collar Boxing – The bar has been set

So in 2017 we received the above certificate from Cancer Research UK. It was a fantastic year for the white collar boxing in Lincoln. With £31,000 raised for the charity in one year, we now have a new goal to meet, the bar has been set.

2018 White Collar Boxing – Season 1

The first event this year has been scheduled for Saturday 14th April at the Deans leisure centre on Monks road.

Were expecting to be busy with upwards of fifty lunatics making it through to the end and fighting for a great cause.

2018 White Collar Boxing – Get Involved

If you’re interested in a new challenge, something to really take you out of your comfort zone then get in touch with the UWCB organisation and secure your place for this seasons event.

You’ll meet lots of inspiring people going through the same doubts and worries as you. The fight is the 8 week journey to the show. The event itself is over in minutes. But the entire journey can have a positive impact on your life forever if you let it.

2018 White Collar Boxing – Who’s this for?

If you have never boxed before, never even put a pair of boxing gloves on. Then you won’t be alone, it’s mostly people like you.

Boxed before? great, you know what to expect.

There’s a great mix of people from young to not so young. From athletic fit gym bods to never left the couch and love pizza. Everyones on those mats for one reason, to raise money for a great cause, no one is judged, no one is left out.

2018 White Collar Boxing

Make 2018 a year to look back on, do something uncomfortable. 

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Boxing Headguards

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Boxing Headgaurds

The Myths

Boxing Headguards – not what most think

boxing headguards

Boxing Headguards – The Simple Truth

The international boxing commision say concussions went down 43% when they removed head guards

Headguruards in Boxing and other martial arts are mainly used for stopping cuts and the clash of heads. This is actually a great use for them, but the myth seems to be that they stop head trauma.

This is not true, if you punch someone hard in the head the brain still moves around with or without a headguard on.

In fact many experts believe the headguard actually increases the brain movement, see the video below.

There you go, that’s it. Now let’s look at why and how to train safely

Boxing Headguards – Train Skillfully

So this is how we train Boxing at Function First Lincoln, in fact, all our martial arts are trained like this.

We decided many years ago to adjust the way we train and the school of hard knocks is just not our way. Don’t misunderstand that last statement, we train hard and we go hard especially when prepping for a fight show.

One thing is this though, once you get used to being punched in the head then there is little if any benefit of being punched in the head any more.

Boxing Headguards – Schools of thought

There are different schools of thought on this. Some professional fighters don’t spar at all and some go 100% every session.

We work on a 100 to 1 ratio and we alter it a little when you have a fight coming up.

100 sparring sessions where you train technique and skill to one heavy session.

Boxing Headguards – Skill over Power

We believe its much more useful and safer to develop skill and control of your strikes. Find your targets while skillfully tagging your training partner means you can go to work the next day without looking like you have been in a car crash. In fact, you don’t need to feel like you have been in one either.

Boxing Headguards – See This Video for some information

 

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Function First Black Belts

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Function First Black Belts

We Reward Hard Work

Function First Black Belts – We Give Back

So if you’re a Black Belt with us you’ve been training for a few years

You have shown commitment and loyalty and we recognise how important that is in the world

Because we value these attributes we reward them

Function First Black Belts – Free Training

Once you receive your Black Belt you are invited to join our Black Belt club

We upgrade you for free to the BB Club

Now unlike most other clubs, this is not something we charge extra for, we do not ask you to pay when you have shown true commitment.

Saturdays are Black Belt training days. We meet at 2.30 pm and train until 4 pm

We upgrade you for free to the Black Belt Club, our gift to you for what we consider to be important values in the world. 

Function First Black Belts – Skill Development

We coach you how to develop your own work, a much-neglected area in the arts.

Learning how to create drills that flow logically and with natural progressive movement is an important skill that can be transferred to the rest of life

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Function First Black Belts – Invisible doors

We believe in life invisible doors open for those who act with passion and commitment. We believe that unless the organisation is corrupt this is an integral feature of the working world.

We are all surrounded by invisible doors, they open when least expected but there are factors at play that open them. People talk about you, people notice behaviours

 

These are the keys to the invisible doors

By rewarding hard work and certain behaviours we believe we are preparing people for the real world and sending a positive message to all involved, kids and adults.

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Free Training All December

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Free Training All December

Possibly the greatest offer on Earth

In fact, it’s Gargantuan 

(i try and squeeze that word in all the time, it never seems to quite fit)

  • No Nonsense
  • No Tricks
  • No Sneaky Sales
  • Kids & Adults

Simply Sign up to our wonderful classes all listed above in the main menu and we will give you all of December absolutely FREE

First payment will be for January 2018

In fact, we will upgrade you to our unlimited training package.

This means you can train in any classes you wish all December

Boom it never ends, NO licence fee to pay from now until April 2018. This is an annual fee of £25

So You Will Get

  • Free Training In December
  • On our Unlimited Package
  • Plus no licence fee to pay until April 2018
  • First payment due January 2018 for regular classes
  • And we’ll also give you a free trial to see what you think
  • Kids & Adults

Call Paula on 01522 543 787 to book your free trial

 

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Stress Levels In Training

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Stress Levels In Training

Stress Levels In Training – A vital area to manage

Stress Levels In Training

 

Stress Levels In Training – An Overview

Stress has its uses in combat, unfortunately, stress has a bad rap these days.

Not enough stress can lead to underperformance in sport and in self-defence can lead to disaster.

Too much stress leads to a shut down of the senses and reflexes. So both ends of the scale are not helpful for combat.

As martial artists, we need to find the sweet spot and that lies around 140BPM heart rate.

Stress Levels In Training – Optimal training

Now if you were about to play Chopin on a piano you need a low heart rate. This is complex motor/muscle movements. You need to be very relaxed

If you were about to deadlift 200 KG you can be at the other end of the scale. This is a gross motor/muscle skill

As mentioned, we martial artists need to be in the middle for optimal performance. 

Stress Levels In Training – Controlling emotion

There are a few tools you can use to help control heart rate. Here are 2.

  1. Meditation – This can help to not get caught up in the emotion. Meditation is an amazing tool to develop mental strength. You see your thoughts and you recognise you are not thinking them. You then develop the skill to not attach to them. Stress levels can go through the roof when confronted by an opponent or a threat. To focus and calm the mind with skills developed through meditation gives you a huge advantage
  2. Sparring – This is sort of obvious though there are a few schools of thought on this. We basically work like this. 100 training sessions are light technical sparring and 1 session is tough intense sparring. So we operate a 100/1 ratio in our sparring classes. This helps develop the skills needed to spar safely and build confidence. After that its simply more time on the mats sparring, keeping that ego in check. Not getting too stressed and overwhelmed.

Stress Levels In Training

We hope this was helpful, in the end there are no shortcuts. More time on the mats surrounded by the right people builds confidence. This helps with stress levels and this improves not only combat but in all of life when mastered.

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If you’d like a free trial in any of our classes give Paula a call on 01522 543 787

 

 

 

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Beginners MMA Classes

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Beginners MMA Classes

Built On Rock

Beginners MMA classes at Function First Lincoln

beginners mma classes

Beginners MMA Classes – Position Before Submission

Our beginners MMA classes cover the fundamental positions in Ju Jitsu, MMA and the grappling arts. You won’t be alone, training with other beginners building confidence together.

You will work on basic positions, this is vital. Being able to flow through the positions without thinking is key.  Once you can do this then we can pressure test each position. Can you hold your partner in a position so they cannot escape?

Once you can hold them still, now you can look at submissions. Armbars, chokes, kimuras etc all become much easier once you can hold someone still.

Beginners MMA Classes – Cross Training

As MMA is a complex art to learn. We divide our classes up into striking and groundwork. The striking classes include 20% takedowns so we end up on the ground. This is where you study the fascinating ground game in our Ju-Jitsu classes.

MMA requires an understanding of all combat areas that you will learn in the beginner MMA classes. Striking is, of course, a huge part of MMA. Learning how to enter into the clinch range would be another. As would be stopping your opponent entering into the clinch range. Defending takedowns and initiating takedowns all on your own terms. This is all covered in the beginner MMA classes.

Beginner MMA Classes – Outcomes

We have students train for various reasons. The main reason being confidence and nothing, we believe builds confidence quite like a combat sport. Others train to get fit and a fun healthy activity. Others train because MMA being a complex game stimulates the mind. It really is a thinking person’s sport. Of course, some train to compete but this is something we don’t force or require.

If you are happy training a few hours a week to study the art in martial art then we are just as happy as you are.

We hope this puts your mind at rest, we understand it can be quite daunting taking up a combat sport

STUFF WORTH LOOKING AT ON OUR SITE

We always offer a free trial in all our classes and we always advise trying out a few other clubs too. Never buy the first car you test drive

Call Paula on 01522 543 787 to arrange a trial

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