Brave kids, It’s less common to hear these days but an old known fact “Make them brave, not safe” is making a come back.
Brave Kids- The Law
UTAH in the US has just passed a new law making it legal for parents to allow their kids out alone.
Let me repeat that. It’s now legal in UTAH to allow your kids to walk to school or play out on their own.
Why I hear you ask was it ever illegal?
The last few decades we have been guilty of wrapping our kids in cotton wool and its having negative social effects as well as mental health effects.
I’ll be writing in more depth about that this year as ive been deep in study covering this subject and i have a lot to say.
Brave Kids – Illusions?
Making kids safe is an illusion or at best massively misunderstood. For example, why did injuries in car accidents go up when baby seats were made law?
It is of course instinctive to make them safe but we do it at a cost. I’m not talking taking stupid risks here. Wear a helmet on your bike and be sensible, but take risks, you have to take risks.
We have thousands of stories and classic literature warning us of the dangers of the overbearing parent. There are fantastic tales with archetypal characters that represent the human psyche. The world is full of these stories, from Disney to Buddhism the warnings are there.
Brave Kids – Build them
So finally in UTAH, parents can let their children walk to school without being arrested. This shouldn’t be news, this shouldn’t be happening. The fact that it is, happens to be both good and bad. Good its happening, bad it ever was.
I wouldn’t normally post an advert, I despise most marketing (except my own) but this video has a great message
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.
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 – 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.
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.
So after 8 weeks of gruelling training, 40 fighters stepped into the ring and boxed it out for charity
This is our (Function First’s) seventh event working with the UWCB crew and as always it’s been an amazing experience
The event at Deans leisure centre on Monks Rd in Lincoln was, as always a sellout event and from 6 pm to 10 pm we had 20 fights. Some people had never put a pair of gloves on prior to training with us, which is a fantastic achievement.
This event the fighters raised nearly £10,000 for Cancer Research UK meaning UWCB is the largest donor to the charity. At Lincoln alone, we have raised over £50,000 in the last couple of years and nationwide over £8.000.000 YEP 8 Million pounds
The next UWCB event begins in July with fight night early September so get signed up if your interested
Massive respect to all those who took part, some life changing moments for sure
Not everyone in the martial arts is a beginner. There are those that have been in the martial arts for some time. While they have not yet reached the level of an expert, they do possess more knowledge than the average student. These would be those persons that have been involved in the martial arts for five or so years. They have a strong love for the arts, but that love can sometimes wane.
What can you do if your once very beloved hobby is now starting to become a tad boring? This is not very likely if you are training at Function First Martial arts Lincoln, but we appreciate that the artistic temperament can have its ups and downs; and occasionally your interest can wain a little.
Do not fret too much. There are a few simple things you can do to make martial arts a bit more exciting and invigorating again.
Private lessons with Martial arts Lincoln
Taking a private lesson can often help stimulate renewed interest. Sometimes, group classes become dull because they may not be catering to your needs. If you have been doing martial arts for five years and everyone in the class only has a single year, you may feel a little left out. A private lesson will focus on your needs and yours alone. This can have a hugely positive effect on how you train and allows you to become a little more enthusiastic again.
Take a break from martial arts Lincoln
Take a little time off. This might seem like one of the weirdest suggestions for improvement in the martial arts. Why would anyone wish to take time off from training if the goal was to get more out of one’s training time? The answer is there will be instances where training without a break can lead you to become short sighted about your sessions. This is not a good thing which is why it is suggested to take a break now and then. After a month off, you might find yourself very enthused about starting your lessons with martial arts lincoln once again.
Become an assistant with martial arts Lincoln
Offer your services as an assistant instructor. Senior students commonly are responsible for these duties. Your instructor might not know you are interested in such responsibilities unless you inform him. Working as an assistant instructor has many benefits and values. Among them would be the notion you can review material as you instruct. This will enhance your ability to learn immensely.
Blog about your experiences. Finding your creative muse is not commonly suggested as a way to enhance your learning in the martial arts. However, writing your notes on a blog may help bring a little lost enthusiasm about your training.
None of these steps are all that difficult and they can all contribute greater to getting more joy out of your training once again.
For both kids and adults, there are certain predators that you never want to deal with. Those violent persons that enjoy violence are among the worst of the worst to deal with. The mugger may take your money and leave. Social violence can often be diffused easily in some cases. Dealing with someone prone to violence and willing to inflict a high level of violence leaves you with no options but to defend yourself.
Basically, the assailant is not giving you any other option. Your person and your life may be threatened by such a predator.
There may be ways of warding off such a person. Yelling at him to stop in a firm and sound voice could draw the attention of other people. That means witnesses and the predator does not want to deal with witnesses. He definitely does not want to deal with a mob that is interested in inflicting violence.
Predators like to pick on easy victims
You can also look the part of a non-victim. How can this be achieved? If you have a strong, confident posture, you are, most likely, not someone easily picked on. A person training seriously in the martial arts ends up with a look and a physique that probably gives off a sense of being strong and physically capable. Predators may choose to avoid selecting you as a victim. Even the worst of the worst predators might opt to leave you alone.
However, you have to be prepared and skilled to deal with an attack by a predator.
Defending against a predator
When you are involved in a physical confrontation with someone, you are supposed to use the proper amount of a response to nullify the threat. With social violence, a restraint hold may be enough. In seriously violent situations, you may have to, for lack of a better term, knock the assailant out so you can escape. This is not necessarily easy.
It would be ludicrous to infer that there are any simple or easy solutions to dealing with a serious predator that can be put into a written article. You will have to train with an instructor. In your training, you will want to be involved with a program that helps increase your cardio and strength levels and you also want training that teaches you how to deal with the contact of an altercation. Without these two components, you might not find your ability to defend yourself workable.
Martial Arts Lincoln – A little practice is better than none
There is an old saying and it goes along the lines of something is better than nothing. This is certainly true for those part-time martial artists that might have a very limited window to practice. A common mistake many will make is they assume their schedule is so busy, they cannot invest the time to hone their skills. In truth, they probably have a lot more time than they believe. The reason is they are likely assuming they need much more time to train than they actually do. At martial arts lincoln we appreciate not everyone has the time to train all day, every day.
Formula for successful training – Martial Arts Lincoln
At martial arts lincoln we have a very simple formula when it comes to training in the martial arts
If you train three hours a day every day for a week, that is a lot more training than a person training one hour a week. One hour a week is more than not training at all.
The problem many busy students of the martial arts suffer from is they assume that if they do not get a full 21 hours a week to train, they opt not to train at all. That means they eliminate that one hour of training per week. One hour is a lot! It end up being 52 hours a year. That is definitely much, much better than nothing. Yet, many will opt for nothing because they do not have an hour a week. Well, they do, they just do not realize it.
Yes, there are those that simply do not have one full uninterrupted hour to train during the week. However, it might not be hard to invest five minutes in the morning and five minutes at night six days out of the week. This will give you the full one hour you are seeking.
Get the most out of your training – martial arts Lincoln
This might seem a little odd since it reflects so very little training time. Now, no one is suggesting this is the best way to train for a UFC main event. For the average person wishing to get the most out of his or her martial arts studies, those short training sessions can contribute to overall proper development. The goal here is to try and squeeze in a few workouts now and then so the cumulative effect of the workout ends up yielding good results.
You also eliminate a lot of down time. You might end up being very busy for five months and then discover your schedule is free once again. Why let that five months go to waste. There is certainly no reason to dismiss even a few minutes of your time since all your workouts can contribute to improvements in your overall self-defence and self-confidence.
At martial arts lincoln we encourage you to use your time wisely, and squeeze in a little training when you can.
Can keeping a journal of you martial arts training prove to be a wise idea for those interested in achieving their goals? It certainly would be more beneficial than not having one!
In all seriousness, keeping a journal is a worthwhile pursuit. Simply going to class and being in the moment will definitely help you develop a tremendous amount of skill. However, there is SO much material covered in class time over the course of several years, it would be next to impossible to remember everything that was taught. Consider this a good reason to keep a journal of your martial arts training.
There are three major components to a journal:
This does not mean the journal is locked solely into these three components. You can add any other items to it you wish. These three sections are probably the most important because they cover the bulk of the territory found in the actual class sessions.
Martial arts training goals
Goals reflect what you wish to achieve in the actual class. Goals can be short term and long term. A simple short term goal would be to see your kicks greatly improve over the course of three months. Long term goals could be to place high or outright win a national tournament. Goals are important to write down and chart the progress of because when you have not given clear thoughts to your goals, you end up wondering more than a bit aimlessly without any direction.
Technical information in your martial arts training
The technical information section is important because you will learn a lot of material over the course of a single month of training. Imagine what you might end up learning over the course of five years. You would never be able to remember the bulk of the material which is why keepful a journal of all the technical material you learn in class is valuable. Who knows? You might end up with a near encyclopedia of information before your martial arts career is finished.
Personal reflections may be dismissed by some, but they really should not be. There will be quite a number of special thoughts that pop into your head during your training. If you do not get into the habit of writing these things down, you will end up forgetting them. Losing your many reflections about the art(s) you are studying would be a shame when all it may take is five minutes to type them up on your laptop. You may even wish to review these items one day when the time comes to reflect on your past experiences in your martial arts training.
It is not physical limitations that can undermine a person’s ability to get the most out of martial arts training. The problems people run into are psychological or attitude based.
Physical limitations can often be overcome or worked around. Strength can be enhanced and so can cardio. Really, there are no serious physical limitations present when training for fun and hobby. Yes, a student will want to get better and might become frustrated with the experience. However, a dose of reality can help someone get right back on track and capable of succeeding with training.
However, if a person is not able to get his mind in the right direction, the person will completely damage his or her ability to succeed. If someone is suffering from any level of self-doubt, solace can be taken from the notion others suffer from similar feelings and do overcome them.
One common reason why people do not succeed in their martial arts training is they get the feeling they should be somewhere else doing something more important. It could be said that the attitude a person gets about training is that too much time is being spent on things that are not important. Such an attitude might be a very unfair one to take. Yes, there will be times when martial arts training does need to take a background role to other important pursuits in life.
That said, to have such an overarching attitude towards martial arts training would be a very unwise approach. All you might be doing with such an attitude would be drawing yourself out of the training that might be vital to your life.
Another common error many make is they get the notion in their head they just are not good enough or do not really belong. Such an attitude is the result of simply being too hard on oneself. There really is not reason to allow subconscious feelings about how skilled on as to be to totally undermine the ability to succeed at martial arts training.
Boredom might not the most common of all negative states of mind a person might have about the arts. Training the same way with the same goals all the time can create a sense of boredom. Making a few changes, even minor ones, can have an overall positive change on one’s martial arts training sessions.
You really have to be careful about how you perceive your training. The wrong attitude might undermine the outlook towards martial arts training. If you change your attitude in a positive manner, your approach towards your training just might improve immensely.