Kickboxing Muay Thai Lincoln Seminar

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Kickboxing Muay Thai Lincoln Seminar

Kickboxing Muay Thai Lincoln Seminar

Kickboxing Muay Thai Lincoln Seminar – Fight Team

Matt Chapman returned to deliver his Kickboxing & Muay Thai work for the Function First fight team and members.

The first hour was specifically for the fight team where we looked at kick and punch setups.

Lots of detail such as angles for the fakes and faints to land those shots. Matt has a very diverse background in martial arts and decades of knowledge. He kept the fight team on their toes with a fast-paced delivery with a fantastic structured approach that followed on.

Kickboxing Muay Thai Lincoln Seminar – Tailored

The work covered meant each fight team member could pick one or two things that fitted with their body type and fighting style. The idea of this session was not to remember every single detail but to remember what fits for the individual.

Everyone’s game lifted and we all took something from it to work on and add to our game

Kickboxing Muay Thai Lincoln Seminar – Members

Matt started with basic pad drills to see where the member’s levels had got to since he last coached here 18 months ago. The feedback was fantastic, he seemed pleasantly surprised at the increase in skill and ability since his last visit.

The hot and sweaty two-hour session covered liver shots and setups where we landed hooks, knees and round kicks to the liver

Then onto kick combinations that had everyone moaning in pain as the hip flexor muscles felt like they were about to leave the body.

We then looked at superman punch setups. Superman fake to over with a couple of different angles and superman fake to knees and kicks which were a lot of flying fun.

Kickboxing Muay Thai Lincoln Seminar – Summary

Matts delivery was seamless and well structured and we look forward to having him back next year.

Feedback from members was great so happy days

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Martial Arts Breed Violence?

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Martial Arts Breed Violence?

Poppycock 

Martial Arts Breed Violence, this is something we hear a lot.

martial arts breed violence

Often dad brings the kids along and raises concerns that mum believes Martial Arts Breed Violence.

It’s simply not true, ok there might be a small percentage of children that confuse the message early on. Though with good coaching this will be dealt with quickly, and yes, of course, there is always the exception.

Psychopaths make up 1% of the population so knowing that, one in a hundred, well maybe Military school ASAP.

Martial Arts Breed Violence – Play Circuit

Dr. Jaak Panksepp, a neuroscientist, psychologist and psychobiologist has written extensively about the importance of play. He discovered the motivations that the play circuit develops in kids and adults.

Some believe this work to be so important a discovery that the Nobel prize is fitting.

Martial arts develops the play circuit in children and adults. Rough and tumble play clearly defines the differences between aggression and assertiveness. While playing, supervised as in a martial arts classroom setting. Or alone with friends, an extremely important distinction. Children learn what boundaries are acceptable to the group and what is aggression and what is assertiveness.

Martial Arts Breed Violence – Ethics

Play also develops ethics. Martial arts develops ethics and fair play. Games, the classroom, the dojo. Well, there are rules, mostly unspoken otherwise the academy would be wall to wall posters and rules and that’s not much fun for anyone.

Over time the rules of the group, the culture become clear. People that don’t abide by the rules or ethics generally are not accepted into the group. We do get a few of these in the club every now and then, they simply find another club where their behaviour is acceptable, and that’s how society functions.

From street gangs to Olympic teams, the culture of the group dictates.

Martial Arts Breed Violence – Nonsense

No, is basically the answer to “Do Martial Arts Breed Violence”?

But we get it, on the surface, it can appear as if it does.

Remember – It’s better to be a warrior in the garden than a gardener on the battlefield. 

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Brave Kids

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Brave Kids

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

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

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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.

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White Collar Boxing June 2017

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Boxing Charity Event

Huge Success

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

 

 

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How to Keep Getting Value Out of the Martial Arts – Martial Arts Lincoln

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Tips to get the most from Martial Arts Lincoln

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.

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The Absolute Worst Predators to Deal With: A Guide for Martial Artists

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Bullies are predators

Bullies are predatorsFor 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.

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A Little Bit of Practice Goes a Long Way – Martial arts Lincoln

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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 trainMartial arts traininging 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.

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