Safe, Reality Based Training
I’ll be honest, there are no bad martial arts. Really, all of them have merit. The thing is, what do you plan to do with the art you are learning? Most people who sign up for a martial art are interested in a few things:
1. Character Development: This would be things like self control, focus, self respect, and self confidence. Generally, this is thought of as more for kids- but really all of our adults sign up for this as well- who doesn’t want to feel better about themselves?
2. Physical Fitness: The great thing about martial arts training is that you can get into great shape doing something productive. We have students begin at all kinds of fitness levels, and many adults have some kind of injury to consider. The great thing is we will start with where you are and work from there.
At Premier Martial Arts we do all of these things and do them well. Number 3 is the kicker though….
3. Self defense: It would be nice if you can actually defend yourself with the skills you learn. This is one of the major points of training in a martial art.
The Thing is, all martial arts have techniques that will work in a self defense scenario. The problem is, most of them don’t train these techniques in a way that will enable you to apply them when you need to.
The training method is the key to effectiveness.
We focus on this. Self defense training must be reality based, meaning it must recreate real situations, and it must do so safely. To do this we have to do three things on top of knowing moves:
1. Stress Response: We need to get into the “fight or flight” condition. Read this article, it’s quick. We need to safely recreate these conditions as best we can in our drills. You need to be learn how this feels so you can function in this condition. You’ll loose coordination in your extremities (so complicated techniques go out the window), you’ll loose peripheral vision (head on the swivel!), and your heart rate will shoot way up so you will gas out quickly. We need to train in this condition.
2. Flinch Response: We need to make the technique we are doing part of your flinch response to specific violent stimuli. We don’t want to go all ninja on somebody tapping your shoulder asking for a pencil, but if you are violently assaulted we need to create the physical memory in your body to do the right technique before you have to think about it. Otherwise if you are punched in the face there is a good chance you’ll get the blue circle of death your computer gets. In our training we need to create a flinch response to violence.
3. Chaos Response: Violent situations are constantly changing. There is no way for you to be aware of everything that is going on. We need to train with moving parts, surprises, and yes, you are going to get hit in a real violent situation. We need to build your tolerance to this safely.
These videos obviously don’t show everything that we do, I just wanted to give you an idea of some of the things we are up to.
A good martial arts program has to have Character Education and a strong code of ethics, it has to have solid physical fitness, and it has to have real self defense training. Give us a call to get started today.