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  1. Practice does not make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect. I agree with the comments about doing some good conditioning, including rope skipping and road work, then finding a qualified instructor when ready. One of our MMA fighters had a cage fight scheduled a few years back, his opponent was claimed "self trained", fight lasted about 37 seconds.
  2. Look into the DVD's from the Minnesota Kali Group. Phase one and phase 2 material.
  3. If the DVD's are listed as Krav Maga, but you say they are not, then what are they?
  4. "Facing Violence" is an excellent book, and anyone interested in the subject should read it. When we do some knife stuff, we preface it by saying, "this will still probably get you killed, but..."
  5. For someone beginning, the single best bit of advice is make a realistic budget, then follow it, it will be tough at first, and need many changes and tweaks as you go along, but it is the single best thing you can do. Second is don't spend more than you make. If you do those two things, you will be a whole lot less likely to get into financial trouble. Dave Ramsey's stuff is really the best at those two steps. He is very very anti debt though, if you can't deal with that, should probably look elsewhere. His stuff for once you are out of debt, and investing isn't as good or detailed as his st
  6. I guess one of the first questions would be what do you have a preference in doing? Are there holes from your ole TKD training you want to fill, or do you want to pick up where you left off? For example, TKD is more contact and ballistic. There are not many throws or takedowns. If you want to do some throwing, takedowns, chokes then go for Judo. If you would rather stay standing and being ballistic in nature, consider the Wing Chun (assumning it's a legit school) which will work closer to your opponent then your TKD did. If you really enjoy the kata practice, maybe consider the Shaolin
  7. The deadlift is one of the go to strength exercises that works a whole lot of larger muscle groups, I would not replace it with a strength endurance exercise. If you want the cardio and strength endurance of kettlebells with each strength workout, Maybe try: Workout A Back Squat 3 x 5 Overhead Press 3 x 5 Kettlebell swings 10 x 20 Workout B Deadlift 1 x 5 Bench Press 3 x 5 Either kettlebell push press or kettlebell clean and jerk.
  8. I have read on another forum, and generally believe it to be true... You can take an average person and give them 6 months of solid knife training (Kali, Silat, etc) and they will be able to take out 99% of the people out there, and probably 95% of the martial artists. Having practiced with knives, I hope to never ever get into a knife fight.
  9. Now to change the subject a little bit. I think boxing, kickboxing, Muay Thai and other "sport" arts can do an excellent job of preparing someone for a hand to hand confrontation. In other words, they are will prepared for a "fist fight" or "brawl". However what about the other aspects? What about when a weapon is involved, like a gun, stick or knife? Many people who train a sport do not practice specifically for those, because they won't see it in the ring. Would other arts like Kenpo, traditional karate, Krav Maga, etc then have an advantage? How about awareness, or defusing a confrontat
  10. Also check out the Minnesota Kali Group for useful information. Many of the drills and patterns, you practice footwork with also.
  11. Drakan, good quote, thank you for sharing. Just to be clear, I wasn't speaking about making someone dead tired. Many newbies have a tendency to try and muscle their opponents, rather than using proper technique and leverage. What I referred to was warming people up, and expending the excess "pent up" energy, before doing finer work. This is allow people to focus and not try and just muscle their way through a problem. Eventually though, once you have some techniques with fine motor skills down pretty well, you should practice them in a tired state. This is one part of being able to focus whe
  12. What are your goals with the kettlebell? Strength? Strength Endurance? My rule of thumb for the newbies in the class I teach is get one you can comfortably press overhead about 8-10 times where the last few reps are tough. Kettlebells are ballistic tools, and are meant to be used in a ballistic manner. They are used for different exercises and different goals and objectives than strict, straight strength training. My personal preference is to not get the adjustable kinds. This is mostly because sometimes we go outside and throw them, or do basic kettlebell juggling, which the adjustable on
  13. This almost seems like a superfluous post, in that of course martial artists should be fit. However, participating in a few martial arts forums, this topic often comes up. Should you be doing fitness training at your dojo/dojang/studio/gym or is that strictly for martial arts training? Also, do you really need to be fit? If you look at some styles of martial arts, you can often find some of the "masters" and long time teachers to have a considerable amount of body fat. They don't worry about using their skills in real life, they feel their training will make up for any deficiencies in phys
  14. Driftwood, Good points, in some aspect, that's where the experience comes in. I may not seek out martial arts masters that have been attacked, but I might ask people that have used some form of training routinely in dangerous or conflict situations. I train with a lot of law enforcement, including some from their SWAT teams, EMT and bouncers (plus done a little bouncing). They will usually have more real world conflict experience. They also are not afraid to share what they know. I know a Judo practitioner that works at a mental facility. While there is a lot of "moves" he can't do as part
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