Tuesday, February 5, 2008

There is no mercy in this dojo, mercy is for the weak.

Today I did some grappling with Cindy Glass RKC. It's good for me to instruct this stuff as I have to really think about how I do it. I started seriously grappling when I was 18. After a while having drilled the fundamentals and just hammered it in during hours and hours on the mat it just became "You came at me, you screwed up, I took your back, you're unconscious, game over." Now I have to go back and reverse engineer all this stuff.
I've been toying for a while with the idea of doing very limited self-defense training. More along the lines of what Tony Blauer does than what you see in the McDojos. "Here's how I beat someone unconscious with a rolled up magazine. Here's how to choke someone with a water bottle."
Primarily, to learn how to avoid these situations is the best self-defense tactic.
Combining that with Lt.Col. Grossman's teachings, and strength training. Nothing you could ever use in competition, but when things go bad, you survive.
The big thing with me is physical readiness. I've run across way too many martial artists who are just in sorry shape. All the technique in the world won't save you if you can't catch your breath.
I developed an idea that is going to be freaking brutal.
Max VO2 36/36.
Instead of 36 seconds of rest you are running one of a selection of drills to include:
1. Defense against punches from the guard position.
2. Sprawl defense against a takedown.
3. Double leg takedown and mount.
4. Apply a submission from the guard.

Keep drilling the same four over and over. Then change it up to only applying four submissions in mixed selection- Triangle, Armbar, Kimura, Guillotine.

The key here is precision under pressure. One of the biggest things I find is that people just need to calm down and apply the techniques. Granted, this can be hard if you're eating a flurry of punches on the way into the guard, but you really don't have a lot of choice. With only 36 seconds to get taken down, get in the guard, and apply a triangle, you can't be sloppy.


  1. I like your comment about calming down and applying the technique.

    I have found, more than once, sparring with females can be very humbling. I think they are better at staying calm and applying technique, where guys tend to try to muscle their way through.

    There have been more than one time where a 100lb 16 year has tossed me like a rag doll during clinche work in Muay Thai. It was all about technique.

    Good post Jordan.

  2. Thanks BJ. I've seen the same thing in shooting, for the same reasons. No need to drill out bad movements. The best shooters tend to be women, and men who have never fired a gun. I'm a perfect example. Never fired a rifle before boot camp= Expert Rifleman.

  3. I dont know anything about fight training but simple and basic always makes sense to me.especially under stress.

  4. Agreed. Start with the uber basic moves and drill them until you move up the next rung on the ladder, where interdediate is the new basic.