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Uncle Siddus answers a students question on how to train for the streets rather then martial arts.

Got a great question from one of my private students Mike.

Mike's been with me for a about 3 sessions now and he came to me from a strong martial arts background in Jui Jitsu. He wanted a more realistic way of training compared to what he was getting at a traditional martial arts class. Which like most places these days are going down the softer route. Marketed more for children.

Here's his question:


One of the things I was going to mention was during the stress tests on Sunday, I was refraining from using any of the jujitsu take downs to test the stuff we've been training, since it makes sense to test what we've been training. What's your opinion on this?

Example being the hip throw I used for the first take down with you. But it's not allowing me to learn and practice Krav Maga techniques.


Work the techniques in the pressure test you've been learning.

In a live situation off course use what comes naturally.

While you're learning though stick to the techniques (or as close under adrenal stress) in a pressure test.

You want to do this for a few a reasons:

* Build new neural pathways to assimilate the techniques under pressure. Get it ingrained in your lizard brain.

* Builds the "non-apparent" micro skills, like footwork, positioning, body mechanics, balance and posture.

* Work the martial arts principles which underpin all the techniques.

The last part is what you I you want to think about.

So Sunday's example, there's a myriad of martial art principles inside that one technique (arm triangle/ brabo choke):

* Foot work - movement of the feet and hip into position then technique.

* Manoeuvring to an offline position.

* Closing, and leaving no space for the choke to work with little to no effort.

* Using your feet and hips for the takedown.

There's probably more, that's all I can remember right now.

The point is you want to *force* your body to do the techniques under pressure.

By doing this you'll ingrain the principles which make up the techniques.

I'm not a big fan of prescribing one technique for one situation for everyone.

Everyone's different. Body shape, size, height.

However the martial arts principles inside a technique are universal.

I like to guide you through what I think will be best for you.

The end goal being eventually, you'll have the mental agility to adapt to any situation and work it out for yourself.

I remember once doing a training session for a mate of mine who I used to work the door’s with. Didn't have a lot of time to work with him. So I gave him the basics of how to manipulate 2 weak points in the arm. At first he was resistant to some of the ideas, he was a big guy so brute strength worked almost all of the time.

I just said "Look man, give it a go. Just practice what I'm teaching you, drill it. If it doesn't work for real, you're strong enough to go back to what you're doing."

2 hours later, my wrists and elbows aching, he got some proficiency with the technique.

About a month later, I got a text saying "Sid, had drag a guy out, he was smashed. So used the arm thing we did? Guy went down last orders at 10:45. Ha."

Work the techniques you're taught in the pressure test. Adapt and work your way around the chaos of it.

As you get better you can add your own take on it. Test it in a free for all, last of the mochicans style training day.

That's my take on it.

Hope it helps.

Talk soon


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