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  • Kickboxing classes & Mixed Martial Arts training program
    also prevent boredom The best way to train for fitness is to perform movements that are directly applicable to your sport For example if you are interested in competition fighting you must fight Spar pad work bag work or shadow boxing A lot of fighters make the mistake of spending more time running then anything else This is great if you are a runner but you need to be more sport specific if you are not Flexibility training should incorporate stretching your entire body However you should mainly focus on your back and legs because more often then not these are the most restricted Start off with simple stretches and progress to the harder ones Some days you may be stiff so you should use the stretching to help relax your muscles Other days you will be flexible so you should increase your stretch as much as possible without injuring yourself Putting It All Together Set out your week Monday to Sunday on paper or computer Decide when you have time to train and how many days per week you are going to train Most programs are based on 3 days or 5 days training per week Fitness Flexibility and strength training need to be performed at least 3 days per week in order to be of benefit to you E g Monday Wednesday and Friday The next thing you need to add to your program are practise sessions where you specifically work on your weaknesses and improve your skills These should not be as physical Quality not Quantity These could be performed on Tuesdays and Thursdays This would also provide time for your body to rest and recuperate between the heavier days Lastly your body needs rest days so that you gain maximum results from training and you don

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  • Self-Defence and how to prevent freezing
    the victim tries to pretend to himself herself that he or she is not afraid Their subconscious keeps saying You re afraid You re afraid and they keep answering back their subconscious silently by saying I m not afraid I m not afraid The victim seems to believe that by simply denying fear it will go away but they soon realise it does not Instead this process upsets the victim even more and wastes valuable time Also while the aggressor approaches the victim generally tries to ignore him her believing that if they remain unnoticeable the aggressor will leave them alone the same mental process as an ostrich sticking it s head in the ground when danger approaches When the aggressor strikes the victim for whatever reason money or a feeling of power and superiority etc the victim convinces himself herself that now the aggressor will be satisfied and leave them alone After each strike the victim receives he she continues to convince themselves that it is the last strike until it is the last strike or until they are unconscious or dead The victim could not be in a worse state if they had fought back Freeze prevention It must be realised that when someone does not fight back the maximum damage can be done to them at the discretion of the attacker Fighting back does not mean the attacker will deliver more damage to you than if you had not fought back Using the above freeze psychology example we will analyse how to change your psychology to beat freezing and ultimately your opponents 1 First it must be realised that fear is natural do not try to deny it but accept it Understand that fear causes your adrenaline to flow and adrenaline is your friend It can increase

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  • IRON-BODY CONDITIONING TRAINING!
    is easier to control the bags movement and you can also use different hand strikes instead of just punches Those training to box or kick box have to use gloves and bandages on the bag because that is what they will be fighting with However those training for self defence situations do not need them on the bag unless they have a cut or injured hand or wrist Just to look good is not a good enough reason To condition the hands for the above development simply strike the bag until the knuckles turn red not cut or grazed If you want to keep using the bag then put on the gloves and wraps Continue doing this regularly and the time you can stay on the bag will increase rapidly until there is no time limit Because you are not damaging the hands they are conditioned without any side effects e g hard skin or calluses Conditioning is supposed to protect the limbs not to damage them The above method is best for hand conditioning but striking posts may be used in moderation Dipping hands into boiling sand rocks or water is not really necessary unless you want solid stumps instead of hands Q How much is enough A The first signs of any broken skin or injuries 2 FOREARMS i The best forearm conditioning drills are with partners e g facing each other Both partners perform the same block striking each others forearms Also try different blocks such as inward outward downward etc Finally try different combinations of blocks ii Again striking posts may be used iii Rolling a cylinder on the ground with the forearms can be productive if not overdone A rolling pin bottle etc may be used 3 TORSO CONDITIONING i Weights and abdominal exercises help

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  • The art of fighting
    not to be as aggressive or forceful in manner They tend to rely on speed and agility in combat situations using a lot of fast footwork 3 A person who walks awkwardly with their back slightly hunched tends to be unsure of themselves in combat situations Their awkwardness can sometimes result in attacks from unexpected angles Because they appear to pose no threat this can result in overconfidence on the part of their opponent Some martial arts mimic this awkwardness to be deceptive Sizes and Shapes i Some people below average height can be aggressive constantly thinking they have something to prove because of their size Most smaller people have had fighting experience either by trying to prove themselves or because they were bullied ii People above average height are not usually as aggressive as they seem Due to their size and intimidating appearance they rarely have to use their fighting skills iii Overweight people can strike very hard due to large body mass They can also absorb some strikes easily due to increased protection to vital organs iv Muscularly built people tend to be more offensive than defensive and are confident in their abilities The bigger the muscles and the less body fat they have minimises the pain factor of blunt natural weapons for example punches to the chest Instead their muscles are more susceptible to sharp natural weapons for example mid knuckle strikes to the pectoral chest muscles They are prone to receiving dead muscles especially soon after they lift weights These simple examples should be used as the basis for your body language reading practice Study and note your own observations Also practice using these examples to study the reactions of others Environment Be aware of your surroundings as well as the human element Naturally short cuts through dark potentially dangerous areas should be avoided When in any building or public area always check for exits in the case of a fire attackers or numerous other situations Be aware before entering shops or banks etc People have walked in on robberies only to be greeted by bullets Be aware of potential weapons surrounding you see chapter 3 Using your environment People in everyday life need to be more aware but not paranoid Paranoia causes the person subconsciously to give off body language to others who will sense their fear At the opposite extreme one should not always appear overly aggressive as some attackers like a challenge In everyday life constantly use drills to develop your awareness The following are two examples Drill 1 Observation When in a public place look at everybody and analyse how they look and act Note the people who seem likely to be attackers and those who seem likely to be victims It is important however not to be noticed staring at people during this drill as this could invite trouble Drill 2 Memorisation While waiting for a person or at a bus stop etc glance briefly at a car or person and

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  • HOW TO STRETCH FOR MAXIMUM RESULTS
    normal and it is more similar to the sensation of lifting weights to the point of fatigue You need to feel the stretch in order to advance With time you will be able to tell the difference between these types of pain If in doubt get out of the stretch If you feel a warning pain come out of the stretch slowly If you feel a stretching pain then try to relax the muscle If you are stretching three 3 days per week then you can stretch hard and try to increase your maximum stretch If you are stretching more then three 3 days per week make sure that every session is not a hard session e g Monday increase your maximum stretch Tuesday maintain your maximum stretch Wednesday increase Thursday maintain etc Never force a stretch instead always relax into the stretch The more relaxed you are the better the stretch will be How long should I hold a stretch for In order to get any results from stretching it is important to hold the stretch for at least ten 10 seconds This does not mean that when you start the stretch you start to count to ten 10 It means that after you start the stretch and when you are at your maximum stretch then start to count for ten 10 seconds Make sure to vary your routine and experiment by holding your stretch for longer periods of time e g thirty 30 seconds sixty 60 seconds etc In order to increase you stretch always do what feels hardest e g if holding a stretch for ten seconds is easy then increase the stretch or increase the time that the stretch is held for How many sets of each stretch should I perform Each stretch should be performed

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  • OPEN HAND STRIKING V'S PUNCHING WHICH IS BEST?
    in certain situations open hand strikes are more effective As mentioned earlier psychologically inexperienced martial artists can resort back to flailing of the fists More aware martial artists can realize in a situation that if their initial subconscious punching is not getting the desired effect than the less subconscious open hand techniques may be tried e g eye pokes Well rounded martial artists use subconscious flurries of open and closed hand strikes HEEL PALMS AND HAND SWORDS These are useful to strike with before and during grappling There is no time or energy wasted by having to open or close hands If the fingers also claw or poke the eyes simultaneously with the palm strike then it becomes a very destructive strike A heel palm can also be followed by a ripping action It is also easier to parry when using heel palms and hand swords SLAPS AND FINGER WHIPS The effectiveness of these strikes is a result of the psychological reaction They are not knockout strikes but they can set up an opponent for defeat a lot faster and more effectively than punches When I talk about a slap I mean a full force heavy handed palm and five finger strike that leaves a big red imprint on the opponents face Slaps freeze the brain from thinking properly for a longer period than punches When someone receives a proper punch to the face the brain registers the pain it knows the face has received a punch and it understands that this means fight or flight All this happens in less than a second and the decision of what to do or what not to do is put into action When a person receives a proper slap to the face the brain registers pain then confusion The reasons for this

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  • NON-PHYSICAL SELF-DEFENCE!
    control DEFEND YOURSELF How The first step is to avoid unnecessary confrontation Notice that I use the word unnecessary This is because some confrontation is necessary like standing up for your rights e g bringing something back to a shop for a refund because it is faulty Other situations are completely unnecessary Road rage is a perfect example Don t let anyone push your buttons Don t get angry I m sure everyone has experienced a heated situation which left you in a bad mood for the whole day It s just not worth it so don t entertain these situations Continue on with your agenda If you can t avoid an incident then try to nullify it Attacker no 2 Friends Is this a typo Nope It can be very hard sometimes to decipher who really is a good friend and who is not Have you ever told a friend about your plans and ambitions only to have them look at you funny I had this one friend who would always ask me what I was currently working on When I would tell him he would grit his teeth in anger and try to smile and say Oh that s great Then when I saw him again he would tell me that he had just done a lot of amazing stuff coincidentally similar to my plans and he would look thrilled that he had beaten me Of course this only lasted until he asked me again what my plans were and the cycle would start again The strange thing was that this guy had a lot of nice qualities and I don t think he meant to be so competitive but he just couldn t stop This eventually wore me down and I just couldn t be around him

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  • Self Defence Shielding
    if you have the option to run take it The odds are not in your favour in a multiple attack situation and you may not know if they are armed or have reinforcements until it is too late Step 1 Try to prevent the attackers from surrounding you Q How A Move Q Move where A As stated earlier run away if you can and live to fight another day Q What if I can t run A Then pre emptive striking is used Don t wait for them to start striking Hit the nearest attacker to you as hard as you can and then start sprinting Q What if there is no room to run after striking the attacker A Then you have the option of slugging it out or shielding Q How do you practice shielding A Start off by practicing with 2 to 3 training partners You can increase the number of training partners as you become more proficient at shielding Make sure that you and your partners wear plenty of padded protective equipment Your partners work together to try to surround you and take you to the ground You must prevent this from happening and try to escape using the shielding method You can also arm your opponents if you wish to increase the difficulty of this practice drill This is how it works Make sure that you are not flat footed Stay on the balls of your feet and use a short stance so that you are agile Fake feint and strike at the opponents until you are close to one of them Try to grab and hold on to that opponent you may wish to grab the weakest looking one It works best if you manage to get behind him her Make sure to

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