Combative Martial Arts Association

CMA Articles and Useful Links

Here are some articles to get you started with CMA training.  Check back as more articles will be added over time.  This information is provided to improve your martial art skills.  Please let me know if you have any questions.  Seminars and remote training is available.  You can do this.

ARTICLES

Lines of Defense by Craig Sira

Here is a critical article on the Line of Defense:  Prevention, Awareness and Readiness.  This is a huge part of an effective combat mindset.  http://combativemartialartsassociation.webs.com/Lines%20of%20Defense.pdf

The founder of Aikijitsu, Takeda Sokaku, defined aiki in the following way: The secret of aiki is to overpower the opponent mentally at a glance and to win without fighting.

Why Do You Want To Train In The Martial Arts by Craig Sira

Hit the Head Hard by Craig Sira

When it comes to combat skills the starting point is to be able to hit the head hard.  http://combativemartialartsassociation.webs.com/Hit%20the%20Head%20Hard.pdf

     Knee Strike - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTfsghTQs8U

      Palm Strike - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3esPaQfho8

     Elbow Strike - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGPnB_qiZYs

     Hammer Fist Strike - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_1pPxtA8xM

     Downward Hammer Fist Strike - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQnxQ9GneLM 

     The Slap - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmA-uD-zRoE

     The Vertical Elbow - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNoES9cKdx8

     The Stomp - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzIg9cW8Gjs 

Stick Fighting by Craig Sira

 I like to get students swinging a stick along with the unarmed power strikes.  The body mechanics are the same.  Keep it simple.    http://combativemartialartsassociation.webs.com/Stick%20Fighting.pdf

     Forehand Diagonal - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_2GxAE942E

     Backhand Horizontal - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcAlYo04cTk

     Forehand Horizontal - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfDzyyHjH6U

     Redondo - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9J1UC20tkk

     Backhand Diagonal - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQ_iyqfoOc8

     2 handed point - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEdDvFfcPyg

     2 handed center - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wt5WkBUdMno

    2 handed butt end - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpXGCOTC4jk

Effective Techniques by Craig Sira

This is an important article on the importance of testing your techniques before you have to use them.  Also introduces the importance of Knockout Training in CMA.  http://combativemartialartsassociation.webs.com/Effective%20Techniques.pdf

Knife Fighting by Craig Sira

Knife Fighting is an important skill to develop.  The following article will provide you with information on how to improve your knife skills.  http://combativemartialartsassociation.webs.com/Knife%20Fighting.pdf

     Upper Thrust - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlQT4unSum0

     Lower Thrust - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytjayyhoClM

     Upswing - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtBphcUI0vA

     Hook - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izpRiKAprmo

Weapon Defense

You can deal with a weapon when you are unarmed.  It takes very simple approach that works under the stress of adrenaline.  http://combativemartialartsassociation.webs.com/Weapon%20Defense.pdf 

Ground Fighting:  Get to Your Feet by Craig Sira

The most important skill in ground fighting is to be able to get to your feet.  http://combativemartialartsassociation.webs.com/Ground%20Fighting%20Get%20to%20Your%20Feet.pdf

Myth of Grappling by Bradley J. Steiner

This is not a CMA article but is excellent and highly recommended.  It is written by a true master of self protection.  It is so good I wish I had written it.  http://attackproof.com/the-myth-of-grappling-as-self-defense.html

Simply Natural by Craig Sira

I wrote this article in the mid 90's and it still applies today.  http://combativemartialartsassociation.webs.com/Simply%20Natural.pdf

USEFUL VIDEO CLIPS

W.E. Fairbairn Knife Fighting by W. E. Fairbairn

This link to W.E. Fairbairn Knife Fighting demo is priceless. http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=e0b_1402527226

Bassai and NiaHanchin Kata by Craig Sira

Bassai and NiaHanchin are great katas.  Both have a long history in karate and are full of great moves for applications.  Bassai - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXhDlD0xwF8  NiaHanchin - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sP9NYuclmbA 

CMA Combat Fitness Mini-Workout:  Power Strikes and Plyo Push Ups 

Here is a mini combat fitness workout that combines power strikes with plyo push ups.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiXBl8YohDM

Chi Gung by Craig Sira

It is important that you take care of yourself.  Chi Gung is very important.  Here is a demo of an excellent chi gung exercise.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qHMSY1rOuA