Combative Martial Arts (CMA) is a modern martial art system based on the ancient martial arts. It integrates the best ideas and techniques from other systems. Historically martial art experts were capable of defending themselves and others, had the courage to stand up for what is right and were respected for their insight and
The ultimate goal of martial art training is to learn how to protect yourself and others. Each of us has a natural self preservation instinct that kicks in to protect us. When your life is on the line, your body kicks into survival mode with adrenaline surging through your system. Our goal is not to hurt others but to protect ourselves. We need realistic martial art training that complements our self protection instinct. Realistic martial arts have the following training objectives:
To 'develop the ability to protect yourself from any realistic attack that is tested via adrenaline scenarios'.
To 'finish off the attacker as quickly as possible, ideally with one strike'.
To ‘finish off the attacker without having to throw a strike’.
to 'Keep Fighting'.
The program begins by enrolling and regular participation in one of the weekly classes.
Many times I am asked what makes CMA unique or different from many of the other systems? Here are some common differences:
The classes stress Respect at all times. Students in the program develop self defense skills, increase their self confidence and improve their physical fitness while enjoying a fun, challenging work out. This is a safe learning environment where everyone learns and supports each other. The students help each other succeed and assist everyone in reaching their goals.
The physical techniques are organized into 4 areas:
Evade and Intercept
Evasion Footwork and Body Movements
Interceptors - limb destructions, traps/parries, covers/blocks
The step by step curriculum begins with unarmed and armed (stick and knife) positioning, striking, grappling and trapping techniques. Both standing and ground fighting are covered. Once a technique is learned then drills are taught to develop your attributes. You also learn how to apply the techniques and ideas to full contact sparring. This is taught in a step-by-step manner to develop the your confidence and to do it in a safe manner. The proper combative mind-set and fighting spirit are developed and stressed at all times.
Training in CMA gets big time results. The training is at a very high level of intensity. The techniques are effective as demonstrated in the video clips below. You will learn high quality techniques like palm and chops that work. You will enjoy the feeling of success as you achieve tangible results.
The already powerful palm strike is made more effective when combined with pressure points as demonstrated below (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LF-si1NOCRE and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9lrdNZleEw).
You will develop confidence in the techniques by fun yet challendging drills. You can test the techniques in scenerios and full contact sparring. Here is an example of full contact stick sparring (with real not foam sticks, the only protection is the fencing mask). Talk about an adrenaline rush.
We test our training in adrenaline scenerios against a full armored attacker(s) powered by the FAST Defense training method (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSXn5Caod_E).
Here are some other adrenaline scenarios video clips:
As you can tell from the video clips, this is high-level training. CMA goes beyond self protection training. For the martial artist who wants more, this is the perfect system.
Safety is critical. Everyone in the class is responsible to behave in a safe manner. This includes the following:
1. Behaviors that must be followed.
a. Reduce force of strikes to the head
b. No throws to the head
c. Slow cranks to the head
d. Slow crank to other submissions.
2. Always make certain your partner is ready.
3. Operate at a safe level of intensity for both partners.
If an injury occurs then 2 weeks starting at time of injury of reduced training level. This will occur every week until the instructor and student ok regular training.
The following quote is from someone who attended a self protection workshop.
BJ wrote on Apr 8, 2009 4:20 PM: