Archive for August, 2010

London Ju Jitsu Martial Arts Tip Of The Week: Focus from the start of your training session to the end

August 30, 2010

For most of us the time we get to train is very limited so it’s important not to waste a moment. When you arrive at the dojo start to prepare yourself for training. obviously you can still meet and greet people but internally you should be starting to focus. By the time you’ve put on your kit and helped prepare any equipment you should be completely ready mentally to make the most of your session. Each excercise in the warm up should be an important part of training so they should be done to the best of your ability, both technically and physically. Don’t think of them as something you have to do before you train. If you can get into this focused state of mind before and during warm up then you’ll get so much more from your training. Don’t forget, the ability to focus one’s mind is one of the most important parts of self defence so practice this as much as you practice your techniques.

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London Ju Jitsu Martial Arts Tip Of The Week: When sparring in the Dojo it is not important to win but to try and put into practice new techniques

August 24, 2010

Most of us (including me!) are guilty of wanting to win every sparring session whether it be for points, submissions or both. The problem is that to win we often rely on our favourite tried and trusted techniques. These are not the ones we need to practice however as we know these work! Instead we need to practice the techniques we haven’t mastered enough to make them work in sparring. Only then will we perfect them and add them to our repertoire. Obviously it will mean we lose a lot more “fights” in the dojo. It’s better to lose in the dojo amongst friends however than to lose in a real situation. I’m sure my students will remind me of this post the next time I’m sparring!!

London Ju Jitsu Martial Arts Tip Of The Week: Your training partner’s safety is your responsibility!

August 18, 2010

The title of this article may be a little misleading. You may think I’m referring to his/her safety inside the dojo. It is outside the dojo that I wish to focus on however. When training I often see very unrealistic attacks. Often the attack is very weak or off target or both. I understand that when a defence technique is being learned that it is prudent for the attack to be less than full speed and power. The attack should never be off target though! Once a defence technique has been mastered however it should be practiced against an attack with full speed, power and accuracy. If you never attack your partner with all three of those attributes you may think you are being nice because you don’t want to hurt them. Instead what you’re doing is luring them into a false sense of security. Your training partner may start to believe that they are good at defending themselves but really they are not. This is worse than not training at all in some ways! Your partner can learn a million self defence techniques but if he/she is incapacitated by the first blow because they’ve never learned how to block or evade a real attack then they’ll never have a chance to use them! So if this scenario happens to your training partner it’s your fault! If you really want to be nice ensure your attacks a realistic. Your partner may receive a blow now and again but it’s better to receive that blow in the dojo amongst friends than in the street against enemies. You never know. By hitting them hard in the dojo, you may be saving their life outside the dojo one day!

London Ju Jitsu: Martial Arts Tip Of The Week: The way you train inside the Dojo dictates the way you defend yourself outside the Dojo

August 9, 2010

The way you train inside the Dojo dictates the way you defend yourself outside the Dojo.

All martial artists know that practice and repetition are the keys to improving their skills. These keys lead to conditioned reactions which enable the practitioner to defend an attack without conscious thought in much the same way as Pavlov’s dog reacted to the bell at meal times. It is therefore important to remember that you have to practice with as much realism as possible. For example if you are practising punching, your fist must be clenched as though in a real fight. I often see students punching with a loose fist and remind them that they will not be able to think “I’m in a real fight now so must punch properly”. The body will just react in same the way it does in training and a loose fist means a lot of broken fingers and little damage to your opponent. Similarly when you strike you must at least touch your training partner so you understand distance and control. Obviously you can’t go full power or you’ll run out of partners! In your mind however you should be imagining what must be done and the perfect technique with which to do it. In short, what you do in the Dojo you will do outside it. So train hard and ensure you are as prepared as you can be to fight hard if you are forced to do so.

London Ju Jitsu: Martial Arts Tip Of The Week: Don’t try and anticipate what your opponent will do

August 3, 2010

Don’t try and anticipate what your opponent will do. The time it takes to release your guess and then defend the actual attack is too great. Rather stay open and calm like a blank canvass and react to what actually occurs. This for me is the essence of Zanshin.