The Dojo Full Syllabus

For everyone who has fast internet access,
or wants the whole course on one page.

Welcome to the weekly training course
here at Fight Smart.

I created this pile of lessons to take you, step-by-step, through the process of becoming a great fighter, while also being a technically sound fighter.

The game of fighting is about skill, and the best way to build your skill level is to learn... and then to practice.  First, I will make sure that you have all of the details that you need to execute every technique effectively.  Then I'll show you exactly what you need to do in order to train and get better on your own.

This course will start you at Step 1...

And everything starts with your stance... therefore, so must we:

Stance

The Best Fighting Stance

This video gives you all of the details that you need to have a solid stance.  You will be well protected and highly mobile, making it easy for you to attack quickly while remaining safe.  I personally think that this video is hilarious as well.

Next... we add the most fundamental strike for any stand up fighter... and that's your JAB.  With this weapon alone, you can dominate fights.

Striking-Jab copyThe Jab 

This punch is the fundamental basis for any fighting style.  You need this thing to crack people in the face when they get too close to you.

This strike also gives you the ability to distract people and effectively set up your combinations. It becomes much more difficult for your opponents to defend themselves against additional strikes when their heads are snapping backwards from your jab.

Next, there's some extra details about 'straight punches' that you might want to know... including, "what part of your hand you should punch with" and "how to avoid jamming your elbow on a punch".

That stuff is included in the following lesson on 'Punch Dynamics'.

striking-punch-dynamics copyPunch Dynamics 

These are the little details that make straight punches effective... and stop them from injuring you (the puncher).  This video clears up a couple of myths, and should be applied to any straight punch that you throw.

 Next... let's use your jab to set up some much more damaging strikes.

Striking-Jab-Part-2 copyTwo nasty set-ups that rely on your jab

This builds on the jab to give you a couple of solid two strike combinations.  While you won't have a great roundhouse or hook yet, you can start building the foot/body work to begin setting them up.

The following two lessons are essential if you want to position yourself safely, both during your combinations, and after you've already thrown them.

striking-anglesAngles of Attack 

This is a very solid video that introduces one of the most important fighting concepts that you will ever learn." How do you hit someone and not get hit back?

striking-basic-angle-changesBasic Angle Changes

This is an incredibly quick, and incredibly effective way to move out from your opponent's direct line of fire, and stay safe during a fight.

 

Now the following video is certainly not a 'Trav Lesson' but it's incredibly beneficial.

Michael Jai White provides an excellent demonstration of the efficacy of a 'non-telegraphed' punch.

In holding 'focus-mitts' with training partners, many fighters end up building a highly telegraphed punch into their muscle memory... simply so he and his partner can make solid contact with the mitts.

As Mr. White points out, this is a 'flawed punch' and he offers a fantastic demonstration of the contrary.

mjwMichael Jai White Teaches Kimbo a Lesson

An excellent demonstration in the value of not telegraphing your punches.

And now here's something completely new...

I have said, many times, that you can win fights with just a jab.  I have actually proven this fact, both on the street, and in sparring.

However, you can knock people unconscious with your jab, IF you modify a few elements of the basic form.  This lesson will show you how:

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How to Throw a Knockout Jab

The trick to jabbing people into a state of unconsciousness.

 And since you now know a respectable amount about jabbing:

I should probably teach you how to defend yourself against this non-sense.

the parryThe Parry

A dumb way of saying, "How to bat someone's fist away from your face."

Now, let's build on this.

In the next video, I'm going to show you a ton of stuff... we will branch off of everything you've seen so far with some more advanced (and brutal combinations), and you'll get a much deeper look into the technique (which includes seeing the mistakes that people typically make).

Also, if you watch this video and you're unsure of the Roundhouse Kick technique that we're covering, just fake it for right now.  Next week, we will cover all Roundhouse related stuff, in depth.

Jab1Week #1 Full Episode - Jab Savagery

An hour long batch of drills, details, and expansion on the stuff that you've already learned.

Time Codes For The Long Video

(1:27 - 3:06) Trav teaches how to wrap your hands…

(3:07 - 4:46) Trav watches people throw jabs and make mistakes

(4:44 - 6:08) A little talk about ‘telegraphing punches’

(6:28 - 9:26) The Jab 1 Through 10 Drill - This drill is designed to help burn your shoulder and make your jab strong, but also allows you as a mitt holder to develop good form while parrying, and hand/foot coordination while moving backwards.  

We look at errors in people’s form, and talk about how to counter an opponent who fails to pull his hand back to his face on a jab.

(9:27 - 10:45)  A note about mitt work when fighting a southpaw

(10:45 - 12:38) Making sure you’re attacking an angle, and never letting your ‘Parry Hand’ drop.

(13:07 - 14:07) Tucking your elbow back to your body between jabs.

(14:08 - 17:12) What to do when your shoulder starts burning in the midst of a fight, Knockout Jabs vs. ‘Range’ Jabs, AND resting in the Philly Shell. 

(17:12-18:40) A quick note on fighting on angles…

(18:45 - 23:15)  Jab into a left hook… Holding mitts for this combination, and making sure you step BOTH feet to bring your entire base, and avoiding a “Stabbing Hook”

(23:16 - 25:20)  Being BALANCED on your hooks, not leaning into punches, and starting slow

(25:21 - 28:00)  Jab - Left Hook - Into an Angle Change - It’s incredibly important to drop your hook and if you’re not throwing additional strikes, get the hell out of the way!

28:01 - 30:50a)  Jab - Left Hook - Right Roundhouse - We talk about throwing the roundhouse in close in the event that your opponent doesn’t back away, and how to chamber your roundhouse to have more distance before your kick, and as such, more power from this position.  

(30:50 -  31:25)  Matching the angle of your target with the angle of your shin.

(31:49 - 36:41)  Adding a hop step to your extra roundhouse so that you can take a steeper angle, transfer more power into your opponent, and ‘find’ the right strike as you travel past your opponent. 

(36:41 - 39:12) Stepping to the RIGHT with your jab, and using this as a jab counter.

(39:12 - Finish) Working on (Slip Right + Jab) - Cross - Switch Kick

Week 1. Workout

Warm up with 2 x 2 minute rounds of shadowboxing, focusing on the sneakiness of your jab.

1. Jabbing A Circle

 

1.  In an Orthodox Stance (Left foot in front) Fire 50 Jabs while jabbing a circle to your Left Rest for 30 seconds while moving around in the Philly Shell (Left hand drops)... raise your hand when your shoulder is recovered... (feel free to throw punches.)

2. In a Southpaw Stance (Right foot in front) Fire 50 Jabs while jabbing a circle to your Right Rest for 30 seconds while moving around in the Philly Shell (Right hand drops)... raise your hand when your shoulder is recovered.

3. In an Orthodox Stance (Left foot in front) Fire 70 Jabs while jabbing a circle to your Left Rest for 30 seconds while moving around in the Philly Shell (Left hand drops)... raise your hand when your shoulder is recovered.

4.  In a Southpaw Stance (Right foot in front) Fire 70 Jabs while jabbing a circle to your Right Rest for 30 seconds while moving around in the Philly Shell (Right hand drops)... raise your hand when your shoulder is recovered.

 

Multiple Jabs... 1-10

 

In an Orthodox Stance -

Throw one jab at a target
...then throw two
...then throw three
...all the way up to 10

Every one of these jabs should be full power... and extra focus should be placed on your left hand/left foot coordination.

In an Southpaw Stance -

Throw one jab at a target
...then throw two
...then throw three
...all the way up to 10

Every one of these jabs should be full power... and extra focus should be placed on your right hand/right foot coordination.

Repeat this again on both sides!

 

Combinations

 

Start by throwing 10 x Jab - Lead Hooks in both an Orthodox and Southpaw stance.

Perform a 2 minute round of Shadow Boxing or Heavy Bag work (if you have one) in which you throw 20 x Jab - Lead Hooks... focus on your footwork, and making the combination quick and sneaky.  This should be done using your usual stance... either orthodox or southpaw.

Rest 60 seconds

Start by throwing 10 x Jab - Rear Roundhouses in both an Orthodox and Southpaw stance.

Perform a 2 minute round of Shadow Boxing or Heavy Bag work in which you throw 20 x Jab - Rear Roundhouses... focus on the speed of your jab and the immediate pivot after your jab step strikes.   

Rest 60 seconds

Start by throwing 10 x Jab - Lead Hook - Rear Roundhouses in both an Orthodox and Southpaw stance.

Then throw 5 x Jab - Lead Hook - Angle Change in your traditional stance, if you remember how to angle change after watching the video (if not... don't worry about it).

Perform a 2 minute round of Shadow Boxing or Heavy Bag work (if you have one) in which you throw 20 x Jab - Lead Hooks - Rear Roundhouses... Focus on your power.  Add a few Jab - Lead Hook - Angle Changes if you know how.

Start by throwing 10 x Jab - Rear Roundhouse - Lead Roundhouses in both an Orthodox and Southpaw stance.

Perform a 2 minute round of Shadow Boxing or Heavy Bag work (if you have one) in which you throw 20 x Jab - Rear Roundhouse - Lead Roundhouses... if you have no heavy bag, you will have to pull your kicks instead of swinging all the way through.

If you have a heavy bag, focus on moving laterally on your second roundhouse, and making impact with your mid-shin.

Stretch for 5 minutes, and you're done for the day!

The Dojo Week 2.

Roundhouses and Craftyness

Let's start this week by making sure we know how to fix last week...

This 'method' should help.

dojo-1-1-mastering-any-movement.00_01_12_09.Still001Mastering Any Move

This video is a little note on how to fix your errors, and essentially build a flawless version of any move... or at least it is in the grander scheme of things.  We basically talk about fixing 'double tap' footwork in this video.

This week in the Dojo,

we're going to place heavy focus on the Roundhouse Kick... which is by far my favorite way to hurt people with my legs.

With this strike alone, you can tear the legs out from under your opponent, knock him unconscious, destroy his liver, and otherwise end the fight in spectacular fashion.

First, let's master the basic form...

Then we'll turn this thing into an unstoppable weapon.

Here's an old-school YouTube video I did, which will teach you the basics:

The Roundhousestriking-roundhouse copy

Look, this is a strike that requires focus on a number of details, but results in a ton of power.   Execute these simple steps, and you will have one of the most brutal weapons in all of martial arts.

Now that you understand the general form, let's talk about placing the kick for the maximum detrimental effect, and training it to make that placement consistent.

roundhouse2How to end a fight with one single roundhouse to the leg 

(Roundhouse Part 2) – This is an incredibly cool lesson that takes advantage of specific weaknesses within human anatomy. This video probably could have been one or two minutes long, but its still effing important.  It contains the secret weak point on a persons leg, tips on turning your shins into weapons, and tips on how to strike the weak point more consistently.

Now of course, you need to be able to throw powerful roundhouses with both legs...

Initially, the easiest way to do that is to throw a 'Switch Kick'... but this is not the 'end all' of 'Lead Leg' Roundhouses by any means.

F.Y.I. A "Lead Leg" Roundhouse simply refers to a roundhouse that comes from the leg in the front of your stance... or the one that 'leads' your fighting style.

With the right focus on hip movement, this can be an unbelievably powerful and unexpected weapon.

Let's start with the Switch Kick:

Here's a pretty concise lesson from Week 4. of The FBP Course to lay it out for you:

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Switch Kick Sweetness

This one video will teach you way more than you need to know about switch kicks, and should play a role in both the strikes that you choose to throw, and when.

Now even perfect form doesn't mean that you get to use this weapon right away...

You have to earn it first!

The concept of 'Shin Conditioning' is one that is near and dear to the hearts of people who have already 'earned' their roundhouses.

This is what determines if you get to throw this kick with reckless abandon... or for just one 'shielded kick'... at which point it becomes useless to you.

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Shin Conditioning

You're going to be building all of these nice weapons... I bet you're going to want to use them.  Your shins better be ready to take that type of impact.

inside leg roundsThe Lead Leg Roundhouse

The Roundhouse from the front of your stance has the potential to be a game changing weapon, with unbelievable knockout power (and range).  However, the world of Muay Thai has somehow polluted the use of this weapon, and replaced it with far inferior 'switch kicks', when they are less than ideal in the majority of circumstances.

 Now lets get a LOT deeper into the world of Roundhouses...

All things roundhouses

Massive Game-Changing Roundhouse Lesson

There is no point in writing a tiny little blurb here... if you want to know what's in this lesson, check out the stuff in the time-code breakdown!

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The CroCop Kick Set Up

This incredibly simple set up is the main reason why CroCop almost killed about 30 different people in the ring.

Now here's a couple of bonuses... that I didn't make:

Since we briefly talked about 'Sweeping Feet' in the ridiculously long lesson, I want you to have a deeper understanding of the movement that actually makes this possible.

I love this first boring old guy... I just can't help it.

Ko UchiKo Uchi Gari (small inside hook... I think)

Master this move, and you will drop your opponents in many glorious situations... not just when sweeping under a shield.

ko2The "Principle" of Ko Uchi Gari

For some reason, when I first saw this lesson, the 'principle' really clicked with me, and I began landing this sweep with much more efficiency.

Time Codes for the Long Video

Heel Tucks -

The most important roundhouse flexibility55 drill ever.

Notes about not telegraphing your kicks by switching your lead foot to the rear.

(0:50 - 3:16)

Drilling ‘Roundhouse Misses’ -

Practicing following through your roundhouse, so you don’t fall if you ever actually miss.  (Also, building the ability to cut through your opponent.)

‘Spotting’ Your target to reduce dizziness, and (and maintain visual contact)

Stepping ‘on the line’ so your ‘kick miss’ still helps you to take an angle, and maintain balance.

(3:16 - 5:16)

Roundhouse Leg Raises -

Building the ab and core strength to throw effortless roundhouses.

Some flexibility fundamentals, and cool tricks to build it.

Improving your ability to throw more roundhouses per round.

(5:16 - 9:15)

Roundhouse Kicks From an Isolated Chambered Position -

This drill will add tremendous balance, power, and control to your roundhouses.  You’ll have the ability to ‘delay’ your kicks, and fire them when you need them. 

We also discuss physical imbalances that will deter your technique, the importance of arm swing, and the value of a strong ‘standing leg’.

(9:15 - 19:00)

The Bag Dance - Creating a seamless stream of non-stop kicks, developing timing, power, and distancing in your kicks.

Waiting for kicks in a chambered position

Creating extra distance for you kick by chambering to the outside.

Blasting your foot into the ground to decrease the coefficient of static friction.

(19:00 - 26:08)

Countering your opponent’s defense to a low roundhouse:

Using distractions to make your percentage of success higher.

Sweeping under the shield… spinning through your kick, staying ‘on the line’, aiming low on your opponent’s leg, or utlizing “High Shin” to increase the mass behind your kick

(26:08 - 32:40) 

Throwing Practice Kicks That Don’t Hurt or Annoy People:

…and fixing John’s kicks with surgeon like precision.

(32:40 - 34:30)

Sweeping Under the Shield and Hooking Your Opponent’s Leg 

(34:30 - 37:00)

Sweeping Under the Shield and Firing a Mule Kick

Transferring weight into your kick… whether your leg is bent or not.  Getting used to firing this kick IN CLOSE.

BAITING your opponent into shielding, so you can mule kick him across the room.

(37:00 - End)

The Workout

Warmup -

Start with 20 Heel Tucks on each leg... progressively raising your shin and heel, higher and higher. ...shadow box for 10 seconds Hold a Static Heel Tuck in place for 30 seconds on each leg.  Try to keep your torso vertical and your obliques tightly flexed the entire time. ...shadow box for 10 seconds, or until your abs stop burning

Execute 2 x 3 Minute Rounds of Shadow Boxing...

While throwing a minimum of 15 'Kick Misses' on each leg, per round.

Ok... now you're 'warm'.

1a.) Execute a set of 20 Roundhouses on Each Leg, on an object that will 'condition' your shins.

Experienced guys should kick the very base of a heavy bag... where it's ridiculously hard.  DO NOT kick trees, poles, or anything else idiotic.

Beginner guys should kick the soft part of a heavy bag.

If you don't have a heavy bag, just find something to kick.  Put your couch cushions against a wall and tee-off on them; we will condition your shins later.

1b.) Execute a set of Now that your 'shin conditioning' is out of the way, we build the kick itself.  On your lead leg I want 25 Switch Kicks and 25 Lead Leg Roundhouses (video up by tomorrow).

On the Rear Leg, just swing away.

Rest until you're fully recovered...

2a.) Execute 30 seconds of 'The Bag Dance' -

Force yourself to fire a kick on every 'return step'.

Hold your Left Leg in The Chamber and fire 5 kicks...

...Returning to the chamber, and never letting your leg drop.  (Do not wind up!)

Shadow box for 15 seconds while you recover...

2b.) Execute 30 seconds of 'The Bag Dance' -

Force yourself to fire a kick on every 'return step'.

Hold your Right Leg in The Chamber and fire 5 kicks, returning to the chamber, and never letting your leg drop.  (Do not wind up!)

Shadow box for 15 seconds while you recover...

2c.) Execute 60 seconds of 'The Bag Dance' -

Force yourself to fire a kick on every 'return step'.

Hold your Left Leg in The Chamber and fire 5 kicks

...Returning to the chamber, and never letting your leg drop.  (Do not wind up!)

Shadow box for 30 seconds while you recover...

2d.) Execute 60 seconds of 'The Bag Dance' -

Force yourself to fire a kick on every 'return step'... sprint the last 15 seconds.

Hold your Right Leg in The Chamber and fire 10 kicks...

Returning to the chamber, and never letting your leg drop.  (If your standing leg is not burning... do 10 more)

Rest for 60 seconds, or Shadow Box for 60 seconds while you recover...

Go drink a glass of water.

Then...

3a.) Build Your 'Sweeps'

Throw 15 Extra Low Roundhouses that would 'sweep under your opponent's shield' on each leg, on the air.

3b.) Build Your 'Mule Kicks'

Throw 15 Extra Low Roundhouses that you stop early, and then throw the 'Mule Kick' off of them.

3c.) Tie It All Together

Execute a 3 Minute Round of Shadow Boxing, in which you throw 1 or 2 roundhouses, to bait your opponent into shielding, and then fire the 'Mule Kick'... on the air.  Feel free to throw any other technique from this week while you move around.  DO NOT STOP.

Execute a 3 Minute Round on a heavy bag (or some target) where you intentionally sweep low and miss your roundhouse, but throw the hardest Mule Kick you can.  Feel free to throw any other technique from this week while you move around.  DO NOT STOP.

***Just for a little extra ninja control, try LANDING your Roundhouse, but still firing the Mule Kick.

This will be very difficult, you will have almost no space, but try to make it work.  Then, when you return to normal distancing, it's going to feel easy.

Hey... you're done!  Nice work.

Roundhouses on each leg FULL POWER

Now that your 'shin conditioning' is out of the way, we build the kick itself.  On your lead leg I want 25 Switch Kicks and 25 Lead Leg Roundhouses (video up by tomorrow).

On the Rear Leg, just swing away.

Rest until you're fully recovered...

2a.) Execute 30 seconds of 'The Bag Dance' -

Force yourself to fire a kick on every 'return step'.

Hold your Left Leg in The Chamber and fire 5 kicks...

...Returning to the chamber, and never letting your leg drop.  (Do not wind up!)

Shadow box for 15 seconds while you recover...

2b.) Execute 30 seconds of 'The Bag Dance' -

Force yourself to fire a kick on every 'return step'.

Hold your Right Leg in The Chamber and fire 5 kicks, returning to the chamber, and never letting your leg drop.  (Do not wind up!)

Shadow box for 15 seconds while you recover...

2c.) Execute 60 seconds of 'The Bag Dance' -

Force yourself to fire a kick on every 'return step'.

Hold your Left Leg in The Chamber and fire 5 kicks

...Returning to the chamber, and never letting your leg drop.  (Do not wind up!)

Shadow box for 30 seconds while you recover...

2d.) Execute 60 seconds of 'The Bag Dance' -

Force yourself to fire a kick on every 'return step'... sprint the last 15 seconds.

Hold your Right Leg in The Chamber and fire 10 kicks...

Returning to the chamber, and never letting your leg drop.  (If your standing leg is not burning... do 10 more)

Rest for 60 seconds, or Shadow Box for 60 seconds while you recover...

Go drink a glass of water.

Then...

3a.) Build Your 'Sweeps'

Throw 15 Extra Low Roundhouses that would 'sweep under your opponent's shield' on each leg, on the air.

3b.) Build Your 'Mule Kicks'

Throw 15 Extra Low Roundhouses that you stop early, and then throw the 'Mule Kick' off of them.

3c.) Tie It All Together

Execute a 3 Minute Round of Shadow Boxing, in which you throw 1 or 2 roundhouses, to bait your opponent into shielding, and then fire the 'Mule Kick'... on the air.  Feel free to throw any other technique from this week while you move around.  DO NOT STOP.

Execute a 3 Minute Round on a heavy bag (or some target) where you intentionally sweep low and miss your roundhouse, but throw the hardest Mule Kick you can.  Feel free to throw any other technique from this week while you move around.  DO NOT STOP.

***Just for a little extra ninja control, try LANDING your Roundhouse, but still firing the Mule Kick.

This will be very difficult, you will have almost no space, but try to make it work.  Then, when you return to normal distancing, it's going to feel easy.

Hey... you're done!  Nice work.

Week #3.

Crosses... for Bosses

(For lack of anything more clever.)

Let's start with a bit on Switching Stances...

Which might open your universe up to an entire world of martial possibilities.

switching stances

A Note on Switching Stances

While certainly not necessary, there's a lot of awesomeness that can come from playing with the stance that you're 'not used to.'

This week, we will focus on a punch that has resulted in millions of knockouts, worldwide.

Developing this weapon will force your opponent to respect your power and hit or miss, should strike some fear into the guy.

We will start by working on the basic form, then adding power, and finally setting up the punch.

striking-cross copyThe Cross 

The cross is an essential punch that has both range and power.  It's the straight punch from the hand in the rear of your stance... the one that's further away from your opponent.  This allows you to twist your body to add power to your cross, making it incredibly devastating.

Now that you have the form, let's build the power...

maxfiberThe Secret To A Knockout Cross (Or any punch) 

Maximum Fiber Recruitment is a kinesiological concept that teaches your brain how to fire all of your muscle fibers instantaneously.  This generates instantaneous power and speed, making any of your strikes capable of immediate knockouts.

Of course it's not enough to know how to improve your power...

You actually have to work at it.  Watch this next video, and do the work.

Striking-Cross-Part-2Drills For A Knockout Cross

Here's some simple drills that you can do to build power in your cross.

Now that you have to previous details locked up in your mind, we can move forward add mobility and fight-finishing set-ups to your style.

Week-3.00_42_23_24.Still002Footwork, Double Crosses, and Ridiculous Combinations

In this week's lesson, we will cover some footwork essentials that will unlock your ability to move in any direction. We also cover several ridiculously powerful combinations that revolve around the cross, and much more.

The right hook to the body, followed by a right uppercut to the head was a classic Tyson combination... in addition to being the exclamation point on the final combination we covered in the long lesson.

This next video will let you check it out in action.

A Tyson Knockout Highlight Reel

Here's a video that will get you excited about the combination at the end of the ridiculously long lesson...

On yesterdays webinar...

The question of 'Hey Trav... can we actually punch people as hard as possible in the head?' ....came up.

And the answer just isn't a 'yes or no'.  It all depends on what you've done to condition your hands to take that impact, how precise you are with your punch placement, and whether you've actually done some 'bare-knuckle-ish' training to familiarize yourself with the amount of power your hands can actually handle.

The following video will expose you to a training method that will condition your hands for bare knuckle fighting... and will actually help you to punch harder in the long run.

Check out the webinar itself for a deeper explanation.

gardening-glovesThe 'Gardening Glove Trick'

When I first saw this video, I thought it was a B.S. technique... but then I tried it. My hands began to felt like rocks, and I started to fully understand what the could and could not handle.

And here is the webinar!

webinarThe Webinar Replay

We conver a LOT of stuff in this webinar: Joint Recovery, Endocrinology, Stand-Up vs. Ground Game, Bare Knuckle Striking, and a whole lot more... It was a very productive webinar, except for the 90 seconds where I almost lost my sh** due to a perpetually crying baby.

Long Lesson Breakdown

(0:00 - 2:30)  Introduction and some shadow boxing fundamentals.

(2:30 - 5:44)  Drill for cross power, torso flexibility, and staying safe… orthodox and southpaw.

(5:45 -  10:30)  ‘Tall guy crosses’, and throwing crosses on the ‘Lead Step’.  Toe-ing out your opponent, and returning to a functional base.

(10:30 - 16:30)  ‘Second Step Crosses’ with Hand and Foot coordination.  Using this coordination to create greater hand-speed, breaking your rhythm… and trying to remain relaxed.  

(16:30 - 23:15)  Multi-directional movement within your combinations.  The ‘Widen Before Tighten Rule’.  Changing elements of your technique one at a time, and re-coordinating your hand and footwork on the ‘opposite side’.

Also, finding the source of your errors within your stance.

THIS MIGHT BE THE MOST BORING SEGMENT IN THE LESSON, but potentially the most important. 

The combinations that follow are ridiculously sweet though.

(23:15-34:36) - The ‘Double Cross’, A Level-Changing ‘Double Cross’ into an Uppercut.  

We discuss the footwork behind the combination in depth, re-chambering your same-side punches, so that they have power, and altering ‘Punch Cadence’ to improve the efficacy of the set up.

(34:36 - The End)  

Excellent ‘cross-based’ combinations...

We discuss ‘freezing’ at certain moments within combinations to assess your form, the common reactions that your opponent might potentially have (and how to respond), and some important notes about effective and fast switch kicks.  (You can see the details of last week’s lesson in action).

The Workout

Warmup -

Start with 20 Heel Tucks on each leg... progressively raising your shin and heel, higher and higher. ...shadow box for 10 seconds Hold a Static Heel Tuck in place for 30 seconds on each leg.  Try to keep your torso vertical and your obliques tightly flexed the entire time. ...shadow box for 10 seconds, or until your abs stop burning

Execute 2 x 3 Minute Rounds of Shadow Boxing...

While throwing a minimum of 15 'Kick Misses' on each leg, per round.

Ok... now you're 'warm'.

1a.) Execute a set of 20 Roundhouses on Each Leg, on an object that will 'condition' your shins.

Experienced guys should kick the very base of a heavy bag... where it's ridiculously hard.  DO NOT kick trees, poles, or anything else idiotic.

Beginner guys should kick the soft part of a heavy bag.

If you don't have a heavy bag, just find something to kick.  Put your couch cushions against a wall and tee-off on them; we will condition your shins later.

1b.) Execute a set of Now that your 'shin conditioning' is out of the way, we build the kick itself.  On your lead leg I want 25 Switch Kicks and 25 Lead Leg Roundhouses (video up by tomorrow).

On the Rear Leg, just swing away.

Rest until you're fully recovered...

2a.) Execute 30 seconds of 'The Bag Dance' -

Force yourself to fire a kick on every 'return step'.

Hold your Left Leg in The Chamber and fire 5 kicks...

...Returning to the chamber, and never letting your leg drop.  (Do not wind up!)

Shadow box for 15 seconds while you recover...

2b.) Execute 30 seconds of 'The Bag Dance' -

Force yourself to fire a kick on every 'return step'.

Hold your Right Leg in The Chamber and fire 5 kicks, returning to the chamber, and never letting your leg drop.  (Do not wind up!)

Shadow box for 15 seconds while you recover...

2c.) Execute 60 seconds of 'The Bag Dance' -

Force yourself to fire a kick on every 'return step'.

Hold your Left Leg in The Chamber and fire 5 kicks

...Returning to the chamber, and never letting your leg drop.  (Do not wind up!)

Shadow box for 30 seconds while you recover...

2d.) Execute 60 seconds of 'The Bag Dance' -

Force yourself to fire a kick on every 'return step'... sprint the last 15 seconds.

Hold your Right Leg in The Chamber and fire 10 kicks...

Returning to the chamber, and never letting your leg drop.  (If your standing leg is not burning... do 10 more)

Rest for 60 seconds, or Shadow Box for 60 seconds while you recover...

Go drink a glass of water.

Then...

3a.) Build Your 'Sweeps'

Throw 15 Extra Low Roundhouses that would 'sweep under your opponent's shield' on each leg, on the air.

3b.) Build Your 'Mule Kicks'

Throw 15 Extra Low Roundhouses that you stop early, and then throw the 'Mule Kick' off of them.

3c.) Tie It All Together

Execute a 3 Minute Round of Shadow Boxing, in which you throw 1 or 2 roundhouses, to bait your opponent into shielding, and then fire the 'Mule Kick'... on the air.  Feel free to throw any other technique from this week while you move around.  DO NOT STOP.

Execute a 3 Minute Round on a heavy bag (or some target) where you intentionally sweep low and miss your roundhouse, but throw the hardest Mule Kick you can.  Feel free to throw any other technique from this week while you move around.  DO NOT STOP.

***Just for a little extra ninja control, try LANDING your Roundhouse, but still firing the Mule Kick.

This will be very difficult, you will have almost no space, but try to make it work.  Then, when you return to normal distancing, it's going to feel easy.

Hey... you're done!  Nice work.

Roundhouses on each leg FULL POWER

Now that your 'shin conditioning' is out of the way, we build the kick itself.  On your lead leg I want 25 Switch Kicks and 25 Lead Leg Roundhouses (video up by tomorrow).

On the Rear Leg, just swing away.

Rest until you're fully recovered...

2a.) Execute 30 seconds of 'The Bag Dance' -

Force yourself to fire a kick on every 'return step'.

Hold your Left Leg in The Chamber and fire 5 kicks...

...Returning to the chamber, and never letting your leg drop.  (Do not wind up!)

Shadow box for 15 seconds while you recover...

2b.) Execute 30 seconds of 'The Bag Dance' -

Force yourself to fire a kick on every 'return step'.

Hold your Right Leg in The Chamber and fire 5 kicks, returning to the chamber, and never letting your leg drop.  (Do not wind up!)

Shadow box for 15 seconds while you recover...

2c.) Execute 60 seconds of 'The Bag Dance' -

Force yourself to fire a kick on every 'return step'.

Hold your Left Leg in The Chamber and fire 5 kicks

...Returning to the chamber, and never letting your leg drop.  (Do not wind up!)

Shadow box for 30 seconds while you recover...

2d.) Execute 60 seconds of 'The Bag Dance' -

Force yourself to fire a kick on every 'return step'... sprint the last 15 seconds.

Hold your Right Leg in The Chamber and fire 10 kicks...

Returning to the chamber, and never letting your leg drop.  (If your standing leg is not burning... do 10 more)

Rest for 60 seconds, or Shadow Box for 60 seconds while you recover...

Go drink a glass of water.

Then...

3a.) Build Your 'Sweeps'

Throw 15 Extra Low Roundhouses that would 'sweep under your opponent's shield' on each leg, on the air.

3b.) Build Your 'Mule Kicks'

Throw 15 Extra Low Roundhouses that you stop early, and then throw the 'Mule Kick' off of them.

3c.) Tie It All Together

Execute a 3 Minute Round of Shadow Boxing, in which you throw 1 or 2 roundhouses, to bait your opponent into shielding, and then fire the 'Mule Kick'... on the air.  Feel free to throw any other technique from this week while you move around.  DO NOT STOP.

Execute a 3 Minute Round on a heavy bag (or some target) where you intentionally sweep low and miss your roundhouse, but throw the hardest Mule Kick you can.  Feel free to throw any other technique from this week while you move around.  DO NOT STOP.

***Just for a little extra ninja control, try LANDING your Roundhouse, but still firing the Mule Kick.

This will be very difficult, you will have almost no space, but try to make it work.  Then, when you return to normal distancing, it's going to feel easy.

Hey... you're done!  Nice work.

Week 4.

Hooks.

Oh... so much about hooks.

Before we get started...

Someone requested more Casey this week, so I figured I would throw in a little known video which teaches a very important fight principle (which I've probably mentioned 3,000 times). Consider this a glorious tribute to Braveheart, which may be my favorite movie, and Casey.. who is my favorite red-bastard.

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Now that you know how to throw proper punches, I think it's important that you understand how far away you are supposed to be from the guy you're trying to assail.  The correct distancing builds power and increases your safety... which will be long windedly explained in this video, followed by a humorous ending.

Now let's get crazy with some hooks...

Let's start with the one from the front of your stance.

LeadHookThe Lead Hook

This video is one of the first that I ever filmed... which is funny to look back on.  In any event, there are some incredibly important form details that you will absolutely need to throw this punch effectively.

Once you have the basic form... you can start adding some real power.

This video will teach you the secret to ridiculous hook power.

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This video will teach you how to apply basic kinesiology (think of it like "Explosive Muscle Science") to your hooking punches... and give them an alarming increase in power.

Now in this week's webinar, someone asked about 'functional fight exercise'...

To answer that question, I listed out a reasonably mindless yet awesome series of drills/exercises that you can do, which would drastically help your fight game.

One of the drills that I mentioned was the 'Slip Rope'... so I pulled that lesson from the Head Movement Program and stuck it up in here for your reference.  Enjoy this 'old school' video.

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A slip rope is merely an object that represents a punch;  you slip underneath it to build U-Slips and Slide Slips, work on your muscle memory, and get a great workout that applies to fighting.  All you will need is a rope (ideally) attached between two objects, at shoulder height.

 Now that you have this in your 'tool box'...

The following video might make sense to you.  I borrowed this next little nugget from the 'How to Fight Bigger People' program... so just... ignore the introduction.

Leaping Hook

A Crazy Kind of Hook (and other stuff)

This video will show you a way that you can 'leap' out of your U-Slips a drop an incredibly powerful, distance closing attack.

Now since we're on the topic of clever hook footwork...

This following video might change up the game for some of you, and give you a new and very powerful option to play with.

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The Hook Step

An essential way to rip a hook, and create more murderous opportunities.

The question of 'slappy' hooks came up in the webinar... and this next video addresses that.  This will show you how to bounce your hooks off of your target, so they don't get 'stuck' and interfere with the footwork that you want to follow (like a Hook-Step).

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A Sweet Trick For Hook Fluidity

This little form adjustment will keep your body flowing through your hooks... instead of stopping unnecessarily AT your target.

fedorcomboThe "Fedor Combo" 

This is one of the first videos that I ever tried to film, and it's been at least 7 years since I've watched this video.  It might be terrible, but it's another good example of using an opportunistic 'leap' to move your hook where it needs to go.

Since you now have a pretty solid amount of info about hooks, the following video will incorporate the stuff that you know into a very practical application.  We will be breaking out of 'duck and cover', and doing some damage of our own.

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Stopping a Melee (The Anti-Duck-and-Cover Lesson)

If you're the type of guy to duck and freeze when someone throws a flurry of attacks, this lesson will help dig you out of that problem.

 And then... we have the gloriousness of our webinar:

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The Week #4 Webinar

This is a good episode... of course once we get into the swing of things.  We discuss many things.... MAAAAANnnnnny many things.  Oh... so many things.

Ridiculously Long Straights-to-the-Body-Lesson

This is a good episode... of course once we get into the swing of things.  We discuss many things.... MAAAAANnnnnny many things.  Oh... so many things.

Nick Diaz 10 Punch Combo

I mention this video in the 'ridiculously long lesson' this week... so here it is.

The Workout

Your thighs and chest are going to be unhappy.

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Take the time to set up a slip rope for yourself... you will be glad that you did.  If you absolutely can't, you will be slip roping 'on air'.

7 Minute Super Fun Warm-Up

  • 60 Seconds Slip Rope - Left and Right (orthodox stance)
  • 60 Seconds Non-Stop Straight Punches (left and right alternating)
  • 60 Seconds Slip Rope - Front to Back (orthodox stance)
  • 60 Seconds Non-Stop Straight Hooks (left and right alternating)
  • 60 Seconds Slip Rope - Left and Right (southpaw stance)
  • 60 Seconds of the Following Punch Pattern : Left Straight - Right Straight - Left Hook - Right Straight - Left Straight - Right Hook - ...repeat.
  • 60 Seconds Slip Rope (front to back - southpaw stance)

You should have an exceptionally good 'pump' in your legs right now.  Powerful legs are great for hooks.

Next... we work our way into 'hook power'

Throw a 'lead hook' and without stepping your feet execute a U-Slip to pull you back to your starting position.  Throw another hook, and repeat for 30 reps of non-stop hooks and U-Slips. Focus on stretching your torso on the hook, and just getting a nice smooth 'shoulder load' on the way back during the U-Slip.  Add some snap to the last 10 hooks. Throw a 'rear hook' and without stepping your feet execute a U-Slip to pull you back to your starting position.  Throw another hook, and repeat for 30 reps.  Add some snap to the last 10 hooks.

On a heavy bag...

Throw 30 full power 'lead hooks' Rest 30 seconds Rip 30 full power 'rear hooks' Rest 30 Seconds Rip 30 Rear Straight - Lead Hook (feel free to leap and make this a Fedor Combo for 15 reps) Rest 30 Seconds Rip 30 Jab - Rear Hook

Building your 'Hook Step':

Orthodox Stance and circling to the right:

60 Seconds Left Hook - (Left foot steps to the Right and then pivot on it to re-center) 60 Seconds Left Hook - Right Straight (Left foot steps to the Right and the Right Straight re-centers you (let the right foot 'hinge' out) 60 Seconds Rest 60 Seconds Right Hook - (Left foot steps to the Left and then pivot on it to re-center) 60 Seconds Right Hook - Double Jab (Left foot steps to the Left after the hook, pivot on it to re-center and as the Right Foot touches down, Left Foot steps for the double jab)

Southpaw Stance and circling to the right:

60 Seconds Right Hook - (Right foot steps to the Left and then pivot on it to re-center) 60 Seconds Right Hook - Left Straight (Right foot steps to the Left and the Left Straight re-centers you (let the left foot 'hinge' out) 60 Seconds Rest 60 Seconds Left Hook - (Right foot steps to the Right and then pivot on it to re-center) 60 Seconds Left Hook - Double Jab (Right foot steps to the Right after the hook, pivot on it to re-center and as the Left Foot touches down, the Right Foot steps for the double jab)

Stopping the Melee

If you have a training partner, alternate 60 second rounds with one person punching, and the other defending... focusing on picking off strikes with elbows and forearms. Do this for 5 minutes If you have no partner, shadow-box focusing on the stuff you've learned so far. Throw 30 "Low-To High's" Switch sides randomly

5 minutes lightly shadow boxing...

While working on the 'Post and Retreat' footwork. You need to focus on moving to the rear, AND moving laterally to the same side as your rear hand... so you can post on your opponent's shoulder (or head) and move out on the angle. 2 Minutes Slip Rope - U-Slip to the left and throw a Left Hook - then U-Slip to the Right and throw a Right Hook repeatedly.

5 minutes lightly shadow boxing...

While working on the 'Post and Retreat' footwork. And if you're not tired... Throw full power hooks on one side until you're exhausted... Rest 60 seconds Throw full power hooks on the other side until you're exhausted... again.

The Striking Dojo - Week #5.

Just crushing people.

 Lets start this week with some game changing concepts...

Form and knowledge shall now meet brutality

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By far the longest title for any video I've done so far, and deservedly so. This video will teach you one of the best angle-changing and power-loading movements, it will give you the SECRET to instantly turning your opponent's lights off, and we will juggle some heads... whatever the heck that means.

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We forgot to add an "attack level change" to make that last combo 'perfect'... so we'll add that, and remind you of your virtually guaranteed aiming point.

Now that you have a switch kick, it will be easy for you to add multiple kicks to your combinations.

Perhaps even changing levels between them...

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Great for workouts and smashing someone with repeated kicks from the same side... this technique will be used any time you want to "double-up" a kick on someone.

Now lets add even more murderous power and mobility to your hook.

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In this lesson, we cover the most powerful punch that you can possibly throw, we set it up using a step-around, we build a DIABOLICAL combination to get you out of a 'duck and cover' scenario, and I introduce you to some super fun and super cool 'entries'... so you can use this powerful stuff at will.

 Let's make a brief transition to defense

You can't just go around attacking non-stop... especially if you're fighting a guy who attacks non-stop.

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Defending Roundhouses

In this video you will learn both how to block roundhouses, and the best ways to capture roundhouses, and immediately win the fight as a result.

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Now that you can defend roundhouses and instantly destroy people, it would make sense to give you the same ability when someone throws a 'straight kick' at you.

Now let's apply this to some all around kick combat...

dojo-5-kick-sparring.00_02_13_08.Still001Kick Sparring (and more)

In this video, we demonstrate how sparring with nothing but kicks will help you be a sneakier kicker. Also, I reveal the "Sneaky Kick" and I will teach you how to ESCAPE from the position in which your opponent has caught your leg.

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A sideways kinda kick, which has some solid uses.

dojo-5-thejabonjabdrillandthemarkhunt.00_01_26_01.Still001The "Jab-on-Jab Drill" (and the Mark Hunt combo)

In this video, you will learn a drill that will drastically improve your confidence when entering with a double jab... to set up stuff like the "Mark Hunt" combo.

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I spent about 10 minutes on this first bit answering a question, and almost immediately after I concluded... my computer crashed. This is 'Part 1' of the Week 5 Webinar!

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After my computer completely crashed, we resumed, and things became awesome yet again.

The Striking Dojo - Week #6.

Handling opponents who 'run' too much, countering counters, and other fun stuff.

Dealing with a Fleeing Opponent (by cutting off angles)

The simplest way to deal with a retreating opponent is to prevent him from having room to scamper backwards.  This video has some aggressive ways to cut off his escape.

Combinations to Stifle a Retreating Opponent

In addition to 'controlling the room', there are some specific attacks that will work very well on people moving backwards.  This video covers them, in the least confusing way possible... possibly.

The Mule Kick

An unnecessarily long video on an attack that you won't use very much... which is still necessary to train for kinesiological purposes.

Right Hand Entries and making them safer

Combinations must start with both hands... here are some ways to enter with your right hand, a quick set up, and the trick to making right hand entries safe.

And if you DON'T vary the hand that you use to enter...

Here's one way that your opponent might take advantage of it. (Conversely, I would recommend that YOU use this, should your opponent's combos always start with a left hand.)

Striking-Overhand-Right-Set-Up copyA Sweet Set-Up For The Overhand Right 

(You might want to watch the overhand right lesson first.) This is an amazing 'set up'.   If you know that your opponent is leading with a jab, it should be lights out!

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Just to make sure you know how to throw the punch correctly...

Expecting a Caught Kick (and the best defenses)

Any time you throw a kick to the body, it might be caught.  Expecting that is a great way to get out quickly... in addition to one other added defense (which sets up a brutal knee to the face).

Hand Speed

The more times you punch someone in the head in short succession, the more likely he is to fall asleep.  Here's the secret to hand speed.

The Dip Slip (and countering)

This is one of the easiest and most versatile slips that you can add to your arsenal. Make people miss, and make them pay for it.

The Workout

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1 = Jab
2 = Cross
3 = Lead Hook
4 = Rear Hook
5 = Lead Uppercut
6 = Rear Uppercut

Let's start with Hand Speed.  If you see an * (asterisk) after any combination, that means it's repeated non-stop.  For example, 1-2* means 1-2-1-2-1-2-1-2-1-2 (and so on) for the duration of the time period.

Warm up with 60 seconds of nonstop Left and then Right punches, on the air.

Try to move in multiple directions, really twist your torso, make sure that you're feet are coordinated correctly.  This is not a bunch of 1-2's... it's a continuous stream of 1-2-1-2-1-2-1-2 etc.  (aka 1-2*)

Shadow Box 60 Seconds

At the end of this shadow boxing, you're going to do a punch sprint, so make sure you're fully recovered.

60 Second Sprint of 1-2* non-stop.

If you have a heavy bag, make sure you are hitting it hard.  Extend your arms fully and DO NOT STOP until 60 seconds are up.  You might want to vomit after 30 seconds, but you must push until you hit 60.

Rest for 2 Minutes, working on footwork

I'm sure your shoulders are burnt, so keep moving around on your feet, and let your arms hang if necessary.

60 Second Sprint of 1-2* non-stop.

This sprint is going to suck more than the first... so just get through it.

120 Seconds of Footwork

Keep moving around, but rest.

Speed Bursts

The following combinations should be thrown as fast as possible, with good footwork.  If your footwork breaks down, you must slow down.

10 x (1-2-1-2)  ... ten sets of jab - cross - jab - cross, a 4 punch combo.

10 x (1-2-5-2)

10 X (1-2-3-2)

Switch your stance and repeat the same combinations:

10 x (1-2-1-2)

10 x (1-2-5-2)

10 X (1-2-3-2)

Punch Sprints - Six through Twenty Punches

Occasionally start with your right hand!

1-2-1-2-1-2
1-2-1-2-1-2-1
2-1-2-1-2-1-2-1

Through... 1-2-1-2-1-2-1-2-1-2-1-2-1-2-1-2-1-2-1-2

Mixing in the Dip Slips

10 x (1-2-1-2-Dip-2-3)

10 x (1-2-3-Dip-3-2)

10 x (2-1-Dip-2-1-2-Dip-3-2-3-2)

Switch your Feet and Repeat

10 x (1-2-1-2-Dip-2-3)

10 x (1-2-3-Dip-3-2)

10 x (2-1-Dip-2-1-2-Dip-3-2-3-2)

Mule Kicks

Throw 20 Mule Kicks on each leg, increasing in height

Throw 20 Front kicks on each leg, immediately followed by the mule kick before replacing your foot on the ground.

Overhands

Slip while throwing 20 overhands on each side

Throw 20 more overhands on each side, followed by an Uppercut... i.e. Right Overhand - Left Uppercut.

More Hand Speed

Begin with the following combination lightly for 60 seconds: 1-2-3-2-1-4*

60 Second Sprint of 1-2-3-2-1-4*

Ideally this should be on a heavy bag... if you need to rest your arms, feel free to dip slip between punches

Even just 3 minutes of punch sprinting is a hard workout... so everything else on top of that makes this a tough one!

You're done!

The Striking Dojo - Week #7.

My favorite flashy combination and other valuable stuff.

So guess what happened last week...

I'm doing Jiu Jitsu, I have a brown belt caught in a nasty Toe Hold, and it's stretched to the limit.  I crack a teeny bit harder to see if the guy will tap, and his foot begins to crackle and pop.  Instantly, I let go... allowing my opponent to walk another day.  2 seconds after I let completely let go, he grabs a toe hold and instantly pops my ankle.

My ankle is destroyed, and my mercy is to blame.  There's a lesson in that somewhere.

Nevertheless, I'm wearing an ankle brace in this weeks lessons... not just one very long sock, and my movement is slightly limited.  Still, I believe you will find the following lessons to be quite savage.

The Spinning Back-Fist

You spin around and smash someone with the back of your fist...

The Superman Punch

You smash someone with your fist while looking vaguely like superman... if you do this technique super-dumb.  If you do it correctly you will end up with 5 times the power, better positioning, and you will not really look like superman.  I'm a Batman fan anyway.

The Whirling Durvish

My coolest looking, and probably most elaborate set-up (that I actually use).  You combine two of the aforementioned techniques of the week, for a diabolical set up.

Attacking While Retreating

Should you need to run away, you should also be able to hit your opponent in the face and take an angle.  (This video could honestly use an additional camera shot for one of the discussed techniques... I will add it in later)

Be sure to check out the other videos on the page above for a better description of 'The Rear Slip' and 'The Fadeaway Hook'.

Combinations from the Philly Shell

Someone requested some combinations from the Philly Shell... and since this is a request based course, I made it!

The Art of Counter-Punching

There's something amazing about allowing a punch to whiz right by your head, while contently sitting with the knowledge that you're about to sock your opponent in the chin... make him miss, and make him pay for it.

A Couple of Nasty Elbows

The Spacer and the Slicer... I think.  We'll see.

A Super Fun Video Breakdown

I received a lot of requests after my last email blast, and only one video submission... so I broke it down!

One more glorious week to go... the workout will be up soon!

The Striking Dojo - Week #8.

Our 'Grand Finale' of sorts...

Hammer-Fists

An unorthodox and somewhat underutilized striking technique that has great potential, once you put it into your arsenal.

Human Weak Points

I really enjoyed making this video, and it's become one of my favorites.  It probably would have been useful to throw into Week #1, but it wasn't done then 😉  This video will show you all of the "Human Weak Points" that you can potentially strike to end a fight in one single blow... and it will show you how to set up such strikes.  Enjoy!

A Great Judo Throw

Someone requested some 'high percentage' judo throws, so I decided to share one of my favorites.  This one is a great 'go to' any time someone ends up inside your 'hooking range'.

Floor Pinches

This is a 'drill' or a 'technique' modification that will make virtually everything you do in a fight, faster, more balanced, and more powerful.  Since extensively drilling with 'Floor Pinches' in mind, my skills have improved dramatically, and I frequently use this as a 'coaching point' for people with lackluster footwork.

Takedown Defense

If you want to strike, you need to stay on your feet!

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There are going to be times when you end up on the ground while you're fighting... it's somewhat unavoidable until you've mastered takedown defense.  These are the the best technique that you can use to stand up safely and effectively

Here's a YouTube video that I did which is apparently relevant to the discussion...

StandingSubmissions2Standing Submissions

This is the video on 'Standing Submissions' that I referenced in the Takedown Defense video.  Feel free to choke your opponent out instead of hammer-fisting his brain stem.

StandingSubmissions2Standing Submissions Part 2. (the "Travaconda")

Here's a follow up to the "Fatal Self Defense" lesson in which I give you a bonus kick ass submission that starts from standing. I've tentatively started calling this the "Trav-aconda". Anyhow, this is an anaconda variation that I find to be virtually infallable any time I catch a front headlock position. This will choke your opponent to sleep in mere seconds.

The Jab on Slip Drill

This might be the most important partner drill in all of martial arts.  I would spend a lot of time practicing this one if I were you... I know I have!

The Striking Dojo - Week #9.

Our extra 'Grand Finale' of sorts...

To conclude this course, I would like to fulfill some additional requests...

And offer some insight on other very common striking scenarios!

 I received a request for 'drills to improve one's side kick'.

The following video ensues:

The Varied 'Kicks from the Chamber' Drill

This drill will improve all three of your major kicks: The Front Kick, the Side Kick, and the Roundhouse.  You will develop an infallibly strong 'standing leg' , and add a ton of additional power to your pivots.

 I received a request for 'set-ups, set-ups, and more set ups'...

So here's a phenomenal set up.

Faking Low and Hooking High

One of my favorite set-up's of all time, this will give you a great chance at taking your opponent's head off with a clean lead hook.

Since Eddie Alvarez just won the UFC Lightweight Title...

Here's one of the first videos that I ever made (and it probably sucks) but it's another great simple set up.

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Eddie Alvarez knocked my wind out so badly using this set up (around 2008 or so) that I almost shit my pants. As a result, I started doing it to other people… which is way more fun.

The most common attack that you will see is the flailing 'overhand right'...

So it's good to have a few options, in case someone starts troubling you with this punch.  You only need to master ONE of these, but having more than one in your pocket can't hurt!

The Best Defenses For The Overhand Right

Anticipate this punch, and catch him with one of these.

Now, at times you will hurt your opponent and you will know that he is hurt.

Don't just rush for the finish... guarantee the finish.  A lot of times, when you rush in, you'll rush right into a 'hug', or a clinch, or a double leg takedown.  Be prepared to be grabbed once you've clipped the guy, and don't let it happen.

How to Stop Your Opponent From Hugging Onto You

These options will make him feel less friendly.

 Just to add on to this a little bit...

The following video will elaborate more on some of the previously mentioned 'hug stopping' methods.

The "Rude Awakening"

A gem from the How to Fight Bigger People Course, this video contains a more thorough description of the 'shoulder bump', we touch on the elbow with a hook underneath, and we also add a 'battering ram' style into knee into the mix... which will easily stop someone from hugging you.

And that's it!  The course is finished!

I hope that you enjoyed all of the stuff that you learned, and I hope you continue to practice this stuff in years to come.  You will not have mastered this art in the time that it takes to watch the videos, so be patient, and WORK HARD.

Soon enough, the moves will flow, your strikes will snap, and you will have the unencumbered confidence that it takes to  face fights fearlessly.  I hope that you never have to defend yourself in such a manner but I leave you with this:

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Hey... I would love to hear your opinion on the course, and get any feedback.  Please shoot me an email!

trav@howtofightnow.com

Let me know if you have any questions as well!

Train hard... be unstoppable.

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