Head Movement Training

Day 1.

Dodging Punches.

Welcome to the Fight Smart Head Movement Training Program.

This course will change the way you look at fighting.

Let’s get right into it.

The first thing that you need to do is familiarize yourself with the 5 basic types of head movement, or “slips”.  Each one has it’s own purposes, and will have different results.  For example, a “Rear Slip” will allow you to retreat from your opponent where a “U-Slip” will move you under your opponents attack, keeping you close, and allowing you to rip very powerful counter-punches.

Different slips serve different purposes...

Before you worry about reading your opponent or dodging 50 attacks at once, you MUST MAKE THESE MOVEMENTS SECOND NATURE!  These are not things that you should have to think about, your body should just be able to do them.  They need to be implanted into your “Muscle Memory”.

Muscle memory is like a connection to your brain’s memory stores and your muscles.  When your brain has “told” your body to execute certain movements enough times, those movements become a part of you.

If you played baseball growing up, you can probably pick up a ball and throw it to someone without any issue, and at any time.  That said, if your Dad ever video taped you playing ball when you were four years old, I bet you sucked at it.

Until you repeat a movement many many times, it will not be stored in your brain and body’s data-banks.

Though repetition you will burn these slips into your muscle memory.

For this reason, you're going to be doing a LOT of reps of the basic 'slips'.

video-2-hm-launch-thumb-playStraight Slips 

This is a video you should have already seen on "Straight Slips" and "Up-Jabs", two staple strikes in this workout.

Once you've slipped, it's time to hit the guy.

The uppercut is an ideal way to do it.  After mastering just these first two lessons, you will be able to defeat 75% of your opponents.  100% of my statistics are complete fabrications.

Uppercuts...An Extensive Examination

In this video, I cover three different types of uppercut with varying degrees of devastation, and different purposes.  It is a good video.  Yes.

Eliminating Flinches and Cultivating Responses

This video will teach you how to train your brain to work quickly and instinctively, when punches are coming at your face.

Let's start moving in multiple directions, and adding different slips.

This slip will make any punch miss, but might take you out of counter-punching range.

RearSlipThe Rear Slip 

This is a fantastic way to make a punch miss, and it will work on any punch.  The only drawback is that most times, you’re not in a good position to counter-punch after you make the guy miss.  However, if you check out the “Fadeaway Hook” lesson immediately beneath this video, you can execute a rear slip, and then put your opponent to sleep easily.

Striking-Fadeaway-Hook copyThe Fade-Away Hook

Once you have your rear slip working, you can use this technique to put the guy's lights out the moment that you make his punch miss!

 Now in today's workout, I will ask you to "Rear Slip Right, and Rear Slip Left"...

But a lot of people have no idea what I'm talking about.

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Rear Slipping Right vs. Left

I've been asked to explain this movement about 500 times, so I figured that it was time to make a video to clarify.

Now Build What You Know

The following training programs will only be done for a couple of days... then I want you to move to the Head Movement Training Regiment URL which will place a much larger emphasis on combining these individual movements.  (That page will be explained later).  You can print these initial workouts out if you like, and take them wherever you train.

I would recommend that you try to do these workouts pretty much every other day, but it's more important for you to reinforce the lessons when you watch them.  As soon as you add the slips to your arsenal, I expect you to do the workout that's associated with them.

Key Takeaways:

When executing a Straight Slip:

Combine:

  • A Step in any direction
  • a Shoulder Pop
  • ...and an Oblique Crunch

...and you have a Straight Slip.  This punch will make either Straight Punch (right or left), and will also make either Uppercut miss.

When executing an Uppercut:

Pop your shoulder to get power and then, you can fire the:

  • Up-Jab
  • Traditional Uppercut
  • The "Uppergut"... (the straight uppercut to the body 

The Up-Jab is your long 'pushing punch', if you aren't very close.  Fire a punch to full arm extension with your palm up, trying to knock the guys head backwards off of his shoulders.

The Uppercut is a 'pulling punch' which should start with an elastic chest pop, and be followed by a 'rip cord' like pulling action, thus launching the guys head out of his hands for 'juggling'.

The Uppergut is fired straight ahead by leaving the punch behind  and projecting it forward with your hip.

When executing a Rear Slip:

Combine:

  • A step backwards,
  • a slight torso lean backwards,
  • and tucking your chin backward, thus 'giving yourself a double chin'...

and you have a Rear Slip.

You can crunch your obliques to one side or the other with your rear slip, if you want to pull your head to one side of a punch or the other.

To throw the Fadeaway Hook:

Start by executing a Rear Slip, but also draw back your lead shoulder.

(This is like loading up the 'ball and chain' so you can unwind it.)

As you drag your lead foot to its replacement position, you fire your Fadeaway Hook.

You can pivot your rear leg back 'behind' the position of your lead foot, to create a different angle on your opponent.

Day 1 Training:

(Click Here to download this workout.)

If the following doesn’t make sense to you, watch this video on Slipping to the Left on your Left vs Right Foot.

Straight Slips

On these slips, you will move only one of your feet.  You will bounce that foot immediately back to your stance.

Your weight will be transferred to the foot on the same side that your head is slipping.  So, if your head is moving to the left, your weight will be transferred into the left foot.

100 Straight Slips, Head Moving To the Left, Stepping on your Left Foot

100 Straight Slips, Head Moving To the Left, Stepping on your Right Foot

100 Straight Slips, Head Moving To the Right, Stepping On your Left Foot

100 Straight Slips, Head Moving To the Right, Stepping On your Right Foot

Slips and Counters

Start by slowly executing:

20 Straight Slips popping your Left shoulder forward and throwing a Right Uppercut

20 Straight Slips Popping your Right shoulder forward, and throwing a Left Uppercut

Now do this in the midst of moving:

2 Minute Round of shadow boxing, while randomly slipping and popping your left shoulder in front, firing either a Right Uppercut, Up-jab, or 'Uppergut'.

60 seconds Rest

2 Minute round of shadow boxing, while randomly slipping and popping your right shoulder forward, throwing a left Uppercut, Up-Jab, or Uppergut.

60 seconds Rest

Rear Slips

100 Rear Slips - pulling your head straight back, and tucking your chin.

100 Rear Slips, Left - With your head pulled to the left.  (Execute a normal rear slip, and use an oblique crunch to pull your head to the left, much like you did on the straight slip).

100 Rear Slips, Right - Now your head is pulled to the right of the punch.

Do that workout, then tomorrow hit the next page and add some more slips to the mix!

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Head Movement Training Day 2.

Footwork, Positioning, and the U-Slip

Today, is going to be all about Footwork.

The ability to move your entire body around is by far the most important 'skill' to have in the realm of martial arts.

We're going to build fundamental strengths and powers that support the footwork that you need.

This is also going to kick off about 3 full days of intense leg work and soreness.

Hey... not only is this going to be challenging to learn every day, it's going to be challenging to your body as well.  Every OTHER day would probably be a more sensible training split.

And now... on to Footwork.

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Everything... is controlled by your feet, as you're about to see.

Here's a Bonus Drill that you might find interesting:

(if you're still having weight distribution problems, this will fix them.)

The Floor Pinch and Float (optional)

This is a drill which will further sharpen your footwork, solve 'weight distribution' errors, and make you are far more balanced and solid fighter.

The following is a CORE movement...

in the Head Movement Program.

striking-uslipThe U-Slip 

This is a crucial form of head movement. The U-Slip is the best way to avoid hooks and a damn good way to avoid head kicks. This technique will keep you safe, leave your opponent off balance, and improve your fighting angle… a must watch.

You're going to do a lot of repetitions of that movement, so HEY... take a look at yourself in the mirror or even make a video to assess your form when doing it.  You'll learn a LOT from that self-assessment.

The Following is a Concept Lesson:

And it's one of the most important concepts in all of fighting... but you do not need to execute any of the individual movements in this video.  'Double Jabbing' to the left is not a necessity in the Head Movement Game.

This video simply shows you what qualifies as an 'attack angle' or 'attacking on an angle' (and I'd like you to take note of each example of this concept that you find in this course... in the name of being a 'good student'.)

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?

 

Now you know how to slip, and you know about taking angles...

Here's how you blend slips and footwork to craftily take 'attack angles' on your opponent, which keep you safe.

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.

 

Hey... this is a lot to learn in one single day!

If you were a trainee of mine, I wouldn't even expect you to get all of this in an hour long private lesson.

You don't even need to limit yourself to a 24 hour period.  Just focus on the movements that I give you in the workout, put them into your muscle memory, and keep moving forward.

Key Takeaways:

In the Realm of Footwork:

  • The Blast Step and the Slide Step are two of the most important footwork movements in all of Man-Kind.
  • Your Blast Step is an explosive way to move both in and out (and side to side) quickly.
  • Your Slide Step utilizes gravity to allow you to move around in a more energy efficient yet elusive manner.
  • In ALL steps, maintaining relatively even weight distribution is of paramount importance.  This determines your ability to move after your initial blast or slide.
  • The 'Floor Pinch' and the 'Floor Pinch and Float' will teach you how to transfer your weight effectively.

Taking an "Attack Angle" sets up your strikes while keeping you safe.

Don't move in with your chin traveling on a straight line... use an angled attack.

Don't stay right in front of your opponent after you've attacked, move to the side where you can hit him more, or get the hell out.

A 'Basic Angle Change' is a method you can use to reposition yourself after an attack, or after a slip.

Your Lead Foot steps either to the left or right, and then you Pivot on that lead foot to face your opponent... ideally without him 100% facing you.

If your Lead Foot is your Left foot, to angle change to the left, you pop your right shoulder forward with your left step (which is moving to the left), and then rapidly pull your right shoulder back to to rear.  This will make your right foot hinge more quickly into position.

If your Lead Foot is your Left foot, to angle change to the right, you will step your left foot to the right and immediately pivot on that foot, 'hinging' your right foot into position to face your opponent.  (I use this angle change mostly when I miss a left hook and my left foot is dragged behind my hook.)

The Workout

(Click Here to download this workout)

Warm Up

  1. 2 Minutes of Blast Steps in every direction
  2. 1 Minute of Blast steps with a floor pinch added, also in every direction.
  3. 2 Minutes of Slide Steps in every direction
  4. 1 Minute of Floor Pinches, added now to your Slide Steps
  5. Bonus - Add 1 Minute of the 'Floor Pinch and Float' to your Blast Steps in every direction

Any time that you do a workout and still have energy, I want you to add those 5 drills to the end of it.

U-Slips

Warm up with some shoulder rolls... (the upper body part of a U-Slip)

Plant your feet in a good stance and sink down, pulling your Lead Shoulder back into the Rear as you come up.  (If you're a righty, your Left shoulder will be pulled back to the rear).

Stay there.

While keeping that Lead shoulder held back in the rear, sink down and pull your other shoulder to the back... returning you to your original stance.

Execute 50 Repetitions of this 'Shoulder Roll'

(We are simply isolating the upper body aspect of the U-Slip, and building it into your muscle memory.)

Now add the angles and footwork...

80 U-Slips stepping Side to Side

(take two steps on each slip to take your angle.  Step your Right foot first when moving to your right.)

Now add some punches

50 U-Slips (side to side), adding a Hook to each slip

(If you U-Slip to the left, your left shoulder is pulled to the rear, so your Left hook is loaded... throw the 'loaded' hook)

20 U-Slips with a Straight Slip Added

Start by U-Slipping to the Right, and then Popping your Right Shoulder forward to execute the straight slip.

20 U-Slips with a Straight Slip Added

Finish by U-Slipping to the Left, and then Popping your Left Shoulder forward to execute the straight slip.

Basic Angle Changes

Execute 20 Angle Changes to the Left and 20 Angle Changes to the right to get used to the movement.

(Your LEAD foot steps to the side of your angle change to start the movement).

3 Minute Round - Shadowboxing

Execute 40 Basic Angle Changes to the Left in the midst of your shadow boxing.  Feel free to work on any other movement during your round, but focus on hitting your Angle Change number

Rest for 60 Seconds

3 Minute Round - Shadowboxing

Execute 40 Angle Changes to the Right in the midst of your shadow boxing.  Feel free to work on any other movement during your round, but focus on hitting your Angle Change number

That's it...

now you have some experience with U-Slips, Hooking off of them, and basic angle changes.

These are 2 crucial forms of altering your 'angle of attack'.

The Workout

Warm Up

  1. 2 Minutes of Blast Steps in every direction
  2. 1 Minute of Blast steps with a floor pinch added, also in every direction.
  3. 2 Minutes of Slide Steps in every direction
  4. 1 Minute of Floor Pinches, added now to your Slide Steps
  5. Bonus - Add 1 Minute of the 'Floor Pinch and Float' to your Blast Steps in every direction

Any time that you do a workout and still have energy, I want you to add those 5 drills to the end of it.

U-Slips

Warm up with some shoulder rolls... (the upper body part of a U-Slip)

Plant your feet in a good stance and sink down, pulling your Lead Shoulder back into the Rear as you come up.  (If you're a righty, your Left shoulder will be pulled back to the rear).

Stay there.

While keeping that Lead shoulder held back in the rear, sink down and pull your other shoulder to the back... returning you to your original stance.

Execute 50 Repetitions of this 'Shoulder Roll'

(We are simply isolating the upper body aspect of the U-Slip, and building it into your muscle memory.)

Now add the angles and footwork...

80 U-Slips stepping Side to Side

(take two steps on each slip to take your angle.  Step your Right foot first when moving to your right.)

Now add some punches

50 U-Slips (side to side), adding a Hook to each slip

(If you U-Slip to the left, your left shoulder is pulled to the rear, so your Left hook is loaded... throw the 'loaded' hook)

20 U-Slips with a Straight Slip Added

Start by U-Slipping to the Right, and then Popping your Right Shoulder forward to execute the straight slip.

20 U-Slips with a Straight Slip Added

Finish by U-Slipping to the Left, and then Popping your Left Shoulder forward to execute the straight slip.

Basic Angle Changes

Execute 20 Angle Changes to the Left and 20 Angle Changes to the right to get used to the movement.

(Your LEAD foot steps to the side of your angle change to start the movement).

3 Minute Round - Shadowboxing

Execute 40 Basic Angle Changes to the Left in the midst of your shadow boxing.  Feel free to work on any other movement during your round, but focus on hitting your Angle Change number

Rest for 60 Seconds

3 Minute Round - Shadowboxing

Execute 40 Angle Changes to the Right in the midst of your shadow boxing.  Feel free to work on any other movement during your round, but focus on hitting your Angle Change number

That's it...

now you have some experience with U-Slips, Hooking off of them, and basic angle changes.

These are 2 crucial forms of altering your 'angle of attack'.

The Workout

Warm Up

  1. 2 Minutes of Blast Steps in every direction
  2. 1 Minute of Blast steps with a floor pinch added, also in every direction.
  3. 2 Minutes of Slide Steps in every direction
  4. 1 Minute of Floor Pinches, added now to your Slide Steps
  5. Bonus - Add 1 Minute of the 'Floor Pinch and Float' to your Blast Steps in every direction

Any time that you do a workout and still have energy, I want you to add those 5 drills to the end of it.

U-Slips

Warm up with some shoulder rolls... (the upper body part of a U-Slip)

Plant your feet in a good stance and sink down, pulling your Lead Shoulder back into the Rear as you come up.  (If you're a righty, your Left shoulder will be pulled back to the rear).

Stay there.

While keeping that Lead shoulder held back in the rear, sink down and pull your other shoulder to the back... returning you to your original stance.

Execute 50 Repetitions of this 'Shoulder Roll'

(We are simply isolating the upper body aspect of the U-Slip, and building it into your muscle memory.)

Now add the angles and footwork...

80 U-Slips stepping Side to Side

(take two steps on each slip to take your angle.  Step your Right foot first when moving to your right.)

Now add some punches

50 U-Slips (side to side), adding a Hook to each slip

(If you U-Slip to the left, your left shoulder is pulled to the rear, so your Left hook is loaded... throw the 'loaded' hook)

20 U-Slips with a Straight Slip Added

Start by U-Slipping to the Right, and then Popping your Right Shoulder forward to execute the straight slip.

20 U-Slips with a Straight Slip Added

Finish by U-Slipping to the Left, and then Popping your Left Shoulder forward to execute the straight slip.

Basic Angle Changes

Execute 20 Angle Changes to the Left and 20 Angle Changes to the right to get used to the movement.

(Your LEAD foot steps to the side of your angle change to start the movement).

3 Minute Round - Shadowboxing

Execute 40 Basic Angle Changes to the Left in the midst of your shadow boxing.  Feel free to work on any other movement during your round, but focus on hitting your Angle Change number

Rest for 60 Seconds

3 Minute Round - Shadowboxing

Execute 40 Angle Changes to the Right in the midst of your shadow boxing.  Feel free to work on any other movement during your round, but focus on hitting your Angle Change number

That's it...

now you have some experience with U-Slips, Hooking off of them, and basic angle changes.

These are 2 crucial forms of altering your 'angle of attack'.

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Head Movement Training Day 3.

Continued Slip Training with added Savagery

Let's another day of beating functional movements, painfully into your body.

I'm sure you want to learn all of the fun mystical stuff that will let you dodge punches like the matrix.  I'm sure you're sore, like Daniel San after he spent countless hours Painting the Fence, Sanding The Floor, and Wax on Wax off'ing Mr. Miyagi's belongings.

And yet... we all remember how that turned out. 

If not, prepare to have your mind blown:

Mr. Miyagi Invokes the Matrix

...and Daniel San breaks into the mystical land of Karate magic.

Look, we just need a little more 'slip vocabulary' before I have you tying together magical lyrics of punch-dodgery.

 On the bright side, you'll be able to end a fight, in a single slip after today...


striking-setupUSlipwithPunchUnderneathThe U-Slip With a Brutal Gut-Shot 

If you land this, it's game over... no doubt about it.  You make your opponent miss and then send a crushing blow to his unsuspecting body... which also happens to be in the perfect angle for impact.

Now you just did a bunch of U-Slips Yesterday...

You're probably sore.  You're going to do more of them today, if you're not too sore.  Considering how hard you're going to be on your legs in the near future, it's worth talking about some damn SCIENCE to help you recover, and help you continue to improve as you add additional techniques.

hm video 3 thumbUsing Science To Become a Savage

People who train SMART end up with the best results. (Maybe I should make a website called Train Smart... you can steal this idea if you want.) This video will teach you how to get the most out of the work you do.

The following lesson might be considered Redundant...

(A Fight Smart Core Redundancy)

Look, simply moving to the side can both make punches miss, and improve your angle.  I reference some of the lessons that you've seen in the past 48 hours, and encourage you to skip jogging and do some prolonged sideways movement instead.

It's far more relevant in the fight game... but this might not be the only time you've heard these 'lessons' mentioned so far, and it will probably not be the last :-/

hm-lateral-movementLateral Movement 

The literal definition of lateral movement is side-to-side movement... don't quote me on that, I obviously didn't look it up or anything.  You don't want to be in front of your opponent if you can help it, and this is a great way to make your opponent miss.

Now I mentioned the 'Slide Step' in the Footwork Video.

However, I mentioned it 10 minutes into the video, and that means 80% of you didn't see it.

The analytics don't lie.

As such, I am going to insert an inferior lesson:

hm-Slide-SlipSlide Slip Lesson 

The slide slip is a cool way to enter and exit your combinations, though I must admit, I use it far more as an exit.  This is a simple movement that many people overlook when it has so many practical uses in any type of stand up fighting.  This technique will make your legs stronger, in addition to making you safer.

And now let's do something fun and exciting with all of this damn redundant information, and inherently change the game in your training!!!

 

"Slip Rope" Trainingequipment-slip-rope

Is merely an object that represents a punch, and you can 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.

Before you go run out and start tying knots...

Here's a lesson which shows an 'attack' from a slide step... but it's pretty bold.  I give you a 50% chance of not getting hit, but it fits so nicely with today's slip rope training.

striking-slidinginto6-3Sliding Into A 6-3 

Here’s a sweet way to enter in an elusive, confusing fashion, and rip your opponent with two power strikes.

Before your workout...

Order the stuff that you need to set up your Slip Rope (if you don't already have it).

Bear in mind, you can tie a piece of string between two trees and that will work.

That said, I prefer large rubberized 'Bike Hooks' screwed into studs to attach your rope.  The Presa CP40005 Bike Hooks look like this:

I prefer smooth (and cheap) Nylon rope, as it will be making 'accidental' contact with your body at times.

Tip: Try to get it tight while making loops at the end of your rope, and then tighten it further by adding knots randomly in your rope.

If your thighs or butt are still sore from yesterday, take today off.

This entire day is going to center around working your legs, and especially letting your weight drop into your  thighs as you disappear underneath punches.

A muscle pull will set you back a lot longer than a day of rest.  If you're a finely tuned athletic machine, proceed as you wish.

The Workout

(Click Here to download this workout)

Start out with...

3 Minutes of Lateral Movement to the Left

Remain in your stance!  One leg should be in the front, one in the back... but you will be 'shuffling' sideways in this position.  Occasionally, throw in a blast step and/or a slide step so you get used to triggering these movements randomly.

3 Minutes of Lateral Movement to the Right

Your feet remain in the same stance.  Again, throw in the occasional blast or slide step.  You should be able to do 5 minutes of lateral movement easily after a few months.

Prepare to do some Slip Rope...

(you don't need to have a slip rope set up yet)

You can always use your imagination until your stuff is up, but that rope really helps to keep you honest. If you're getting under the rope, you're getting under any punch.

Facing the end of the rope...

60 seconds U-Slipping Side to Side Under the Rope

...at the end of the 60 seconds, pivot to face the rope.

60 seconds Slide Slipping Forward and Backwards Under the Rope

60 seconds shadow boxing lightly to catch your breath

Switch your Stance

(If you started with your left foot in front, bring your right foot into the front)

60 seconds U-Slipping Side to Side Under the Rope

...at the end of the 60 seconds, pivot to face the rope.

60 seconds Slide Slipping Forward and Backwards Under the Rope

60 seconds full rest

Facing the End of the Rope, Execute 3 minutes of slip rope, Side to Side

  • For the first minute, execute a U-Slip with a Hook Underneath, on every U-Slip
  • (Make sure you fire the hook on your second step)
  • For the Second Minute, Complete the U-Slip and fire your hook after standing... (If you U-Slip to the left your left shoulder will be in the rear, and thus you will fire the left hook)
  • For the Third Minute, you will fire a U-Slip Underneath AND After Standing
  • (Moving to the right will yield a left hook to the body, and a right hook to the head.)

Execute another 3 Minute Round of Slip Rope, Side-to-side

Freestyle your movements.  Sometimes you will simply slip, sometimes add a punch underneath, sometimes add a punch on the other side, sometimes add both.  Feel free to add multiple punches after a slip.

Face the Rope...

Execute 2 Minutes of Slip Rope, front to back...

Add an uppercut (6 Punch) to your forward slip for the first minute.

Add an uppercut - hook (6 - 3 Punch) to your forward slip for the second minute.

60 Seconds Rest

Execute one final 3 Minute Round of Slip Rope

During this round, you will freestyle the whole thing.  Sometimes slip side to side, randomly pivot to face the rope, slip front to back, add uppercuts, add hooks, add everything you can think to add.

Your legs will now have been completely crushed, but U-Slipping will have been burned into your muscle memory.

After another 1000 repetitions, you won't even have to think about it 😉

Key Takeaways:

Take heed of Mr. Miyagi's words:

"Daniel-San... you already know Karate."

Look, I know it feels like you're just doing a bunch of random stuff over and over,  but in reality you're building highly functional movements into your muscle memory.  Those movements will be there shortly, when I ask you to call on them.

The U-Slip with a Punch Underneath...

Is executed on the Replacement Step, or the second step of your U-Slip... and ideally fired at the Solar Plexus of your opponent.

If you've U-Slipped far away from your opponent, you can straighten your arm a bit more and hit him with a palm strike, since you won't be able to turn your knuckles into his body.

Lateral Movement is an easy way to be elusive...

After you hit someone, move sideways, subsequent punches will miss.

It's how you circle your opponents, get out of corners, and potentially set up attack angles.

I like doing several minutes at a time of easy going lateral movement... much like jogging.  It burns a unique subset of muscles, and builds some very important cardio.

The Slide Slip or Slide Step is a great way to EXIT after your combinations, and an OK way to enter as well.

You use gravity to power your Slide Slip, so keep your weight on the leg that you're not using to step, let gravity get you moving downwards, and then redirect your momentum with a simple blast.

Your head will move in a U pattern, not matter which direction you move.

The Slip Rope is truly one of my favorite tools...

This is the easiest way to get constant reps of U-Slips and Slide Slips that are deep enough to make punches miss.  Set a timer, and get crackin'.

You can add your 'punches underneath', and 'punches after standing' on the Slip Rope... just don't punch the rope.

You can pivot in ANY direction while slipping on the rope.  No matter where you end up facing, you can slip under the rope again... and continue your flow.

You can Slide your way into an Uppercut / Hook combo...

If nothing else, it's less risky than moving straight ahead!

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Head Movement Training Day 4.

The glory of 'probabilities' working in our favor.

(and even more slips.)

Today, I'm going to give you a dose of the stupid 'magic' behind head movement...

(which you're about to realize is purely 'common sense'.)

You don't have to know which punch your opponent is going to throw if the vast majority of slips, work against the vast majority of punches:

hm-all-slips-work-for-any-punchAny Slip Will Work For Any Punch 

The name pretty much says it all, but how could this be true?  By the end of this video, you will be forced into the realization that by constantly moving your head, even with only the three ways that I've taught you, (and by combining slips into combinations), you already become incredibly difficult to hit.

Now if you're actually doing this program day by day...

Your legs are going to be sore.  Absurdly sore actually, because they should have already been sore before yesterday.

Most people are not on that path.

If you're too sore, take the damn day off.

But I have to give you the remaining slips today. We can't move on without them.  As such, your legs will be taxed another day. It's an usual amount of work on one body part, in a short period of time.  

But let's get after it anyway.

hm-dip-slipDip Slip Lesson 

The simplest grass roots way to get under a punch, and a common movement to execute when faking shots, or changing attack levels.

With some simple steps, we can start chaining your slips together...

striking-the-penguin-walkPenguin Slip 

The penguin slip is a form of head movement, which can be characterized by rapid back and forth slips that will work very well for straight punches.  This is a great way to freeze your opponent, in addition to entering while keeping your head hard to hit.

Another 'sub-category' of a straight slip, this next slip allows you to move around and switch your stance if necessary.

hm-tyson-slipsTyson Slips 

In all honesty, I have watched some clips of Mike Tyson and been absolutely in awe of the things he does.  His movements are explosive, and his head movement seems insanely intuitive.  Here are some of the things he does.

And while we're at it... let's highlight an incredibly useful tool:

And get you using it for FIVE minutes at a time.

equipment-jump-ropeJump Rope Training

is my favorite piece of training equipment… other than perhaps a heavy bag.  This thing has been responsible for a HUGE amount of the development in my footwork and speed, and it will do the same thing for you.

The Workout

Click Here to Download this workout as a PDF

Warm up with 2 x 3 Minute Rounds of Jump Rope

If you don’t have a jump rope, order one and just shadow box instead.  You can also just pretend that you have one... but that might feel a little weird.

If you can’t Jump Rope for 3 minutes, suffer and fail on every single jump until the time runs out in your round, having accidentally whipped yourself 80 times.  Each time, give yourself 2 seconds and try again.  It will become second nature soon enough, and your footwork will improve dramatically.

Next, we build the slips...

All of the following movements should be done while moving around and shadow boxing lightly.  You should be dip slipping spontaneously.

Dip Slips Whilst Shadow-Boxing

(do not fall into a predictable pattern)

  • 100 Dip Slips (Orthodox Stance)

Rest 30 seconds

  • 100 Dip Slips (Southpaw… this is just to even out your thigh development)

Make sure you’re comfortable “Dip Slipping” spontaneously.  Try throwing a couple of punches and following with a dip slip during this shadowboxing.

30 seconds rest

Dip Slip Plyometrics (jumping into your Dip Slip)

Do NOT do these if your legs are sore.

  1. 50 Dip Slip Plyometrics (Orthodox Stance)
  2. 50 Dip Slip Plyometrics (Southpaw)

If it burns horribly after 25 reps, shadow box for ten second.  Then go again.

90 seconds rest minimum

Penguin Slipping

*This bit is going to be very tiring…  do it. Your sides will burn terribly.

Find a clock or download a ring-timer app...

  • 60 Seconds Penguin Slipping Non-Stop.  (step on every slip)
  • 60 Seconds Light Shadow Boxing (while recovering)

30 Seconds Rest

  • 60 Seconds Tyson Slips non-stop
  • 60 Seconds Light Shadow Boxing (while recovering)

30 Seconds Rest

  • 60 Seconds Jump Rope or Shadow Boxing
  • 60 Seconds Working on the Slip that you have the MOST trouble executing.

Review

Straight Slips

  1. 50 Straight Slips, Head Moving To the Left, Stepping on your Left Foot
  2. 50 Straight Slips, Head Moving To the Left, Stepping on your Right Foot

Bang these out all at once.  There’s a video in here which explains what I’m asking for.

  1. 50 Straight Slips, Head Moving To the Right, Stepping On your Left Foot
  2. 50 Straight Slips, Head Moving To the Right, Stepping On your Right Foot

Non-Stop.

U-Slips

If you're sore do them lightly.

  1. 50 U-Slips Back and Forth
  2. 50 U-Slips Back and Forth Adding a Hook

Rear Slips

  1. 50 Rear Slips Moving your head both to the Right and Left Alternating

The rear slips feel weird to people many times… just try to pull your head out of the way in one direction or the other and maintain your balance.  You never know where you might need to move your head!

Slide Slips

  • 20 Slide Slips (Orthodox,  Forward and Backward counts as ONE rep)
  • 20 Slide Slips (Southpaw Forward and Backward)

Key Takeaways

All slips CAN work for any punch.

A Rear Slip will work for any punch

A U-Slip will work for any punch. 

A Straight Slip will work for any punch... except

  • If you happen to slip directly into a hook.  1/6 odds

A Dip Slip will work for any punch... except

  • Some uppercuts might catch you. 1/4 odds

A Frazier Slip will work for any punch

  • Including uppercuts, as long as you vary your Frazier Slip.

(You'll learn Dip Slips today and Frazier Slips later)

Penguin Slips:

  1. Are nice for slipping multiple Straight Punches
  2. Are useful for moving in close while moving your head
  3. Are great for developing your obliques

The Tyson Slip

  1. Allows you to reposition your entire base while slipping.
  2. Allows you to switch your stance while slipping.
  3. Allows you to load up power in your strikes, while positioning your feet for maximum power.

The Jump Rope

This tool mimics the calf work required for a fight.

It's a mindless way to make yourself faster, improve your timing, and make your feet more reactionary.

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Head Movement Training Day 5.

The Head Movement Audio Training

Today, you are ready to combine everything together, into a complete style.

The Head Movement Audio Training system will make that easy...

So let's get the audio file on your device, so you can take it with you anywhere:

(or you can stream it from here.)

  • Download (or stream) The Head Movement MP3
    Download (or stream) The Head Movement MP3

    Click here to download the Head Movement MP3 onto your computer, or stream it directly from your mobile device, online. For additional troubleshooting with the download or options for mobile download, click the link directly beneath this download box.

The link above will immediately download the MP3 to your DESKTOP computer… from there you can add it to your ITunes library, or import it into your phone (instructions below).

If you don’t HAVE a computer, the link above will STREAM the file to your phone. If you want to DOWNLOAD the file directly to your mobile device, you might need an App to do so.

For Android, you might want the “Download All Files App”, which you can Click Here to get.

For IPhone, here are the recommended instructions:

(This information might change slightly from time to time, since ITunes is always updating... ALWAYS.... updating:)

1. Download the MP3 onto your computer

2. Open ITunes, choose File --> Add to Library... and select the Fight Smart Striking MP3

3. Plug your phone into your computer

4. At the top of your ITunes App, next to 'My Music', you will see a tiny little IPhone or MP3 player icon... click it.

5. At the bottom of the following screen, you will see a 'Sync' button. That will sync your computer with your mobile device and thus add the file.... BUT, before you do that, please read the following:

Your IPhone can only be synced with one library at a time... so make sure you have all of your music on the ITunes account that you're syncing to, or you might erase stuff on your phone.

There are ways that you can sync JUST one playlist from your ITunes account... and as such you can keep adding MP3's or music to that specific playlist, and then syncing your phone. I would search Google for more info on that!

This will keep unwanted stuff off of your phone if you have a bunch of other crap in your ITunes account like I do.

If this process seems unbelievably annoying, I agree with you. This is Apple, and their perpetual battle against 'piracy'.

Thanks Apple.

If you don't have a computer, here's an alternative method:

1. Create a Dropbox account (free) and install the Dropbox App on your Mac and iPhone.

2. Use http://urldroplet.com/ to save the mp3 to your Dropbox account.

3. Open Dropbox on your iPhone... you can star it so it’s downloaded and kept for offline access... Press Play!

Otherwise, if you have no computer, you’re going to have to do a little research on how to get an MP3 download on your type of device. Unfortunately, since I only have one phone, I can’t test 587 other devices to give you a solution. I’m sure you’re smart enough to figure it out.

Besides... the MP3 can always stream directly from the site!

Enjoy the MP3!

Here are the lessons that you will need to do this workout properly:

If you already know how to punch, you can skip those... but it wouldn't hurt to brush up 😉

(I'll include the 'punch' lessons down below.)

First, let's cover the "Punch and Slip Numbering System" so you know what I'm shouting about during the workout:

hm-punch-numbering.Still001Punch and Slip "Numbering"

This is the verbal system that I use to call out combinations in the workout... so if you don't watch this, you'll probably be pretty confused.

hm-explanation-videoThe Workout Breakdown

This video gives a basic overview of what you can expect to be doing during the workout... which is better to know ahead of time instead of trying to listen between rounds while you catch your breath.

This is also a hilarious example of video continuity errors... as the sky gets darker between takes, and a hot air baloon magically jumps through the sky, it makes you wonder how long I actually stand around filming these things.

Just so you're not wildly flinging punches in the air...

Let's cover some technique.

Striking-Jab copyThe Jab - (The 1 Punch)

This punch is pretty much the fundamental basis for any fighting style.  You need this thing to crack people in the face when they get too close to you.   I use a number of high school prom metaphors in this video, and Casey and I threw together what we though to be some funny clips to represent that shiz… at least we think we’re funny.

The Cross - (The 2 Punch) striking-cross copy

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

LeadHookThe Hook - (3 and 4 Punch)

This video is a true testament to the amount of form that goes into every single strike.  I love breaking strikes down into the finer details; that’s how you build the most power.   This video will give you all of the details that you need to throw a hook from the front of your body.

Striking-Uppercuts-and-lots-of-stuffs.00_04_56_21.Still001Uppercuts and Such (the 5 and 6 punch (a review))

Here you will learn the basics of uppercuts, the art of juggling heads, a few uppercut based combinations, and some important mitt-holding / heavy bag training details.

And as a piece of Reference Material

I filmed myself doing the entire MP3 workout... if there's a particular combo you're struggling with, or you want to see how I throw it, go ahead and watch the video below.

If I had to critique myself, I would say that I spent WAYYYY to much time walking/stomping forward instead of moving gracefully in a stance, but to be perfectly honest, I was tired (and I'm a brawler at heart).  We actually filmed the workout twice that day, the first time had no audio so we did it over >:-(

Trav Does The Head Movement MP3trav-hm-hmp-demo-thumb

I always film myself running through these workouts as a loose reference for you.  If you have questions on general footwork or form, this is a good place to see how I would execute stuff.  That said, my form is not perfect.

Acknowledge my errors and FIX them in your own game!

Question: "Hey Trav, I notice that you don't shoulder pop very much on some of your slips... what's the deal?"

Answer: Well, when I'm counterpunching, I shoulder pop more to load up the strike... so if I'm just pulling my head out of the way of a punch and I'm NOT countering, I might skimp on the shoulder pop a little.

Now do the damn workout!

In fact, do this workout any day that there's not a pre-written workout for you... or if you have a free 30 minutes and you want a great workout which requires no equipment.

This is a great tool for you.  Make it readily available.

Key Takeaways

Punch Numbering

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

Slip 'Numbering'

"Slip Left" = Straight Slip Left
"Roll Left" = U-Slip Left
"Rear" = Rear Slip

...and any other slips I say.

Jabs

  • Your distancing punch... controlled by your Lead Step
  • Pull your hand back to your face after you throw it.
  • Make it sneaky.

Crosses

  • Controlled by your rear step
  • Drive off your rear leg to add power
  • Twist your torso to add power

Hooks

  • A 'Pulling' Punch, powered by the dynamic elasticity in your chest.
  • Pivot your foot to start the punch.
  • Load the punch for more power.
  • Pretend like you're stirring a big pot of stew.

Uppercuts

This was already a review lesson... I refuse to rewrite key takeaways for this punch!

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Head Movement Training Day 6.

Partner and Noodle Training

Firstly, there is a TON of improvement to be made in the head movement game without having a training partner.

I do 95% of my training by myself, so it's not the end of the world if you can't find someone to swing noodles at you.

That said, at this point in the program, it would be good if we actually got some objects moving at your head.  As I explained in the Flinch Reduction and Training Reactions video, there's a bunch of neurological development to be made by seeing stuff coming at your face, and moving.

Here's the stuff I'm 'looking at' when assessing my opponent:

hm-what-are-you-looking-at-when-they-strikeReading your opponent 

This lesson tells you all of the things that actually matter about reading your opponent.  You already know how the slip game works with respect to simply moving your head, now you have to learn when to move your head, and what to look for.  Don't worry about reading the difference between hooks and straights, I mention it briefly.  As you practice with a real partner, you're going to see that it's not very difficult to distinguish between the two an turn your slips into rolls.

And hey... you already saw this video on Day 1, but here it is again, if you need a reminder.

Build your neurological networks, my friend.  That's what today is all about.

Eliminating Flinches and Cultivating Responses

This video will teach you how to train your brain to work quickly and instinctively, when punches are coming at your face.

For the following videos today, you should find a partner.

This doesn't have to be someone athletic or skilled, convenience is key.  Even without gloves or athleticism, a $1.99 pool noodle can turn a family member into a live look at punch impulses... or the signals that one's body sends, when throwing a punch.

And you will develop speed in your reactions!

(If you can't find someone, you need to use your imagination and execute the movements 'on air'... but try to find someone.)

Let's begin.

Striking-Noodles-Slipping-1-2s copySlipping 1-2′s and 1-2-1-2's with Noodles 

This video breaks down the form on how to slip strings of straight punches, while moving in... or remaining outside.

So, you can multi-tap the front foot to move in (which I now prefer again for TWO punch movements), or bounce your weight back and forth between feet (which I prefer for more than two punches.) I change my mind a lot with these two preferences.

But Scripting movements to train reactions, may not be as important as visualizing countless combinations, and reacting accordingly.

VISUALIZATION.  It is one of the most important tools in fighting.

hm-making-up-combos-to-slipMaking Up Slip Combinations

This video gives you some hints on how to be creative and select the slips that you want to throw together to create your own head movement style.

On to the next video...

Now I have no way of knowing what the most 'popular' combinations are that you might face... I have a pretty good indication from what I've seen in about 1000 hours of street fight footage, and here's a few options.

  1. Double Jab
  2. The 1-2 Punch
  3. The Jab Overhand Right
  4. Non-stop Hooks
  5. The 2-3-2

As you'll see in this video, I move my feet differently almost every time I react to these punches, so there's no 'right' way. It all depends on how aggressively your opponent is moving forward, and where your balance is at that particular moment.

For whatever reason, I felt that it was important to take 13 minutes, and show you some of your options, while also reviewing the stuff you've seen so far.  (Hey... this stuff was filmed over a 4 year period.)

hm-top-5-combos-to-slipTop 5 Common Combos To Slip 

Here's some stuff that you will definitely have to slip one day... and a number of different ways to do it.

Even after 13 minutes of discussion in the last video, I felt the need to reintroduce the noodles for the 5th time in this program . :-/   If nothing else, notice how I use different footwork, every time I slip a combination.  This stuff needs to be trained reactively... not scripted.

You will want to take different steps depending on where your opponent IS in relation to you, or how aggressively forward he is moving.

hm-noodle-combinationsTop 5 Combinations On The Noodles

Here I show you in some detail how to train head movement with the pool noodles by revisiting the Top 5 Combinations that we looked at before.

Hey... today is a GREAT day to go out and try to find a partner to train with.

So let's do that.

Take the time to go out and grab some pool noodles... you will need to CUT them to the length of your arm. Anyone, no matter how old or disinterested, will probably enjoy hitting you with the noodles, so seriously... find a partner.

Make some phone calls!

If do all of the stuff in the videos today on your own, and you still don't have a partner, just bang out the Mp3 again... or pick your favorite workout so far, and ADD the simple footwork workout from Video 2, which I shall paste down below:

Here's another link to stream or download the Mp3:

(if you absolutely can't find anyone to train with... you lazy bastard.)

  • Download (or stream) The Head Movement MP3
    Download (or stream) The Head Movement MP3

    Click here to download the Head Movement MP3 onto your computer, or stream it directly from your mobile device, online. For additional troubleshooting with the download or options for mobile download, click the link directly beneath this download box.

Here's the footwork workout, as a reminder:

  1. 2 Minutes of Blast Steps in every direction
  2. 1 Minute of Floor Pinched in every direction, added to your Blast Steps
  3. 2 Minutes of Slide Steps in every direction
  4. 1 Minute of Floor Pinches, added to your Slide Steps
  5. Bonus - Add 1 Minute of the 'Floor Pinch and Float' to Blast Steps in every direction

Key Takeaways

When reading your opponent...

The first thing that you must 'read' is his feet.  His foot movement will tell you when his punch is coming, and the turning of his shoulder and hip will often tell you which punch is coming (but you don't absolutely have to know).

You can 'lead' your opponent into his punches depending on where you put your head.  For example, by slipping in close and to the 'outside zone' of a jab, you force your opponent to hook.

You need to read the Cadence of your opponents punches, so you know the rate that you need to slip.

Then, you simply tie your punches into combinations, and you're good to go.

The Noodles are a wonderful tool.

When slipping straight punches, if your goal is to move in close, you can tap your left foot to encroach.  I typically won't tap my foot more than twice without bringing my rear foot, but it's good to drill the ability.

The 'Top 5' Combos may or may not actually be the 'Top 5' combos...

But you should imagine the strikes that are going to be thrown at you, and figure out the 'best' way to slip then.

The Top 5 that I listed will definitely be in the arsenal of skilled fighters.

When making up slip combos...

You can pick random numbers between 1 and 6, assign the appropriate punch (according to our punch numbering system), and inherently have a 'brand new' combo to figure out how to slip.

What fun!

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Head Movement Training Day 7.

Now at this point, you have the foundation that head movement skill is built upon.

We will keep building your head dodgy-ness and continue getting more advanced in the days to come.  However, today focuses on distancing, because...

Without Distancing, your head movement means nothing.

I've already explained why, but I shall do so again, and introduce you to the methods of 'distance keeping' that utilize.  Then we shall break down the technique!

hm-keeping-distanceKeeping Distance

If you watch my street martial arts challenge video, you will notice that I don't let the guys swarm me.  If they get too close, it's a lot easier to hit you.  This is one reason why I move on angles so much... it opens up new avenues in which I can create space.  I use the 5 techniques mentioned in this video to make that space, and keep me safe.

Now, let's make these movements sharp and dangerous.

striking-front-kicksThe Front Kick 

This is the longest attack in your arsenal... seems like a good one to use to make some distance.  A well placed and well delivered front kick can send someone flying through a wall, this is not just a positioning attack.

To review the jab.... which you should have already seen:

Striking-Jab copyThe Jab 

This punch is pretty much the fundamental basis for any fighting style.  You need this thing to crack people in the face when they get too close to you.   I use a number of high school prom metaphors in this video, and Casey and I threw together what we though to be some funny clips to represent that shiz… at least we think we’re funny.

But not everything that looks like a jab should be a jab...

striking-thefeintThe Feint 

This is your first lesson in deception.  A feint is a fake… you fake as though you’re going to throw a strike in order to either see what your opponent is about to do, or to set up a vicious combo.  This is a very important and powerful lesson in fighting.

And now my personal favorite 'charge stopper'.

striking-shoulder-bumpThe Shoulder Bump 

This is one of my favorite ways to get people away from me, and I have knocked a lot of people's wind out with this... in addition to knocking them on the floor.  Combining a slide slip with a shoulder thrust is all it takes.

Key Takeaways

Distancing allows you to slip easily

Because you have plenty of time to react, and plenty of impulses to react to.

There a few ways to keep your distance that I've covered:

  1. Back up rapidly
  2. Punch him in the face.  (Jabs are good)
  3. Fake like you're going to punch him in the face (with a "feint")
  4. Drop a big Front Kick
  5. Battering Ram him with a shoulder bump.

The Front Kick

  • Draw your knee up into 'The Chamber'
  • Fire your kick out while Leaning Back
  • Pull your kick back into the chamber
  • Use your Toe for more distance, use your Heel for more devastating power.

The Jab

  • You already know by now!

The Feint

  • Mimics the step of a jab
  • Requires only a quick flinch of the upper body and hand
  • Is a great way to figure out how your opponent will react to your punches
  • Is a great way to tire out an opponent who overreacts to punches.

The Shoulder Bump

  • Is the strike that transfers the most momentum into your opponent... thus creating the biggest change in your opponents trajectory.
  • Your shoulder is directly connected to the mass of your body, there is nothing to bend and absorb force... so all of it transfers into your target.
  • This strike is thrown by executing a Slide Step, but shrugging your shoulder on the way UP into your opponent, as you step your Replacement Step.

The Workout

(Click Here to download this workout)

Having an OBJECT to strike today would be helpful.

You can always kick a tree, but it will take a toll on your joints.  You can check out my heavy bag recommendations in the Equipment Section.  (Craigslist is your friend).

You can do these movements on the air, but your goal should be to develop timing and stopping power.

Real objects help in that capacity.

The Front Kick

  • Execute 30 Repetitions of a Rear Leg Front Kick
  • Execute 30 Repetitions of a Front Leg Front Kick

Shadow box lightly for 60 seconds to rest

  • Execute 30 Repetitions of a Rear Leg Front Kick, gradually increasing your kick height.
  • Execute 30 Repetitions of a Front Leg Front Kick

By the time you get up to 30 reps, you should be firing the highest kick that you can throw, on that given day. Let this be a gradual process, slowly and comfortably building up to Head Level Front Kicks.

2 Minute Round, Shadow Boxing... with front kicks

Be sure to focus on a lot of Head Movement and Front Kicks, as you imagine your opponent encroaching.

30 Seconds Rest

The Jab

At this point, you should already have your Lead Foot tied to your Jab, now we should focus on some stopping power.  Get a glove and get ready to hit something, ideally a swinging heavy bag.

3 Minute Round of Heavy Bag Work

  • You must throw at least 100 jabs during this round.

If you haven't thrown 100 jabs, you can't stop... and I want you to stop the bag dead as it approaches.  Otherwise, tie a pillow to a tree and punch that, but you lose the 'timing' and movement aspect of the training.

3 Minute Round of Heavy Bag Work, or Shadow Boxing

  • You must Feint at least 100 times during this round
  • You must throw at least 50 Jabs during this round.

3 Minute Round of Heavy Bag Work, or Shadow Boxing

  • You must execute at least 50 Shoulder Bumps in this round.
  • You must execute at least 50 Jabs in this round
  • You must execute at least 30 Feints in this round.

Shoulder Bumps will feel weird on the air, but you still need to be prepared to 'miss' in a real fight... so 'on air' training still must be done.

Footwork.  You can never get enough.

(If your achilles are sore, cut this explosive training and do 3 more rounds of light shadow boxing.)

  1. 2 Minutes of Blast Steps in every direction
  2. 1 Minute of Floor Pinched in every direction, added to your Blast Steps
  3. 2 Minutes of Slide Steps in every direction
  4. 1 Minute of Floor Pinches, added to your Slide Steps
  5. Bonus - Add 1 Minute of the 'Floor Pinch and Float' to Blast Steps in every direction

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Head Movement Training Day 8.

Freestylying... let's get weird.

One of the first things that I make my trainees do (any time someone new walks into my studio) is I watch them shadow box... or basically 'fight the air' while I watch.

This gives me an idea of their general movement, their general strategy, and their creative limitations.

It's funny how few people realize that when you're fighting someone, you actually have to think of stuff to do.  You can't draw a blank the moment that you square up with the guy!

Shadow Boxing and Shadow Slipping are opportunities for you to cycle through your strategy, and create new flows.

Creativity within Head Movement will take you to the next level.

So let's get weird.

You're going to feel awkward the first times that you try to force yourself through this stuff.  Get over it.  In 2 weeks, you will be flowing like the invisible river of elusiveness.

hm-shadow-slipping-in-placeShadow Slipping In Place 

This lesson is to get you to focus on being creative more with your head, and less with your feet (though it didn't turn out that way when I filmed it).

hm-shadow-slipping-in-placeShadow Slipping With Lateral and Head Movement 

So the last video was to get you to freestyle with your mostly your  head, now this one is to get you to think a lot about moving your feet along with it.  This video shows me running through a shadow slipping workout with a lateral focus.

hm-bonus-slip-and-deeper-themes-being-hard-to-hitThe Bonus Slip 

In the spirit of freestyle movement, I ended up making up my own form of slip.  At this point, you need to understand that there are no rules, and any that I've given you need to be broken.  This video will show you a little bit more about the freedom that you have in shadow slipping and head movement training.

And here are some drills to unlock additional crazy ability

Especially in your 'U-Slips'.

striking-u-slip-plyosU-Slip Plyometrics 

The name really says it all.  We're going to combine the U-Slip with a Russian strength training concept called a "Plyometric".  It's all explained in the lesson.  This is going to be both painful, and exhausting.

exercises-horse-stanceHorse Stance 

Also called "Horse Riding Stance", this exercise has been used in martial arts for thousands of years.  You will get your legs strong, and flexible for slips and kicks, and you will suffer while doing it.

And now... the exact opposite of creativity:

Introducing... Trav's Video Workouts

Admittedly, these workouts are not "professional production" but I thought it would be important for you to see how I make up workouts on the spot.  I pick a few things that I want to work on, and then I let my body flow for 10 - 15 minutes with my focus on head movement.  Have some faith that your body is going to take you where you need to go, and try to be creative when you're making these things up.

Now please keep in mind that I'm not Jane Fonda... and I'm not in the business of making workpout videos when you watch the next bit.

I have no idea what would be the 'best' way for you to watch these if you wanted to attempt to follow along...

Perhaps throwing them up on a computer screen, or hooking your computer up to a TV?  I don't know... just do your best.

hm-workout-1Click Here To Watch Head Movement Workout Number 1.

It's no 8 Minute Abs, but I bet it's more useful.

That's your Warm-Up...

Now let's get to the workout.

The Workout

(Click Here to download this workout)

(You already did the video workout... right?)

Horse Stance

  • Start with a 60 Second 'round' of Horse Stance

It will be painful and terrible.

15 seconds (or so) of rest.

2 Minute Round, Shadow Slipping In Place

This round is going to feel like an eternity.

Try not to move your feet... keep it only head movement, and freestyle.

60 Seconds Rest

U-Slip Plyometrics

  • 20 Repetitions in an Orthodox Stance

30 seconds (or so) of rest.

2 Minute Round Shadow Slipping... move everywhere.

60 Seconds Rest

More Horse Stance

  • Another 60 Second 'round' of Horse Stance

It will be even more painful than the first round, but you will notice that you can get even deeper.

2 Minute Round Shadow Slippy boxing...

Make stuff up.  Start a random slip and abandon it halfway through.  Throw the occasional combination.  Throw a front kick or two.  Get crazy... I want you starting to tie it all together.

More U-Slip Plyometrics

  • 20 Repetitions in an Southpaw Stance

And that's it...

Your legs will now be slightly more explosive, and flexible.

Your mind will now be more creative and free.

I hope it was sufficiently weird.

Key Takeaways

The ability for you to 'Freestyle' your movement is ridiculously important.

  • Sometimes do it 'in place'... without moving your feet.
  • Sometimes express yourself via lateral movement and angle changes in conjunction with your head movement.
  • Sometimes start slips and then abandon them.  Have a little fun with it.

Horse Stance

Is a great way to build strength and flexibility in your legs.  This will make it easy for you to drop down into your thighs to get underneath punches, without taxing your groin or hamstrings.

  • Your feet remain parallell
  • Pull your tailbone underneath you, trying to point your hypothetical D up at the ceiling
  • Sink down until it hurts... and stay there.

U Slip Plyometrics

...will use your downward force when 'landing' to trick your body into firing a more powerful counter movement on the way back up.  The more powerfully you fire your muscles, the more power you shall build.

When combined with Horse Stance, this is one of the best ways to make your U-Slips effortlessly powerful.

 

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Head Movement Training Day 9.

Now let's make it real...

It's time to start really dodging punches.  You are ready.  Get some big ol' fat gloves, a mouthpiece, ideally a headgear, and get moving.

hm-actually-dodging-real-punchesDodging Punches With A Partner

You are ready.  Let's give it a shot.

After your very first round of that drill, you become an official
Savvy Veteran of the head movement game.

Here's your official achievement badge:

Take a screenshot or something. Savor the moment.  Breeeeeeeeathe it in.

I wouldn't ever do more than 2 or 3 rounds of actual slipping max.  It's exhausting.  And hey... looking at the clock while getting punched is damn hard, so get yourself a ring timer or a 'boxing timer' app!

equipment-ring-timersRing Timers 

A handy piece of equipment that eliminates your need to look at a clock during your workout.

Now, I introduce to you a ridiculously cool training tool:

As I've mentioned a few times now:

  • All Slips Work for any punch.
  • You must combine your slips into combinations.
  • The speed of your slip combinations must match the speed of your opponent's punches.

So, this amazing little gadget will create random slip combinations for you to execute, for a certain period of time.

hm-workout-programThe Magical Head Movement Workout Generator

This handy little gadget will create a brand new workout based on random head movement combinations... any time you want. It's a limitless supply of Head Movement Training, and it will get your body used to ANY combination of slips, bobs, and weaves.

The Workout

(Click Here to download this workout)

For today's workout...

you're going to print something out from the Magical Workout creator (or just pull it up on your phone).  In this workout, you need to dig deep and see if you can get through one more round, any time you feel too tired to continue.

How many rounds can you do?

If you do 5 this time, do 6 the next time.

I know it's tough, and trust me I know that these combinations can be tough to remember. But the harder you push, the sharper you're going to be in a street fight circumstance so give it all you got, and try to get to another level every time.

Add some partner slipping!

If you have a partner, you should both warm up together by doing three rounds using the Magical Combination Maker.

  • First you do 2 x 2 Minute Rounds of dodging his punches, with 60 seconds rest.
  • Next, he does 2 x 2 Minute Rounds, slipping your punches.

And that's a day.

At this point, I'm sure you're really starting to feel a change in your game.  Just wait until the next time you go through the program 😉

Instead, have a damn fortune cookie...

Hey... tie your slips into random combinations.  You're going to struggle at first to communicate this stuff with your body, and even remember the slips you need to execute.  When you DO get through it, you will have opened up a series of new movement pathways in your body, and that's effing fantastic.

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Head Movement Training Day 10.

Further Examining Counter-punching

If your primary goal is to be able to dodge a hundred punches and giggle stupidly...

Well, you already have most of the information that you need.  But, If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times, your best option is to make people miss, and make them pay for it.

So let's do that.

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.

striking-punching with head movment copyPunching DURING Your Slips

This video gives you the basic tutorial of how to strike your opponent, while moving your head, WHILE HE'S TRYING TO STRIKE YOU AT THE SAME TIME.  This is a great way to freak someone out (as well as knock him out), and make him not want to attempt any further strikes.

The following attacks are executed directly off of a straight slip, and they rip some great knockout punches.  (The slip 5-2 and slip 5-2-3 might have some repeated information)

The following two lessons should really just be one lesson...

I plan on re-making them shortly.

strikingsetupslip5-2Slip 5-2 

The slip 5 -2… this is a great way to make someone miss a punch, and then blast him in the face with two quick and easy to throw strikes. The cool thing about this one is that the left uppercut positions the guys head perfectly for throwing a right straight… quick, easy, and effective.

The liver shot can easily be thrown as a straight punch counter... just wait for the guy to initiate his punch and the "Right shoulder dropping forward" should simply be a slip.

slip523The Slip 5-2-3 and "Juggling Heads"

This is a great counter punch combination, and it builds on our previous weeks two strike combination (The Slip 5-2).  This one adds a vicious hook to the combo… make the guy miss and then hit him with three murder shots.  This video also introduces you to the concept of juggling heads... for the second time.

The Workout

(Click Here to download this workout)

Just about all of the movements in this week are covered in the Head Movement Mp3, and it's the most well rounded workout you're going to get, so use it.  For a little extra focus on today's techniques, here's what you can do:

Today's techniques:

  • 30 Reps moving your head to the Left with your Jab
  • 30 Reps moving your head to the Right with your Jab
  • 30 Reps throwing Crosses with a Slip (if you're a righty, you throw a Right cross and slip your head to the Left)
  • 20 Reps Slip - 5 - 2
  • 20 Reps Slip - 5 - 2 - 3

Next... do the Mp3 again.

It's the most well rounded Head Movement workout you can do.

  • Download (or stream) The Head Movement MP3
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Key Takeaways

When Counter-Punching, ask yourself:

  • What do I want to set up?
  • At what distance do I want to fight?
  • What am I trying to counter?
  • What speed is required to land your counter?
  • Think!

To Punch While Slipping

  • If you're popping your right shoulder forward, then simply add a right cross.
  • If you're popping your left shoulder forward, add a left straight.
  • You can also slip your head to the left while throwing a jab, by pinning your left ear to your left shoulder.

The Slip - 5 -2 Is a nice quick 2 punch combination

And that's all I have to say... about that.

The Slip - 5 - 2 - 3 is even better.

The more punches, the merrier... as long as you don't get hit back!

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Head Movement Training Day 11.

Adding Kicks? Yup.

And other attacks.

When I first made this course, my Head Movement video had just gone viral...

The 'Head Movement Training Program' didn't exist... but I needed to make one immediately, or I was going to be flushing $$$ down the toilet.

"Virality" doesn't last for long.

So, I went through all of my videos and gathered up every video that had anything to do with head movement, slapped them all onto a page.

This is one of those videos:

striking-cut-kickThe Cut Kick 

This is a clever way to add some head movement to your roundhouse... it can be used either as a counter punch or just a way to make your roundhouse safe so you know that you won't get punched in the face while throwing it.

Then I realized that I hadn't even taught you how to throw a roundhouse.

So, I pulled this video from my free stuff on YouTube:

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.

I also had this super sweet video which teaches you how to turn a 'Switch Kick' into a really sweet Lateral Movement with an Attack:

Sure!  Let's throw it into the Head Movement Program and create some savages.

striking-switch-kick-anglesThe Switch Kick Angle Change 

This lesson will give you a true idea of the versatility of the switch kick. You already know that it’s a powerful strike, now you will get to see a few ways to use the switch to position your body safely, taking angles, while also ripping a very powerful kick to your opponents midsection.

But then I realized that I hadn't taught you how to do a Switch Kick.

So... gotta throw that in there.

Secrets to Switch Kick Sweetness

This one video will teach you way more than you need to know about switch kicks, but all of it will have powerful implications in the game of using your legs to hurt people.

So now this day ends up being a whole lot about kicking stuff.

Let's bring things back to normal with this savage attack:

Striking-The-Liver-PunchThe Liver Shot 

You might not have known that you can make your opponent fall to the ground and shit himself if you hit him in the liver. This outlines a very specific method of punching which is designed to damage and cause massive stress to internal organs. The only complaint that I have about this video is that I leave out a number of very important details about how to generate hook power… however, you can get these from the hook video, so it’s really no big deal. I guess it’s probably better to avoid being redundant.

And I just didn't have anywhere else to put this... so... here ya go.

hm-workout-2Head Movement Video Workout #2. 

Here's the last of the workouts that I managed to film (actually there's one more you can watch...) I seem to remember this one getting me tired.

 

Key Takeaways

A Cut Kick is a kick coupled with Head Movement

  • When throwing a right cut kick, you crunch your abs to the left, thus slipping left (and visa versa).

To throw an effective roundhouse...

  • You can only follow through as far as your plant foot has pivoted.
  • Step your foot open to get a head start
  • Pivot your foot additionally so you can follow through
  • Strike with your shin for max devastating effect
  • Swing your arm back to add power

To throw a Switch Kick

  • Jump and switch the position of your feet
  • Both of your feet point open upon landing
  • Bounce off of your landing and swing your arm to fire a fast and powerful kick.

To change your angle with a switch kick...

  • Just move sideways when you're jumping to switch your stance!

The Liver Shot

  • ...is technically any penetrating strike thrown to the right side of your opponent's body (using one of your left strikes)
  • Try to land the strike just under your opponent's ribs, and try to drive your strike up into your opponents opposite armpit.

The Workout

(Click Here to download this workout)

Warm up by doing that video... or by doing 2 x 2 minute rounds of shadow boxing.

Then Execute:

  • 15 Roundhouses, on the air
  • 15 Switch Kicks, on the air
  • 15 Roundhouses, on a target, if you have one.
  • 15 Switch Kicks, on a target, if you have one.

Then you have 2 options:

Option #1.

Freestyle 5 x 3 Minute Rounds

  • Round 1 Focuses on Right Roundhouses mixed in with your style
  • Round 2 Focuses on Switch Kicks Mixed in with your Style
  • Round 3 Focuses on Switch Kicks with Angle Changes mixed in there
  • Round 4 Focuses on The Liver Shot
  • Round 5 Focuses on mixing together everything that you can possibly think of... let your style flow, good sir.  Or ma'am.

Option #2.

Is to do the Head Movement Mp3, but also to ADD kicks to many of the combinations.

  • Every combo that ends with a Right Hand (or Rear Hand), add a Switch Kick... or a switch kick angle change (your Lead Foot will kick).
  • Every combo that ends with a Left Hand (or Lead Hand), add a Rear Roundhouse or a Cut Kick.

This obviously increases the work load... so the workout will be harder.

The pace will be faster.

Expect an extreme challenge... and expect to get into much better shape.

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Head Movement Training Day 12.

More ways to hurt people with Head Movement

Here are some moves.

Today you shall do them.

DuckUnder copyDuck Under Osotogari 

This is a tricky takedown that ends up smashing the back of somebody’s head into the ground. If you do this on the wrong surface, someone could end up with brain injury or worse, so don’t say I didn’t warn you. Also, we end up on a Tangent about the time when Christian Bale freaked the F out on the set of Batman… Good times.

striking 6-3The Slip 6-3 

This is building a nice little counter-punch series from the other side... that is, starting with your right uppercut.

slip632The Slip 6-3-2 

Let's build on that last combo and make it an additional punch more badass.  Do we really need two videos to show you these combinations?  Probably not... but I filmed these a long time ago.

The following attacks should be executed at the same time as your opponents attack:


sliphookcrossA Good Combo (and how your opponent's head reacts to it)

This is a way to attack a guy while moving your head to get in close, and then ripping a solid hook to finish the job.  I love entries with head movement, and I love hooks… combine the two and I giggle like a school girl.

Key Takeaways

For these last few days, you're just going to have to pay closer attention to the lessons.

I'm experiencing Key Takeaway Fatigue.

The Workout

(Click Here to download this workout)

Obviously, it's a good idea to do some specific reps of the stuff that you learned today.

If you have a training partner, bang out at least:

  • 30 reps of the Duck Under Osoto Gari...

you will always be ducking under your partners Lead Arm.

  • 30 Reps of the Slip - 6 - 3
  • 30 Reps of the Slip - 6 - 3 - 2

And today is a great day to Re-Use the Magical Combination Maker:

But today, I want you to ADD some Counter Strikes.

If your slip combination ends with a slip that loads up a left hand... throw one.  If a right hand, throw the right.

This will simulate dodging an entire combination, and then throwing a nasty counter strike.

As you know, that's the best way to stop a combination... in the universe.

hm-workout-programThe Magical Head Movement Workout Generator

This handy little gadget will create a brand new workout based on random head movement combinations... any time you want. It's a limitless supply of Head Movement Training, and it will get your body used to ANY combination of slips, bobs, and weaves.

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Head Movement Training Day 13.

Fighting... yourself?

At this point, perhaps you think you're invincible.

You are certainly many steps closer... but, for every move, there is a counter to that move.  Everything... can be countered.  As such, you're Head Movement can be stifled, but you must also know how to stifle someone else's Head Movement!

Thus the following video title:

How To Stifle A Head Movement Guy

As the Fight Smart Army expands, the chances of you fighting a 'head movement guy' increase.  If you've watched this far into the program and he hasn't... well... you'll probably win (and tell me the glorious tale).

Since we've begun to focus on punching while slipping, you should also take this fine skill to the body.  Here are some tips for doing so:

striking-straights-to-the-bodySetting Up Big Straight Punches To The Body 

Sending a punch straight to the body is not as simple as you might think.  There are a couple of things to keep in mind in your for which will make the punch more powerful, and keep you very safe.  Any technique that can do damage while remaining low risk should be incorporated into your arsenal.

And now, a powerful tool:

Striking-Overhand-Right-Free copyThe Overhand Right 

This is a very powerful but unorthodox and frequently sloppy looking punch. It has tremendous power and comes from a very odd angle... those who use this punch effectively do a lot of damage.

And now that you have this powerful tool:

Let's use it.

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

(You might want to watch the overhand right lesson first.) I taught a kid this set up who had already decided to do a tough-man competition before I started training him… then he tore his left shoulder to pieces playing rugby. He only had one arm with which to fight… and he knocked the kid out cold. So satisfying…

The Workout

Let's keep it simple.

(Click Here to download this workout)

(because I'm tired of making up workouts.)

Take as much rest as you need to, but stay moving around the whole time you execute the following:

  • 100 Left Straights to the body
  • 100 Right Straights to the body
  • 50 Overhand Rights
  • 50 Overhand Rights where you imagine a jab as the impulse for your punch.

To Stifle The Head Movement Guy...

  • Execute 50 Reps x 1 - 2 (to the body) - 5 - 2

(That's jab, cross to the body, uppercut to the head, cross to the head.)

  • Execute 50 Jabs into Front Kicks
  • Execute 30 Jabs into Rear Roundhouses (to the leg)
  • Execute 30 Right Crosses into Switch Kicks (to the leg)

If you have a training partner...

Do some live sparring.  You will have an opportunity to both hit his moving head, and to dodge his strikes.

(Feel free to keep today's secrets to yourself... see how that effects things 😉

If you're not tired...

Do the footwork you should already have memorized:

  1. 2 Minutes of Blast Steps in every direction
  2. 1 Minute of Floor Pinched in every direction, added to your Blast Steps
  3. 2 Minutes of Slide Steps in every direction
  4. 1 Minute of Floor Pinches, added to your Slide Steps
  5. Bonus - Add 1 Minute of the 'Floor Pinch and Float' to Blast Steps in every direction

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Head Movement Training Day 14.

The Final Day

Well you've made it to the end.

And I am proud of you.

Not only do most folks not make it this far, 80% of the people who buy this program never even log in.  You have not only logged in (which is annoying in and of itself), but you have packed a ton of info into your brain and made progress.

Don't. Stop. Here.

You must never stop training, you must never stop improving.  Do this program TEN times, and you'll pick up new details and new golden nuggets that you may have missed... or perhaps they just didn't make sense the first time.

You're already a lot harder to hit.  Get enough reactions and repetitions, and you'll become impossible to hit.

Keep working hard.

I added this slip into my style years after all of the others...

So you shall add it late as well.

The Frazier Slip

The most successfully redundant slip in the history of heavyweight boxing.

Mike Tyson vs Buster Mathis (on mute)

Here's that Tyson and Mathis fight I mentioned in the previous video, but be advised... there is no sound. The only 'free' version that I could find on YouTube is muted... so... I don't know what to tell you. Enjoy!

I remember editing this video, and thinking... "wow, this video sucks."  

I haven't watched it in 9 years.  Hopefully its not as bad as I remember.

Striking-Entries-and-combos-With-Head-MovementEntering and Striking With Head Movement (an example combo) 

This is a good set-up because of the sound principles that it applies, but each principle involves techniques that require some practice. Striking with head movement is hard… in both slips used in this video. Also, moving to the right and immediately round-housing is going to take some practice. This is not a new guy combo, and involves fighting in high risk areas close to your opponent.

I stole the following videos from my course on How to Fight Bigger People.

It's a good course.

I hope you enjoy them.

bp-126-marching-with-dd-moves.mp4.Still006Big Uppercuts vs. Itty Bitty Uppercuts

Part of my job is fixing peoples errors... sometimes that leads me into highly destructive lessons.

Leaping Hook

A Crazy Kind of Hook (and other stuff)

This video teaches you a monumental attack that Tyson used, and covers some other crazy intricacies of our strategy.

And That's It!!!

Again, I'm proud of you.  Remember, martial arts is a journey.  No matter what you know, you don't stop learning.  There's always more to discover, and that's on you.  I cant plug into your brain like the Matrix and force-feed you knowledge.

You have to feel it for yourself.

You have to find it for yourself. 

I hope that this program has started a very powerful and very rewarding journey for you.

I'm honored to have been a part of it. 

P.S There's no workout today!  Go spend time with someone who appreciates you, or go do something worthy of appreciation.  Have a great day!

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