The power of man has grown in every sphere, except over himself. ~Winston Churchill
Are you training for Mixed Martial Arts, UFC, or any of the hundreds of martial arts practiced in the world? Have you found your attacks to lack impact? Are your defenses crumpling under an onslaught? What allows a much smaller opponent to throw his larger adversary through the air as if he were merely a puppet? What enables a woman to defend herself against a bigger, taller, stronger man attacking her? One word: power. By the end of this article, you will know the three physical elements to increasing your power.
Power is the ability to do or act. Power is the capability of doing, or accomplishing something. Notice the word “strength” is absent. Many people make the mistake of assuming strength and power are synonymous. With the proper knowledge and training in three areas, a physically weaker person can overpower a stronger challenger.
Structure is the first element to cultivating incredible power, and it is the result of a strong connection to the ground. Imagine, for a moment, that you’re floating weightless in outer-space. How are you going to run? How are you going to move at all? Without some connection to a stable surface, or rockets, you’re not going anywhere. Back on earth, the best way to develop a strong connection to the ground is balanced posture. Head over shoulders, shoulders over hips, hips over feet. With this short checklist, it is easy to remind yourself throughout your day to reevaluate your posture. If any one of these elements is not in line with each other you will not be in balance, and your power will suffer.
Positioning is the second pillar of incredible power, and can be analyzed by three aspects: distance, rotation, and level. Distance is how far you are from your target. Rotation is circling around the other fighter. Level is if you’re above, below, or on equal footing. So positioning is the skillful application of all three elements to be in the right place at the right time. Different techniques are most effective at varying distances, so to maximize your power, use the right tools for where you are. Kicks for far away, punches at medium distance, knees and elbows for close combat, and grappling for the closest contact. Sometimes you need to rotate around to the back side of your opponent to be most effective. Maybe you need to change levels suddenly to increase your power. There is a saying, “If your throws lack power, get closer to the ground.” By sinking your body weight and lowering your center of gravity, you’re enlisting the basic forces of physics to help defeat your opponent.
Timing is the third pillar of power, and is typified by being early, late, or right on time. If you’ve ever heard of “beating someone to the punch,” that’s being early. Waiting to let the other guy put himself in a disadvantageous position before capitalizing on it, is being late. You can imagine timing like merging on to the highway with a car right next to you. You have two options: hit the gas and hope the other driver isn’t as fast, or you can drop back and pull in behind. At that point, no matter what the other driver does, you can respond to it with superior distance and positioning.
Now you can see how distance, positioning and timing all work together to generate power. If you’re at the right place, at the right time, and have the proper structure you can generate power others won’t be able to believe. During your MMA training, always be asking yourself if you’re using the three elements effectively and increase your power.…
The power of man has grown in every sphere, except over himself. ~Winston Churchill
October 5, 2010, was the tenth anniversary of the passing of Haeng Ung Lee (1936-2000), founder of the American Taekwondo Association. In keeping with the Korean tradition of gije (annual memorial for family members who have passed on), we take time to remember an extraordinary man with an extraordinary vision.
Lee grew up amid the hardships of the Japanese occupation of Korea and China. In the chaos of post-World War II Korea, he began studying taekwondo to learn self-protection. At first he trained informally, but in time he was invited to train at a Chung Do Kwan branch school in Incheon. Since he had natural ability and trained constantly, he quickly earned black belt rank and began teaching.
In the mid-1950s, Lee spent his national service in the South Korean army, attached to an intelligence unit based on Baengnyeong Island. His primary duty was as the martial arts trainer for his unit. After his discharge from the army, Lee eventually wound up in Osan, leading a Chung Do Kwan branch school near Osan Air Base.
One of Lee’s early students was U. S. Air Force airman Richard Reed. At first, Reed trained on the air base under one of Lee’s assistants, but because of his ability and commitment was eventually brought to Lee’s school in Osan. Eventually, Reed became one of Lee’s first two non-Korean black belts. It was to Reed that Lee first unfolded his vision of teaching martial arts in the United States. Lee’s goal was not simply to establish a single school, but to touch so many people with martial arts that his students would spread over the entire country. Although he was dubious about whether or not Lee’s goal could be achieved, Reed agreed to help Lee emigrate to the U.S. and to assist him however he could.
Lee first came to the States in 1962. Reed, still in the military, was stationed in Omaha, so Lee joined him there and began to teach in the small school Reed had established. Lee was a charismatic and gifted instructor, and he quickly attracted a following. However, he had only been able to get a visitor’s visa, and in 1963 he was forced to return to South Korea. After a protracted effort, including intervention by one of Nebraska’s senators, Lee was granted a resident alien visa in 1965.
After Lee settled in Omaha, he concentrated on growing his martial arts schools. He also started the Midwest Karate Federation (MKF), an umbrella organization for the growing number of martial arts schools his students were opening. Due to Lee’s hard work, the MKF grew rapidly, and developed a reputation for being one of the best-organized martial arts groups in the country.
Lee’s success attracted the attention of General Hong Hi Choi, President of the International Taekwon-do Federation (ITF). The General had established the ITF in 1966 and had been working tirelessly to build national affiliates outside Korea. He saw the MKF as a starting point from which to build a potential national governing body for taekwondo in the U.S. In late 1968, the General met with Lee in Omaha, ostensibly to discuss the issue. What exactly was decided was never recorded. However, the General did spend four days with Lee, teaching him the first 16 of the Ch’ang Hon forms in the process.
A few months later, in 1969, the American Taekwondo Association (ATA) was formed as the original ITF affiliate in the U.S. The MKF formed the nucleus of this new organization. Although he was considered the driving force behind the establishment of the ATA, and therefore deserving of the title “founder,” Lee was not permitted to be the first president of the ATA. This was for cultural reasons, mostly; in Korean culture, seniority is very important, and the senior runs the organization. As a sixth degree in his 30s, Lee was not even entitled to call himself “master” at the time (in the ITF, you needed and still need to be a seventh degree to carry that title), and there already several higher-ranking instructors in the U. S.
The problem was solved when Lee’s original instructor, Kang Suh Chong, was persuaded (most likely by Choi) to relocate to the U. S. Kang was a senior eight degree with a significant resume: he had martial arts seniority as one of the first Chung Do Kwan black belts, he had spent 14 years running martial arts training in the South Korean military, and he was (at the time) a Choi loyalist. Because of these factors, it was felt he would attract some of the more senior Korean instructors to join the ATA. Kang settled in New York City and was installed as ATA president. Lee was named Vice President and Chief of Instruction, with his Omaha school serving as the …
Many martial arts instructors feel that there is a conflict between their values and doing what it takes to succeed. For many, the idea of martial arts marketing borders on prostituting their art. For others, it seems like the methods of successful marketing are contrary to their artistic sensibilities.
You were taught to be humble, but it seems that advertising is all about bragging. It doesn’t have to be this way.
Is Your Marketing Intimidating or Inviting?
One of the main misunderstandings about marketing that many people have is that it’s all about selling. You’ve seen the shameless self-promotions of the big business dojos. The full page ads in the phonebook, the coupon slips in the newspaper, the TV ads and the web sites are nothing short of disgraceful.
Look at their ads with the eye of a would-be customer. Most parents will approach a school with some timidity. Take that mindset and look at the looming, surly and hulkish image of the instructor. See the large classes in their video ads. Look at the students breaking five boards in mid air. As a parent of a 7 year old girl that’s scary, isn’t it?
Martial Arts Marketing Says That You’re Available
There’s an old saying in martial arts and mystical circles: “When the student is ready, the master will come.” While on a mystical level this is an instruction for students to open themselves up to learning, it also has a pragmatic application for teachers. You, as the master in question, have to put the word out that you are available to teach.
How many students out there are ready and waiting for a master? What if the master that appears to them in a Google search is you? Naturally, they will gravitate to you for instruction.
Martial Arts Marketing Doesn’t Have to Be Gaudy
The myth is that effective martial arts marketing has to be big, flashy and intense. Not only is this idea in conflict with martial arts principles, it’s in conflict with marketing in general. With that in mind, there’s nothing keeping you from using the resources you have available to market your school. Your flyers, brochures, web site, etc. can be as low key as you like.
Your counterpoint probably shouldn’t be completely Zen, but it can definitely be more…normal. Go ahead and display some fighting skills, but don’t make the soundtrack be heavy metal. Emphasize the values your students will learn. Show the benefits of your program. Any student you would want is after these lessons anyway.
Sticking to your principles in your advertising shows your integrity more than using archaic marketing strategies. In this market swamped with corporate sell outs, you would stand out simply because you don’t play their game.
With the right martial arts management consultant, you can learn everything you need to know to make your school a success without compromising your values.
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It is considered admirable when you play guitar. You can make your dream come true with these techniques. These tips can help you learn to play. Read on to become a better player.
When you first start playing the guitar, realize that you won’t be a professional right away. Gradually improve from day to day. Practice at a regular time daily so that you can really get to know your guitar and play it well.
Try to learn from a teacher. Although you may be able to teach yourself, a teacher can often give you advice that you won’t be able to give yourself. The teacher will be able to critique and offer suggestions. You may have questions that you need answered as well, and a teacher is perfect for that.
Try playing with a metronome. Keeping time is very difficult for new guitar players. This helps you stay on beat. You will be able to play the guitar without any help when you practice.
When learning songs, you should try playing them in different keys. Learning to play one song in a lot of keys will allow you to learn quite a few chords. In general, you will have a better idea about music as a whole, too. You’ll have a better understanding of music and be a better musician for it.
Don’t start out too quickly. You may wish to master rapid-paced songs or play really fast, but you need to master this song first. Start things off slow, memorizing the notes. Then, you get to work up the speed in which you play them. If you try to play fast from the outset, you will feel very frustrated by your many mistakes. Take it slow, get the song down pat, then your speed will increase as you memorize it.
Learn some exercises to help strengthen your fingers. Some chords require complicated handwork that only becomes possible if you understand how to control the strings using your fingers. Be sure to practice some exercises and techniques that help make your hands stronger to improve your playing ability.
Don’t buy an incredibly expensive first guitar. You may get excited and think you should get a pricey guitar, but this isn’t something that you should really do. It may be that you do not even like guitar playing. Also, you can get great sound out of an inexpensive guitar. The key is knowing the investment is worthwhile as opposed to hoping it is.
Play the guitar with another person. Someone who has a style you really enjoy can teach you a lot. They can show you techniques that you may not have learned yet. Also, playing and learning with friends or family makes the time fly by. It can be useful to enlist the aid of a practice partner of roughly the same or similar level of ability.
As this article has shown you, there are quite a few things that can help you to play well. You can always learn something new when playing guitar. Apply the advice in this article to keep the learning process going. Practice is something you must do to be a better player, which is why you should work on these tips now!…
There are so many possibilities to do with all the art in mind. Just imagine making most out of each craft in hand. Like making a flower, a cute puppy, balloons and even baskets to use and sell. Each person prefers different kind of arts. Children love cute stuffs like animals and toys. Some would love sophisticated arts.
On the next craft show, what would be the best item to catch everybody’s attention and would be the perfect piece to sell. With a wide variety of buyers it is necessary to have a target group of clients. It is also nice to provide all the needs of each buyer but it’s a must to have a target client to supply. Though covering a broad spectrum of clients is not that difficult but it is not sure if all clients would be satisfied.
The things needed for the Craft Show listing are the goods to be selling. First is to have good financial resources to shoulder the expenses. For amateurs, finding finances would include local selling, recycling and using affordable materials for the craft. There are many thrift shops who offer great variety of materials to choose which are affordable and probably half the price. Being resourceful is also a good thing.
Next is the venue for the show wherein it can acquire a large number of buyer and locals who would be interested in the show. Select a place that is comfortable and safe wherein anybody could see. And also make sure of the safety of the people. Don’t put things that could cause harm or aggravate danger. And last is to make sure that your craft show would be a perfect success.
See to it if that all of your arts are appealing to the prospective buyers. Most would prefer a one-of-a kind design which is why some designers would create arts different from another to capture the taste of different individual. Team up with experienced and skilled people to help in some details. With a touch of creativity and resourcefulness anyone could buy all of your design. If the prospective buyers love nature make your art to be naturalistic and environment-friendly. Environmentalists prefer recycled materials to help Mother Earth. Because an art of different resources signals that the creator is truly artistic.
To have a successful event advertisement is necessary. Flyers and pamphlets shall be distributed weeks before the occasion. With the power of internet nowadays, anyone could reach everyone in just one single access. Make use of social networking sites like Facebook to post ads which are free. Invite all friends and relatives to be the walking advertisers. Let them carry or wear your sample arts and designs to catch the interest of others.
Before starting all these make sure that the business is legal. If your area is not business-friendly better respect the local laws and find how to do a single business. In some areas or states it is necessary to pay taxes and also to release receipts to buyers for items bought. For a more secure event contact any local agency for all the applicable needs to be done before doing a business or craft show.
With all the information and tips mentioned above, a craft show would be a success. With the love of art, artists make use of craft show to display and showcase all their designed items. Either it’s for the young ones or young at hearts anybody would appreciate an art made from the heart.…
Many people love to play guitars. If you wish to play guitar and you want to do well at it you should know that this article can help. The tips you’ll get here will allow you to play better and you will acquire new techniques.
Start with the basics. You must walk before running. Even though you may wish to play your favorite songs now, you must learn the basics at the outset. Learn finger positions. Practice chords and scales. Before moving on, you should know these things.
Stay persistent with learning the guitar. Set goals for yourself along the way, as you learn how to play. Find yourself someone to practice and learn with if you can. Set up a rewards system that rewards you when you practice daily for one week. If something is worth doing, it is not going to be easy.
Learn to recognize musical notation and the guitar tabs. Musical theory helps you understand the scales and how the different chords work. Spend time learning each string’s note name, and also the note names for every fret. This is very helpful when you learn new melodies.
When you begin playing guitar, do what you can to get a quality one for practice. If you don’t have enough money to purchase one, you should borrow one from a friend or rent one. This will help to get great sound when you play.
As you begin learning how to play guitar, memorize the name of every part of your instrument. Learning the different parts of a guitar will help talk with other musicians. It will also help you be an intelligent musician.
No matter what sort of music you like, start with simple techniques. Instead of trying to learn difficult music, or fancy licks, start with easy songs. It may seem silly to learn songs from when you were a little kid, but often those simple songs will have single-note melodies that are easy to play.
Figure out how to play in different keys. Knowing the way to play a song in different keys is great for learning various chords. It will also help you glean a better understanding of music. This is one thing that will help you grow as a musician.
Don’t start out too quickly. When you want learn a song, take your time and learn it completely before trying to play it at tempo. So, start off slowly and master all of the notes and then work on your speed. If you initially focus on raw speed, then you’re going to make a lot of fast mistakes, which tick you off. By starting at a reduced pace, you will be able to master your song and build speed as necessary.
You can learn a lot about playing the guitar. You can master a variety of techniques and styles. What you have read here can improve your performance as you learn the guitar. Use the above tips to begin playing the guitar right away.…
This article is all about mixed martial art training, but first let me tell you what MMA really are. It can be defined as a fighting style in which the fighter is allowed a wide range of moves and techniques, which are a mixture of traditional as well as non-traditional fighting styles. Therefore, it’s the use of both the grappling and striking moves and techniques while standing as well as on ground in competitions so that all the different backgrounds could compete on a single platform. In simple words mixed martial arts can be defined as the blend of diverse fighting styles that creates an all-round good fighter.
MMA have started gaining more and more popularity, especially with the entry of pay per view reach and now many people all around the globe are interested in getting mixed martial arts training in order to become an all-round fighter.
Why are this is form of fighting becoming so popular? Well, you cannot be called a great fighter, if your expertise is in just one style of fighting. In order to be called an expert you have to be a master of different types of styles of fighting and therefore, the need of learning martial arts training enters everyone’s mind.
There are many different styles of fighting out of which some are wrestling, boxing, kick boxing, Brazilian Jujitsu, Muay Thai, Karate, Kung Fu and what not. Hence the more experienced a fighter becomes the closer he is to become a great fighter. It is really important to employ MMA in your training as well as against opponents and according to many fighters who have gone through many phases of fighting, mixed martial arts training is much harder than actually fighting.…
Practically every song there is includes some sort of guitar arrangment. It’s not hard to learn the basics of guitar. If you are interested in learning more about playing the guitar, keep reading the following article.
It is best to engage a teacher to help you learn. Although you may be able to teach yourself, a teacher can often give you advice that you won’t be able to give yourself. A talented teacher will critique your style and give you pointers on how to become better. You also get a chance to ask him questions, and his answers are likely to help you on anything you haven’t figured out on your own.
If you would like to play a guitar, buy one. If you don’t have a guitar, then you’ll never be able to practice on a regular basis. Make sure the guitar is tuned to avoid hearing wrong sounds that are actually right.
When you decide to learn how to play a guitar, do whatever you can to get a good quality instrument to learn on. Some music stores rent instruments. If you’re not sure that you will stick with playing the guitar, renting may be a good option for you. Using a good guitar can help you achieve great sounds when bettering yours skills.
You should know the guitar inside and out. You’ll need this knowledge to speak the language. It’ll help you learn as many course books expect that you’ve got those basics down. Memorizing this information will make you a more knowledgeable, accomplished musician.
You may get sore fingertips before they develop calluses. It might hurt less to use nylon strings or an electric guitar. The type of guitar that is most painful for beginners is a steel-string acoustic one. Although you can soak your fingers in rubbing alcohol, never use turpentine or other harmful substances.
Start learning to play pieces in a variety of keys. This helps you get used to certain chords. You will better understand music as well. This will make you a more accomplished musician.
Be generous with your practice time if you are going to commit to learning the guitar. Nothing that is worth having comes easily. You should aim to get in at least half an hour of practice most, if not all, days of the week.
Learn some physical exercises to strengthen your fingers. Some chords need you to do something fancy with your hands, and you can only do this if you’re in control of your guitar’s strings. Make sure that you learn some simple hand strengthening exercises and techniques so you’re able to play better.
Do not spend a lot of money on your first guitar. You might be excited to get started, but it’s a mistake to buy a very expensive guitar straight off. It is possible you won’t enjoy playing guitar. Also, you can get great sound out of an inexpensive guitar. You just be dedicated to learning guitar instead of just deciding one day that you would like to do it a little bit.
Playing the guitar is an awesome hobby. You can play almost anything if you know how to play the guitar. You can use a guitar to play several types of music.…
The only trouble with Martial Arts training videos is they require a player to be able to use them. Busy modern lifestyles often leave little time for fitness training, this simple, highly effective workout can be performed almost anywhere without the need for a DVD player or almost any other equipment. And better still it can be done in only four minutes! Although a warm up and cool down are recommended.
The Tabata method consists of eight rounds of 20 seconds effort preceding 10 seconds rest, that’s 8 x 20 + 10 seconds = 4 minutes. Quick but not easy, this workout will make your cardio conditioning go through the roof while stripping fat from your belly.
It’s best to choose exercises that use large muscle groups rather than isolated body parts as the idea of the Tabata method is to work flat out during the effort section of each round during the cycle. This is key to gain the benefits in just four minutes you really have to work at very high intensities, nothing less than flat out will do.
Here’s an example of a good Tabata Workout
Hindu press ups
Fast press ups
Hindu squats with jump
Hindu press ups
Fast press ups
Hindu squats with jump
This will stress both the upper and lower body giving a full body workout in just four minutes! Of course, a warm up and cool down are recommended, which will prolong the workout a little but the whole thing can be completed in ten minutes or so. Alternatively, you could have a good stretch after the Tabata with the aim of developing flexibility. The muscles will be nicely warmed up and conducive to flexibility training.
Obviously, you can substitute your own exercises for those in the example but remember that the idea is to work at as high an intensity as possible. Fast repetitions are the key. You can judge progress by recoding the total number of reps during the entire Tabata cycle and attempting to beat that score and subsequent scores in later Tabatas.
The beauty of this workout is you can perform it almost anywhere. The one piece of kit I recommend is the Gymboss Timer which is small and light and takes the nuisance of watching the clock out of the Tabata method. This interval timer beeps when you need to rest and again when it’s time to start again. It can be set so that it lets you know when the workout is complete.
Combined with the Gymboss Timer the Tabata method makes for an excellent MMA home workout!…
What would you give to have real, Bruce-Lee like power? Real, honest-to-goodness, not found in action movies, knockdown power. What are the first steps to developing this kind of intensity of strike?
We are talking about hits that really do have the ability to defeat your attacker in one blow. Those who follow the principles of JKD, Bruce Lee’s style, know that a real self-defense situation will end in just a couple of moves, if either fighter knows practical application.
So, how do you begin to develop the kind of power that could stop an attacker in his tracks?
Deciding Which Specific Technique
The first step is to decide which specific technique you’d like to improve. Do you want a superpower elbow strike? Maybe a power uppercut punch?
The reason you need to decide is because each technique has a different way to unlock its power. Each move is based on different biomechanics.
Bruce Lee knew this.
Bruce Lee Trained Different Power Techniques … Differently
Because the one-inch punch is such a short, quick technique, the power has to occur with a burst of penetration. A short burst.
On the other hand, a haymaker punch is a much longer, wilder technique. To develop power for that kind of a hit would require more of a whipping motion.
The difference between the two techniques is obvious, if you understand how the body moves.
A similar distinction could be made between a side kick and a stop kick. A side kick to the mid section requires an almost “piston-like” action in the kick, to kick with power. On the other hand, a stop kick has a shorter movement, with a halting of the movement, as soon as the snap is achieved. It almost locks at the full extension of the kick.
Analysis of Getting More Power
After deciding which technique to work on, you have to analyze how to get power in that particular technique. One-inch punches, hay makers, side kicks, and low, front stop kicks all require different training methods.
Fortunately, those who have come before, like Bruce Lee, did a lot of this analysis and recorded their results. You can benefit from the teachings of others, especially if you are trying to get Bruce Lee like power….…