What Is Optimal Mental State While Training

The mental state is one of the single most important factors in optimizing development. What do we mean by that? There are three entities that you should be constantly focused on while training in a group class setting or just training with someone in general: 1) Yourself: by yourself we mean, you should primarily be […]

Panic Attack and Claustrophobia: The Common Internal Enemies in Bjj

Panic Attack and Claustrophobia are categorized as irrational fears in some books on psychology and human psyche (consciousness). That being said——to those who experience them, they are still real phenomena, with real physical and emotional effects that should not be lightly brushed aside by instructors or training partners. The first step in overcoming those internal […]

The Reality of Martial Art

Martial art is an evolutionary and multifaceted tool; not only dealing with the external violence, but also, our internal weaknesses, Developing your martial art, to deal with violence entails few fundamental principles. These are: 1) Principle of attribute 2) Principle of skill 3) principle of application 4) principle of experience 5) principle of insight 6) […]

Training Partners: Expected Mental And Emotional Maturity

There are three phases that majority of students go through to reach an optimal and expected state of what I call mental and emotional maturity. These three phases are: 1) Ego-centric phase, 2) Team/Tribal phase, and 3) Hyper-spatial phase——an individual with “a very broad and unusual scope of sensitivity and hyper-awareness” to everything that goes […]

PHOENIX JKD: Three Levels of Interception

1. Technique-interception (ex: intercepting a heavy sucker punch) 2. Encroachment-interception (ex: intercepting a person walking up to you in order to knock you out) 3. Intent-interception (ex: intercepting a person while he is [thinking] about knocking you out just a second or two prior to their actual attack Since [intent] is the root of all […]

Phoenix JKD: What is Control?

Control is the measure and quality of applying different degrees of an ever-evolving force in a given situation and at a given time. When we apply too little or too much force, we say there is lack of control. Absence of control results in poor techniques. Control or the lack thereof, does not begin in […]

Fundamental Principle in Self-Defense Ranges

To us at Phoenix JKD, self-Defense in its totality consists of several objective (kicking, punching, clinching, and ground-fighting), yet relative ranges. Objective, because they are observed consistently and physically; and relative, because they have an overlapping nature and should not be looked at as merely several distances [stitched] together haphazardly. We used to think of […]

Intellectual gangrene: A Counterpart to Physical One:

Physically, gangrene refers to the death of body tissue due to either a lack of blood flow or a serious bacterial infection. Gangrene commonly affects the extremities, including your toes, fingers and limbs, but it can also occur in your muscles and internal organs. Your chances of developing gangrene are higher if you have an […]