Rank And Etiquecy During Class Instructions

Most teaching environments consist of various levels of students and instructors. These students and instructors are rightly organized into different levels and ranks based on: actual learning, real practical skills, personal capacity, time dedicated to the system itself, self-development, mentoring others, and teamwork. A couple of examples: In military there are various different ranks that […]

Dominating Arts: Some Key Features

Arts like Jiujitsu, Muay Thai, Wrestling, Boxing and few others are controlling the field of fighting, and their strong presence and influence are not necessarily due to some imaginary or irrational notion of TV entertainment. Also, it is not all due to the vested interests of the big media outlets putting the spot light specifically […]

An Inner Developmental Perspective

‘Absorb what is useful, reject what is useless,….’—Bruce Lee Each of us is responsible for one life only, and that is our own. Each of us is immeasurably far from being “perfect”………. and the task of perfecting our own life and character is one that requires all our attention, our will-power and energy. If we […]

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 […]