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80% of Fights End Up On The Floor

True. But don’t forget that 90% start on the feet.

The truth is, if you’re awareness has failed and you find yourself in a situation that you can’t talk yourself out of, the chances are you’re on your feet (as are the antagonists).

This is where preemptive striking, power and accuracy will come into play. You want to know that when you make contact, it counts. The ground is the last place you want to be.

For this reason the majority of traditional martial arts are all stand up based, including kenpo and eskrima. Many Filipino’s have a very simple viewpoint of ground fighting, if you see people doing it, go over and stab one of them, or kick a few heads.

Does this mean we shouldn’t learn grappling, absolutely not. It is a very valuable skill, and great conditioning, but it is far from being the be all and end all I often see it touted as.

You won’t see finer grappling than in the octagon of the UFC. But on many occasions I’ve heard discussions with various mma’ers that go the way of “but most fights go to ground……”, “submissions are best….” etc, please note I hold mma in the highest regard and have a few of my own students actively involved in mma. But on the street these arguments are highly flawed.

My personal favorite UFC fighter is the former champion and UFC legend, Chuck Liddel.

Why?

He fights similar to a street fighter, avoiding going to ground and instead preferring to knock out the majority of his opponents. That and the fact that he’s also a Kenpo man. Chuck has great takedown defence and awesome striking power.

Rolling on the ground is great training, but do so for more than a second or two outside and you’ll have people putting the boot in on you from all sides. Submissions on the street are dangerous, it is much safer to strike with all you have and get the hell out of dodge.

Spend time on the heavy bag, incorporate power training (kettlebells are great for this), learn to hit from any angle with all your natural weapons (hammer fist, palm, knuckles, forearms, elbows etc..)with no wind up and full hip and body involvement. Train to strike from compromised positions where you have no space to swing, no leverage from your legs or one limb disabled.

And train to be accurate and relentless.

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May Control & Restraint Course now taking bookings

If you work in the security or Law Enforcement industries you will from time to time have to get hands on and physical with some very uncooperative people.

The Wild Geese Control and Restraint course addresses this.
Learn simple, easy to retain and real world effective joint locks, pain compliance, takedowns and weapon disarms.

There is no fluff or BS, the classes are informal, the information is relevant, tried and tested and questions are encouraged.

The course runs from 12noon to 1430 on the 11th, 18th & 25th May. €100/person.

We require a 10% deposit by Fri 25th April to hold your place.

Call (087 672 6090) or email info@wildgeesema.com

Don’t forget the upcoming Steve Tappin seminar, if your interested in control and restraint, work in the Security industry or just enjoy practical martial arts, you’ll benefit greatly from this man.
Expect to learn how to deal with edged weapons, blade awareness and practical self protection tactics, all from a man who is in great demand throughout Europe to instruct elite Police units and security agencies.

More info on the seminar click here, or to visit Steve Tappin’s Homepage click here

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Mental Toughness

There is a quote in Enter the kettlebell by Federal counter-terrorist operator saying “Kettlebell Training…the closest thing you can get to a fight without throwing a punch”.

I was just out in by back garden, barefoot in a singlet starting my training today. This consisted of military press ladders followed by EDT swings with the 32kg bell.

Then came the wind, rain and hail.

As if heavy swings for 15 minutes aren’t tough enough, the weather comes in making it cold, miserable, the handle gets slippery making it even harder on the grip. All this while trying to beat the previous personal best.

I was about two thirds through when the quote came into my head. I’ve been in fights, as a martial artist and as a security operative, you need to have the mind set to carry on even when the conditions are against you, when your muscles are failing you and your lungs are on fire.
That’s just how I felt today, Legs and back screaming, forearms barely holding on, heart in my mouth and being pelted with hail.

But you carry on.

And I tell you this when your finished, you feel indestructible, but sore.

Just like a fight.

I’d recommend The Kettlebell Solution for Fat Loss and Mental Toughness DVD from Mike Mahler but it’s shot in sunny California I ought to invite Mike to my back garden in Dublin, then we’d really get tough!

For more on Kettlebells, give us a shout, we’ve just launched our new site http://www.wg-fit.com/, it’ll take a while to be finished but you’ll get the idea of what we’re about. Or visit Mike Mahler’s Site and the Dragon Door Site for some of the best info out there.

Keep training.

Wild Geese
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3 Best Bodyweight Exercises

By: Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS
www.TurbulenceTraining.com

Here are 3 kick-butt bodyweight exercises you can do anytime, anywhere to burn fat, stay energized, and avoid overeating.

Bodyweight exercises help you burn fat shockingly fast, without any fancy equipment.

1) Any Single-Leg ExerciseThe pistol (single-leg squat to the floor) is the most advanced1-leg exercise. But you can also do assisted single-leg squats with a band, or onto a bench, or even with a Stability Ball between your back and the wall.
If you aren’t ready for single-leg squats, you can use BulgarianSplit Squats, Reverse Lunges, regular split squats, or lying 1-leg hip bridges if you are a beginner.

2) Decline Push-ups These are harder than normal pushups, thanks to your elevated feet. And in this position, you can still use a close-grip to fatigueyour triceps, a “piked-hip position” to build your shoulders, oreven the Spiderman leg motion to work on your abs.

3) Bodyweight Inverted RowsI choose these over chinups and pullups because bodyweight rows let your chest rest, while your back is strengthened. It’s the perfect compliment to a pushup.
Do 8-12 repetitions per exercise. Don’t rest between exercises. Go through the circuit up to 3 times, resting 1 minute after each circuit.

For a once-per-month challenge, do each exercise to failure in your final round through the circuit.

Get in shape fast with Turbulence Training,
Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS
Author, Turbulence Training

About the Author
Craig Ballantyne is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist and writes for Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, Maximum Fitness, Muscle and Fitness Hers, and Oxygen magazines.
His trademarked Turbulence Training fat loss workouts have been featured multiple times in Men’s Fitness and Maximum Fitness magazines, and have helped thousands of men and women around the world lose fat, gain muscle, and get lean in less than 45 minutes three times per week.
For more information on the Turbulence Training workouts that will help you burn fat without long, slow cardio sessions or fancy equipment, visit www.TurbulenceTraining.com

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Kettlebells, probably the most effecient workout you can do

Many of you know I’m a big fan of the kettlbell for strength and conditioning training. I’ve spoken about them in previous posts and will doubtless post about them again.

If you’ve never tried them you have three options:

Option 1 – Keep your head in the sand and keep doing what you’ve always done and enjoy the never ending plateaus you’ll endure.

Option 2 – Call/email us and come in for some personal training with the Kettlebell and associated exercises

or

Option 3 – Learn it yourself. And quite simply the best way to do that is to order Enter the kettlebell!—and follow the three-stage plan to kettlebell mastery:

Stage 1. The New RKC Program Minimum
With just two kettlebell exercises, takes you from raw newbie to solid contender—well-conditioned, flexible, resilient and muscular in all the right places.

Stage 2. The RKC Rite of Passage
Jumps you to the next level of physical excellence with Pavel’s proven RKC formula for exceptional strength and conditioning.

Stage 3. Become a Man Among Men
Propels you to a Special Forces level of conditioning and earns you the right to call yourself a
man.

When you rise to the challenge—and Enter the Kettlebell!—there will be no more confusion, no more uncertainty and no more excuses—only raw power, never-quit conditioning and earned respect.

So, are you ready to take your strength and conditioning to undreamt-of new heights with Pavel’s 100% guaranteed, foolproof, proven Masterplan for fast-track kettlebell training success. I want to order Pavel’s Enter The Kettlebell! book NOW—and not waste one more day, being weaker than I need to be.

I’ll leave it up to you.

Wild Geese Martial Arts
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Itosu’s 10 Precepts of Karate

The following blog is a translation commissioned by Iain Abernethy, the original can be found here: http://blog.iainabernethy.com/?p=81

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Karate did not develop from Buddhism or Confucianism. In the past the Shorin-ryu school and the Shorei-ryu school were brought to Okinawa from China. Both of these schools have strong points and I therefore list them below just as they are without embellishment.

1. Karate is not merely practiced for your own benefit; it can be used to protect one’s family or master. It is not intended to be used against a single assailant but instead as a way of avoiding injury by using the hands and feet should one by any chance be confronted by a villain or ruffian.

2. The purpose of karate is to make the muscles and bones hard as rock and to use the hands and legs as spears. If children were to begin training naturally in military prowess while in elementary school, then they would be well suited for military service. Remember the words attributed to the Duke of Wellington after he defeated Napoleon, “Today’s battle was won on the playing fields of our schools”.

3. Karate cannot be quickly learned. Like a slow moving bull, it eventually travels a thousand leagues. If one trains diligently for one or two hours every day, then in three or four years one will see a change in physique. Those who train in this fashion will discover the deeper principles of karate.

4. In karate, training of the hands and feet are important, so you should train thoroughly with a sheaf of straw (#). In order to do this, drop your shoulders, open your lungs, muster your strength, grip the floor with your feet, and concentrate your energy into your lower abdomen. Practice using each arm one to two hundred times each day.

5. When you practice the stances of karate, be sure to keep your back straight, lower your shoulders, put strength in your legs, stand firmly, and drop your energy into your lower abdomen.

6. Practice each of the techniques of karate repeatedly. Learn the explanations of every technique well, and decide when and in what manner to apply them when needed. Enter, counter, withdraw is the rule for torite.

7. You must decide if karate is for your health or to aid your duty.

8. When you train, do so as if on the battlefield. Your eyes should glare, shoulders drop, and body harden. You should always train with intensity and spirit as if actually facing the enemy, and in this way you will naturally be ready.

9. If you use up your strength to excess in karate training, this will cause you to lose the energy in your lower abdomen and will be harmful to your body. Your face and eyes will turn red. Be careful to control your training.

10. In the past, many masters of karate have enjoyed long lives. Karate aids in developing the bones and muscles. It helps the digestion as well as the circulation. If karate should be introduced, beginning in the elementary schools, then we will produce many men each capable of defeating ten assailants.

If the students at teacher training college learn karate in accordance with the above precepts and then, after graduation, disseminate this to elementary schools in all regions, within 10 years karate will spread all over Okinawa and to mainland Japan. Karate will therefore make a great contribution to our military. I hope you will seriously consider what I have written here – Anko Itosu, October 1908

(#) – Translator not a martial artist and hence translated the word “Makiwara” to “Sheath of Straw” when leaving the word un-translated would have been fine.

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Iain Abernethy has been involved in the martial arts since childhood. Iain holds the rank of 5th Dan with both the British Combat Association (one of the world’s leading groups for close-quarter combat, self-protection and practical martial arts) and Karate England (the official governing body for Karate in England). Iain regularly writes for the UK’s leading martial arts magazines and he is a member of the “Combat Hall of Fame”.

Find out more about real karate at his website http://www.iainabernethy.com/default.htm

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Restraint Training for Security Personnel

Here in Ireland there is no provision for the hands on aspect of the security industry. So while you’ve passed a course to get your Door licence, it won’t have taken into account the very reason you’re employed in the first place

I visited the Irish Security Expo last year and spoke to various people at the top of the industry and asked about the provision of physical training. I was quite gobsmacked by the responses. The general viewpoint is to bury the head in the sand. These are the people that put together the Door Supervisors Training Syllabus, the guys that the government listens to.

Speaking to the head of one of the largest security training companies (who is also an aikido practitioner) I was told that yes, he recognises that there is a need, but he and his contemporaries didn’t want to be the one’s to address it.

The funny thing is, I have a couple of Garda (police for those of you reading this from outside Ireland) training with me, they relate stories of the time they spent at the training college. The self defence and arrest procedures training is a standing joke amongst the fraternity. Just ask a copper to show you “Avoid 1”

Where am I going with all this?

Lads working on the font line be it walking the beat or on the doors, even the lads patrolling the isles of the high street shops, will at some point have to get hands on and physically restrain somebody.

If the first thing that comes to mind in this situation is a right cross, you’re going to land yourself not only with a criminal charge, but probably with a law suit amounting thousands of euro. You just can’t get away with it any more.

So some form of training is necessary. To be able to enter, hold, takedown and effectively restrain a non compliant person long enough for assistance to arrive or to get the cuffs on, with the minimal of fuss and violence. A respected doorman with a history of working some of Dublin’s worst Bars said to his manager “If all the lads learned this, nobody would ever get hit again, there wouldn’t be any more claims”.

The Garda Baton training is also extremely basic, with no refreshers or follow up courses. I showed two or three very basic non striking and low impact baton techniques to an experienced copper, his eyes were like saucers and his comments were “we should be teaching that s**t back at the college!”

It seems the only people who would disagree are the bureaucrats.

If your a forward thinking club manager who employs door staff, or you work in the industry, get in touch and either come to or class at Pinnacle or get on one of the Control & Restraint courses we run.

We’re bringing over Steve Tappin in may. Steve trains Police and Security across europe in some of the most up to date tactics available. He’ll be in Dublin for a two day open seminar, but be aware places are limited.

Wild Geese Martial Arts
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Escrima Concepts Semiar – Confirmed

Eskrima Concepts Seminar
Martial Art, Self Defence, Security & Sport
with
Master Steve Tappin
Sat 3rd May, 11am – 5 pmSun 4th May, 11am – 3pm
One day €50, 2 Days (Pre book) €80, 2 Days (on Door) €100
Places Are Limited
Venue to be confirmed
Master Steve Tappin Has taken time out of his busy schedule (click here to see how busy) to come to Dublin for the 1st Escrima concepts seminar in Ireland.
Steve travels extensively through out Europe and the rest of the world in teaching his tried and tested methods of armed and unarmed combat to Police and security forces as well as civilian martial arts groups.
Here’s an excerpt from his flyer:
· Escrima Concepts works from concepts NOT techniques, enhanced with a syllabus, theory and strategies.
· Escrima Concepts is weapon independent. This enables the practitioner to use a whole range of weapons.
· Escrima Concepts enables the practitioner to defend against both armed and unarmed assailants.
· Escrima Concepts strengthens the practitioner’s mental strength through a unique training method.
· Escrima Concepts has several professional run tournaments every year.
· All Escrima Concepts instructors have to be approved by the chief instructor.
· Escrima Concepts gives you a chance to train a weapon system that is both traditional and modern.
· Escrima Concepts provide training for Police and Security
· Escrima Concepts provide Blade Awareness and Environmental Training (including stress control and avoiding conflicts)
· Escrima Concepts is a worldwide organisation.
· Escrima Concepts is a Founding Member of the WMAA (Alliance) and the EHCG (European Historical Combat Guild)
Only one that reguarly trains with weapons has a chance against an armed assailant!
for more info:
phone +353 87 672 6090
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Grease the Groove Protocol

Here’s a simple method of improving a skill set that I got from Pavels “The Naked Warrior”, he calls it Grease the Groove.

What it is, in a nutshell, is a method of High Frequency Training. It calls for a single set of an exercise at intervals throughout the day.

Each set should stop short of failure, in other words if you can’t perform another perfect rep, don’t even try. You will aim to get as many sets done during the day as comfortable, starting maybe with 2, building to maybe 5 or more.

While Pavel talks about One Arm Push ups and Pistols (1 leg squats), you can apply the protocol to any situation. If you are struggling with a particular technique, say a roundhouse kick for example, do a few on each leg, stop before fatigue. A couple of hours later, repeat. Continue all day.

Continue greasing the groove, gradually increasing the number of sets and then the number of reps per set, but never to failure. Do this untill you reach your desired result.

For the busy exec or stressed Mother, this is a training method that fits into the busiest of schedules. Who couldn’t do a single set of an exercise while waiting for the kettle to boil, or during the ad break after Desperate Housewives?

Try it with other things, learning Spanish, Speed Work, Technical work, Strength work, writing your memoirs, or even grease the groove of calling your Mum.

Give it a go, see what happens.

Wild Geese Martial Arts
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PS Don’t forget to come along to the Fighters For Life Event

Wild Geese Across the Moon by Muriel Stuart

Wild Geese Across the Moon

REEDS, snake-like, coiled in the mist

Where the low fog drives:
The muddy cough of the stream that strives
To free its throat from the clot of reed,
As they fight it out the water and the weed–
While the fog, above, takes turn and twist:
Men, these are your lives!
Wild Geese across the moon:
As some hand that unrolls
And scratches black names upon blood-red scrolls;
So seem these shadows, dipping, dying,
Black shapes on the red moon, screaming, flying,
Till the fog blots out, or late or soon:
Men, these are your souls!
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