Failure to plan is just planning for failure!

1 Jan

Failure to plan is planning for failure. Or, as a popular wrestling saying goes, proper preparation precludes poor performance. Of course, the following is just my opinion; but it is the opinion of someone who has been teaching 25 years and training fighters for 20 years. I also would say that my program has provided both benefits and real skills to even non-competitive students over the years. These are the things I believe a real program should entail.



Proper conditioning is the foundation of not only martial arts, but life itself. I am consistently amazed how some martial arts schools not only don’t provide proper conditioning, but even shy away from it, afraid it will scare off students. One of the most tangible benefits of martial arts training is improved health.

Boxing structure


I use the term “boxing structure” in a more liberal sense. I don’t mean only western boxing techniques, but I mean first learning hand techniques. We are much more comfortable, indeed we have natural developmental pathways for using our hands. I introduce stance and the proper mechanics of power generation in a set framework. For beginners, having a few basics rules they can refer to. Students learn the basic strikes, and then learn the defenses.

Footwork and movement


The cliche is in fact true; footwork is both the most basic and the most advanced aspect of martial arts. Since I have established an existing framework with the boxing structure, my footwork is pinned to this. Students learn to move to close the distance, evade, set up angles of attack, to slip, to duck and to set up shooting.



People are not used to using their legs in the same manner they use their legs. There is no natural developmental pathway. For this reason, learning to use the legs is a longer, and at times uncomfortable, process. An instructor should always keep that in mind.

Clinching (standing grappling)

In my opinion, standing grappling is the most important and varied, but most frequently ignored aspect of martial arts training. For self defense, it is the most essential. No matter what, you will end up in a clinch in a real fight. I have broken down the clinch/standing grappling as such;

– hand fighting
– body clinching
– neck clinching
– arm clinching
– entries
– escapes
– striking
– takedowns / throws
– defenses against takedowns / throws
– standing submissions

I have 25 years experience structuring programs and teaching classes. If you are a school owner or instructor and need help, I am available for consult at



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