December 2008

Ricardo & I are thinking about a new location for the club, here. The hours would probably stay the same, but it might get into a more stable, more visible location. Thoughts?


I’ll be at Goodale Park on Sunday (12/14) at 1 PM to train/condition if anyone’s interested in joining. Meet at the northwest corner of the park near the brick arch.

If anyone’s interested in yoga, check out this site:

That’s from the OSU yoga club , which you don’t need an OSU ID to get into. And, it’s cheap (though they may not meet during OSU’s winter break – I’ll look into it). Also on that page are other inexpensive/free yoga sessions. Let us know how they are if you go.

Vann was kind enough to transcribe notes from our notebooks into an electronic form. I’ll eventually put these up in a different format, and maybe even publish a little book for us all. But for right now, I want to share them with everyone, because I found myself inspired by them.

  1. Relax. Take a deep breath before the bell. Don’t forget to smile like it was the last time you could own that grin with all those teeth.
  2. 5000 kicks
  3. Fear can be channeled in many different ways. Feel excitement over anxiousness. Concentrate on movement, speed, power, and precision.
  4. When in contact (i.e., sticky hands), don’t get stuck – keep reacting and attacking.
  5. There are two positions from which to control infighting: 1) hands on top of head on the crown (which is the best fulcrum for head/neck control) 2) hands on back of neck with forearms squeezed tight against the neck, stifling the carotid arteries
  6. Keep hands farther out in guard position – the hands then become the first available target for the opponent rather than the face, giving you a psychological advantage (or preventing the opponent from gaining one).
  7. There are three basic types of knees – straight, ‘roundhouse’ style (angled), and from the side.
  8. When moving laterally, the back foot must move very quickly to its new position (it has a farther distance to travel than the front foot).
  9. There is no substitute for good practice – everything comes from the basic techniques.
  10. Work on fading after technique.
  11. Keep eyes on opponent.
  12. Work on conditioning.
  13. Don’t be afraid; relaxed aggression
  14. Stop worrying about self-injury
  15. Need to overcome…there are no limits
  16. Keep moving side-to-side, circle, fade away.
  17. Eyes on opponent.
  18. Pull leg back on recovery – get in the habit of doing this.
  19. Keep pushing – cardio.
  20. Keep hand open against face when throwing the elbow for protection.
  21. No ego, no pain, no fear
  22. Keep both hands up at all times.
  23. Pivot entire torso to generate force
  24. Pivot foot halfway before kick, then pivot it the rest of the way during the kick.
  25. Snap back
  26. If you don’t complete the technique, it’s not a technique.
  27. Condition at all times.
  28. Don’t concentrate on one form – expand
  29. You don’t have to go around all the techniques; go directly to what works for you.
  30. Don’t be gentle – get mad and hit.
  31. Always pay attention and always learn.
  32. Keep guard up.
  33. “Like looking down the barrel of a gun.”
  34. Isolate movements.
  35. I find that if I am mindful of getting off of the centerline after an attack, I am less likely to stay in the “attack, then defend” mindset, and stay more in the moment and recover better.
  36. Knees: don’t freeze when locking up; move opponent around if guy is bigger and stronger.
  37. Power roundhouse: need to worry more about movement and explosion rather than each separate aspect of the kick.
  38. Keep elbows in to protect the body, pop at the end of jab, relax shoulders, pop, pop, pop! Jab.
  39. Roundhouse kick!! Whip the knee, snap the foot around, ka-pow!
  40. I took a few punches in the face from John, but kept going and that was nice.
  41. Jab to close distance
  42. Need to learn to use my left when I’m getting hit or hitting!
  43. See the opening while throwing a combo
  44. Keep hands up. Focus. More stamina. More stamina is more offense
  45. Keep hands up more
  46. Basic judo throw (from which most other throws derive): Step inside opponent’s feet to gain advantage in terms of center of gravity; kill space, put hand that corresponds to throwing hip on opponent’s small of back, grab opponent’s corresponding elbow or shoulder, drop hips, throw
  47. Sidekick – don’t rest foot on target; recover it after impact immediately
  48. Straight blasts work better for continued parrying/trapping/attacking
  49. Don’t miss with back hand
  50. Use the left hand more
  51. Keep hitting when hit
  52. Technique – coming off jab-cross parries, trap rear arm; using the other hand, control opponent’s head (on the crown = best fulcrum); use trapping head to swing around wide under opponent’s shoulder; trap his shoulder between your arm and his shoulder, then whip him around and down – this is called a ‘smother’
  53. Elbow (rear) – elbow’s hand should move across face and to opposite cheek where the opened knuckles touch the cheek – this creates better structural support for the elbow; the lead hand touches that opposite hand as a guard.
  54. I’ve gotten good at ‘performing’ on pads, but not necessarily at applying those techniques on non-padded surfaces, much less on moving hard targets
  55. Do not focus too much on the technique against which you’re defending and lose sight of the big picture. This has to do with the sparring drill in which you keep your eyes unfocused and notice techniques/movements with peripheral vision, thereby reacting more swiftly
  56. Technique – opponent has you tied up and throws a knee. Sweep (not strike) supporting leg with mirroring foot turned perpendicular to floor, sweeping it up against the large protruding bone on the inside of the foot; lift opponent’s body in the direction opposite to the sweep
  57. Keep guard up even when disengaged – opponent will see the opening as a weakness and a target
  58. In and out movement after techniques is very important
  59. Adapt to your opponent
  60. You must always keep your hands up
  61. Slow down enough to get the form correct. Gradually increase speed and power as your good technique allows
  62. Relax until one inch before impact
  63. You haven’t lost as long as you’ve learned something
  64. Hands up, fight inside square, parry his punches out of your way
  65. Remember the importance of doubling (or tripling) leading techniques
  66. Keeping chin down will protect the nose as well as the chin
  67. When throwing a straight elbow, keep elbow parallel to ground for a quicker, close-range technique; turning the elbow over is slower but more powerful – use it to cover distance
  68. Repetition – approach weaknesses
  69. Improvisation – training
  70. I have heart
  71. Malice is necessary at times
  72. Elbows in
  73. Guard with left while striking with right
  74. Keep weight centered
  75. Recover quickly
  76. Read to strike, counter, or block
  77. Aggression is useless without good form
  78. Take time to develop good form
  79. I leave myself open
  80. Relax the shoulders
  81. Eliminate every telegraphing piece of myself
  82. Come out and meet them
  83. Never let my head go below the other man’s head when I want control
  84. Get my ego out of the way and be ready to learn…be vulnerable
  85. Something about people coming together willing to risk being hurt or vulnerable
  86. You need to become a little obsessed about this
  87. Hands up – they get brave when one’s guard is down
  88. Back kick off of the parry: much faster delivery off of feet close together
  89. Need to train with higher intensity, more speed and confidence
  90. Smile: mental response to relax and calm body/mind to allow reflex: reaction
  91. In the clinch, before bringing the knee to the opponent’s head, pull him to the side (this is called the ‘terrier’). Lift the opponent’s elbow up while throwing the knee to open the door.
  92. Prepare to a point that you have to tone it down to compete in a match. Malice, technique, then power.
  93. No Taco Bell!
  94. Elbows – for the elbow that comes upward diagonally (not straight up), the other hand crosses in front of the face; at least be conscious of protecting the face at that close of range
  95. The importance of being present
  96. Don’t hold back
  97. Visualize throwing elbows as if you will be hitting someone
  98. Work on putting lateral motion into hitting drills
  99. Keep hands up when tired and keep moving even though it’s hard as hell. Keep hitting hard even though you’re tired.
  100. We don’t have defense: there are just interruptions between hitting.
  101. Work on using my hips
  102. Punch harder
  103. Smile tiger. Ego? Self?
  104. Worked on flying knees, straight on and to side and need to work on technique.
  105. I found a good kick technique – right foot forward, kick/snap at hip, follow through
  106. Hook punch; need to change a lot of it. Had thrown it with the top of fist perpendicular to floor; need to have top of fist parallel to floor. Also, sink knee and hip at same time as striking.
  107. Sparring: timing seems off, not fluid
  108. I still need to work on my left hand tech., but they’re getting better, but I do think I am getting better at rear leg roundhouse.
  109. Finally letting my hands go in the clinch.
  110. Using knees to my advantage
  111. I need to move my head more
  112. Need to throw kicks higher
  113. Allies are imperative
  114. I have good hand speed and instincts
  115. Smoking doesn’t help
  116. 25 down ups, jab, jab and cross, knees with head pull down, sparring
  117. Side kick, front leg…turn the right foot back…there’s a hop before impact that allows hips to give the rear leg more force
  118. First day back in many months; weight is 193 lbs. and too heavy. It’s all going to come back in the next few months – I’m sure. Cross must be yours, knees ok.
  119. Jumping jacks very good for calves.
  120. Develop central [creative? Something else?] strategy of taking him
  121. Started 3 minunte round – back, for., cross, lap. Then 100 JJ into 60 situps. That was the warmup – 3 minutes on pad w/ gloves, 100%. J, coming in – J C out…..

Patrick and I had a great workout yesterday in the snow. We mostly just hit pads and did some calisthenics, but the feel was very different – everything felt cold and stiff, hands got raw (and a bit bloody), we slipped all over the place and went into wide stances. But it was a good experience, especially since fights are more likely to occur outside than in heated gyms. I recommend giving it a go sometime.

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