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Get The Most Out Of Your Training – Martial Arts

Get the Most Out Of Your Training - Martial Arts

How to become more productive in our martial arts training is an important question to have. its necessary to accelerated learning. Most martial artist “just show up.” While at the same time most martial artists don’t make it to the top. Today ill be sharing some of the most influencing philosophies/concepts that accelerated my performance.

80/20 Law

The 80/20 Law (also known as The Pareto principle)  states, that for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes.


  • 80% of a martial artist’s actions comes from 20% of their techniques
  • 80% of a martial artist’s productivity comes from 20% of the training
  • 80% of the fight takes place in 20% of the positions (example: the guard in jiu jitsu).

The 80/20 law helps analyze and narrow down whats important and what you should be prioritizing. It will also help eliminate any excess fat, free up time and attention to whats important.


Focus on your strengths while managing your weaknesses. You will be more productive in doing what you do best rather than making incremental improvements fixing your weaknesses, which at best, becomes decent. This principle is similar to the 80/20 law.


Goals are necessary for optimizing productivity. Most of the productivity comes from the short term goals, and motivation and drive comes from the long term goal.

Types of short-term goals you should consider:

  • What techniques to improve (preferably filtered through the 80/20 law)
  • Goals in sparring
  • Training x amount of times a week
  • Who to spar with
  • What to drill


Measure all aspects of your training by documenting and reviewing your performance in sparring, your successes and mistakes and what you could of done better. This will help you examine your performance day by day and with greater clarity on the path to improvement. What gets measured gets managed.


Competing in an event is the best thing you can do to get the most out of your training. It helps set-up several mental aspects in place that are necessary to increase the quality of effort and attention for training productivity. It will also bring greater clarity to the 80/20 law, goals, strengths and the use of metrics.

Benefits of Competition

  • Focus
    • Competition create deadlines which help produce greater focus and helps you analyze on what to do in order to get shit done.
  • Motivation
    • Competition creates greater motivation to improve performance,. Overcoming excuses and accelerating productivity.

If you decide to compete don’t pick an event that is a year away. I recommend setting a deadline within 3-4 months. The tighter the deadline the greater the focus, the greater the focus the greater the productivity.



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7 Tips To Technique Mastery – The Art Of Fighting

7 tips to technique mastery - art of fighting

Most people have a false assumption about learning a new technique. Some instructors think that once they share all the details of a new technique, that the fighter should be able to apply it to his game right off the bat. Likewise, some people will watch a video on Youtube and assume they can instantly apply it.

After years of training, teaching martial arts, and research, these are some tips I follow to improve specific techniques.

1. Repetition

“I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.” Bruce Lee

Either if your learning a new technique or improving a technique, repetition will be your best friend. We must practice what we learn before it can be a habit, while giving our best attention to the details.

2. Repetition in Progressive Stages of Resistance and Isolation

“An Expert is a Man who has made all the Mistakes which can be made, in a narrow field.” – Neil Bohr

Repetition on its own sometimes fall short. This process will help us understand the major details that we might have missed, by slowly increase the difficulty in order to understand the technique a little more. Also known as position sparring or isolation sparring.

3. Sparring

“Experience without theory is blind, but theory without experience is mere intellectual play.” – Immanuel Kant

“Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.”
― Bruce Lee

After going through the above step with much success, try applying it in sparring. Sparring is a good time to experiment. Improvement comes from figuring out when it works and when it doesn’t. And to accelerate your training is to have 3 types of sparring partners.

  1. One that is lower than your skill level
  2. One that is equal to your skill level
  3. One that is greater than your skill level

4. Refine & Polish Your Technique

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore is not an act but a habit.” – Aristole

Overtime you will gathering more information on the technique with more insights for improvement. Refine & polish by repeating tips 1-4 while adding the new details and tweaks or eliminate any unnecessary motion that may telegraph the technique. .rinse and repeat.

5. Develop Different Ways to Execute the Technique

“He who knows when he can fight and when he cannot, will be victorious.” – Sun Tzu

Look for different ways to apply the technique.  From different positions, postures, angles, distance, etc. rep them out with tips 1-4.

6. Consider Transitions Before, During, and After the Technique.

“Water’s formation adapts to the ground when flowing. So then an army’s formation adapts to the enemy to achieve victory.” – 6:34 Sonshi

Most techniques has a natural flow into the next technique. The ability to link different techniques before, during, and after will make a big difference towards its mastery. Experiment and develop using tips 1-4.

  • Think defense before, during, and after
  • Think offense before, during, and after

7. Develop a Re-Counter Response to Common Reactions.

“If you know the enemy and know yourself you need not fear the results of a hundred battles.” – Sun Tzu

Developing a re-counter to common counters / reaction will bring your technique to another level. And having a variety of 2-3 re-counters per reaction will keep your opponent guessing.

Looking Forward

This approach can be applied to striking, defending, submissions, escapes, etc. By the time you invested a good amount on one technique, the surrounding techniques will also improve. Increasing the versatility and leading you to technique mastery.

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