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  •  in Cedar Park - The Mat Martial Arts - 5 Basic Responses to Attacks

    5 Basic Responses to Attacks

    There are 5 basic responses to consider when dealing with an oncoming attack: Move you, move it, stop it, cover, and get hit. This quick video reviews those basic concepts with a few pieces of context and essential pointers as you pick up your training in martial arts or self defense. Bear in mind there are more ways than just these five responses once you build experience and recognition. This lesson is limited to the 5 most basic and widely accepted responses as you begin training, or continue building your repertoire. Shoutout to our friends and designers at Plop Cartoons for designing a cool vintage style logo for our new apparel. Check out their channel at ....

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  •  in Cedar Park - The Mat Martial Arts - Better Hook Punches

    Better Hook Punches

    The hook punch is one of the most common strikes in a fighter’s arsenal, yet it is often trained incorrectly leading to bad habits and even injury. You must remember to rotate and keep the trajectory of the punch online with the direction of the rotation. Here’s a quick tip on how to train the hook punch motion more effectively so you can strike through the target rather than at the target. * LIKE * SHARE * FOLLOW * CONTACT US * MORE INFO: FACEBOOK: INSTAGRAM: YOUTUBE: WARNING: The advice and movements shown in this video are for ....

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  •  in Cedar Park - The Mat Martial Arts - Round Kick Variant

    Round Kick Variant

    The round kick is one of the most common skills found in martial arts. There's no doubting the sheer power a well executed kick can deliver. What is less known about the round kick, however, is that there are more than one way to throw it effectively.In this video, we explore a way to throw the kick that is quicker and more elusive than the standard "Thai" style kick. By using a front kick as a setup we can mask the approach of the kick within the chamber. Our opponent perceives a kick approaching from the front and responds accordingly, only to figure out the hard way that the kick was in fact redirected to attack from the side. It may not be as powerful, but it's speed and element of ....

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  •  in Cedar Park - The Mat Martial Arts - Basic Tips for Better Punches

    Basic Tips for Better Punches

    Click link for full video - Basic Punch Tips: Hand Position When it comes to throwing effective punches, there can be almost as many ways to do it correctly as there are to do it incorrectly. No matter which method one ascribes to, there are a few common elements we can all agree on…
    Loose hand = broken hand
    Keep the wrist straight
    Strike with the first two knuckles After these three, there might be some variations depending on context preference but for simplicity, this video will focus on how we teach basic punch positioning at The Mat, with three main hand positions. When you make a proper, tight fist, ....

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  • Efficiency in Training: Wants Vs. Needs

    Efficiency in Training: Wants vs. Needs (click image to watch video) Understanding the difference between what you WANT to happen and what NEEDS to happen is a large component of what it means to move from one level to the next in martial arts or self defense training. As we increase our confidence in our abilities and the skills we obtain, we must learn to narrow the gap between what our brain WANTS and what our body actually NEEDS. This improves efficiency in our movement, allowing us to identify and act with more options rather than being over-committed to a single response. We're not getting any younger as we train more, so a general rule, we should always be ....

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  •  in Cedar Park - The Mat Martial Arts - Why We Need Plateaus

    Why We Need Plateaus

    Why We Need Plateaus As a beginner it is easy to become overwhelmed by the various skills and scenarios presented in class. It can feel like a bunch of mental clutter floating around in your head. Much like a room with scattered clothing and books and toys and dishes and papers all over the place, it is really difficult to walk in and think anything other than, “Oh, man! Where do I start? ”
    Gathering and Organizing
    Just like we would create a list of priorities to clean that room, we must be able to do the same with our thoughts. Everything should have a place in the room, and if it doesn’t, find a place or get rid of it. Training is the same process. The ....

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  •  in Cedar Park - The Mat Martial Arts - How to Kick More Effectively

    How to Kick More Effectively

    Throw More Effective Kicks Check out the YouTube video here, and read a breakdown of the lesson in written form below. Does Size Matter? Yes, sort of. Size does least sometimes. Strength, timing and accuracy, among other factors, will always play their parts towards success in martial arts training. Without the benefits of strength through size, you must be proficient enough in technique to realize effectiveness. A common misconception, particularly in the martial arts, that I have come across many times in my thirty-plus years training and teaching is that size equals strength. While being big undoubtedly often translates to being strong, being small ....

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  •  in Cedar Park - The Mat Martial Arts - Essential Footwork for Self Defense

    Essential Footwork for Self Defense

    Footwork: 3 Essential Movements (pt. 1) Click video image to view Understanding how to move yourself into position (or out) is what allows for proper distancing to your target, generates momentum for increased power, and gets you out of range from oncoming attacks. There are a number of ways to move in and out of position, but boiled down, there are really only three essential footwork movements you need to know for self defense training: • Step-through • Shuffle • Slide Yes, there are bursts, lunges, double-steps, and plenty more. At the end of the day, they are all just variations or modifications to the above three. So, let’s ....

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