Posted on March 22nd, 2015 by Sifu
Another fantastic seminar with Coach Erik Paulson this last weekend at the Atlanta Martial Arts Center here in Woodstock GA. Coach covered stand up striking from the STXKickboxing program, he went through various drills from his new MMA program and finished up with leg attacks from the Combat Submission Wrestling curriculum.
Posted on March 14th, 2015 by Sifu
At least once a week in my training I will get a gentle push outside my comfort zone. I will step past something that I usually consider a limitation. Most of the time, being pushed past your comfort zone is not considered a good thing. I believe as a warrior it is important to step into the unknown, to attempt a little more than you think you are capable of doing. In doing this year after year on the mat, it has given me a different attitude about attempting new things elsewhere in my life.
Posted on February 26th, 2015 by Sifu
Balance is something that seems to slip away as you age. I know this because of the little losses in my training when I take a small break from my routine. I really notice it when working with someone new that comes into the school. Recently, a gentleman joined the school and I met him in class on the mat doing a drill. He is the same age as me. What stood out to me was his struggle to find his balance. What I thought was a simple task; he had to give great effort and focus.
Posted on February 20th, 2015 by Sifu
I get this question quite often due to my involvement in the industry. One of the first things most people think of is the self defense benefits that are gained from the study of martial arts. And yes, that is true, but it is just the surface of what is available to you. Here are a few things that you might not have thought of.
Posted on February 2nd, 2015 by Sifu
Over the weekend we had our first Gracie Jiu-Jitsu affiliate training day for the year. The Atlanta Martial Arts Center has multiple affiliates in various systems that we teach around the United States. Part of what we do it to work with the affiliates is to periodically have affiliate training days throughout the year. These days are primarily focused on program development and instructor training.
Posted on January 31st, 2015 by Sifu
Since I have been in the security and personal protection industry, one of the major problems I have witnessed is the use of sport based martial arts. It is very common that a protection agent will attend the martial art class and learn techniques and methods that are based on the sport based mentality with the intention to use it in his environment.
Posted on January 23rd, 2015 by Sifu
You are a professional Personal Protector with a very busy schedule. Most of your operations involve driving for your principal as well as being ready and able to handle their protection element as well. As a solo practitioner, your schedule and the amount of travel involved in your work prevents you from having time to attend a martial arts program on a regular basis. Most Protection Specialist or law enforcement officers that find themselves in this situation will seek to attend a limited-time, specialized program that will equip them to handle any potential threats they may face in their day to day work activity.
Posted on January 20th, 2015 by Sifu
Imagine that you are in a jungle with dense foliage of all kinds, vines hanging in your face, gnats constantly nagging you, the soil damp and easy to sink your foot into and twist your ankle. The trees are so tightly packed together you can’t see ahead. In fact, the jungle canopy above you is so cluttered you can’t even see the sky. Mosquitoes constantly zip into your mouth, nose, and ears. They bite your neck, your arms, your legs, and you have to swat at them constantly. It is difficult to get through this jungle, with so many things clouding your vision, ensnaring your feet, interfering with your journey through it.
This jungle is Life.
Now, imagine that you find a Path, one that someone has paved before you. You may not know who exactly made this road, but this road has been laid here to make the journey through life easier. Someone else came before you, hacking all the briars and brambles out of the way, clearing the Path for not just them, but for those who would follow. This path was created by the masters who came before, the wisest of their day, and it has been left for you.
It takes discipline to stay on this path, which I call the Warrior’s Path. Many who walk it become bored, and easily lose focus by glancing off into the jungle, wondering what’s out there. There’s all sorts of other sounds in that jungle, so many distractions. It is so easy to wander off the Path and never return. Some people remain in the jungle their whole lives and never even come upon the Path. Those that do find the Path may find it difficult to stay on it, but, in the end, they will find their lives a great deal easier. Minus all the gnats buzzing in your ear, the vines snatching at you, the occasional wild animal attack, and all other distractions, you are free to walk the Path and reach your goals in a reasonable amount of time, without becoming lost along the way.
Now, this isn’t to say that an occasional visit into the jungle can’t have its rewards—in case you haven’t guess, the “gnats” and other distractions in this analogy represent TV, internet, video games, chasing women or men, all that—but spending too much time in the jungle has never gotten anyone anywhere. If you want to achieve great things, you must find the Path and keep focused on it, there is no other option for success, bet on it.
Of course, this level of discipline is to be commended, but, it isn’t exactly the highest form of life one can achieve. Yes, it does take great tenacity to keep on this Warrior’s Path without falling for the allure of the jungle, or the cries from those within saying, “Forget the Path! Come on in here with us! You should see all this stuff!” But there is something even greater beyond the Path. Or, I should say, above it.
Posted on January 19th, 2015 by Sifu
The Winter Gracie Jiu-Jitsu camp with Master Pedro Sauer in Sterling VA this last weekend was fantastic. At one point we had over 20 Black Belts on the mat training and teaching. Some of Master Sauer’s top guys were there to teach, Professors Allen Hopkins, Allan Manganello and Jorge Jimenez just to name a few of them. Also on Thursday there was a 6 hour Tactical Arrest And Control seminar taught by Allan Manganello. The TAC program has been updated and the new material is fantastic if you are considering teaching in the field of law enforcement. I usually will come away from an event like this with 2-3 gold nuggets of information but this weekend by far exceeded that.
Posted on January 17th, 2015 by Sifu
AMAC tactical training group is going to be traveling to Sacramento California in the coming week in order to do a training event for the California State Highway Patrol. This will be the first time we have work for this agency and we had to get a program designed specifically around the environment they operate in.