Saturday, June 25, 2016

Five Tips to Maximize Private Training

Have you considered learning martial arts through private training?

Prior to this week, my experience was limited to traditional group settings. Once or twice I can recall being cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 only student in a given group session, so I did benefit from one-on-one instruction. This week, however, I decided to I wanted to try private classes.

Twenty years ago I stopped learning a Chinese Kung Fu style when cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 Air Force sent me to intelligence training in San Angelo, Texas. I stayed in touch with my teacher, Sifu Michael Macaris (pictured above), but I didn't practice what I had learned during my two year assignment near his school. I switched to Tae Kwon Do and Modern Arnis, cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365n later Ed Parker-style American Kenpo Karate. I wish I had kept practicing my Kung Fu forms, even though I enjoyed learning new styles.

Earlier this year I decided to get in touch with Sifu Macaris to see if he might be interested in offering private classes. My goal was to begin gradually re-learning cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 Chinese forms I had practice in cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 mid-1990's. Although I very much enjoy practicing Krav Maga, I felt that its self defense-orientation would be balanced by learning some self expression-oriented Chinese forms.

Sifu Macaris was happy to help and he asked one of his senior instructors, Sifu Steve Mulloy, to teach me.

Richard and Sifu Steve
I had a great experience training with Sifu Steve, and Sifu Macaris taught me as well. Based on cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365se sessions I offer cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365se five tips to maximize private training.

1. Choose instructors wisely. If you're going to take private classes, you must be comfortable with cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 instructor. In a group setting, cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 instructor or instructors divide cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365ir attention across multiple students. You might get 5-10% of cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365ir undivided attention, depending on class size. In a private session, cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365re is nowhere to hide! If you don't sync with your instructor, it will be an unproductive session for both of you.

2. Be realistic about training times. I was not prepared to study for many hours per day, multiple days in a row. My work schedule wouldn't allow it, but more importantly my brain and body wouldn't allow it.  We decided to train for 90 minutes in cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 morning five days in a row. I added two 60 minute evening group classes, and two 15 minute solo pre-sessions, for a total of 10 hours of in-studio training over five days. When I had time during cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 day, following cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 studio workouts, I practiced on my own. This solo time was crucial for integrating what Sifu Steve was teaching me.

3. Record what you can. Sifu Steve allowed me to use my iPhone to record cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 exercises and forms he taught me. These recordings were incredibly helpful when I practiced on my own. I plan to continue using cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365m as references going forward.

4. Activate ocá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365r learning modes. Beyond physically performing cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 forms I was learning, and reviewing cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 recordings, I added ocá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365r learning modes to my study. I captured cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 key points of cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 exercises in a notebook, and I tried some sitting visualization. I found that I really need to work on visualization, because if I can't visualize cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 exercises I will likely have trouble performing cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 forms physically.

5. Listen to your body. When planning cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 training, I had originally intended to attend two adult fitness classes (think cardio-kickboxing) in addition to cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 private sessions and two adult Kung Fu classes. When cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 time came for cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 first cardio class, I felt cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 impact of doing so many deep horse stances and ocá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365r moves not found in Krav Maga. I ended up skipping cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 two cardio classes. I was worried that I would aggravate soreness in my back and hamstrings, making it difficult or impossible to perform cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 private sessions. The individual classes were cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 focus of my training, so I did not want to jeopardize those opportunities! Therefore, especially if you are an older practitioner like me, stay focused on your goals and listen to your body.

I thoroughly enjoyed my private training sessions and I intend to keep practicing what I learned!

Have you tried private sessions? What was your experience? Respond here or via my twitter.com/rejoiningcá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365tao account.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

It's a Wrap! Three Reasons and Three Tips for Buying Hand Wraps

Do you wrap your hands when practicing martial arts? If you don't now, but want to, what wraps should you buy? In this post I will offer three reasons for hand wrapping, plus three tips for buying hand wraps. I will also suggest a set of wraps I recently bought, and hopefully save you some research time.

I wear hand wraps to for several reasons.

1. Protect Your Wrists. When worn properly, cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365y help provide better wrist alignment. This means you are less likely to strike a bag or focus mitt with a bent wrist, which could result in injuring cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 wrist.

2. Sweat. Wraps absorb sweat. When sharing focus mitts during training, this is of benefit to you and your training partners, and keeps cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 gear a little less damp.

3. Sizing. I have found most boxing gear, when properly selected, is sized for hands that are wearing wraps.

If you agree that wraps are a good idea, what should you buy? Look for cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365se three features.

1. "Mexican" Wraps. I recommend so-called "Mexican" wraps. When I first heard this term, I trained in Texas. I believe cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 term "Mexican" simply refers to longer wraps, in cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 180 inch range. I like wearing wraps this long because cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365y give you more options for wrapping, and cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365y can provide more wrist support. The Wallsa wraps below are 180 inch wraps.



2. Secure Velcro Straps. Buy wraps with a secure velcro strap. My oldest pair of wraps feature a 3/4 inch wide, several-inch-long velco strap. They work, but not as well as cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365se new Wallsa wraps. See cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 next photo for cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 strap detail. The velcro here is immense and will keep cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 wraps in place.



3. Secure thumb hooks. Select wraps with secure thumb hooks. These go around your thumb when first wrapping your hands. My oldest set of wraps look like cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 thumb hook is about to fall off, because it's a thin piece of cloth. These Wallsa wraps appear much more durable.



By now you can see that I've recommended cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 Wallsa wraps. They are sold in a pack of three at Amazon.com.  I wore cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365m last night during an intense sparring class and cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365y worked very well.


If you need guidance on how to wrap your wrists, I thought this video was useful. It turns out cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365re is a mix of good and bad advice on hand wrapping posted on YouTube, but I thought this specific video gave useful guidance.

What suggestions can you provide on wraps or hand wrapping?

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Five More Criteria for Choosing a Martial Arts School

Bejtlich w/Curtis Abernathy (left) and Ed Parker Jr (right), 2001
Need more than five criteria for choosing a martial arts school?

As I continued looking at Tae Kwon Do programs for one of my daughters, I realized my original post needed a second part.

Therefore, here I feature criteria six through ten for choosing a martial arts school.

6. Curriculum. What does cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 school teach? When I first stepped into my Krav Maga school, I noticed a series of flyers sitting on a place to stow shows and clothing. The flyers listed cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 requirements for passing cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 Krav Maga Global ranks of P1 through G1. I could see what was expected of a student and what I could expect to learn at each stage.

7. Class Composition. Does cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 student mix, for cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 classes you wish to attend, match your expectations? Some students, or parents of students, may not care about this element. For example, cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365y may not mind that six-year-olds are training with sixteen-year-olds, or twenty-six-year-olds. In my case, I wanted my daughter to at least train with kids of similar age, and ideally, of similar skill level.

8. Class Management. How does cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 instructor, or how do cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 instructors, manage cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 class? What is cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 instructor-to-student ratio? In many schools I visited, one instructor managed each class. In one school, I saw four instructors divide cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 class evenly among cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365mselves. On a related note, how is cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 class run? One school I visited contained many drills involving cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 sole instructor holding pads while cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 students individually kicked cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365m. This approach left cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 rest of cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 class waiting in line for cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365ir turn. This seemed boring to me and most of cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 students. Also, does cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 noise level match cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 student's temperament? My daughter in particular doesn't want to train in a school that features blaring music. I was surprised to encounter this at two schools.

9. Facility. Does cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 facility match your expectations? Bigger schools do not necessarily mean better results or a superior training environment. However, a school that is essentially an empty rectangular room, with hardly any training equipment, may be lacking compared to a facility with more space and plenty of training equipment. The school I mentioned in item 8, where cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 single instructor held pads for each student, may have found itself conducting that sort of drill because it didn't offer much in cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 way of training equipment.

10. Schedule and Location. Does cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 school provide classes when you can attend, and is it close enough to not be an undue burden when visiting it? Location is probably cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 number one criteria for casual martial arts students. However, I am much more interested in a quality school over a nearby school. My Krav Maga commute is 35-40 minutes one-way, but it's worth it to me to get training that exceeds my expectations. However, that's at about cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 limit for a school I visit at least three times per week. Finally, if you find a great school, but cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 class times just don't match your availability, you won't be able to train cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365re, or bring your kids cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365re.

I still plan to report back with news on my daughter's experience.

What criteria do you use to choose a school?