Friday, 20 March 2015


Some great effort was displayed at training this week.  Plenty of the guys helping the newer lads out and sharing their knowledge which is great to see. As soon as you know a little more than the guy you are with then you become the teacher.

We did some fitness testing with the Tuesday class which we will re-test in around 6-7 weeks. Fingers crossed for improvements.  Thursday guys still need to do it and I will try my best to include everyone so make sure you are around next week.

Last night we went back to basic progressions against outside attacks. Its good to review the common and foundational stuff.  Then the guys all added in their own sugar and spice.  Finished the class off with some sparring.


Monday, 9 March 2015


I was recently on a CrossFit level 2 course.  One of the main themes of the course was the programming of movements to increase levels of fitness.  Combat Ready Gym offers classes in CrossFit and Krav Maga as do many of the larger warehouse gyms in US. In fact it was a Krav Maga coach that created the CrossFit kids course initially.  The point I am trying to make is people often train in one class and look for differences in the others.  

The more I teach, the more I understand the commonalities.  In CrossFit and Krav Maga it's often a rush of the practitioners to go for the funky moves and miss out the basics.  When people watch the CrossFit Games they see the top percent of athletes doing movements and look to emulate them.  They forgot about the basics that will last them a life time.  Thats the same as the Krav Maga mob.  They look to over complicate and learn the most complicated of movements without a solid understanding of the initial movements. Overlook the basics and you can't build a solid structure on top of it and eventually it will collapse. 

I like to teach a lot of basics (fundamentals) and we can use the more exotic stuff to keep interest high and challenge us.  However, you always must keep in mind that to be successful you need a solid concrete base.  

So with that in mind in CrossFit get back to the foundational movements and in Krav Maga get the boxing and low line kicking sharp. 

Train and stay safe. 


Tuesday, 3 March 2015


Saturday past the guys and gals covered the first single stick form from Modern Arnis, Anyo Isa.  Kelly Worden said that he never had time to travel about with Professor Presas who was the head of Modern Arnis attending all his seminars as he worked for himself. So Kelly got great at Anyo Isa.  Too many it looks very simple but as we discovered there is so much that can be gained from this form. This is what Kelly Worden excels it.  Finding what is in the form and what you can make it. We looked at it from the single stick which could represent……… a stick or impact weapon.  Then we looked at double handed weapons such as a baseball bat or sword.  I wanted to do sword and dagger but I completely forgot so we cover this in the follow up seminar.  We then looked at the empty hand applications which were on;y bound by your imagination and understanding.  Like I said you need to go away train this and in the coming weeks ideas will come back to you and during training you will be pulling rabbits out of hats and your partner will wonder where the hell that came from.

If you don't train with the stick then you really should especially if you are training in a progressive or reality based martial art or system.  Don't think about it being baton twirling like you might have seen on you tube, its understanding lines of attack, distancing, speed and co-ordination.  People training in Krav Maga could really benefit from this and should really look to attend the next seminar.


Wednesday, 4 February 2015


We will be training outside in the car park so dress accordingly.  I want to see how people can manoeuvre in warm clothing with lots of layers and perhaps it will be icy underfoot.  I know when I wear my gym jacket in the cold its hard for me to demo certain strikes and movements as I'm constricted.  This is one of the ideas behind the session. The other will be the ice buckets that your hands will be in to make striking and disarming that little bit harder. Spread the word.



I'm going to get back to regularly updating the blog specifically with information relating to the combat systems that we teach at the gym. This could be Krav Maga, Kickboxing, Tactical Edge and Renegade JKD / NSI.  Anything that is relevant to our training will get posted here so stay tuned.  I will try and keep the info short and precise so you don't have to go wading through paragraphs to find that one little nugget of information that clicks with you.


Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Takedowns in Self Defence

So recently in class we have been covering some of the essential takedowns in our Krav Maga curriculum. Remember, this will be expanding as we add in Scott's various wrestling takedowns and counters in due course.  I just wanted to have everyone clear about the takedown methodology.  So if we pre-emptively strike and they go south, there is no need for a takedown unless you try and grab them to give them a softer landing and prevent head trauma.  If, in the course of an altercation, we can only use minimal strikes then if we can manipulate a take down so be it.  Perhaps we can't go to town on them because they are a lot smaller than us, the opposite sex, there is CCTV or as part of your job you cannot be seen to be using to heavy a hand.  Another way of thinking is with the takedown you might be using the ground or wall or table or chair as part of a strike.  The bowling ball take down might be used and you put them through a wall for example, or you might hip toss them onto the concrete hoping to cause trauma.  Keep in mind concrete poisoning, and the real reasoning for the takedowns is to prevent any unnecessary trauma to the head of your opponent.  You can never really force a takedown unless you are young and strong. It's much better to just see the opening and take. You will know it when it happens. Until then practice on a willing class mate.  Give good energy and help the guy out.  Don't be a sack of potatoes, but at the same time don't be too rigid.  It's all about balance - the thinkers among us will understand that last bit there. 


Sunday, 4 January 2015


When we think about footwork we tend to think about boxing, Ali and how he moved graciously around the ring.  Remember, a boxer knows the dimensions of a ring, knows it’s a flat canvas surface and how many steps he can take in each direction before being on the ropes or the ring posts.

In the world of self defence our footwork is more being able to move over uneven surfaces, up an incline or down a decline.  Think of putting our foot in a puddle of unknown depth and getting a wet shoe or sliding on gravel or glass.  The best  thing you can do is get out the dojo, get the shoes on and train.  You can hit pads, run situationals or roll on the floor.  Learn to deal with the environment, and if you slip, don’t stop - keep going and make the best of it.  

Train hard, fight easy.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014


So this one is mainly for the martial artists among us.  KM throughout the land is taught as a self defence system first and fighting system second.  So on the one hand you learn to act after the attack has happened, which is good, but I often feel it can train you to become the victim. The fighting system is really where it is at though.  To understand that though you need to look out with KM and straight to Bruce Lee's strategies of attack. I really hate reality videos however, this one is ok and only lasts a few seconds.  Remember we don't know any of the context surrounding this video so be objective.  What I want you to be aware of is the pre-emptive strike and then the interception on the second opponent - and the speed that the cigarette flies out his mouth. Every week in class I am banging on about intercepting this and that and sometimes I feel like nobody is listening.  Look at this video, understand, learn, adapt and use it.  This guys doesn't wait to be attacked, he knows he is and he intercepts the second guy who is trying to kick him.  You could almost say the first attack is an interception more than a pre-emptive strike as the attacker looks to raise his hands. Again, because its a video and we don't know anything about it who is the attacker?  Is it the guy on his own or the other guys.  You are only getting a snap shot so keep that in mind.  

The lesson though - don't wait, be pre-emptive if you feel you need to be or get using those interceptions.  

Saturday, 8 November 2014

What we are about

The gym exists to provide members with what we as coaches determine to be the fastest methods to reach your goals.  If you are looking for self defence then there is nothing better than Krav Maga.  Mix in some NSI and TE classes for completeness and you can be  fairly confident you are going to be able to deal with confrontation in a fairly short period of time.  If you want to get "FIT" then CrossFit is one of the best strength and conditioning programmes on the planet with a worldwide following.  In terms of children's classes I strongly believe that you can't do any better than our Little Ninjas programme. It's a great way to start the journey in the Martial Arts and learn positive skills.  Moving on from that you have the Jnr Kickboxing / Jnr Krav Maga for the teens.  There are even more classes on offer than the ones I have mentioned. In a nut shell we only teach what we think works well, has a proven track record and gives people what they want.  At times training might be tough and there is going to be repetition but see beyond that, train hard stick in and reach those goals.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Round up of last night's class

Last night in Krav Maga we worked on defences against a baseball bat type of swinging attack. I gave you various options however, you must always remember the following points:

They have an extension weapon which needs to be used at a longer range for FULL effect. 

You need to close the gap to make that weapon less dangerous

Intercept the attack, counter strike(s) and control

Remove the weapon if appropriate and scan the area for potential hazards. 

Last night we used a baseball type swing to the head.  Why, because that is what is the most common and natural.  The downward attack rarely happens with a bat, maybe something smaller like a hammer or crow bar.  The idea of smooth and fast is to hardwire the movement. Any fool can burst in and hit someone.  Great well done you can charge and hope forward pressure will save you.  You could learn to play rugby and get the same results. However, we want to fine tune our training and get to a higher level. So some nights Im all about brute force other nights Its like a fast version of Tai Chi.  And remember, if you are only coming once a week well you can be missing out on other aspects. There are around 12 combat classes per week all building the individual and making them prepared for reality.  The more you come the better you get and the more variety you have in your training the more your eyes will be opened.