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THIS VIDEO EXPOSES ONE OF THE MAJOR GAPS KATA CREATES IN STRIKING IN THE RING OR IN THE STREET.
When teaching martial arts students sparring, it’s critical to understand the habits you’re creating.
Do you want your students to be good at complex kata or good at protecting themselves?
Some might think, well they can do both. I thought so too for years. It also took me years to get rid of the bad habits traditional karate created in my sparring and self-defense knowledge. One steps are not self-defense.
If you chose one skill set to focus on, the students will get better faster.
If you chose sparring and self-defense, students would be better prepared to protect themselves than if they spent years uncovering the “secrets of kata.”
Students will follow your lead. To them, what you say must be the truth because they chose you as their teacher. You’re the black belt.
Therefore, it’s incumbent upon you to seriously reevaluate what you are teaching every year.
If you choose sparring and self-defense, you have to be careful of what kind of sparring.
Sport tae kwon do does not permit punches to the head, yet most street fights start with a punch to the head. Why would you not prepare a student to defend against the most common attack?
Point fighting is fake fighting that is based on the “killer blow” theories that a strike or a block from a martial artist could be deadly. Why would you train a student to stop after striking or being struck?
That creates bad defense habits, as you’ll see in this video.
Another debunked theory is that most fights end up on the ground.
Pick out a random selection of street fights on YouTube and you’ll see about as many fights go to the ground as you do groin kicks. Not many.
That doesn’t mean you should not train in grappling.
I think grappling is essential and it is the big gap in my game. Why? Because my instructor taught us, “Tae kwon do is a kicking art. The leg is a much longer and stronger weapon than the arm so we can kick an opponent before they get close enough to punch or tackle us.”
He really believed that. As a good student, so did I.
The most practical stand-up sparring system is continuous light contact kickboxing.
This means you don’t stop to honor a point. Instead, you hit the person back.
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EMPOWER KICKBOXING™ is a complete martial arts curriculum designed by Joe Lewis’ protege John Graden as a program that students can MASTER FASTER!
Do I need to drop my current curriculum?
No. You may and most of you will, but you may want to simply insert various elements of EKB into your current program until you get comfortable with the program.
We’re confident most schools will transition over but we’re happy to let them do it on their time.
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What about rank?
While this will vary school to school and system to system, we suggest you look at the EKB ranking system for year one. You then match up the EKB ranks with your students’ ranks.
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How should i prepare?
Start introducing the techniques to your students in class to build support and excitement. Create enthusiasm for these combinations before making changes to requirements. We will help you make the transition. In our experience, students really enjoy the combinations and see the Instant Value they bring to the class.
Can I change my school name to Empower Kickboxing™?
No. Empower Kickboxing™ is the name of the branded curriculum. Think about a camera store that sells Nikon. They advertise that they sell Nikon, but the store name is not Nikon. Empower Kickboxing™ is like that. You may be USA Karate which offers the Empower Kickboxing™ curriculum.
Do I need to leave my current organization?
That’s entirely up to you. EKB doesn’t require you to be exclusive to EKB. Mr. Graden has always had the philosophy that the freedom to learn and grow shouldn’t be restricted by politics.
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