Getting Out of Mount for Strikers

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Taekwondo stylists and other strikers need to develop competency in ground fighting and getting back to their feet to maximize their arts effectiveness.  We fill so strongly about teaching students how to get back to their feet that we teach the Oompa Drill below during a student’s first lesson at the academy. Usually after developing competency in the Oompa Drill,

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Perfect Practice Makes Perfect

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     Last week, it was testing preparation at Willow Martial Arts.  We went through the walking drills, forms and self-defense required for Taekwondo testing.  As I observed the students preparing, I remembered a statement Master Pat Weseman often told me when I was a colored belt preparing for my next Taekwondo test.  “Practice does not make perfect.  Perfect practice

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What Is The Best Self-Defense Technique?

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One of the biggest arguments in martial arts is still whether grappling or striking techniques are best for self-defense.  Unsurprisingly, grappling arts advocate grappling techniques, while striking teachers hold up striking as the best method to defend yourself.  The argument ignores the best self-defense technique in martial arts.  Do not put yourself in situations, where the need for self-defense techniques

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