This week on MEF, we have a special guest interview! Mike and Caleb discuss age, self-defense, fitness, and motivation with special guest, Joey Hurt. Listen in as Joey talks about what spurs him on in his martial arts and fitness training. Have a question or show topic you'd like Mike and Caleb to explore? Send them an email at ModernEraFitnessPodcast@gmail.com, or reach them via social media (@MEFPodcast). Give the show a like, share, and review to help spread the message of health and safety. Thanks for listening!
Ever heard of the 80/20 principle? Maybe. Ever apply it to your martial arts journey? You should. Listen in as Mike explains how to get the most effectiveness out of your efforts and not waste your time. Have a question for MEF? Email them at ModernEraFitnessPodcast@gmail.com. You can also reach them on social media (@MEFPodcast). Help us spread our message by becoming a patron on Patreon.com/modernerafitness, or by liking, sharing, and reviewing the show! Thanks for listening.
It's vital that we write down our material as we learn it, affecting multiple parts of our brain. It also provides a visual timeline of your progress and the material you've learned. If you're just now starting your martial journey, don't wait! Start journaling immediately. The later someone starts, the more daunting the task seems.
In a survival/self-defense situation, things are obviously different. We may not have a second chance and need to endure whatever pain we experience, but on the mats we should be pushing ourselves while not ruining ourselves.
Whether we know it or not, we often prevent ourselves from reaching the very goals that motivate us. The reasons why are so many and varied that I wouldn't even know where to begin in listing them.
Fear keeps many people from experiencing fun and new things in life. The truth is, scary things happen, but should we let that control our life?
With the increased use of social media as a marketing tool, more and more martial arts schools and gyms are increasing their exposure to prospective students/clients. Given the increase in public visibility, it's important to remember that "with great power comes great responsibility".
If you’ve trained in martial arts for an extended period, you’ve likely heard of, and likely experienced, the dreaded "plateau". We've been working hard, but not seeing the progress we once were. The same demon shows up in any self-improvement modality, whether it’s martial arts, strength training, competitive sport training, intrapersonal enrichment, meditation, etc.
Fight, flight, or freeze. Your body will choose one as a response in a traumatic situation (e.g. Home invasion, mugging, medical emergency). Do you know which one will come out of you? The fact is that no one knows until it happens, even folks that train in self-defense (sorry, no ego-stroking here). A large number of people fall into flight or freeze, even with training. According to recent studies, it seems that our responses could be partially dictated by our genetics. We're also finding that genetics, through habit-forming practices and healthy living, are more malleable than we once thought. It was found that those that trained in self-defense had a small increase in fight response. In my opinion, any percentage of increase in fight response is an increase to the likelihood of survival. The important thing to remember is that not all situations call for a fight response. Supposing a response DOES call for defense/fight response, we need to train in a way that closely mimics the stress of an actual traumatic encounter. Why? See the info-graphic below. As the threat level increases, our capacity to respond appropriately decreases.
This is all just another reason why our programs at Hood's Martial Arts Academy, specifically, Combat Fitness, are important. You need to know how your body and brain will respond when your physicality has already been taxed. A person needs to practice skills in a state of exhaustion. While the study states exercise does not arouse the same response as a traumatic situation, likely because certain hormones (e.g. Adrenaline) aren't at similar levels, combining high-intensity exercise with self-defense training is one of the best/most accessible options we have to prepare and mimic response in trauma.
With our program, not only will you find that point regularly, but you'll also raise your threshold where negative effects kick in (i.e. It will require more-than-typical stress for your BPM to raise, allowing you to keep your faculties longer in worsening scenarios), better preparing you for those scary situations. If you don't live in our area (Salem/Willamette Valley, Oregon), I encourage you to find a martial arts/self-defense program that includes a high-intensity conditioning component. No. Sorry, programs like cardio-kickboxing and TaeBo don't count. To maximize realistic response, you need to hit and be hit (at least have a real perceived threat of being hit).
Remember: Be healthy. Be safe.
(For additional perspective on realistic response, check out this article.)
Sifu Caleb Hood is a martial arts instructor at Hood's Martial Arts Academy in Salem, Oregon. He currently offers classes in Kajukenbo Tum Pai and Yang style Tai Chi. He has experience training people from all age groups and ability levels. He is always eager to share the arts he practices with anyone that has a good attitude and a willingness to work hard. In addition to teaching self-defense through martial arts, Sifu Hood also promotes a healthy lifestyle, emphasizing healthy physical habits, as well as healthy mental habits. To learn more about the classes offered by Sifu Hood, or about the art of Kajukenbo Tum Pai or Tai Chi, visit the Hood's Martial Arts Academy website here.
One of the more likely improvised weapons you'll find lying around is some sort of blunt force object, e.g. a stick. From that, it stands to reason that you'll either be using a stick or defending against a stick if you find yourself in enough scraps. Objective side note: maybe you should change your ways if you're constantly finding yourself in scraps.
Here’s the deal. Martial arts is a great physical activity that can help you get in shape. However, it takes more than physical activity to be healthy.
The old guy (or gal) on the mountain top who answers your question of “Where is the bathroom?” with “In your mind, you will find all answers.” is the pinnacle of martial arts masters, according to movies. S/he has probably been training since s/he could walk. But, what about those of us that start martial arts as adults, and not as limber kids at a Shaolin monastery? Is there any hope that we will gain any proficiency?
Belt ranking in the martial arts feels timeless. It’s really not that old of a tradition, however. And it feels like it’s already on its way out... Tradition can connect us with those that came before us, but it can also bind us if we put too much emphasis on the past.
When “shopping” for a martial arts school, yeah, the type of martial art a school teaches is important. But, more importantly, the qualities of the instructor should be weighed.
When training in martial arts it’s incredibly important to start from the ground and work your way up. After all, you don’t start construction of a house by building and shingling a roof.