Basic Training tips

Basic training tips.

Basics techniques and stances are the foundation that we build on as martial artists. Without good, solid basics one can never become an advanced fighter and this is why the basics must be drilled over and over again.

Sometimes though, we tend to concentrate on advanced techniques and combinations and the basics often get neglected. When this happens, bad habits develop and we get sloppy.

Below are a few methods for training to help you to tighten up and polish your basic techniques.

Slow down. This is the first thing to do. Slow right down so that you are almost performing the technique in slow motion. Tai Chi forms are performed in this way and for good reason. When we perform each technique in slow motion, we are concentrating on performing “perfect technique” we are hard wiring perfection into our muscle memory. It is easy to focus on keeping your hands up in a good guard, when you throw punches and strikes slowly, but when you train at full pelt all the time, you may find your guard dropping, as all you are focused on is delivering the punch.

Train in front of a mirror. The mirror will tell you exactly where you are going wrong. It is one of the best training tool one can have.

Concentrate on your technique. When you train on your own, think about the technique and focus on it 100%

Ask yourself what you are trying to achieve, which target you are aiming for, what possible counter moves your opponent could use. Think about variations on the drill which may negate any possible counters. Think about you stance, your footwork, your guard and which areas of your body are exposed and open to attack when you perform the technique. If you are not mindful of your stance when you are training punches, your stance will trip you up in combat.

Teach the technique to less experienced martial artists. When asked to teach beginners, don't feel it's a chore, or that you are wasting time that you could spend drilling more interesting, advanced stuff.

We learn from those we teach. When we explain drills to the less experienced, we examine the techniques in a more in depth way. We build our own understanding of the drill, how and why it works, we concentrate more on OUR form when we teach others.

Visualise. Whether you are training with a bag or in the air on your own, Visualise the opponent. When you are working the bag, imagine it has arms and “see” it thowing strikes your way. If you “see” the opponent throwing punches or kicks in your mind, and you counterstrike, it helps to hardwire the response into your muscle memory reflex actions.

Drill it. Drill the technique until you can perform it perfectly every single time.

Remember, It is wiser to fear an opponent who has trained one kick 1000 times, than a man who has trained one thousand different techniques once.

Good luck with your training.

About the author.
I started learning Martial Arts when I was inspired by Bruce Lee and the Kung Fu TV series with the late David Carradine as a kid. At the age of six I began learning Judo, at seventeen I switched to Shotokan Karate. Following thereafter I studied Shu Ku Kai Karate, Tai Chi Chaun, Lotar, (Krav Maga) Kickboxing and Taekwondo under the late Master Kul Suk Chang, coach of the Australian Taekwondo Team for the Olympic Games. For a while I practiced Taekwondo, Close Quarters Combat and ZDK consecutively. I believe that Zen Do Ka is the best as it is not restricted in its outlook or it's techniques.

In 2005 I won two silver medals in the Victorian Taekwondo Championship Tournament in different divisions.

In 2007 I took part in the Close Quarters Combat Instructors Course.

In 2008 I was awarded the Zen Do Kai Bushido Cross and Shodan Ho Grade.

In 2009 I was certified by the Singapore Sports Council in the National Coaches Accreditation Program.

in 2009 I combined all of my training in the various Martial Arts and established Zen Do Ka Karate & Kickboxing, Mixed martial Arts. Singapore. Zen Do Ka is an evolution of traditional karate style Goju Ryu and Australian Zen Do Kai, Zendoka Singapore is very different to the Australian Style, though we honour our heritage by using a similar name.

The Japanese word Zen means "meditation" Do means path, Ka is the spirit on the path.
A Zendoka is a spirit on the path of enlightenment. Many travel, some finish. The question is "does such destination exist, or is the path the destination?"

In 2010 I was graded 1st Dan, Freestyle Karate and 2nd Dan Kickboxing and awarded the Elite Merit Certificate for contributions to Martial Arts by Elite Freestyle Karate & Kickboxing International, EFKKI.

In 2010 I was appointed by The World Karate & Kickboxing Council, (WKC) as President for Singapore.

Peter A. Robertson
Zendoka Elite Freestyle Karate & Kickboxing Singapore
Elite Freestyle Karate & Kickboxing International Rep
President for Singapore, The World Karate & Kickboxing Council
phone 9681 1927

Zen Do Ka Official Website
World Karate & Kickboxing Council Singapore Website