Cross training in martial arts.

The benefits of Cross Training in Martial Arts

As Chief Instructor at Zendoka Freestyle Karate & Kickboxing Singapore, I believe it is no less beneficial, than Essential that Martial Artists Cross Train to better understand other styles of Martial Arts and their own style. By Cross Training, we become more effective in our chosen art.

When we become familiar with other styles, we become more able to recognise and defend against techniques from other styles and systems. The more we Cross Train, the more we are able to instantly react with a defense or counter attack.

If a striker has never cross trained in grappling arts, he will be at a huge disadvantage when an opponent attempts a take down, he will be succeptible to unfamiliar chokes, and locks, rendering his striking skills innefective..... at the same time a grappler with no training in striking arts will be extremely vulnerable to a well trained striker, especially when he closes the distance to effect a takedown. He will get quite a shock when a fist, elbow, knee or kick interrupts a takedown attempt.

All Martial Arts have their merits. They all have something to offer, though in some of the more esoteric styles, it may take a lot of dedication to uncover the secrets of their effectiveness.

My advice is to get out of your comfort zone and make friends with and train with martial artists of all types, … box with boxers, grapple with grapplers, trade kicks and strikes with Muay Thai, Taekwondo, Karate and Kung Fu practitioners. Play by the rules of their systems, then spar without rules (in the appropriate environment.) In this way you will uncover the strengths and weaknesses of their styles and your own. A true Martial Artist who does this will adapt and refine their techniques in order to be able to be effective against other styles and evolve their own chosen art.

I follow these principles, cross training whenever I can, to contribute to Zendoka Freestyle Karate & Kickboxing. That is what makes Zendoka such a well rounded system. Every student is encouraged to cross train and bring to Zendoka their own influences. They are encouraged to share their previous experience in other arts in the Freestyle segment of Zendoka classes. In this way Zendoka Freestyle Karate & Kickboxing is ever evolving, always adapting to new techniques and methods, making Zendoka a True Mixed Martial Art.

Sensei Peter has studied Zen Do Kai, Goju Ryu, Shotokan and Shu Ku Kai Karate, Judo, Tai Chi Chaun, Wing Chun Kung Fu, Lotar, (Krav Maga) Muay Thai Kickboxing, Taekwondo, Close Quarters Combat, Silat and Capoiera, among others and is currently teaching Zendoka Mixed Martial Arts in Singapore.

Sensei Peter A. Robertson
Founder 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