Principles of Pugilistic Propulsion

'Principles of Pugilistic Propulsion'... Say it 5 times quickly!

The theme for our Krav Maga classes at CAIA this coming month is striking. Personally, I’ve been on a journey over the past 2 years specifically exploring the pugilistic martial arts styles for my own enjoyment and personal growth.

As we are going to focus on these over the next few weeks in greater detail in class, I wanted to share some of the principles of effective striking that Dr Gavriel Schneider highlights. Please note that I am only reiterating and interpreting material here.

So… what are the secrets for generating power in your strikes?

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Being a Good Training Partner, Pt. 1 - Roadmaps and Tools

Did you ever read one of those ‘make your own ending’ books? I used to love them as a kid. I also love video games where the story unfolds and changes based on the decisions you make. Think of your training journey, and consider the following two ‘endings’:

The instructor just finished demonstrating a particular drill, and asks you to find a partner. Everyone in class is quickly paired up while you are still looking around trying to find someone who is on their own, and quickly notice gazes being averted when you try to make eye contact. You eventually manage to corner someone and now have a partner!

Or

The instructor just finished demonstrating a particular drill, and asks you to find a partner. Before you get a chance to look around, 3 people approach you. They are all smiling and when you pair up with the nearest one, the other two smile and say ‘how about next round?’

Which one do you find happens to you more often?

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Being a Good Training Partner, Pt. 2 - Roles, Mirrors and Comfort

Previous I discussed two points that relate to being a good training partner in the dojo. You can read about it here. Those two points related to what to do and what you need in order to do it. I also wrote quite a bit about some of the many funny, weird and wonderful faces you will meet at the dojo. You can read about them here.

I’d like to recap the example I used in the previous article, as it conveys a pretty strong message message:

The instructor just finished demonstrating a particular drill, and asks you to find a partner. Everyone in class is quickly paired up while you are still looking around trying to find someone who is on their own, and quickly notice gazes being averted when you try to make eye contact. You eventually manage to corner someone and now have a partner!

Or

The instructor just finished demonstrating a particular drill, and asks you to find a partner. Before you get a chance to look around, 3 people approach you. They are all smiling and when you pair up with the nearest one, the other two smile and say ‘how about next round?’

Which one happens to you more often?

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Fight or Fright, pt. 1

Sparring.

For some, this word brings excitement, anticipation and fun.
For others, it brings fear, trepidation and that familiar feeling of an empty pit in the bottom of your stomach and a dry mouth.

Both are normal, and we all get some days of one and some days of the other, depending on our experience, how we feel on the day, who we are sparring with, etc.

I’d like to invite you to think of the aggregate, or the overall theme of how you feel about sparring. Which one of the above two responses seems more prominent - anticipation or fear?

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Fight or Fright, Pt. 2

You have finished warming up and have put all of your protective gear on. You’ve spent the last 5 minutes mentally preparing yourself for what’s about to happen. ‘It’s all good’, you tell yourself. ‘I am the star here. Everyone is here to make me look good and I’m going to kick butt’. You feel sharp. You feel ready. You feel excited.

The bell goes, and within seconds your partner hits with you with a hard, clean shot.

Things go downhill fast from there. Your adrenaline takes over. Your combinations don’t seem to have an effect, you can’t seem to land any clean shots and you start getting frustrated.

The next round, though with a different partner, feels much the same.

Has this ever happened to you? If the answer is 'yes', then read on.

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CAIA Open Week Perth Dec 1st - 8th, 2017

1 week FREE unlimited Martial Arts & Fitness intro

Get fit, learn mad skills, train with great instructors and meet awesome people at CAIA!

From December 1 - 8, we are having an Open Week - and you can book as many classes as you can FOR FREE. Krav Maga, BJJ, Kickboxing, Japanese Jujutsu & Weapons, FMA, MMA, Wrestling, Yoga and more - all with dedicated, internationally accredited instructors.

 

>> Just click here to jump to our booking system and register online.

>> Click here to contact us for more info.

Class sizes are limited. You snooze, you lose. Don't miss this.

Class Timetable

Mon

Monday Martial Arts and Fitness Classes

  • 06:00: Kickboxing
  • 09:30: Open Mat
  • 12:00: BJJ (all levels)
  • 17:00: Sparring (invitation only)
  • 17:30: Kickboxing (Beginners)
  • 17:30: Kickboxing (Int/Advanced)
  • 18:30: MMA
  • 18:30: FMA
  • 19:30: Krav Maga (beginners)
  • 19:30: Krav Maga (all levels)
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Tue

Tuesday Martial Arts | Yoga | Fitness

  • 09:15: Yoga
  • 15:30: Kids Jujutsu & Krav Maga
  • 16:30: Teenagers Jujutsu & Krav Maga
  • 17:30: Japanese Jujutsu & Weapons
  • 17:30: Boxing (all levels)
  • 17:30: BJJ (beginners intro)
  • 18:30: BJJ - Gi (all levels)
  • 18:30: Krav Maga (all levels)
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Wed

Wednesday Martial Arts and Fitness Classes

  • 06:00: Kickboxing
  • 09:30: Open Mat
  • 12:00: BJJ (NoGi - all levels)
  • 17:00: Sparring (invitation only)
  • 17:30: Kickboxing (Beginners)
  • 17:30: Kickboxing (Int/Advanced)
  • 18:30: Krav Maga (Beginners)
  • 18:30: Krav Maga (all levels)
  • 18:30: Wrestling
  • 19:30: Krav Maga (Int/Advanced)
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Thu

Thursday Martial Arts | Yoga | Fitness

  • 09:15: Yoga
  • 15:30: Kids Jujutsu & Krav Maga
  • 16:30: Teenagers Jujutsu & Krav Maga
  • 17:30: Krav Maga (all levels)
  • 17:30: BJJ (NoGi - all levels)
  • 18:30: Japanese Jujutsu & Weapons (90 min)
  • 18:30: Yoga
  • 18:30: BJJ (Int/Advanced)
More info
Fri

Friday Martial Arts and Fitness Classes

  • 06:00: Kickboxing
  • 09:30: Open Mat
  • 12:00: BJJ (all levels)
  • 17:00: Sparring (invitation only)
  • 17:30: Kickboxing (Beginners)
  • 17:30: Kickboxing (Int/Advanced)
  • 17:30: FMA - Filipino Martial Arts
  • 18:30: BJJ - Beginners
  • 18:30: Fight Tech
  • 19:30: BJJ - Intermediate
More info
Sat

Saturday Martial Arts & Sparring Session

  • 09:30: BJJ Sparring - Gi 'n NoGi (Intermediate)
  • 09:30: Krav Maga (all levels)
  • 10:30: Krav Maga Scenario Training (by invitation)
  • 10:30: Boxing (all levels)
  • 11:30: MMA Sparring
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CAIA OPEN WEEK - Martial Arts Perth

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Etudes for Boxing (or 'Learning How to Make a Great Speech') - Drills for Timing, Range and Self Expression

Martial arts are a form of self-expression, so let's compare them to the one tool for self expression that we all share as human beings - speech.

We don't all speak the same, and every language sounds differently. When we speak a sentence, we put emphasis on particular words. We may speak slowly or quickly, and change our rhythm and pace. We use pauses to give meaning to certain words, and to allow the listener to process what we are saying. We change our pitch, tone and inflection to convey feeling and meaning. Where we stand (close, far, in front, on an angle, etc.) and how we use particular body language has a massive impact on the message we send when we communicate.

To me, sparring is the physical manifestation of the same principles. It is when we stop practising putting words together, and actually converse freely. It's when we improvise. So how do you learn to make great speeches when sparring?

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It's Back! 100 Fights in 100 Minutes

100 Fights 2018It's happening again!

Perth Saturday 28th April, 5:30PM

Push your limits and contribute to a great cause.

Proceeds from the funds raised through this event will be donated to Diabetes WA.

drwaThe Concept: A friendly 100 rounds of sparring - with the proceeds going to a great cause! 

How it works: We are seeking sponsors for each fighter for each of the 100 rounds they are able to fight. It could be a dollar per round, or it could be ten cents per round. Every dollar helps. Each round will be one minute and fighters will change partners every round.

What can I do? It’s easy. To register as a participant please click here, and follow the instructions. Sponsors click here. Or if you are thinking of coming down to watch, make sure and get here early as space is limited!

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An Elevator Ride That Changed My Life: A Tale About Heart

Fighters and martial artists always talk about ‘heart’, or warrior spirit.

It is an unquantifiable quality. Natural for some people, and not natural for others.

It is the ability to keep fighting - to even fight more fiercely - even though you know the battle may have been lost. The ability to stare pain, or defeat, or fear right in the eye – which really means staring into the proverbial mirror – and say, sometimes quietly and sometimes in a loud voice, that you will not stop fighting.

Simply put, it is the strength of character to not give up even though you may want to.

This is a short, true story about heart. I hope it brings you some hope.

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