Bushin – It’s Always My Turn

This week when I was teaching on Tuesday I overheard Steve say something that got me thinking. As you all know we have recently been drilling in the basics, all with a view of getting into the striking zone and then getting back out again before a counter can come in.

But this way of fighting when drilling it in does seem to induce the practice of almost taking turns to attack and defend. By this I mean one side attacks and then gets out of the zone and then your partner jumps in with their attack and then jumps back out before you can counter; which lead to Steve questioning some of you why you were not just keeping the combo going instead of taking turns.

However, although it did become a bit “your go, my go”, I think the simple act of being able to just get into trading range and back out again is the absolute core skill that we should all have. When you have that mastered, you can then play with your arsenal a bit more. If you are quite happy getting in nice and close and attacking, you can definitely always have your go and overwhelm them. But always bear in mind that you can get caught out doing that, you can get tired quicker if you can’t pace yourself and it very much fully depends on the skills of your opponents.

Instead of keeping the idea that it should always be your turn as the only strategy, I believe that the more important idea is being in control of your opponent at any stage of the fight. What I mean by this is that even if you are not currently “taken your turn” attacking your opponent, you are still fully aware of your surroundings, your distance, what your opponent is capable of and thinking about your next moves. Think about how Floyd Mayweather fights. He is not necessarily always on the attack all the time but he is very definitely always in control of his opponent. At the core of his fight plan? Being about to get in for a raid and back out safely. And we all know how well he seems to have done at this fighting lark…

So, personally I think that we should always work hard getting this in and out with good form and movement nailed down. Then you can use this skill to augment your preferred fighting style to control your opponent more effectively which I believe to be the aim of any fight.

Jay
Bushin Adaptive Streetfighting
Mixed Martial Arts London

Bushin – Back To Basics

Great class last night as we carried on with a current theme of going back to basics and just working on improving doing the simple things.

It is very easy to get impatient with the basics sometimes and want to learn the cooler more advanced stuff but without the basics nailed down and practiced, all that happens is you train bad form into harder to execute moves…which will probably lead to being punched in the face! However, with all our recent work and training, there are definite signs of improvements from everybody’s form. Keep it up!

Jay
Bushin Adaptive Streetfighting
Mixed Martial Arts London

 

100 Ways to Slap a Lobster

Great 6th anniversary celebration last week where we rocked our way through some basic dirty boxing from the devastating Filipino art of Panantukan. Face slaps, throat jabs, limb destruction all game. Lots of fun and only a few minor bruises. Then we ended up with a few pressure point strikes for good measure, just to make sure things really hurt. To round off the evening we finished up wrestling lobsters – far tougher but quite delicious…fabulous!

Bushin’s 6th Anniversary

Hey all,

Tomorrow is Bushin’s 6th Anniversary! Sensei Cailey will be holding a special session where he will show us lucky lot a few of his favourite dirty boxing moves as well as some higher level pressure point work. Fun!

Afterwards we will all be going to a nice new lobster place just around the corner, called Hardcore Lobster And More for some well deserved reward for surviving the class.

See you there!

Jay
Bushin Adaptive Streetfighting
Mixed Martial Arts London

Bushin videoshoot aftermath

Mixed Martial Arts LondonThanks to all the guys and gals who came to class last night for our videoshoot class. It was completely packed out and I am sure there was some absolutely fantastic footage that has been captured.

With a bit of luck we will have a kick-ass new promo video to show us all off even more in the very near future! It will definitely be worth all the pain and bruising that resulted in class yesterday!

Jay
Bushin Adaptive Streetfighting
Mixed Martial Arts London