Have a great week and weekend and will see you all next Tuesday! Ouss…
Absolutely great class last night at Essex Fighting Arts in Orsett Village Hall. Only a few of us, but we were able to really hone the skills that we have been training from Bob Breen’s 4D combat. I have been chatting to Bob and getting pointers as I have been drilling these techniques in and it is making so much sense now. I have been training / studying for many years and this new direction completely slots in to all that I have studied and is so effective. Even the analogies of a boy in a field floating a balloon just describes what you’re doing so well. Bruce Lee used to talk about an exhibition and I have lived by this for many years watching big fancy moves, which may look great but useless in a real situation so what’s the point? 4D combat takes this theory to a whole new level and completely sucks your opponent into your spiders web and not seeing the boy in the field floating a balloon who is really an IED (Bob’s words). The guys were drilling these concepts in nicely but I see this similar to when I studied the science of road racing (Keith Code’s Twist of the Wrist and he talks about having $100 and when you first start you are spending $99 of this on your attention leaving no more to spend on other things such as points of reference etc… Well this was no different as the guys were spending so much of the $100 on stopping the hits that they had not a lot left for their strikes and directional movements etc… BUT the more they did it and drilled in these concepts, the more of the $100 they had to spend on other techniques and the more they relaxed. Less chaos as Bob would say! Once you are able to relax, it gives you much more time to strike, slap, disrupt and throw off balance etc… Becomes a bit of a game, but important not to stay in one game for too long and more 3 beats and then change the game. i.e. when the slaps and eye wipes were hitting their target 9 times out of 10, I would change the game because they were expecting them and used throat jabs, rising elbows, clench and shoulder barges, foot traps and more. Then it starts to open more doors to all that I have learned over the years in the Filipino fighting arts and all that I have taught my students. Bloody brilliant! Still much more to study and learn from Bob as he is the man, but loving this new addition and direction and so are the guys!
Have a great week and weekend and will see you all next Tuesday! Ouss…
An awesome class last night at Essex Fighting Arts and another video produced on 1 to 12 lockflow. As I suggested I the video, locks are an essential part of what we do, but realistically you have to damage the person first before they are effective. Also it’s hard to see the intricate details on the video so you would be much better off coming to the classes to learn and all our details are below and also on the website.
Trained more of Bob Breen’s 4D Combat aspects and techniques and the hour and a half just bloody flew by. Went through the concepts again with the box and also the attack triangle but I will not go into any detail as this is Bob’s and I respect that. One thing I will say is that I / we are learning lots and this really is a new direction and so very effective. Is taking a while to drill in and to flow more, but certainly getting there. The attack triangle simplifies things so much and has similar lines to the ranges within the Filipino Fighting Arts but the concepts are what is very interesting and leaving the boxing guard for when we have gloves on sparring. I am assuming that I was not the only one who got up this morning with battered arms as we were going heavier and more random attacks (lead jab and cross & cross into hook etc…) so thinking on our feet and utilising the ranges more rather than blocking punches that would end up in empty space if we moved out of range. So chuffed though and will be going to one of Bob’s seminars in the near future for sure!
Have a great week and weekend and will see you all next week. Ouss…
A great class last night at www.essexfightingarts.weebly.com and a new direction thanks to Bob Breen. I have been looking into 4D Combat which Bob runs and teaches and developed along with the principles of 4D. So last night we looked at the 4D box and started to drill in this way of defence and indeed offence. Takes a while to get this due to old habits and the want to go into a standard guard using salutes etc when punches are thrown. But once we played with this for a while it felt great and so bloody effective. Cuts down the workload and already was starting to give opportunities to use the other skills we already have and much more time to do them. Very impressed, but Bob is the man when it comes to fighting arts with 50 years in martial arts, 30 of which were under Dan Inosanto and is a full instructor under Dan.
We then moved into some of the 4D knife concepts which again will take time to drill in, but blended well with the traditional Filipino knife tapping techniques we already use. If I were closer I certainly would train under Bob and WHEN I win the lottery I’ll spend a lot of time down at his club! J Until then I will keep my ear to the floor and when Bob next does a seminar, we can all rock up there. I have been thinking for years about some of the holes, which are in the fighting techniques I teach and crossing the boundaries between sport fighting and street fighting so this really helps. Will be working more with the above concepts which will take time, but personally I’m bloody loving them and hope you all enjoyed them too last night. Ouss…
A great class last night at Essex Fighting Arts and started with a video on knife awareness for our younger generation / teenagers. I cannot emphasise enough that in NO WAY am I encouraging teenagers to try to deal with a knife and the strong message for this video is awareness, not becoming a victim and avoid / escape. Knife defence skills takes years and years to develop and to be proficient while dealing with a knife. And to be honest, even if you are there is still a high chance that you could get stabbed, slashed or worse. Disarming a knife if extremely difficult even for the best of us so the message I wanted to get across is to have a plan of scape and to train those skills / awareness as well as fitness regarding running. Your plan is to run and to keep running so you’ll need speed and fitness and this is not a given and has to be trained. You clearly need to be faster than your pursuers so not to get caught, but you need to be fitter than they are also as even though adrenaline will take you so far, you will need a good level of stamina to out run the people who are chasing you. Build up your running until you can run for say three miles and then think about interval training so working on sprints vs steady state running. Know your environment so that when you do have an escape plan you don’t run into a dead end and run to safety. Be calm and talk softly giving them your mobile phone or whatever possession you have as they can be replaced but your life cannot. Work on the traffic light system, green when you are safe, amber when you step outside the front door and red when you know something is very wrong. These are all levels of alertness, but your gut will tell you when something is not right or if someone is acting suspiciously. Don’t advertise your phone by walking down the road with it lit up and your senses taken up by texting or Facebook. You need to be aware of what is going on around you as the sharks might be circling and you need to be aware of that. The video goes into more, but please be safe and never be tempted to get involved with anyone carrying a knife as any idiot can stab you so you are better off avoiding, evading and escaping.
Within the class we went through Gaja (elephant) techniques from a Jab / Cross involving Dakup (catching) the jab, outside deflection and upper cut. Also including various arm locks, throws, neck locks and more. We also touched on a bit of knife tapping (traditional Filipino) which we will go into more detail next time and drill this in. Have a great week and weekend and I’ll see you all next Tuesday, Ouss…
A great class last night at Essex Fighting Arts and another video looking at a frenzied knife attack or peppering with a knife. This was of course after I had already done one bloody video only to realise the phone was on selfie mode. 😂😂😂 These techniques were taken from Guro Ron Balicki and his take on what you would need to do when there's no options left and you're fighting for your life from this kind of attack. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1kQbK2FhMc&list=PLKWbT-_vwFTxjdPu1L2Nw39tHPETwvH48&index=23&t=0s
We continued to train in these techniques but the main thing was aside from the attention to detail and how we can move into other techniques with a semi-compliant training partner. This was more about reacting to the attack with speed and aggression, but also committing to whatever you have decided to do unless the game changes. Wrist locks would be snapped on aiming to break rather than just cause pain, strikes would be hard and aggressive, eye gauges used and disorientation techniques with seamless interchange between movements not giving your opponent time to re-focus and counter what you are doing to them. NOTE: If you managed to strip the knife (disarm) then you CANNOT in the eyes of the law attack them with the knife as you have removed the threat (unless they have friends) and this would be deemed as pre-meditated. However, as I said on the video ‘it is better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6’ which are the words of my Sensei back in the day ‘Steve Merrett’.
From here we moved on to some Gaja (elephant) techniques coming from jab / cross attacks which we will continue next week. Hope you all enjoyed the class, have a great week and weekend and will see you all next Tuesday! Ouss…
Was a great class last night and another video filmed, this time on three techniques from Panantukan (dirty boxing). Of course, there are plenty of other different variations dealing with the rear hand, lead hand, hooks, straight punches, elbows and more but at least this gives you a taster of what kind of things I teach at Essex Fighting Arts
Was a quiet class last night due to many people not being able to make it, thus Will got some personal training so we took advantage of this and drilled in 1 to 12 lockflow on left and right. As I said to Will last night, It’s not too difficult to learn the locks from lockflow but the art is the flow and reacting to your opponents energy and responding with another lock. One of these things you have to practice, practice and practice to get it right and try this on different people for variation of technique. It’s the small Intricate movements that you need to study and which form the bigger picture and also change accuracy of a lock and how quick it is applied. Needless to say we will be going through lockflow with everyone next week and the original class that I had planned. Have a great week and weekend, Ouss…
Another great class at Essex Fighting Arts. A smaller class than usual, but there were a few that just couldn’t make it and I appreciate that you take the time to give me the heads up guys. We shot another video yesterday, this time on sumbrada 10 x count which isn’t the easiest to teach on camera as it takes time and I need to correct and teach so much that it becomes a bit of a very fast show on camera. Even so, we managed to get this done and Will got a shot from my stick to his head, but luckily he was ok. All adds to the show I guess? Ha ha!
During the class we went through the usual pad work pushing through punching, kicking and elbow combinations with of course some challenging fitness in there also and diagonal press-ups, squat thrusts etc… Then we worked on the rear hand from a jab cross technique. Initially we used dakup (catch) on the jab and worked through various possibilities on the rear including a shoot style take down, figure 4 arm locks and other painful locks also. Also I showed how we can include techniques from the WALIS and how opportunities arise during the techniques where we can blend other aspects of what I teach. Hope you all had a great class and looking forward to next week, have a great week and weekend. Ouss…
An excellent class last night and another video created to answer some confusing over the last knife video I did which was about a knife sensitivity drill called ‘Dikit’ which teaches sensitivity and reaction to movement, energy and getting used to dealing with a knife. This is stated in the video, but I cannot emphasise enough that if you are faced with someone who intends to harm you and is carrying a knife, first and foremost give them what they want. Give them your wallet if that’s what they want, your money, your phone or any personal possessions they have asked for as it is just not worth getting involved with a knife if you do not have too. At the end of the day, your life is more important and personal possessions can be replaced. Secondly, if you can get away, into a house, car or somewhere safe or run and never stop running until you know that you are safe. Another reason why you should improve / maintain your fitness as then you will have the ability to run away.
Here's the scary bit. What do you do if you cannot run, if the possessions you have are not enough for them and your life is still on the line and you have nowhere to hide? This is where training in martial arts helps and training knife work, getting used to dealing with and getting attachments on limbs / hands. Learning how to effectively strike so working on kick / Thai boxing skills as well as fighting dirty so eye gauging and street fighting. Working on your fight fitness to prepare your body for fight or flight so you have endurance, speed and power. Learning locks, chokes and take downs and totally commit 110%!! DO NOT just give your life to them if you have no other option, hone your skills and fight as you have never before. Of course there is no guarantees, but I know I would much rather train on all the elements of fighting with or without weapons to keep the muscle memory and reaction time as good as it can be. At the end of the day, I would rather have all the skills and never have to use them, than not have the skills when I need them the most. Bruce Lee said ‘Better to be a warrior in a garden, than a gardener in a war’.
During last night’s class we went through some challenging pad work and well done Paul for keeping up with me on the pads and doing two rounds or both left and right stance even though he was blowing out of his a*se at some points understandably. Ha ha! After we went through Sumbrada six count and then ten count which was great fun with a few bruised knuckles. Was a great class and looking forward to next week, why not come along and give it a go. Have a great week and weekend, see you next Tuesday. Ouss…
Another awesome class at Essex Fighting Arts and another video done, this time with the rising knife crime in mind. We decided to run through Dikit (sticking) within the lesson but also within the video to give a taster of knife sensitivity drills. These drills are progressive and with the end goal of reactive knife play rather than the predictability of a set drill. The drills however really help muscle memory and to hone the skills and strips included reacting to movement and energy.
Was great to see you all progress through the series of Dikit drills and at the end was flowing much more fluidly reacting much more to movement in what I call the subconscious meets the conscious. Was a few variations of knife strips along with the best way to get the best out of them. Not sacrificing techniques for speed is one as well as body positioning and where best to grip. Less is more as I said.
Have a great week and I'll see you all next Tuesday. Ouss...
Another great class at www.essexfightingarts.weebly.com and a few could not make this class which was a shame as it was good to get the knives out again, but we will reiterate this class soon I promise. Got another instruction video done and this time on elbow techniques and elbow hubud, but also single stick techniques including stick chokes and inside deflection from a number one strike. For the bulk of the class, we got the knives out and went throughDikit (sticking) to brush up on knife play and the fluidity of knife strips and counter attacks. Everything from icepick grip and orthodox attacks with a progressive number of different strips and counter strikes involved. The purpose of Dikit for me is toeventually flow in free-flow knife play and react using muscle memory to the various movements and attacks. The drill is great, but the key is to react to movement and energy of your opponent and then respond accordingly. Will be doing more of this for those that missed the class so have a great week and will see you next Tuesday.
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Sensei Dean Baldwin
Welcome to the Essex Fighting Arts Blog. I always try to give an overview for each class with a re-cap of what was taught, terminology & ethos behind the techniques used. As well as any introductions, announcements or fun things that happened during the session. Enjoy! 😉