Science. A head start.

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  Recently I read a post by an MMA instructor stating, ‘Why are people making things more difficult than they are?  Punch someone in the face…a punch is a punch, a face is a face.  It’s not all this biomechanics and thought.  Don’t overcomplicate what you are doing.’ I chuckled, wondering how many times this […]

What is training….smart?

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When we decided to make Defense Around Vehicles, it was to answer a question:  ‘What does Pramek look like in a fight?’ After 16 years, I can tell you: it looks like training smart. It’s a conundrum that has affected reality based combatives for a long time.  Carl Cestari, an amazing teacher, used to be […]

The Rule of 25

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The 25% Rule of Pramek is our guiding rule in combatives. Will we always obey it?  No. But we can always train to it. Many combatives and martial art systems focus on the threat at hand, thinking little of what happens after the threat is addressed.  Many forget they need a reserve. By training to […]

Youtube Lecture: Postural Control

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We occasionally post free lectures to Youtube. In this video, Matt discusses postural control vs. breaking balance.  As discussed in the CLM Manual 1:  Efficient Perceptual Learning, human develop of the muscular-skeletal system as an infant is based upon the eyes and the ability to begin coordinating the eyes and hands to grab objects.   […]

Levers in Ground Submission

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We’ve had some questions about the ground fighting video on Youtube. Leverage on the ground is vital to submission and escapes, but the word ‘leverage’ is composed of ‘lever’ and in this seminar we taught various classes of levers in both stand up and ground fighting. In a Pramek guard to lever submission, we rely […]

The Pramek basement: simunitions

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Pramek spans beyond martial art, combative, and movement training and explores our science through a variety of means. Over the weekend, while filming a new video series, we took the Simunitions FX equipment into Matt’s basement for a force on force study of on-cover and off-cover techniques. The relationship between Pramek and Sage Dynamics is […]

A choice

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A great article from Pramek Instructor Level 1, Dennis Zijlstra, of Holland: ‘We train. We make jokes, and laugh. We giggle while we punch, or get punched.We sweat. We train… and are having fun…each week again. The best part is that we are learning. By trail and error. By falling and getting up again. But […]

Taking short cuts….

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In the martial arts, we talk alot about two subjects…science and short cuts. Tighten up the circles, a quicker way to execute a throw, The science and understanding of equilibrium is one of the fastest short-cuts to achieve results that we have at our disposal. First, let’s look at the physiology of equilibrium. Human equilibrium […]

Are you an instructor or demonstrator?

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Which are you? An instructor or demonstrator? Or are you a teacher? In this video, Matt Powell discusses the difference between an instructor and a demonstrator. The difference between the two is the difference between a student who learns, and a student who excels This question is exactly why we created our Conceptual Learning Method, […]

Tension Testing

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Prior to the release of the CLM Directed Perceptual Testing methods (http://pramek.com/p-shop/product/clm-manual-2-directed-perceptual-testing/) we ran 9 months worth of final trials to test out the methods. One of the methods we discuss in the manual is tension testing, which is the first step in the DPT process.   In the video (after the 2 minute intro) […]

A diagram…

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My house was built in the 1940’s.  In the small hallway is a telephone stand, built into the wall, popular at the time for the one phone in the house. On this stand is my wallet, sunglasses, keys, lip balm, Glock 23, my dual magazine holster, my favorite watches, and my bracelet. Above this stand […]

CLM Manual 3 Releases

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  Friends, We are excited to announce the release of the the third manual in the Conceptual Learning Method series. For those unfamiliar, Conceptual Learning Method, or CLM, is Pramek’s teaching and training philosophy.  Unlike many other styles and systems, we have a fully developed, researched adagogically based system for teaching, testing, and learning. An […]

Why some techniques don’t work (video)

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Friends, In our manual, Efficient Perceptual Learning (EPL), we talk about how the brain and body learns. (EPL here:  http://goo.gl/f1LA0) In Direct Perceptual Testing (DPT), we talk about how to test the skills we’ve learned. (DPT here: http://goo.gl/vZGkL) People often do not understand why their techniques do not work.  They train and train, but under pressure, the […]

Shearing: The push/pull method (video)

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The push/pull method of breaking balance is a popular one – but doesn’t always work effectively. Many use it, but in real life, it crumbles under the stress of a resistant enemy or opponent. In this video from our recent Salinas, CA seminar at Wolf Fitness Systems, we show the steps to effectively using the […]

How to properly teach technique…

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Friends, How does one properly teach a technique?  This is one of the primary questions we work to answer in Pramek’s CLM:  http://www.pramek.com/shop/default/reading/clmbundle In Pramek’s EPL, we look at martial art learning from a different point of view. The majority of martial art traditions are taught based on Procedural Learning, which is teaching a technique […]

The Standing Armbar – a matter of physic (video)

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Often times we look at a standing armbar as a technique – and not an act of physics and mechanics. But, if we look a little deeper at the levers involved, we begin to see that we in actuality can do very little work if we let mechanical concepts take hold. First, take a look […]