What is the IFS? Years ago I began working on the biomechanics of a sound stance - one that would be the initial stance for not only Pramek, but any martial art. So, I created our fighting stance - mechanically sound, protects vital parts of the body,...Read More
Dr. Landry of Pramek Florida demonstrates the wedge with students. He begins by demonstrating the basic wedge defense, and then moves toward a more combative approach to the wedge - wedging to the vagus nerve, forcing the head back, defending against the round house. Dr. Landry...Read More
Last year we did a lot of knife videos. I was extremely proud of our Virtual Class on Knife Defense. as well as the videos we did with Sage Dynamics on the subject - especially the reality of disarming a knife, as seen here where I...Read More
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 instructor had competed and watched a fight tape of an opponent…or perhaps trained for a specific hold because he saw a weakness in an upcoming opponent.
We aren’t overcomplicating anything – we are looking for one thing: a head start. A short cut. Or, as some people say these days, a ‘hack.’
The above diagram is from our manual in combatives learning, CLM1: Efficient Perceptual Learning (which is undergoing an revision currently!) Available here: http://pramek.com/p-shop/product/clm-manual-1-efficient-perceptual-learning/
I often speak of combat being a machine, like a car. When your car breaks, you take it to a mechanic. The mechanic doesn’t look at the car, he looks at the systems within the car to find what to fix.
Looking at the diagram, we see the break down in how Pramek approaches combat – with a goal in mind. Not mindless swinging, not punch and a face – but a goal. We take the goal, develop a strategy to reach it, and then employ methods and tactics to achieve our goal. The idea being that if you know what you goal is, you can work toward that goal, position and control the fight to get there – while your opponent adapts to you.
There are a lot of 'demonstrations' of knife defense drills online, but very few are realistic. Usually the situation is perfect, the video highly edited for the perfect example, the student is smaller than the instructor and well coached on how to act, there is...Read More
Matt is back on Talking Lead! In this hilarious episode, Matt and Lefthand run the gamut with knife defense, spring break as kids, the nature of anger, and the new way to solve combat: rock, paper, scissors! Click here to tune in! Want to hear more of Matt...Read More