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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

CrossFit Is Like Reverse Fight Club...

There's a joke that CrossFit is like reverse fight club: the first rule of CrossFit is that you ALWAYS talk about CrossFit.

There is a corollary to this is, which is that if you don't like CrossFit, you ALWAYS talk about how much you hate CrossFit.

While both behaviors can be irritating, I'll give the CrossFit lovers this: at least they're talking about something positive. Yes, you may want them to shut up already, but at least they are trying to add something positive to the world. The haters are adding nothing.

I wonder what it is about our society (or the Internet) that causes people to want to spend their free time crapping on other people's activities. Seriously. Of all the things you can think of to do with your free time, you want to use it talking about why other people suck? Why not make a positive contribution to the world instead?

You think CrossFit is a terrible fitness program? Fine. Share the one you think is better. 

This applies for a lot of things, not just CrossFit. You don't like a particular martial art? Great. Share one you think is better. You don't like a particular diet? Great. Share one you think is better. 

Add something useful to the world, not just more negative drivel. 

Alternatively, just get off the keyboard and go train. Stop worrying about what other people are doing with their time, because in the end, it doesn't affect you anyway.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Upcoming Events

Got a couple of things coming up, for those local to me.

The Martial Arts of Thailand

On September 14th, I'm participating in an event called The Martial Arts of Thailand. A full day of training in Muay Thai, with some sessions on Muay Boran and Krabi Krabong in the mix. Should be a fantastic event.

Date:Sunday September 14th  
Time: Registration @9:00 AM 
Start time 9:30 - 4:00 PM

Just Train, North Kingstown R.I. 02852

The intention of this event is to celebrate the martial arts of Thailand and hang out with other like minded martial artists. No "my school/your school" crap. Just a loooong day of training, good people and a good time.
Whether you're a fighter or a martial artist you will leave this event with more than you can handle so bring a notebook and a pen.

Topics will include:
•Expanding Your Clinch Game
•Troubleshooting Your Kicks-More Speed More Power
•Muay Boran Making concrete and steel your friend
(outside in parking lot)
•How to Close the Gap and Land Your Combos
•Krabi Krabong Weapons Work
•Working The Teep-Feints, Set Ups and Follow Ups
•Expanding Your Clinch Game
•Combos to Set Up Takedowns
•And Much, Much More..

Details and registration here

Introductory Self-Defense Seminar
On September 20th, I'm doing an introductory PDR/SPEAR Seminar at Integrated Martial Arts/
CrossFit Prototype in Westborough, MA. The seminar is free, but we are asking for a 10-15 dollar donation.Space is limited, so we're asking folks to register by phone or email.

What: The culmination of over twenty years of research into the realities of confrontation and violent assault, the Personal Defense Readiness program is widely acknowledged as being on the cutting edge of personal safety training. This class will flow from mind-set, to contact, to confrontation, using the PDR’s unique Three D's model: Detect, Defuse, Defend. Using our Non-Violent Postures™ you will learn how to identify pre-contact cues, position for interception, and convert the startle-flinch using the world's first behaviorally based self-defense method - the S.P.E.A.R. System™.
This course will not interfere with any prior training and can be used to augment your personal toolbox. It is course is open to students of all levels ages thirteen and up. Students should wear comfortable clothing that they can move and exercise in.

Please RSVP By email or Phone:

Sunday, August 24, 2014

What Does It Take To Be A Teacher?

If someone wants to start teaching, the most important quality is just that--they want to teach. Of course, they need students, but if they have only a single student, they are teaching. That's the only requirement.

To be a good teacher requires more. That requires knowledge, research, and experience. Being a good teacher requires the new teacher to try to become better, and to seek out different avenues for becoming better. It requires time.

In the end, teaching is a skill like any other. It has to be honed. And you have to start from somewhere.

In Deadlift Dynamite: How To Master The King of All Strength Exercises, Pavel and Andy Bolton remind the reader that "You'll start off with bad technique--everyone does." That applies to a lot of things, teaching included.

We forgive people for poor technique because they are new practitioners. Perhaps we should forgive new teachers for poor teaching, because they are new teachers. Everyone needs to start somewhere.

(Of course, like a lot of things, this has limits. It's forgivable to be an unskilled teacher when you've been teaching for a week. If you've been teaching for a decade, you should be better than when you started. There is also such a thing as negligent teaching.)