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Do "Nerve Strikes" work?

Nerve Strikes. I don't think there is a more divided topic in the Martial Arts community. Typically people are in one of two camps; those who insist they work and those who insist they are worthless. There is no in between. 

Moving as a Unit is Wrong

We should always move the body as a unit, right? Just search google for the term and you will find countless articles discussing the increased power gained from "moving as a unit". Let's be clear though....

Why should I practice basics?

There is a reason everyone talks about fundamentals being the most important aspect of the Martial Arts. It's quite simply because they have the highest probability of success. That wrist lock after catching a punch... low probability. No matter who you are, with 50 years of training or 1 ...

Breathing to Boost Performance

In one of my recent articles I discussed how breathing properly is  a great tool for reducing stress. After posting the article I was asked how breathing could effect performance. Specifically why someone feels stronger through "Chi" cultivating excercises. Whether you use the term Chi or not we have all ...

Heel up or heel down?

One of the first things you learn in boxing is to pivot on the balls of your feet and punch with the heel up. Mike Tysons knockouts are filled with committed, heel up, punches. But should we ever strike with the heel down? That depends. Let's establish a few ...

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