Methods of Attacks: Attack in 3s

A very simple and basic principle in fighting is to attack in threes. Just by adding this strategy to your training regimen, you will see  your fighting success improve within a month.

Let me prep this subject first. A prevalent flaw in stand-up fighting–regardless of style–is the lack of trained combinations. While most fighters do train with combinations, few fighters actually use them when fighting. My belief is that in training, not enough emphasis is placed on having core hand combinations. The result is a reliance on what comes natural while sparring, rather than falling back on what is done in training deliberately. When martial arts students are not trained by a system of preplanned techniques–with ample time to develop and absorb them–they will not use them naturally. Fighters, then, are either throwing single punches, kicks and strikes, or they are flailing their attacks without a plan. On the other hand, most training in defense is focused on single attacks. There is little need to train against good combinations because defense against single attacks provides ample protection. So when the attackers are using a single attack and the opponent responds with the appropriate answer, little progress is made, and few fighters will dominate their peers.

And so we find our way to the strategy of attacking in threes.

You should have an average of 5 to 10 combinations of techniques consisting of at least three techniques, with the footwork to get the techniques to land on your opponent. This will include punches, kicks and/or strikes (for stick fighting). At a minimum, you should train your probing attacks in 3s (such as jabs or flicks with the sticks). These strikes should be utilized in almost all attempts to attack the opponent. Most likely, your opponent will not have a good defense against all three strikes, especially if you do not repeat yourself twice in a row. Once you have identified your techniques, you should train with them in every training session, as they need to be as naturally executed as breathing. The attack in 3s can follow another attack or series of attacks, or they can precede such attacks.

The practice of attacking in threes will ensure that your opponent will be busy while fighting you, and will not have many opportunities to return fire, nor will he have time to plan an attack of his own (or counter attack). If you are working with this strategy regularly, you will be prepared to execute the attacks, while your opponent will not be prepared to defend against it.

A simple fighting strategy like this will make a world of difference in your performance, regardless of what style you practice.

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Full-Time Training at Typhoon Philippine School of Martial Arts

I would like to share a new program I am offering at my school, and perhaps you may wish to offer a similar program in your school.

At the Typhoon Philippine School of Martial Arts, I have been planning a full-time, in-residence martial arts program. Just as one who wishes to enter Business, Law or Medicine would go to school full-time to pursue those goals, the martial arts should be no different. This is perhaps the only industry where so-called “experts” study a total of 10 – 100 hours of training to gain certification, but require his students to make commitments into the thousands for their certification! Is the goal of martial arts instructor not worth similar commitment to achieving a college degree? Remember that not only is the study of the martial arts a fulfilling career, it is a life-changing endeavor that can lead to better health, increased self-esteem and one of the best forms of self-protection in ways a gun or knife cannot!

And it’s not for everyone. Some people really aren’t interested in doing what needs to be done to become an expert in this craft. Few want to teach this art to entire student bodies, besides a few guys in their backyards… or to unknown people on the internet. In the martial arts school, you will take men who can barely pee straight and turn them into indominatable supermen. You will take female victims of domestic violence and turn them into strong women who will never be bullied by their men again. You will take kids who were once the object of teasing and aggressive children, and pull them out of their shell–even turn them into meat-eating athletes. You can’t do this while studying two hours a week.

So, for those who are serious about learning and excelling in the art–as it was meant to be studied, not through a superficial introductory course–we are pleased to introduce perhaps the first full-time, residence FMA program in the U.S.  You have the a mixture of 1/2 day training (4 hours) weekdays and full-day training (8 hours) on Saturdays, 10-months per year. I have not done this before, so I am estimating about 2 years of training to achieve instructorship if you study without a break–other than the two months we are off (December and July). This is for serious students only, ages 18 and up. I prefer that you came with a prior background in the martial arts, but it is not mandatory. Our tuition is $3,990 per year or $499/month, and will include all necessary training equipment. With this program you will be able to work and train, even if you only work part time. You are responsible for your own housing and food.

We will be starting this program in April 2010.

Training will be more rigorous than anything you ever experienced, but your skill will surpass anything you ever thought you would achieve as well. We have a four-part philosophy:

  1. Skill development
  2. Fighting experience and knowledge
  3. Teaching philosophy and technique
  4. Business model

This is all I am willing to put here on the blog, please contact us if you’d like more information, by filling out the contact/comment form on the main page (I’m not posting the info here because of spammers). Thank you for visiting our blog!