Foolproof Martial Arts Business Idea #1

Wanna get rich in the martial arts? Well, have I got some ideas for you. I mean, who needs savings accounts and IRAs and real estate?  I know the martial arts well, and one thing I know is what makes money.

So here’s Idea #1:  SELL MARTIAL ARTS RANKING CERTIFICATES.  Yup, sell em. Don’t teach classes. After all, 9 times out of 10, none of these guys will ever get into a streetfight (come on FMAers! You know 99% of all streetfights are not real enough!) so who needs skills? Skills, shmills!  Why train and ruin all those nice patches on your uniform with sweat? Hey, the 9th degree beer belly takes a lot of work to maintain, and we all know that a belly is just a large storage area for chi power…

Here’s the business common sense–martial artists like degrees like PhDs, and they won’t pay a whole hell of a lot of money for it either. Price is low and affordable enough, you’ll sell a shitload. So how about $100?

Check out the Combat Martial Arts Practitioners Association. Here’s a list of their satisfied customers. Notice that if you treat em well, they will come back the next time they get their paws on a crisp new Ben Franklin for the next highest rank. But of course, the really smart martial artists will just skip all the doo-doo and go all the way to the top and purchase a 10th degree certificate. So that’s why you have to introduce new ranks and titles all the time. This site has already done it, with “1st degree MASTER”, which is not the same as “1st degree Black Belt”… and it’s above the 10th degree Black Belt Level. Then you can do ranks. How about “Datu”? That’s always a good one. What about “Tuhon”? No, no–SUPREME Grand Tuhon Grandma Guro? Yeah, that’s me all the way baby! Only for the big spenders!

When you get your website up, let us know, I’ll collect my fee when you’ve made your first million. Thanks for visiting my blog!

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The Fighting Stance: Strong, but Mobile

Big Stick Combat has a column called “Poser of the Week“, and it usually involves some bozo in an FMA uniform (whatever that is) standing in a movie pose, thinking s/he looks intimidating because he’s holding weapons in his hand.

It’s funny, because in the effort to look like a fighter, many fighters have taken away any advantage their fighting stance holds. This is a short, simple article and I hope it gives you a lot to think about concerning your own fighting skills.

  • fighting stances should be strong, but mobile. Some people confuse mobile with upright positions. An upright position will allow you move easily, but you will not be able to move longer distances, nor will you be able to explode into movement. Bent knees will help you push off and travel further. However, there is an additional advantage for those knees:  rooting for power. Standing in a stance that is somewhat crouched will aid you in standing your ground when the opponent attacks you while giving you a foundation for your balance and power when you attack.
  • hands should be up around the face, but not fixed in position. When the hands are constantly in motion, the opponent cannot plan for getting around those hands. He will also find difficulty in timing your attacks when he is accustomed to seeing your hands in movement. They do not need to stay up near the face all the time, except for while you are close quarters to the opponent.
  • keep the hands strong, but relaxed. In other words, keep your arms and hands controlled but not stiff. Your fists do not have to be clenched.
  • although your position may be crouched, at least one of your feet should be heels-up. This will help you push off when you are ready to attack.
  • use a combination of leaning in and leaning out when holding your stance. You do not want to limit yourself to just one position, as your movement will become easy to read and plan against. Leaning forward puts you closer to the opponent and leaning away puts you further away; but doing so also gives the perception of being further and closer than you really are. Use this to your advantage.
  • choose between “hands in” and “hands out”:  relative to your opponent’s hands. Either your hands will be outside of his hands or inside of his hands. There are various advantages and disadvantages as well as suitable techniques for either position–both in attacking and in defense.  Study this.

Look at your fighting stance and how you can use it gain the upper hand on the opponent. Thanks for visiting my blog!