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As I travel and teach seminars around the country I get the following question a lot : What is your training regimen consist?
since arriving in the USA about 22 years ago I have been following a Matrix method that has been updated throughout the years. My first Matrix was divided according to ranges of empty hand combat. Kicking range/skills, Punching range/skills, Trapping range/skills, Clinch/skills and Grappling range/skills. I entered in the Matrix a skill number system with 1 being the lowest and 5 the highest. In the beginning all the numbers were at 2 or 1 and I then decided to work on rising all of them. For kicking I joined a Tae Kwon Do school under Grand Master Je in Sunrise FL, which later on I ended up opening a Tae Kwon Do school. It took me about 4 years to pick up that number 2 to number 5 in kicking, that included jump kicks as well…for punching I became a Joe Lewis student and learned how to box. That took me about 2 to 3 years years to become a good boxer…Joe Lewis also adjusted some of my kicking , especially my side kick, to power kicks versus “scoring” kicks. To this day I still do Joe Lewis Fighting Systems at my school in my kick-boxing/sparring classes.For trapping I did Jeet Kune Do under Lamar Davis. That came to me faster than kicking or boxing since I am naturally good at close quarter combat techniques…about a year and a half. For clinching I sought out Legendary Muay Thai Master Kru Vut Kamnark from Thailand. All my elbows, clinching and knees techniques come from Muay Thai…I Love Muay Thai! For grappling I sought out both the Gracie family and the Machado Family for world class instruction in Brazilian Jiujitsu…this is the art that comes to me the slowest, and I have not to this day reach a number 5 on my Matrix….all other ranges are at a solid 5 , which I maintain through training.
The Matrix above was my original Matrix for my own fighting skills development. It takes time to develop fighting skills and a Matrix can help you focus and not lose your way up…
my Matrix today looks completely different than my original one about 20 years ago. Today it is divided by subjects , not by ranges. Combat Fitness, Hand-To-Hand Combat Stand-Up, Combat Wrestling, Ground Survival, Tactical Knife Fighting and Combat Shooting. I divide this subjects by amount of percentage I budget in my training. Combat Fitness and Hand-To-Hand Combat consist of 50% of my training regiment. Combat Wrestling and Ground Survival/Fighting consist of 20% and Tactical Knife Fighting and Combat Shooting consist of the remaining 30% of my training regiment. This is my current Matrix. It helps me stay on my game and stay focus….not to mention it helps stay young lol
I hope this can help you in your training plans….have a Blast building your training Matrix.
By: John Clarke
On Friday March 5, 2010, AJ Held, JB Glossinger, and I had the opportunity to train with Master Hung Tran and Vu Tran in Tran’s Muay Thai. I had met Master Tran through my friend, trainer, and mentor Mike Lee Kanarek, at the 5th Annual HaganaH Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada in January 2010 http://www.fight2survive.com/. I have been biting at the bit since, to experience Tran’s Muay Thai System.
The short wait was over, when the opportunity and invitation was extended to us to train at the Martial Arts University International’s Warriors Weekend 16http://www.mauinternational.com/. Master Tran was the showcase instructor for an intense workout amongst martial arts school owners from all over the country. We were fortunate to train at MAUI’s extraordinary facility, located at 5800 North Federal Highway Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33334. I would like to thank Kyoshi Steve LaVallee for his welcoming and hospitality.
Master Tran’s mix of physical fitness drills and his curriculum approach to Muay Thai made this a kickass workout session. I was definitely glad that I ate light that afternoon. He covered all the fundamentals of Tran’s Muay Thai as he tested our mind, body, and warrior spirit. I was especially excited that some of these fundamentals were put to use in pro sparring the following morning at HaganaH East with Team Scratchline. I am eager to immediately adopt these Muay Thai fundamentals into everyday drills in preparation for my next fight.
Master Tran certifies instructors to teach his system in martial art academies all across the country. For more information on instructor certifications, visit Tran’s Kickboxing website: http://www.transkickboxing.com/