I started in Martial Arts in 1986 and studied :
- Wing Chun (Moy Yat Lineage) under Sifu Joeseph Boychuck
- Mike Smith’s Applied combatives (Mike studied Tai Chi, Bakua, Hsing I, Shaolin, Flipino MA )
- Non-classical Gung Fu with Jesse Glover and Ed Hart
- Yi Quan – Si Gung Tung
After that, I spent decades modifying, discovering and experimenting with it in order to use Martial Arts effectively against criminal assaults in today’s world. PMA is not a fixed system or style, it is an evolving research using the scientific method :
- Identify real situations, different scenarios (ie. frontal confrontations, group attacks formations, knife attackers, guns situations, ambush scenario, in the dark, etc)
- Once the situations are identified, I test different proposed solutions to find the most direct way to shut down the attacker in these situations. The realistic, non-cooperative testing is filmed and documented for research :
- If it works less than 90% of the time it is thrown away.
- If it took longer than 3-5 seconds to shut down an attacker, it’s thrown away.
- If it only works because of superior strength, it’s thrown away.
- Once I find what works for a particular situation based on the above, I design drills to:
- Program the solutions into our body’s nervous system so it can be used without thought
- Develop the necessary attributes to make the solutions work (ie speed, accuracy, power, reflexes)
- Once it is it is programed into the body, I test it again, modify it farther and develop it again – it is a repeated cycle.
Sometimes, I’ve borrowed tools from different systems /styles from my background. Sometimes, I had to heavily modify things to fit a particular scenario. Most of the time I had to come up with my own solutions. This scientific method of research is what separates us from a lot of styles – nothing is based on ideals, everything is best on test results in the lab. So what I teach is the result of decades of this continual research. I have never given this stuff a name because I am afraid my students will start thinking in terms of a fix dead finish system or style instead of a continual evolving, open-ended, alive process like science. So for convenience sake, I call it Pragmatic Martial Arts Research.
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