Teacherless Training

A reader writes:

Q: “I would like to hear you address grappling with no formal teacher or school. What are the benefits/downsides to this? What should we be careful to avoid? This is the situation I am in now, I get to practice with some good guys but have actually never had formal training. (more…)

Beware the Belt Chaser

When people start new activities they like the reassurance of being able to know how they are progressing in that activity. In the martial arts, including most grappling arts, this is typically done by awarding stripes, belts, and other measures of rank. (more…)

Training: How Often

Probably the most common question I get asked is “how many times a week should I train to make progress?” As with most questions the answer is “it depends”.

Once a week: If you are just starting grappling you can definately pick up a few things training even once a week, particularly if you already practice another martial art. (more…)