Jon and Nick compete in the Adult Men Light Sanshou (point) division of this year's Tien Shan Pai Legacy tournament. Jon took third place and Nick was disqualified for excessive force, but we still love him.
Kickboxing in Odenton, Maryland.
Jon and Nick prep for a light sanshou tournament by working on feeder drills and light sparring to develop footwork and counter- attacks.
There are few things I love more than training outdoors in gorgeous weather. This past weekend, I grabbed Jon & Nick, two members of Maryland Jeet Kune Do in Odenton, MD who are prepping for a light sanshou competition next weekend and we hiked down the Savage Mill Trail to a spot along the Little Patuxent River where there are some ruins where I like to train. We worked a lot of movement drills to develop evasive footwork and powerful entries. They both improved tremendously over the past couple of hours, and asked me how they could keep improving by practicing on their own time.
Some of my mentors have been very close by, but many have lived across the country. So, the lion’s share of my personal growth has come from practice outside of traditional classrooms, where I was able to take the things I had learned and find out how they worked for me. So how can you see the same results in your own practice? Here’s a few tips from myself and from my mentors that may help you.
Plan your work, work your plan. Keep a training journal for every session with your coaches and mentors. Record every workout and training session. What did you do for warm up? What was the core concept or content of the lesson? How did the warm up and the cool down combine with the core concept? What drills or techniques did you work on? What worked for you? What points did you struggle with? Develop the habit of noting these things. When the time comes for you to practice, you’ll have an idea of how and what you need to practice. Now you can set your goals for practicing.
Walk around in three three minute round shape. You don’t have to devote a huge amount of time daily to see improvements. If you schedule in fifteen minutes each day, by the end of the week, you will have added an hour and forty-five minutes of practice to the couple of hours of in class training each week. Make that fifteen minutes in the morning and fifteen minutes in the evening and now you have added three and a half hours of practice to your week. That kind of repetition and effort will add up and you will be amazed at the results you will see over a very short time. Keep it up, and you will develop skill reflective of kung fu; hard work over long time.
Your fifteen minute practice session. Let’s look at the concept with an eye toward sanshou or kickboxing. This can be done shadowboxing or with a heavy bag, for five three minute rounds with no break between them. Take the concept and run with it for your own individual training. Round One: Warm up and get in touch with your body. Work on your footwork and body movement for evasion; bob, weave, slip, etc. Round Two: Add in the strikes you are good with, and work them first as single direct attacks, and then work them as combinations. Round Three: Work on what you were good at in the last training session. Round Four: Work on the things you had problems with in the last training session. Round Five: Put it all together, free flow, and find your own personal expression.
So now you've got a fifteen minute practice plan that will help you improve your fitness and your own personal expression of Jeet Kune Do. Keep this up and you will see guaranteed results that your Sifu will notice. What personal training plans can you come up with? Comment below!
So you signed up for your first martial arts class at Maryland Jeet Kune Do in Odenton, Maryland but have no idea what to expect? Have no fear. Everyone in your class, including your instructors, has been where you are. The excitement and nervousness you feel are absolutely normal, but there is one thing you should be ready for. Expect to have a great time getting a great workout and learning how to defend yourself!
“I was extremely nervous the first time I took a Jeet Kune Do course. Even though I had been doing martial arts all of my life, Jeet Kune Do was completely new to me. I had a little idea of what to expect, but the class blew me away and I was hooked. Here I am, almost twenty years later, and enjoy sharing that experience with every new student who walks through our door.” - Sifu JB
But what should you expect from your first class?
You can expect that every class is going to be focused on you, and helping you reach your goals. Our classes at Maryland Jeet Kune Do are small, rarely more than ten people per class, so we can focus on each individual student and help you progress toward and beyond your fitness and self-defense goals. That individual attention will help you keep getting better, keep you feeling good, and keep you excited about everything you will experience at MDJKD.
You can expect that every class will be focused on fitness. You will spend the majority of each class moving, from warm up to cool down. Every class is rounds of motion and drilling, interspersed with brief and to the point instruction, so you get plenty of reps to help you perfect your motion.
In addition to motion, stillness is an integral part of our training. Learning how to control mind and body through coordinated breathing exercises goes hand in hand with the more active part of class. Where the breath goes, the body follows, and by learning to control your mind, you can learn to adapt to any situation. Each class will help you learn how to live in stillness and in strength.
Each class starts off with movement drills to help you get out of your everyday mindset and reconnect with your body and your instincts. Some classes begin with kickboxing pad drills. Others start with stick and knife drills from the Filipino martial art of Kali. You will warm up solo or with a partner in paired exercises. After warm up, you’ll begin working on the topic of the day with the instructor. Each class is different, but you can expect to work through different combative attribute or skill training situations, from kickboxing or grappling to weapons work or self-defense scenarios. After core training, you will close out the class by bringing together everything you worked on with a partner through alive training flows, giving you a chance to develop yourself through experiential training.
The bottom line is that the core of your experience at Maryland Jeet Kune Do will be growth and fun, as you learn how to live a life of fearlessness and conviction. What are you waiting for?
Here's a glimpse into the Filipino Martial Arts that we practice here at the Maryland Jeet Kune Do Academy in Odenton, Maryland.
We started off working the concept of Defanging the Snake with double stick and single knife, as wells as the Inside Sweep Drill for Single Stick. The class focused on stick weaving, or Sinawali, with double stick
We’ve talking about self-defense a lot lately, but if you’re looking for an incredible workout to improve your cardiovascular health, your overall power, fitness, flexibility, speed, agility, and burn a massive amount of calories, you don’t need to look any further than Jun Fan Kickboxing at the Maryland Jeet Kune Do Academy in Odenton, Maryland. Jun Fan Kickboxing is a key component of every martial arts class taught at MDJKD. The methods of Jun Fan Kickboxing were devised by Bruce Lee himself to give his students a safe way to develop their martial arts and self-defense skills and it a heck of a workout!
Since I began my martial arts training through Jeet Kune Do, it has been Jun Fan Kickboxing that has helped me develop myself in ways I never expected and turned me into the martial arts athlete I have always dreamed of being. Jun Fan Kickboxing draws from the methodology of Chinese Boxing, Western Boxing, and the French Kickboxing art of Savate to help practitioners develop themselves. We’ve had students at MDJKD drop pounds and gain in strength, speed, and stamina, and had more than a few go on to compete and win medals!
Every Jun Fan Kickboxing workout consists of three rounds of skill development drills with a partner. Each partner drill consists of explosive kicking and punching drills that work offensive and defense concepts over and over. Those short bursts of motion not only help you develop your self-defense skills, but they also help you develop your heart and lung health in a cardiovascular workout that blows most others out of the water.
Studies have shown that even after only few weeks of weekly training in Kickboxing can have incredible benefits on your overall health, so you don’t have to wait long to see results. In one European study, the subjects were tested after five weeks of Kickboxing training three times a week. They showed a huge improvement in their strength, cardiovascular conditioning, flexibility, and speed.
Combine that with proper eating habits, and Jun Fan Kickboxing becomes a fun and awesome way to lose weight. One study by the American Council on Exercise showed that a single Kickboxing session can burn more than 8 calories a minute. That means a single Jun Fan Kickboxing session at Maryland Jeet Kune Do could burn more than 250 calories!
So, what benefit could you get from practicing Jun Fan Kickboxing with Maryland Jeet Kune Do?
Chuck, Gary, John, and Rachel working on Jun Fan kicking drills derived from Savate for Kuoshu competition at Maryland Jeet Kune Do Academy in Odenton, MD.
“Training is one of the most neglected phases of athletics. Too much time is given to the development of skill and too little to the development of the individual for participation. Training deals not with an object, but with the human spirit and human emotions. It takes intellect and judgement to handle such delicate qualities as these.”
In my early twenties, I competed a lot, mainly in Sanshou and Taekwondo. A traumatic brain injury put an end to that, but I can honestly say it was one of the most worthwhile times in my life. Long hours of training each day paid off. Sometimes I lost, sometimes I won, but looking back almost two decades later, it is not the victories or defeats I remember most fondly, nor are they the things that have most impacted my life. It’s the training.
Training for competition gave me an opportunity to work on what worked for me as an individual. It gave me the chance to begin to tailor the things I already knew into strategies and tactics for dealing with various other types of fighters. In my previous martial arts classes, I had been learning the same things as everyone else in class. This gave me a great foundation, just like learning phonics and grammer taught me how to read and write.
When you come to a class at Maryland Jeet Kune Do, you join a group of diverse individuals. Everyone has their own strengths, weaknesses, backgrounds, and experiences they bring to each class. Some skills that you encounter in class will come naturally to you, and some won’t. Some of your classmates will learn skills faster than you, others won’t.
In class, you are exposed to the breadth experience and knowledge that Jeet Kune Do has to offer. We work through a progressive curriculum that covers weapon fighting, striking, and grappling. You’ll learn to defend yourself against one opponent, two opponents, and more. Each class offers you a chance to experience something new, learn something new, and gain new knowledge about yourself.
In class, you will learn new things, but if you wish to follow the path of Jeet Kune Do, your training will happen outside of class. Class is where you learn new skills, training is where you practice new skills. One of my favorite things about preparing for competition, or during the Jeet Kune Do Athletic Association’s 200 Hour Immersion with Sifu Singh, was the fact that I would spend four to six hours each day training in the martial arts with a set goal in mind. Often though, we only get to spend two to three hours a week in Jeet Kune Do class however.
So, how can we train? Be active in class. Find out what the main theme of your last session was, what your instructor really wants you to get. See how that concept or strategy works with your strengths, and how it works with your weaknesses. Then, set aside fifteen minutes in the morning and the evening to work on that idea until you’re in class next. By the end of the week, you’ve added three and a half hours of practice time to your schedule without having to set foot in class. Believe me, you will notice the difference, and so will your classmates and instructors.
"Mistakes are always forgiveable, if one has the courage to admit them." - Sijo Bruce Lee
Here we are, Day 2 in 2018.
What are you doing?
Did you set some resolutions? How are you progressing? Are you falling off already? Are you overcoming your goals?
Maybe you’re sitting there looking at the same goals you tried to achieve last year, but didn’t follow through. Maybe you didn’t even set any goals or resolutions for yourself because you failed last year or the year before. Maybe you’re sitting there wallowing in self-pity because you think you will never change.
Forgive yourself and take that first courageous step forward.
Then take another.
Even if you are in there, doing the daily work to move forward, you’re still going to fall. There will be that day that you just don’t get your training session in. There will be that day that you just can’t resist the extra pizza, or taco, or beer, or slice of pie. You will make mistakes.
Forgive yourself and walk on.
At the end of the year, it’s not the setbacks that matter, it’s the fact that you got over it and kept moving forward. Whether your goal is look better in your favorite outfit, to feel better in your own body, to be able to hang in there for that extra round, or put up that extra weight, it’s not the mistakes that are keeping you from achieving it. It’s getting stuck on your mistakes, getting attached to them, and not letting yourself get back to the work of getting what you want. That’s what will keep you from achieving, from changing, from transforming. The battle starts in your mind and the casualty is your body and your health.
Make the decision to forgive yourself. Win that first battle, and you’re one step closer to winning the whole war. Rally, get back up, check yourself, and get back into the thick of it.
This article was originally posted on the Anne Arundel County Patch: Click here
JB Jaeger is the head instructor at the Maryland Jeet Kune Do Academy near Fort Meade, Maryland, where he has taught self-protection skills to local civilians, law enforcement, and military personnel for the last seven years. This year, however, he was selected to join an elite team of tactical instructors to teach at the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association Conference (ILEETA) in Saint Louis, Missouri. As a member of the Jeet Kune Do Athletic Association Tactical Team, Jaeger assisted in teaching a crisis management tactics workshop to members of law enforcement departments from the US, Canada, the Netherlands, and around the world.
The workshop focused on maintaining a focused mindset to help law enforcement officers prepare for conflict, focus during high stress situations, and come down and recover after a crisis. Lead by the president of the Jeet Kune Do Athletic Association, Harinder Singh, the workshop also provided the officers with life-saving strategies for dealing with attackers armed with edged weapons in close quarter situations where the officers may not be able to deploy or have lost the use of their firearms. Jaeger has also provided the same strategies and training to members of Maryland law enforcement as well.
“We learned how to breathe, we learned how to visualize, we learned how to protect ourselves,” said a member of law enforcement who attended the Crisis Management workshop. “I’ve never felt so revitalized in my life. You have no idea what this is about until you have to push yourself, to find your limit, evaluate your limit, take your limit…and always be prepared.”
Jaeger began training in the martial arts as a young man and has been teaching Jeet Kune Do since 2010 and is the Jeet Kune Do Athletic Association’s representative for the state of Maryland. Over the past seven years, he has focused on continual training with Harinder Singh and teaching classes focused on dynamic self-protection skills and strategies at the Maryland Jeet Kune Do Academy.
“It has been an incredible journey. To be able to help the men and women who risk so much daily to protect is extremely humbling. The thing that means the most to me is that not only do we teach them how to survive an edged weapon attack, but just as importantly we addressed how they can survive psychologically and spiritually through all of the constant stresses and conflicts they encounter, to be able to return home to their loved ones at the end of their tour.”
Any law enforcement officer, military member, or civilian interested in training with Mr. Jaeger may contact him at 410-353-2387 or may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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