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Since 1995 Brentwood Martial Arts and Fitness has been providing Martial Arts, Self-Defense and Fitness instruction to the Brentwood Community.

We offer Private and Group instruction to Men, Women and Children of all ages and athletic levels in the morning, afternoon and evenings.

An oldie! So old they weren’t even able to film it in color! 😆🥋

QUICK HITS #30- In this series, I add a one movement to the previous video. As you may notice, I re-use a number of similar across multiple techniques- a simplified toolbox allows you to be more familiar, aggressive and decisive with your tools. In this example, dropping a hammer strike on their neck propels their head downward into my rising shin kick. Warning- this won’t feel great on the shin, but it’s much worse for them. You can kick with the ball of your foot if space allows.

QUICK HITS #29- at the end of #28 we hit them with a knee to the ribs or solar plexus, which causes our body to rise up for more power. In this clip, we use our Settling weight to add power to a hammer strike to the neck or base of the skull.

QUICK HITS #28- over correction- in this example our opponent throws a straight punch with their left hand. Instead of a simple parry, we’re going to step in close to them and double hand block them, turning them and compromising their punch recovery time. Our position, combined with their slow recovery, will often cause them to over-correct with their second punch. In a panic they heavily commit to what will likely be a circular strike with their other hand- which we stifle with our shielding block, stepping inside the arc of their punch. A useful counter to have on hand is what I call a chicken wing strike to the chin to stun them, then hook their neck and knee them.

Achieving the rank of Black Belt is a mountain that few people have the strength, dedication, and discipline to summit.
I’ve lost count of the number of people I’ve been blessed to teach over my 25-year career, and out of those Hundreds of people, fewer than forty of them have achieved the rank of Black Belt under my tutelage.
Yesterday I had the pleasure of taking part in a rank test that saw Charlotte and Chris enter into an elite group of individuals that have achieved the rank of Shodan- 1st degree Black Belt. Thank you for including me on your journey Thus far- I look forward to the next chapter in your training.
Congratulations Charlotte and Chris!!
And congratulations to
Ethan -2nd Degree Brown
Nate - 3rd Degree Brown
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Unfortunately, dojo family, it looks as if we’ll have to go virtual with training again. Looking forward to continuing our training online, and thank you so much for your continued support- we couldn’t survive as a dojo right now without you.

foxnews.com California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday ordered the closure of indoor activities of certain businesses statewide as cases of coronavirus surge in the country’s most populous state.

QUICK HITS #27- uses the same redirecting beginning as the previous moves in this series, but then uses the twisting momentum to whip the forearm bone into the base of the skull- driving it downward into a shin or rising kick to the face with the ball of the foot.

QUICK HITS #26- quick follow up to #25- if I have redirected the opponent but there’s no wall to help them into, I decide to be a good citizen and stop their forward momentum with a nice forearm to the bridge of the nose or the throat- depending on the severity of the situation. Always a big fan of grabbing on and placing a knee wherever I can at the end

QUICK HITS #25- scuff upside the head- whether the opponent has already begun movement forward, or if they’re inert and you need to act first, the flowing hands movement in the beginning is great to control their forearm at the bend of the elbow and step outside and partially behind them. Whether you continue their existing movement forward or create a movement by pulling their arm, it flows nicely to a hard iron palm strike to the base of their skull, possibly knocking them out, significantly striking them, or maybe even being used to thrust them into a surface behind you- like a wall.

QUICK HITS#24- if they can’t see, they can’t fight. After cupping the ears, it’s a relatively easy reach to put your thumb tips into their eyes. This can be done with the intent to dig and cause serious harm to their eyes, or it can be done with the intent to illicit the natural response of pushing hard away from you to avoid the attack. If I have trouble mechanically moving someone, a well placed thumb to the eye can make them WANT to move for me, and create some space for me to maneuver. CAN CAUSE PERMANENT DAMAGE TO YOUR OPPONENT- FOR SERIOUS SITUATIONS ONLY

QUICK HITS #23- Getting offline- ideally, you shouldn’t remain in front of your opponent if you can help it. Immediately after affecting their equilibrium, one hand turns over and cups their neck, controlling their head and balance for a time. This allows me to sidestep them, and opens up striking options. In further examples I finish with a side kick to the knee to affect their ability to move. This can all be done very rapidly, and should the strikes all fail, you’ve still succeeded in sidestepping and strike more or flee if necessary

Quick Hits #22- The hollow of the throat. Most people have a sensitive area in the notch where the windpipe meets the upper chest. If, after attacking their equilibrium, you overlap your fingers slightly, you can support the base of the skull and drive your fingers into that notch and downward. The opponent will try to move back but cannot as you’ve trapped their head and often their legs will buckle, allowing potential follow ups or allowing you to flee. I have added an elbow here as there are a select few people that are not susceptible to this move, and it’s always good to have a follow up ready, just in case

Quick hits #21- The jaw is a lever. After stunning our opponent by cupping their ears, we place one palm under the jaw. Whenever upward force is applied to the jaw, the energy concentrates at the base of the skull, relaxes their core muscles and allows us to shove someone away. In this example, the other hand is placed at the small of their back- with the intent to fold them in half. They should be especially pliable after the ear strike. Once their body rapidly bends backward, the legs relax and they will most likely drop straight down to the ground, or at least back away from you. If you still have forward momentum and you can reach them, an elbow to their exposed jaw can be a great finish.

QUICK HITS #20- affecting your opponents equilibrium is an effective way to end the scenario, or at least heavily skew the odds in your favor. If the scenario begins while your hands are down, you can slightly cup both of them, sink your weight and swing both palms around the side, cupping the ears with lots of force. This forces a high volume of air into the ear canal, rupturing the eardrum, and making it nearly impossible to stay on one’s feet. The hands pull in tightly afterward- striking out with driving palms to create space with the opponent. A kick to the midsection to send them flying back, to the groin to drop them, or to their knee to disable them can be used afterward if necessary. Even if your palm strikes to the ears fail to rupture the eardrum, you still succeed in striking them to both sides of the head with heavy strikes, buying you time to shove away from them.

QUICK HITS #19- Extra hit. One of the benefits of keeping a loose, whipping style to your strikes is that if your opponent happens to avoid your strike, it gives you one more snap to try and get at them. Hardly a knockout blow, it can create a hit where there was none- and buy you a split second more to aim your next strike. Here are a few examples of ways you can get your extra hits to go..

QUICK HITS #18- Quick counter. Taking away a main weapon of your opponent can be key to victory. Whenever I encounter someone whose Jab is giving me trouble, or if their defense to my jab is too good, I like to piggyback my jab right after theirs. The intent is that I’m catching them at a vulnerable point- the recovery after throwing a strike. If you do this well, you can get a couple great hits in, and you erode their confidence in a major weapon of theirs.
An open-handed slapping block is employed against their jab, with a little bit of a stance fade and off-angle step. The instant after I deviate the path of their strike, I return fire with one of my own. Take care that your stance fades back, not your posture- if you lean back as opposed to step back, your body is slightly out of position and you lose the weight and explosion of being in an upright position.

QUICK HITS #17- More misdirection- Your opponent, to some extent, is working to figure out what I call your “Geometry”.. the angles from which your punches and kicks come, the rotations that precede your attacks, and the distances you can reach. When you switch stances, it reverses the geometry on them. Some don’t realize it, and so they leave you with unopposed angles of attack toward your opponent. Some realize it, and begin to adjust, but it is often difficult and can come too late for them. There are a select few who can adjust quickly, but then at least you have them adjusting- leaving the initiative in your hands.
In this example, the rear hand rises to create a false sense of your reach. The feet quickly switch, turning your jab into a cross, changing your “Geometry” while you’re already in motion, offering new strike angles as well as defensively stepping out of their line of Fire.

QUICK HITS #16- When throwing Linear punches, you are attempting to hurl a balled fist in a straight line toward a target directly in front of you..But may I submit that it doesn’t have to travel in a perfectly straight line to get there. By varying fist position,(Vertical or Horizontal) you change the body mechanics of the strike, the timing of the strike, and potentially the path of the strike, while still being able to hit the same target. When used strategically, these changes can disrupt your opponent’s ability to read your strikes, and can offer either very direct or slightly circular paths to get to your target, possibly helping you circumvent their guard.
Though limited by the field of view of my camera, I offer a couple examples of strikes and combinations of strikes that can help you keep the initiative if the encounter comes to blows.

QUICK HITS #16- When throwing Linear punches, you are attempting to hurl a balled fist in a straight line toward a target directly in front of you..But may I submit that it doesn’t have to travel in a perfectly straight line to get there. By varying fist position,(Vertical or Horizontal) you change the body mechanics of the strike, the timing of the strike, and potentially the path of the strike, while still being able to hit the same target. When used strategically, these changes can disrupt your opponent’s ability to read your strikes, and can offer either very direct or slightly circular paths to get to your target, possibly helping you circumvent their guard.
Though limited by the field of view of my camera, I offer a couple examples of strikes and combinations of strikes that can help you keep the initiative if the encounter comes to blows.

QUICK HITS #15- it’s Friday, and so today we combine the drills from the week. In my example, I stayed in front of my opponent just to be seen by the camera, but normally, circling movement is preferable whenever possible to prevent counterattack. I grab his finger to drop his head into my knee then push him away. He reaches out to grab with his right hand, which I pin, drop on his arm to bring his head into my winging elbow, then hyperextend his arm to step to the outside to finish. He tries one last punch with the left hand which I stifle at his shoulder, palm him to stun, grab his hair to drop him, and finish with a hammer to the base of the skull.

Quick Hits- stifle their power

Quick hits #14- Your power comes from the ground, through your legs, amplified by your core and released in a straight line or in a circular arc toward your target. In this example, they are throwing a circular strike, so we jam our palm into their attacking shoulder as early as possible- stifling the rotation of the body, disrupting their balance, and stifling the release of their power. Our active hand then swats across their jaw, turning their head and stopping a follow up strike from the other hand. In this example, our opponent has hair, so our rear hand grabs it and yanks downward, preventing further rotation of any kind. The neck is now exposed, ripe for a powerful knife hand strike or hammer to finish them.

Quick Hits- hyperextension

Quick Hits #13- a relaxed arm can be easy to hyperextend. If a person grabs, there are a number of techniques that mechanically drive their arm away. Then there are those that hurt and cause them to let go on their own. This technique takes action when their arm is in a relaxed position and hyper extends the elbow. Our action hand then pulls the arm out of the way so we can strike with the other hand. Note- even if they don’t let go, they’ll likely bend their own arm and your hand still pulls down to gain control. After striking with the other hand, an “Old Man” kick to the inside of the knee, or in the other example, a side kick to the knee can be a great way to help you break contact.

Quick Hits- throat jab

Quick Hits #12- In this example, a person has put a hand on me with a grab or push. After trapping the hand, the hip pivots and the fingers are driven into the hollow of the throat, causing their arm to relax and extend. Keeping their hand pinned to my chest, I drive my forearm into the bend of their elbow, suddenly pulling them into a closer proximity, to be met by a winging elbow to the chin or face. My elbowing arm drops heavily onto their neck, becoming a bit of a strike in itself as I gain head control and step offline to the side. A swift punch to their temple or side of their neck buys me time to drive a linear elbow into their head before shoving them away to create space for a kick. From this angle, one of your most reliable targets is the inside of the leg, just above the knee. It’s painful, you’re near the femoral nerve, and at the very least you seriously affect their balance as you kick them away and possibly damage the knee joint. Remember that lower kick, we’re going to use it a lot in the future.

They finished boarding up the studio a little while ago- hopefully it keeps it secure. Be safe everyone!

Interesting times. Landlord was nice enough to put precautions in place. Be safe out there.

Quick Hits- finger manipulation

Quick Hits#11- someone got a hand in your face? Bending a finger(theirs 😆) in a direction it shouldn’t go is a great way to move someone. In this example, I grab their index finger and force it forward and down. As their chin drops, it can become ripe for a knee strike. I show examples of either knee, and a few different kicks- even one where I close ground to strike with an elbow. Because the finger is such a small digit, it has no real leverage over the body besides pain response, so it’s unpredictable where they will move or drop as their reaction. It’s good to have a variety of different follow ups to account for this.

Spreading the word. Be safe out there. They’ll be pretty close today.

What a Friday Fit class! Each week gets tougher- and so do we! 💪

Ab circle warm up-

Punch combo to begin

1- 50 side kicks/ 2- shadow box
1- Leaning stances/ 2- 50 push ups
1- 50 side kick other leg/ 2- shadow box
1- leaning stances / 2- 50 push ups

50 1-leg calf raise each leg, then switch roles

1- 200 band curls/ 2- shadow box-switch
15 burpees all
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1- squat jacks/ 2- 20 punch combo
1- 10 handstand push ups/2- ice skaters
1- split jumps /2- 20 punch combo
1- 10 handstand push ups/2- Ice skaters

50 1-leg calf raise each leg, then switch roles

1- 200 band curls/ 2- shadow box-switch
15 burpees all
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1- heavy squats /2- 20 punch combo add a couple punches
1- 10 handstand push ups/2- lunge back hops
1- heavy squats /2- 20 punch combo add a couple punches
1- 10 handstand push ups/ 2- lunge back hops

50 1-leg calf raise each leg, then switch roles

1- 200 band curls/ 2 shadow box- switch
15 burpees all

Quick Hits- bringing it together.

Quick Hits #10- just a quick one today..I like to blend flow combos together. I engaged the wrist and began the elbow combo, then attempted to break contact. My opponent comes forward and I attack his hand and then block the subsequent counterattack with his other arm, bringing a hammer across his temple, controlling the arm, body punch and forearm finish. I like having quick flow combos that can be mixed and matched, and the order in which you do so greatly affects the feel and personality of each individual combo.

Quick Hits- Weapons improve empty hands

QUICK HITS #9-Practice with weapons is a fun and useful supplement to empty hand training. In this example there is a movement in stick fighting called Abanico, where a quick pivot of the waist and wrist can make the stick hit the with much force, regardless of how close quarters the fight. This concept uses the idea of bouncing off of a block and using the same exact motion with empty hands and striking the temple with a hammer strike when unarmed.
The temple strike will likely turn their head, disengaging their core and negating their opposite hand strike- leaving me free to use my striking arm to then hook and control their arm that I first engaged. It is a great opportunity for a body punch with my left, making sure to dig your knuckle into their soft tissue. The rebound from this punch can then further control their arm that I grabbed, freeing me to strike their nose or neck with my forearm strike.
What weapon movements that you know could transfer to open hand techniques?

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