Hooking Legs

Hooking Legs

The Leg Hook is a great easy to use takedown, but sometimes our opponent steps out on us on our first attempt. Here, Thomas helps demonstrate how we use a combination of Mantis principles (strike, hook, pluck, hang, lean) to execute our initial outside leg hook attempt, and then a follow-up inside leg hook if they step out. 

Afterwards we tackle the ground component and what happens if they immediately try to pull guard.

Thanksgiving Weekend Schedule

We will be closed for Thanksgiving Day, and open on Friday, and Saturday morning (see schedule below). 

I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving and hope you enjoy this time with your families. Thank you for a great year thus far, and such dedication and amazing progress all of you have made due to your hard work. 

Thursday - CLOSED

Friday

11:00a - WOD

12:00p - Stand-Up (Drill for Skill)

Saturday

10:00a - WOD

11:00a - Ground (Drill for Skill)

Sunday - CLOSED

Bag Beatdowns for Brains 2017- Annual Alzheimer's Charity Boxing Drive

Bag Beatdowns for Brains 2017- Annual Alzheimer's Charity Boxing Drive

Bag Beatdowns for Brains is our annual Alzheimer's Research Charity Boxing event; a way for us to help raise funds for research to combat this devastating disease. Anyone can donate even if you can't attend the event (please spread the word).

Unleash your inner fury on a heavy bag for a good cause. Punch. Kick. Slam. Or show up to support someone else. Follow it up with some good eats prepared by a local cafe, and boxes of donated coffee.

The Round Kick - Like a Dragon Lashing It's Tail

The Round Kick - Like a Dragon Lashing It's Tail

Here we help you set up the round kick without getting hit, run over, or shut down. Check out our video on Advanced Footwork if you need help with some of these angles. 

This is an extremely powerful kick. It's like getting lashed by the tail of a dragon. When fighting, getting hit here can be a huge game changer. Whether we take our opponents leg out from under them, or we weaken/injure the leg to get them to change sides. 

"I'm Not Ready For That."

"I'm Not Ready For That."

"I'm not ready for that." is a healthy approach to training things that overwhelm us.

Here are a couple of counters to the standing guard pass to help your game. Years ago I learned the second of these moves at a workshop with Renan Borges. I was still a white belt at the time, and even though I really liked the move, it wasn't something I was ready for. 

Hook (Gōu 勾) - 1 of 12 - The Keywords of Mantis Boxing

Hook (Gōu 勾) - 1 of 12 - The Keywords of Mantis Boxing

Hook (Gōu 勾) is the first of the 12 keywords of Mantis Boxing. The keyword formula houses the principles that define the art. They have been passed down from generation to generation for hundreds of years.

A Praying Mantis seizes it's opponent with it's large arms and hooks. It pulls it's prey off balance and devours it on the ground. When observing the mantis against a larger foe, one can see the mantis pounce, take the back, use it’s legs to hold on, and continually gain control of it's opponent while it bites and gains better hook positions to keep it safe.

Advanced Footwork Training

Advanced Footwork Training

Today we're going to show advanced footwork drills to help you with your countering capabilities. These will help position you for counter-strikes, counter-kicks, takedowns, etc. 

WARNING - start with Basic Footwork before attempting to use this in sparring. It's better to understand the liabilities of each position before going live. 

Mantis Boxing Workshop - Tony Puyot

Mantis Boxing Workshop - Tony Puyot

Jump on this chance to train with my Mantis Boxing teacher, Sifu Tony Puyot. He will be here in Acton in October teaching a Mantis Boxing workshop at our school. Pre-Register Only please. 

Defending Against the Bear Hug - PASS vs. FAIL

Defending Against the Bear Hug - PASS vs. FAIL

Jumped from behind? Your opponent got position on you? No matter how it happened, it's a bad place to be. Join me and my special guest Sensei Ando as we show what to watch out for, and how to make one of the most commonly failed escapes, succeed.

Guest Post: Self Defense Mistake - Don't Just Stand There!

Guest Post: Self Defense Mistake - Don't Just Stand There!

My friend Ando from SenseiAndo.com was in town this weekend teaching a workshop in Boston. We took some time to shoot a couple of videos for everyone (when we weren't...

The 12 Keywords of Mantis Boxing

The 12 Keywords of Mantis Boxing

The 12 Keywords of Mantis Boxing have been handed down from generation to generation. They are the keystones of the art.

Mantis Captures Prey - How to Stop the Underhooks

Mantis Captures Prey - How to Stop the Underhooks

The underhook is a powerful tool in the hands of an opponent who knows how to use it. They have leverage, control, and setups for numerous takedowns. So how do we stop our opponent from getting the underhooks? With this awesome move from Taijiquan called Fist Under Elbow, and what I like to call Mantis Captures Prey.

Martial Superiority: The Silent Assassin

Martial Superiority: The Silent Assassin

When we look at one school versus another, and determine that one of them is promoting people to Black Belt with far easier requirements than we ourselves went through, or they are expecting less of their students than what we expect of our students, we can climb on our rickety soap box and take a stand against them, railing at the injustice of it all, or we can look at it like this...

Defending the Worst Position Ever!!

Defending the Worst Position Ever!!

The High Mount combined with striking is a deadly combination. This is by far, one of the worst positions you can get stuck in on the ground. The traditional BJJ escape for mount - bridge, trap, and roll doesn't work quite yet, and meanwhile our opponent is raining punches on us, and bringing the thunder like Poseidon.

All too often, we panic in this situation and end up flailing, or trying to grab arms. Here we show a technique we call - 'Shield Up / Shimmy Up' to help you deal with this problematic position. We have to work from where we are, not where we want to be.

Is a Self-Defense Course for You?

Is a Self-Defense Course for You?

Basic self-defense knowledge can mean the difference between life and death, or assault and avoidance, but is it necessary in suburban America? If so, what is the best type of training for you? How do you find a good course, or even know what to look for? How involved does the training need to be for it to be effective? Click this article to find out.

Self-Defense Course - Summer '17

Self-Defense Course - Summer '17

Coming this August!

Acquire real world skills. See and avoid bad situations. Gain confidence and peace of mind. Empower yourself and open your eyes to how simple it is to protect yourself.

Cracking the Black - Vincent Tseng

Cracking the Black - Vincent Tseng

On July 8, 2017, Vincent Tseng was awarded his Black Belt in Mantis Boxing (Tángláng quán 螳螂拳). Vincent arrived at our wŭguān (martial hall) in 2006 at the age of 16. I still recall our first phone conversation...

Ando Workshop and Belt Promotions

Things to know for Saturday:

  • Kickboxing class is running as scheduled at 10a.
  • Please bring $50 cash for the workshop. 
  • All other classes and private training sessions are canceled. 
  • For workshop - please wear your school shirt, boxing shorts (or black shorts or pants if you do not have), and belt to the workshop.
  • Mantis Boxing belt ceremony following the workshop at 2:00 p. 
  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu belt ceremony will immediately follow that (BJJ practitioners will have a brief window to change into your gi before the ceremony.)

In the Line of Fire - Escaping the Bow and Arrow Choke

In the Line of Fire - Escaping the Bow and Arrow Choke

I absolutely love the Bow and Arrow choke, but it sucks to be on the receiving end. Here we demonstrate the choke, an escape from the choke, and then how to prepare yourself for your next move after you release the choke.