Know, Have, Use

Know, Have, Use


Levels of Mastery- how your mindset affects the study & practice of martial arts.

Beginners  “know” (about 1-6 months)
Intermediate  “have” (6 months to 2/3 years)
Advanced  “use” (more than 2/3 years of hard training)
Example: as a beginner, you ‘know’ proper technique but you don’t yet ‘have’ it.
An Intermediate student ‘has’ good technique but cannot ‘use’ it in a fight (yet).
The Advanced martial artist has and can ‘use’ many tools in the sparring or fight!

A beginner ‘knows’ what a rear naked choke is (but often cannot sink it when rolling). You ‘know’ the 1,2 but cannot land it on a resisting opponent.
An intermediate practitioner ‘has’ a good RNC, can use hooks in back mount, & ‘hides’ her hand behind opponents neck to keep them from pulling choke off.
An advanced martial artist ‘knows’ when to let go of a missed opportunity to finish the RNC (w/burning her arms out & losing position) and uses the RNC to get a twister/arm bar/body triangle or simply shifts her attack to a bulldog choke when the arm gets pulled off. She uses the technique, IT does NOT use her.

What drills create the ‘know’ in beginners?

-shadowboxing

-bagwork
slow practice in form to get better technique

-single tool drills (throwing the jab over & over, drilling a single leg)

-watching the performance of the motion/technique/tool
-repetition is the mother of all skill!

Which drills create the ‘have’ in an intermediate student?
-Panantukan (rhythm) drills
-Padwork (focus mitts, thai pads, kick shields)

-transition drills (wrestling to striking or vice versa)

-Partner Drills

What series of experiences create the ability to ‘use’ tools/entries/set-ups/subs/takedowns for the advanced practitioner?
-Flow drills (deep practice!*)

-movement sparring (technical sparring)

-limited sparring
-hard sparring
-mixed sparring
-shark tank drills

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