Zen Do Ka Defense Vs Muay Thai Roundhouse Kick & Knees

Rule #17 in ZDK is that you don't trade punches with a boxer, don't wrestle a wrestler, Don't trade kicks with a Taekwondo practitioner, etc,..... if you can identify the style of your opponent, attack their weak points. If you fight a boxer, take out his legs, if it is a taekwondo kicker, get in close and use elbows, knees and punches. In this video the attacker shapes up like a Thai boxer and throws a round kick to the ribs, the Zendoka, knowing that Muay Thai practitioners always drop their hand when kicking, steps FORWARD and 45 degrees to the right and attacks with a left hook, catching the Thai boxer on the jaw with his guard down and balance compromised. Meanwhile the power of the kick is avoided by stepping to the right and turning with the hook. If the kick makes contact at all, it is totally ineffectual. In the 2nd scenario, the Thai Boxer is using knees in a clinch. The Zendoka blocks the knee, scoops it up and dumps the opponent on the ground finishing with punches and knees to the head and chest and/or an armbar or elbow break.


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  Urban Survival Self Defense with Zen Do Ka Freestyle Karate

The mugger grabs you by the lapels and threatens to hurt or kill you. Raise your arms over your head and bring your elbows together.

Slam your elbows down on the attackers arms, pinning them to your chest. Grab his head and gouge his eyes with both thumbs,

........ step back and drive a couple of knees into his stomach.

Maintaining control of his head step back and do a head twist takedown. Throw him to the ground and make your escape.

See Video below




                 Hair grab defense drill.

1. An attacker grabs Desiree's hair. She clamps the hand down tight on her head to stop it being pulled out, locates the thumb and quickly rotates towards the inside, then the outside of her attackers elbow. This hyperextends/breaks the attackers elbow causing a lot of pain and effecting a release on his grip.

2. Desiree rotates to face the attacker maintaining a grip on his hand and effecting a wrist lock which further adds pain to the elbow and wrist and keeps the attacker at arms length.

3. Desiree kicks the attacker in the groin, further disabling him before running to safety.






                                 Basic training tips.

Baic techniques and stances are the foundation that we build on as martial artists. Without good, solid basics one can never become an advanced fighter and this is why the basics must be drilled over and over again.

Sometimes though, we tend to concentrate on advanced techniques and combinations and the basics often get neglected. When this happens, bad habits develop and we get sloppy.

Below are a few methods for training to help you to tighten up and polish your basic techniques.

Slow down. This is the first thing to do. Slow right down so that you are almost performing the technique in slow motion. Tai Chi forms are performed in this way and for good reason. When we perform each technique in slow motion, we are concentrating on performing “perfect technique” we are hard wiring perfection into our muscle memory. It is easy to focus on keeping your hands up in a good guard, when you throw punches and strikes slowly, but when you train at full pelt all the time, you may find your guard dropping, as all you are focused on is delivering the punch.

Train in front of a mirror. The mirror will tell you exactly where you are going wrong. It is one of the best training tool one can have.

Concentrate on your technique. When you train on your own, think about the technique and focus on it 100%

Ask yourself what you are trying to achieve, which target you are aiming for, what possible counter moves your opponent could use. Think about variations on the drill which may negate any possible counters. Think about you stance, your footwork, your guard and which areas of your body are exposed and open to attack when you perform the technique. If you are not mindful of your stance when you are training punches, your stance will trip you up in combat.

Teach the technique to less experienced martial artists. When asked to teach beginners, don't feel it's a chore, or that you are wasting time that you could spend drilling more interesting, advanced stuff.

We learn from those we teach. When we explain drills to the less experienced, we examine the techniques in a more in depth way. We build our own understanding of the drill, how and why it works, we concentrate more on OUR form when we teach others.

Visualise.  Whether you are training with a bag or in the air on your own, Visualise the opponent. When you are working the bag, imagine it has arms and “see” it thowing strikes your way. If you “see” the opponent throwing punches or kicks in your mind, and you counterstrike, it helps to hardwire the response into your muscle memory reflex actions.

Drill it.  Drill the technique until you can perform it perfectly every single time.

Remember, It is wiser to fear an opponent who has trained one kick 1000 times, than a man who has trained one thousand different techniques once.

Good luck with your training.

             The benefits of Cross Training in Martial Arts

As Chief Instructor at Zen Do Ka Elite Freestyle Karate & Kickboxing Singapore, I believe it is no less beneficial, than Essential that Martial Artists Cross Train to better understand other styles of Martial Arts and their own style. By Cross Training, we become more effective in our chosen art.

When we become familiar with other styles, we become more able to recognise and defend against techniques from other styles and systems. The more we Cross Train, the more we are able to instantly react with a defense or counter attack.

If a striker has never cross trained in grappling arts, he will be at a huge disadvantage when an opponent attempts a take down, he will be succeptible to unfamiliar chokes, and locks, rendering his striking skills innefective..... at the same time a grappler with no training in striking arts will be extremely vulnerable to a well trained striker, especially when he closes the distance to effect a takedown. He will get quite a shock when a fist, elbow, knee or kick interrupts a takedown attempt.

All Martial Arts have their merits. They all have something to offer, though in some of the more esoteric styles, it may take a lot of dedication to uncover the secrets of their effectiveness.

My advice is to get out of your comfort zone and make friends with and train with martial artists of all types, … box with boxers, grapple with grapplers, trade kicks and strikes with Muay Thai, Taekwondo, Karate and Kung Fu practitioners. Play by the rules of their systems, then spar without rules (in the appropriate environment.) In this way you will uncover the strengths and weaknesses of their styles and your own. A true Martial Artist who does this will adapt and refine their techniques in order to be able to be effective against other styles and evolve their own chosen art.

I follow these principles, cross training whenever I can, to contribute to Zen Do Ka Elite Freestyle Karate & Kickboxing. That is what makes Zen Do Ka such a well rounded system. Every student is encouraged to cross train and bring to Zen Do Ka their own influences. They are encouraged to share their previous experience in other arts in the Freestyle segment of our classes. In this way ZDK  is ever evolving, always adapting to new techniques and methods, making Zen Do Ka a True Mixed Martial Art.

Sensei Peter has studied Zen Do Kai, Goju Ryu, Shotokan and Shu Ku Kai Karate, Judo, Tai Chi Chaun, Wing Chun Kung Fu, Lotar, (Krav Maga) Muay Thai Kickboxing, Taekwondo, Close Quarters Combat, Silat  Capoiera, Shoot Fighting and Wrestling among others and is currently teaching Zen Do Ka Mixed Martial Arts in Singapore.

Sensei Peter A. Robertson



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