View Full Version : Self-Training?

01-17-2004, 06:35 AM
I'm just curious, how many of you gents train entirely on your own? And for those of you who do, is it mainly conditioning, hitting the bag or what? What types of drills do you do? What specific techniques to do you work on, and do you train on your own with a partner? I do a fair amount of self-training which includes hitting and hicking the heavy bag, solo practice in the air both unarmed and with knives and sticks, and striking the "war post" with knives and sticks. I also spend a little time teaching my kids how to defend themselves on the street. This is kind of a bleedover from another thread when I learned that many people are as disillusioned about "organized" martial arts classes as I am. I have always practiced the WWII combatives techniques on my own, being that it is simple and straightforward stuff that can be done against the bag and occaisonally with a partner. How do you guys train and what do you do? Anybody else practice the WWII combatives?

01-17-2004, 12:31 PM
*Right now* I do solo trainig for the most part - Spar Pro, heavy bag. Mostly WWII combatives.

I think there are a lot of great tapes out there, but I still think you should try to train with an instructor who knows it.

I've trained with Carl Cestari http://w3.blackbeltmag.com/featurecontent/view.asp?article=332 (his videos http://www.close-combat-video.com/video.html) and his writinghttp://www.gutterfighting.org/articles.html and people under him, and I trained under Kelly McCann at Crucible Security http://w3.blackbeltmag.com/featurecontent/view.asp?article=364 , having gone through their Individual Protective Measures Course (covers handgun/unarmed/O.C./knife/ASP) twice.

On a different note, I also have experience with Geoff Thompson (http://www.geoffthompson.com), having trained under his only U.S. instructor.

While full force striking can be carried out on heavy bags, you need a spar pro or BOB dummy to be able to effectively practice many WWII style strikes, you need a partner to practice weapons responses and counters to attacks and holds, as well as to hold striking pads and such for drills..

A partner is also useful for providing motivation - if you have someone coming over to train for 2 hours you will train for 2 hours, while on your own you might not.