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The Grappling Arts MK7 DVD Special
Modern Knives #7: The Grappling Arts
Knife Grappling From The 1992 Riddle Of Steel (James A. Keating)
3-Stage Lock Flow Sequences Out Of Hubud (Pete Kautz)
Western Catch Wrestling Conditioning & Submissions (Dr. Les Moore)
Fighting From The Ground VS. A Standing Opponent (Mark Hatamaker)
(DOUBLE DVD - Just 24 This Week Only)
American Catch Wrestling practitioner Dr. Les Moore is a dynamic man to meet. Behind his easy going smile hides a wealth of experience in the martial arts both East and West in addition to more degrees than a thermometer when it comes to medicine. His personal vitality radiates strongly, proof of the results that a lifetime devotion to health and physical culture have earned him.
To 'roll' with him, even slowly, is to be introduced to a world of unusual pain accompanied by a chuckle and an explanation of why this or that particular hold is making your eyeballs roll around in your head and who taught it to him. He has a wealth of tiny details that transform even simple schoolyard wrestling holds like headlocks into powerful tools for grappling.
(That's a good one too, because who thinks they're gonna' be in trouble from a simple headlock, right? Then it hits 'em, Yeooooww! The pain is intense when done correctly and it's a great set up for "whatever" you want to do from there. Plus no one can really see what you're doing, not the referee or spectators...it looks like a regular front or side head lock anyone would use in a dust up in the ring or in front of the bar on a Friday night. A neat trick indeed!)
Les is a wonderful instructor with a class and an impassioned speaker when it comes to teaching Catch Wrestling and physical culture. When I filmed him for Modern Knives #7 he started right out of the gate by saying, "Do you know what Jeet Kune Do, Brazillian JuJutsu, and Judo all have in common? They were all influenced by American Catch Wrestling!"
I about fell over when he said that! But then, point by point, he explained each one - sharing some fascinating history of the connections of these great arts.
Then he showed some of the physical culture drills he practiced using some very unusual equipment. One the exercises that he shared is what he calls the Wrestler's Tree. This is a series of related techniques done with, as you may guess, a tree or other vertical support like the metal support poles in residential basements.
The wrestler then practices different ways of gripping the pole with their arms and legs and wrapping themselves around it, first vertically and then later completely upside-down (!) to build full body strength, agility, and cardio / breath conditioning as well as refining motions that lead to submission holds. Imagine specific wrestling applied versions of "flag" holds and you'll get the idea.
As Les said while filming "When you train this way, once you put a hold on, it won't just fall off!"
From here he went on to teach a long series of submissions including some wild versions of the short arm and leg scissors. These are powerful holds which utilize all four of your limbs versus one of theirs for maximum effectiveness. When he taught these same holds at the Western Martial Arts Workshop even the most seasoned Jujutsu players there (including one who'd trained for several years with the late Master Carlson Gracie Sr.) found a wealth of variations to what were familiar moves.
That's the beauty of cross training in related arts! When another style teaches you about what you already know but in a new way those personal insights gained are simply priceless, and it has been shown in learning theory that when a person learns the same thing twice but from two different sources they are twice as likely to act on that information!
This is why I love DVDs because you get to see things in a new light from arts around the world and gain those insights into what you already know and are doing.
All my very best to you,
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