Temple Underground Boxing & Submission Manual
(Basic Curriculum Outline)
Temple Underground Training Schedule
Monday: Friday 4:30 - 8:30
Saturday: Competitions and Intergym Sparring
Sunday: 1:30 - 5:30
Address: 230 Lincoln Ave. Morristown Tn.
Why should you come to this school? Because after 4-6 months of training the way you think, act and feel will be significantly enhanced... moreover, you will no longer be prey, in any way. Why train under Coach Jee Singh? Go to these links:
There are three days of Boxing emphasized training and three days of BJJ emphasized training. San Bao practice is everyday. Stick practice is every day. Weightlifting or resistance interval training is performed everyday. For competitors the shift of emphasis is based on the next competition. When competence is high enough in both skill sets the fighter begins to prepare to merge then and augment then in preparation for MMA competition. Those focusing on self defense will spend more time drilling weapons daily.
Temple Underground Internal Boxing Gym in fact is not a Gym. It is a School of Martial Energetics applied to the Combat Sports of USA Olympic Boxing Association and IBJJF Point & Goodfight Submission Only Competitions. It requires a great commitment because the efforts will literally make a better you in less than a year of work. What you learn here will forever change your life in the realm of mental, physical and emotional performance and focused power.
This school curriculum is based on a decade of applied research into the performance of combative and combat sport, stilling and moving meditation. Along the way have produced champions and contenders in USA Olympic Boxing, IBJJF Point Competitions, Goodfight Submission Only BJJ, EFC Spartyka CFP Gammness and other MMA fight promotions. The experiences in competing, competition and coaching are recounted, analyzed and peer reviewed in these books:
Coming to our school is intense, exciting and life changing. In addition to the hours of school training.... Each student must perform 1 hour of specialized martial energetic conditioning called the San Bao. This is to be done five days a week. Upon wake up and before going to sleep.
They water up and fruit up before they come to train. They bring smart water and fruit and nuts for during training as they will burn between 900 and 1600 calories a session. They need to get at least 6-8 hours of sleep a 24 hour cycle. They are to eat a full balanced meal within an hour after any workout. See Temple Underground Advanced Studies Facebook page for details.
They perform seated Breathing regimens, Breathing in Yoga postures and finally 36-108 Burpees with or without resistance. They must do this at least four to five days a week. This is a martial energetic process that will serve them long after they leave the training directly in the gym.
There are armed and unarmed dances each student will learn as they progress. This is the vitality part of the San Bao process. This process has us doing specific breathing regimens while seated. Then when in standing, squatting and prone positions we breath to refine the essence into energy forms. Finally, we reach the part where we cultivate those energy forms the synchronization breathing and movements.
The San Bao Process is based on Taijiquan and Jujitsu Yoga flows. Reaching a flow state during combative training is the first goal of the process. The second goal is to have vigorous longevity into senior years as it will take this long to attain the perfect you. Martial energetic disciplines such as ours is made just for that. To enhance modal behavior (thinking doing and feeling).
To reach a flow state regularly and consciously means that the mind, body and emotional IQ is growing.... increasing.... enhancing the individual performing. They are for all essential purposes changing. In order for this to happen one must reach a Gamma and Hyper Gamma brain wave state.
When in this state we are becoming better versions of ourselves. This is the true purpose of the full contact and then aesthetic dynamics of our system. To reach a state of adaptation to survive arduous situations.... the only way we as subjects of the human condition can truly channel the cosmic power of our passions and change them into acts of compassion. Let us begin with the civil side of fighting discipline... the energetic side.... the part about stilling and moving meditation.
What is a Flow State in Combat Sport?
A Flow state is operating at a theta, delta and gamma brain wave state during stilling and moving meditation initiated and developed through conscious breathing regimens. It is an experiential endeavor. Meaning that although the task must be cognitively and kinetically applied and researched it is primarily an affect behavior intervention to realize a fuller modal behavior potential. Theta brain levels allow one to visualize in detail and consciously what one shall act on physically as if it was a realistic waking dream. It is scientifically proven to activate the same brain areas that are active when actually performing the visualized task. Delta brain activity is healing process and gamma activity is when there are significant changes in emotional and physical ability and habituation. Reaching a Flow state is a process. As such it is measurable, observable and replicable. It is also exacting in application.
Flow states do more than help one perform mental and physical and emotional tasks in an enhanced manner. It actually is an energetic and regenerative process with the side effects. The side effects are the enhanced performance. The goal is to have longevity and vitality. This is the reason for detailing how to perform the task to achieve maximum results. It literally can change a person cognitive, kinetic and affect behavior. It can change your world. Change the individual and so changes the world when enough use that processes that do so.
I did a quick online article search. There are few examples of a detailed way of reach this state of detailed modal behavior expression. I believe this is because most peeps are too young or naturally capable or simply too full of shit to actually explain how to do it succinctly. My last posts show the histrionics of my efforts to understand and replicate the phenomenon. It is important to do so. I teach peeps how to do it. It is not easy and requires a certain level of mental acuity and physical fitness to have results that are peerless and consistent.
I detail how to reach a Flow State in an article on martial energetics (http://cookdingskitchen.blogspot.com/2017/12/taiji-boxing.html?m=1). You will find nothing else like it, written by anyone else in the world. The last several posts should tell ya why. I write this because I am disappointed in the lack of scholarly applied research presentation on the subject first presented for combat sport case study by Dr. Dorthy Yates (https://www.amazon.com/Western-Long-Boxing-One-Changes-ebook/dp/B01N0GXBUV). I am cultivating and evolving this method for senior and less than natural ability combat sport practitioners. It’s how I can train at a very high pace with well trained athletes half my age. It’s how my son has become a champion while showing hardly any affect that may give evidence he has competed at all... and against larger and more naturally gifted competitors.
First off let’s discuss what it is not. How does one discern the difference between being in a combat sport contest and being in ones youthful prime at the top of physical fitness... and actually going beyond previous performance executions primarily using ones cognitive and affect behavior skill? Although it is possible to exhibit Flow State skill in ones youth it is more of a pronounced skill when youth is gone.
I am a retired SpecOps guy. I know all about gut checks. You know, giving it all you got and passing out at the end. And doin*this on the regular. The problem is hats just draining life force. Stealing essence from the lifespan. It’s how some of the best athletic performers can hardly do anything pin their senior age. Flow states don’t drain life force. They enhance and add to it. They actually make on healthier. Why?
It’s energetically regenerative in nature. It’s part of a stilling meditation of focus while being a moving meditation of action. The key is cognitive and emotional detachment during physical movement beginning with the manipulation of respiration. In fact to do it consistently and at Will it always begins with breath. What are some of the indicators that one is actually achieving an enhanced performance through a flow state? What are the conditions in a combat sport situation?
1. There is a dynamic in natural ability not in your favor.
2. Your Flow State skills literally drain the modal behavior powers of your opponent.
3. Your modal behavior (think, act, feel) is the same before, during and after the competition.
4. You are energized by an experience that is measurable, observable and through process... replicable.
It is not until you have nothing but defense to survive a combat sport competition that you can begin to see the power of reaching a Flow State. At intermediate levels of Submission Fighting I had not reached a level of Flow state skill to be offensive against younger, larger and stronger opponents. I am better at it now. This video shows me before. It is after two previous matches. I had lost them both to peeps older than this guy but younger than myself. I went into a depth meditative state before this match. It was not about controlling them. It was about controlling myself.
I win in overtime. But before that this guy rode me like Zoro. Choked me until his arms wore out. I swear I was watching myself a few times from out of my body. I actually do the impossible. I throw him off my back. I believe the action destroyed his confidence. I was shown as more intense. It was crazy stuff. It was after this at I was awarded my next rank by Professor Samuel GB Braga. I would go on to win a championship for him. Little did I know that this would be the beginning of next level asswhuppins I would suffer and am still suffering to reach the next level of skill.
I know how to achieve Flow states. I know how to teach it. It’s not that ya win or lose... along the journey to self perfection it’s how ya win or lose. If you are a senior than the goal is long life and vital health. Being in a Flow state to out perform another person is not the goal. It’s to reach the state in competition and in training so that one can use stilling and moving meditation to heal, evolve and reach a fuller modal behavior potential.
In any case it’s all begins with controlling breath in arduous positions. This is such a power defense of it becomes part of your skill set and you get a reputation for it in addition to being good at sweeping and attacking it can actually become a mentally offensive part of your game plan. The guy may hold back going for the submission or attack with less than potential to hold back because they doubt their conditioning and level of skill to make up for it. All because you know the San Bao Three Treasures process and perform it.... and they don’t.
Martial Energetic Routine Sequences
Essence - This is when we are in static seated postures breathing with mantra and lower body diaphragmatic breathing. The best positions are ones that energize through prone or cross legged seated postures. The prone postures emphasize an longed back. It also helps in the enhancement of diaphragmatic breathing. Cross legged postures are the best for collecting and transforming the effects of diaphragmatic breathing and mental focus.
Energizing the body is all about breathing fully and comfortably in any position, even stressful positions. Breath cessation and retention is all about ensuring that the body is full of oxygen. The cessation and retention of the breath is accompanied with chanting self talking methods of affirmations. They invoke emotional focus joined with the mental activity. One feels and is felt more powerful. Bit only if the great beast of breath is under control.
1. Sit cross legged and perform three types of breathing patterns.
2. Call the Generals at the Dan Tien
3. Cessation breath at the diaphragm filling it on inhale
4. Retention of breath with emphasis of four breath tensions after the diaphragm extension... left lower rib, right lower rib and kidney level back.
Energy Forms - these are preaching in stress positions. Breathing with a concentration of the tight muscular and joint areas. You inhale and chant and focus mentally on that area. You then relax the area on the exhale. You will feel yourself settle deeper and deeper into the position. Use number alchemy when performing this exercise in each position. These are the basic position of a Hatha flow state:
1. Head Stand
3. Downward Dog
4. Upward Dog
5. Upward Dog
6. Arm Stand Balance
7. Straight Lunges
8. Reverse Lunges
9. Child’s Pose
10. Static Low Crawl Poses
11. Crows Nest Pose
12. Camel Pose
13. Toe Touch
Note 1 - there are Jujizu Energy Form Postures. They are specifically for preparation for the Jujizu Energetic Jurus. The physical and metaphysics are simple. Where you put your attention is how you control perception. This trains that the only way to control environment is to control yourself. The mindset is simple ..... free your mind and your ass will follow..... the natural exhaustion of movement is
Stillness and the natural exhaustion of tallness is movement...... the natural exhaustion of speed is slowness and the natural exhaustion of slowness is speed.
1. Weighted or Unweighted Burpees
2. Weaving Double Stick Jurus
3. Weaving Single Stick Jurus
4. Striking Jurus Portion
5. Grappling Jurus Portion
6. Two Person Single Stick Drills
7. Two Person Double Stick Drills
8. Pilates Ball Drills
9. Heavy Bag Drills
Why Submission Fighting?
It’s my Taijiquan: The great extremes of pugilistic grappling. The epitome of reaching an ever balancing, elevating and vibrating center within the extremes of modal behavior. It is the act of attaining a flow state leaving you a vessel for the power of the Spirit Animals. Making you empty and powerful at the same time, in the same place ... a potential container of force of the cosmos ..... forever!!!
The spirit of the Gorilla 🦍 and the Python 🐍 is acquired when ya study under Professor Samuel GB Braga.... it is an invisible skill set resulted by being possessed of these spirits. Mind changes. Body changes. Attitude.... changes!!!!
I have had a few Taijiquan peeps say what I do ain’t Taijiquan. I respond that in seeing what they are doing I understand why they see it that way. What most do will not provide the martial or energetic powers necessary to withstand the pugilistic grappling or armed drilling that o put myself and my students through.
This all begins.... on the breath!!!
I like a lot of what this author is saying. I had a a strength problem as I was losing weight due to the intense BJJ training. I lost matches because I was not strong enough.... to relax..... you see a lack of cognitive and kinetic BJJ skill is not the most potent obstacle to performance. It is anxiety that is the most potent force opposing ya. Impatience due to the need to win and dominate your opponent before you control him mentally, physically and emotionally. Knowing I have the strength to perform to my fuller potential allows me to know when to follow, link, adhere, stick, never resist or release.
Strength is tension. When it’s full potential is equal to my ability to relax... I am a powerful advisory. Sooo... That’s right relax. I am finding one has to relax into postures. Muscles loose. Ligaments and tendons at the joints tight. This allows me to breath into my muscles fueling them while my opponent drains himself trying to break my posture. Force on force practices, I am finding, fucks with my breathing rhythm and without that I really have no sensitivity to timing. It definitely messes with my opponent. Then he can commit the vices... over tension, overexertion overreaching and collapsing. Timing is necessary to be technical and being technical is how I wish my BJJ to be executed.
At 60 years old this is very important. So yoga strength is first in the order of strength training is yoga. It is low impact anaerobic, aerobic, eccentric, plyometric and proprioception. Weighted Slam Ball Burpees is a full body level change regimen that is perfect before and after yoga. Pull-ups for the guard posture and finishing submission methods. Tire squats for takedowns and ground dominance. Tire benches are perfect for defense movement in side control, escaping the mount and passing guard. Tire selfies are for my throws ... all one of them... lol... nah!!!! Those are mostly for my weapons and striking work.
I am finding that at my skill level I need to follow the advise of Carlos Gracie. He said make sure I work in defense. Be known for being very hard to finish. I learned that this kinda skill can actually be an offense. I have peeps I rolled with younger, larger and higher belted actually exhaust themselves trying to get my in submission postures and then trying to submit me. It has happened because I learned to relax, make myself small and relax into the yoga positions that relate to the situation I am in. I am doing this so well lately that I am starting to apply the strategy to offensive rolling.
Resistance Strength training helps me do this. I have a long way to go. There are young higher belts and same level belts that can use their strength to finish me in a few mins if I use pure defense. But I am realizing that the more I can put my resistance gained strength into my breath-yoga postures under pressure is increasing my mental awareness and focus. Perhaps that is what the resistance strength training really does. I mean it really is all about feeling stronger and channeling that feeling into your Submission Fighting.
This is my order of strength building training!!!!
Slam Ball Burpees
Temple Underground Weapons Strategies
Weaving Sticks - the way we am dance is the way we stick. The way we stick is the way we strike. The way we strike is the way we submit. The way we submit is founded on the way we breath. Everything on the breath and we rise.
While there are many Eight Pattern principles in our system the focus is on how to make our unarmed striking better. That being said weapons work is the best form of self defense. It is so because it extends the range and power of projected force. The selection of a weapon to fight in a realistic situation is based on this perspective. It is the first with the most that survives. So still as realistically as you can. Do not seek to hit your partner. Remember, if it was for real you would not fight a weapon wielding aggressor unless you had a much more superior weapon and skill and situational awareness to wield it.
How you move with the weapon (generally) is how you move without it with adaptation. Triangle, inverted triangle, X design, Square design, Dimond and Figure Eight patterns are a part of our system. These patterns also have level changes as the Knee very easy to hit if you can drop faster that your opponent or if he is unfamiliar with his structural opening. So we move up down left right in and out and side to side.
The stick and foot arrive together. Breath and movement are mutually supportive. Never move faster than you can breath. If that is not fast enough in training..... train harder til it does.
Weapons work patterns are almost impossible to master alone. Hell they are almost impossible to learn alone. You really gotta get a teacher’s touch. Still in that sense one should realize that all of these patterns are very lethal, especially to those that think they are tough and are completely stunned by the world of hurt they have unleashed.
Patten 1 - Outside/Inside Top/Bottom
Pattern 2 - Top Side by side Thirds
Patten 3 - Top Bottom Cross Fourths
Pattern 4 - Top Side By Side Cross Step Fifths
Pattern 5 - Top Side By Side Crossstick Fifths
Pattern 6 - Heavenly Six
Pattern 7 - Stabbing Seven
Pattern 8 - Baiting Eight
The Dog Brothers teach is to move like we dance. Do so. Shift weight from leg to leg. Do not be double weighted. To avoid getting the lead leg hit at the knee.... move the front leg behind the first in a dance like fashion and return it forcefully for a counter strike.
See the videos for each of these Stick Pattern Movements. Weaving Sticks or Double sticking is perfect for master standup movement and pugilistic striking. The work increases arm strength. It also increases knockout power in pugilistic striking. Remember everything you can do with a stick you can do without it.
Pugilistic Submission Fighting
Postures - are functionally transitional. They give the opponent different structural targets. This makes them have to predict what to hit and that causes a slight hesitation. That hesitation gives you the opportunity to strike while in movement.
Green zone is when you and opponent can not touch each other. Red Zone is when you can touch each other.
Stand up Postures - with alittle adaptation striking and grappling postures should be alike. Both should start out with feet parallel and weighted one one leg or the other. In striking it would resemble prep for diving into water. The elbows to the side front of ribs. Almost all striking and movement defense begins by spring loading squat... elbow touching the fold between bending at the hip where torso and thigh meet. Then one explodes forward, back, left or right. This gives you a nasty attack down center, a deft escaping move to dodge or sprawl, a lateral into the obliques.... of One pivots right after in the explosion you get the flank.
There are five Standup postures. They are all transitory meaning one is not to stay in them after discharging energy.
Taijiquan defensive-striking postures require require Most Taijiquan adepts think it is a subtle expression of combining substantial-insubstantial leg-weighting, Five Steps motion, open close, swallow-spit actions. It is more. It is the effective linking of posturing in transition responding and countering incoming force... and returning it.
In the Temple Underground We use the bow, peekaboo, philly shell and standing-corpse postures as we shift weighted legs and put out cigarettes with the balls of our feet. We step with each strike. We lever the heel to end a combination with conclusive force. Even in these vids you can see how we would attack with the head and shoulder and elbow and knee if we were not drill-sparring. We mimic water in defense and fire in offense. The actions seem like we are being led by a tornado. It can lead to attacking very efficiently in a submission grappling effort.
Motion levels have us appear and disappear below the opponents chin and shoulders. The actions are performed at the angles of the centerline, oblique and flank.... sometimes the back. Yes the eyes are always following target. We are ever watching for a submission opportunity to attack fro the back and or lower leg. Defenses get very tight and protective when the opponent slips from view to attack is as we try to attack them.
Chanting mantras and breath synced with rhythmic movement shows an elegant bit frenetically violent vitality. A warrior Dance where the opponent gets lost finding the steps. A flow state is reached. In the pics shown you can see eyes calmly closed. This is much like high level grappling coming from adepts in submission fighting. Pressure applied calmly due to motion, rotation, level change and angle-distance relocation .... all done in mid fight.
Intimidating postures are performed in the green zone. This is where no contact can be made. Level change is implemented in the red zone. This is where both peeps can touch each other. Blue zone is where level change and angle position allows one to disappear and reappear to issue and neutralize force.
All this and there is more when submission grappling begins and the lower legs and back is attacked. These areas are difficult to defend. Only hours of mat time offer any hope of resistance. Size and strength matter not when skill is high enough. If striking and grappling are not trained incessantly there is no hope of surviving the attack. It would be like being attacked by a Jaguar 🐆 who morphs into a Gorilla 🦍 who then transforms into a Python 🐍.... this is the way of an energetically trained, pugiiistic submission fighter.
1. Peekaboo to defend while ducking..... fret to pick off knees for takedown.
2. Philly shell to counter and defend
3. Norton Cross arm to confound and unstructure
4. Jabbing Posture to strike while making angles
5. Crippler for changing front leg to move forward while defending head and knee from counter attack meant to neutralize the threat of your incoming force.
Seven Stars of Offensive Striking
3. Bob and Weave
5. Side step
7. Shoulder Bump
8. Elbow Bump
9. Head Bump
10. Wardoff Pivot
11. Knee Bump
12. Press and Push
Temple Underground Takedown Strategies
They are based on Taiiquan and Greco Roman Grappling principles. The opponent must touch to directly control. We have a basic flow with additions to be added as the student progresses. This is the annotation of that Flow to the takedown phase.
1. Wrist control response - the crouching guard is the best defense from being thrown. Squatting Yoga posture is the energetic. It is not a static posture but a transitory one acting as a spring to load movement forward in an explosive manner, laterally, to the oblique or flank. Initial flow coms from Taijiquan gates meant to uproot the aggressor and move into pummeling position.
A. Ward off
Note 1 - a cross arm wrist grab allows for an immediate outside wrist attack. Control it and the elbow and force them to the ground. You will get side control or a mount.
Note 2 - Bob and Weave to avoid an outstretched arm trying to keep you at a distance and control your movement. Move as you do In Weapons and Boxing. A and Inverted A for offensive and defensive movements. Duck with lateral movement then pivot to the flank and then go for the single leg.
2. Pummeling - the Taijiquan strategy principles of splitting twist and grasping pluck begin here. A series of standing submissions come from here. Keep striking in mind. Protect the head and torso as much as possible. As much as possible use forehead against the side of throat a upper chest. Swim to get the undertook and control of elbows. Once gotten step back in a circular manner and drop the weight onto the rear leg and pull. The more explosive the drop and pull the greater the effect. If done in a light heavy touch manner surprise and bad footwork of the opponent can have them thrown to the floor. One can also pummel to get two under hooks and secure a hand clasp behind the back. Ensuring that the forehead is pressing the throat or upper chest while positioning at the oblique... one would put the clasped hands at kidney level and squeeze. This will bring the opponent to the ground on his side or back. You can again get side or rear mount control. This requires a great dynamic in leverage skill and resistance strength. However the action is used effectively to get these flowing Submission locks...
A. Shoulder lock
D. Arm drag to Back
Note - one can get a simple knee to knee buckle takedown from this rear standing position. One can also get a Kimora from being attacked from this position. It is best to do this as a counter when dealing with a larger stronger person. He may be able to reach around and grab head and armpit and hip toss you. Time it right and push hips away and sense his tension. You will get in a flank position and then do the knee thing. When you both go down you will been top. In countering one performs a crouching guard dropping low enough to reach around and secure the inside of the leg. This puts pressure on the opponents arm and one can sweep to the rear of that person as in the vid.
Takedown - the single leg takedown is the highest percentage and safest takedown from a standup position wherein one does not need to go to the knees. Keep the head to the inside against his body. If one must go for the double leg then Wait till the opponents legs are close and go for the ankles in a dive. You’d be surprised how easy to get it if you do it from the flank or oblique whole pummeling close. If you can wrap your arm in a Kimora grip around the upper knee and step back towards where the leg would be on the ground if you were not lifting it. Then go into the crouching guard while still squeezing the leg as in the video. Try to keep the leg between your legs so he can not pull you into guard position.
Note 1 - when he does the standing reversal to your back and grabs the leg force his head to the outside of your body and step to the back. The. Cross face. Put your cross facing hand on the far shoulder while stepping to his back. Try to get the undertook with the free hand under the shoulder you are using to get a stronger cross face. Ride him to the ground with too control mount of side rear or rear.
Note 2. Always try to force his head to the outside when he is going for the single leg takedown. Reach around the shoulder with the arm on the same side he is holding your leg. Then weave the arm going over the shoulder under his arm at the tricep muscle. Squat and reach through to the inside of his arm. Then with your other arm in tandem reach to control his wrist. With the weaving arm hand grab your own wrist. Then pull his arm back towards his upper back. Drop to your knee closest to your opponent. Fall to your side and get back up to your knees. If he tries to roll escape roll with him but do not let go of the grip or the pressure.
Note 3. If no counter works and the leg is lifted you must counter by ensuring you land in the guard position. Make sure you place your leg to the outside of your opponents body. Fold over the back of your opponent and try to crouch as low as you can. Try to get ahold of the back of the arms of your opponent as you fall. Try to place your ass as close to your opponent as you can when you land. If I’d is a hard takedown do a break fall. Wrap your legs around your opponent. Try to break his posturing up. One arm hooks under his arm pit and around his back to his neck. The other arm goes around his neck. Pull him down and get ready to set him up for submissions from the guard position.
Guard Position Strategies
Closed Guard Control - as much as possible never open your guard unless you have a plan of attack. Pilates ball training will get you in shape for putting peeps in closed guard and getting out of it. Yoga posture breathing will also help. Learn to hold postures that corresponds to the controlling functions of BJJ methods. Breath into them with tension in the inhale and relaxation on the exhale..... then reverse that. Learn to tense the joints to hold postures and relax muscles as much as possible.
Grip the back as high as you can. As much as possible try to bring your knees and elbows together. Try to stay on one side of your back or the other. Try to never be flat on your back as much as possible. This means if you can not go from one side or the other then raise your hips and make him hold your weight.
Control his posture. Bringing knees up and under the arm pits of the opponent, get a hook by your arms under his arm pit and bring the hand to behind the neck. Then bring the other arm over the neck and lock him down. Hold him there for as long as possible as you work your legs higher up his back.
While doing this try to get an angle perpendicular. Relax leg hold and shrink upper body to get angle. The squeeze to hold the angle. Control his wrists and elbows. Cross his arm over your body and secure it there to set up sweeps to his back, arm bar or leg triangle submissions. Omma plata submissions have your opponents arm kept on the same side but the wrist locked down to your corresponding hip. These set ups constitute a plan of action. You are setting up a sweep or a submission or both together as in the video. These are Closed Guard Sweeps and Submissions from closed Guard we use:
A. Pendulum Sweep
B. Kimora Sweep
C. Arm Bar Sweep
D. Americans Sweep
E. Arm Triangle Sweep
F. Leg Triangle Sweep
A. Head only Face to Face Neck Squeeze
B. Side of Head Arm Bar
E. Leg Triangle
F. Arm Triangle
G. Arm Bar
F. Oma Plata
G. Wrist Lock
Control in Open Guard - when the posture is broken and arm is secure across the torso or at your hip the the leg grip can be opened. Heels in his hips will help you get the angles needed to begin unbalancing him. He wants distance at the hips. You want closeness of your hips as far up his body as necessary to keep him in postures and unbalanced. These are the sweeps we basically use:
A. Arm/Leg Trap Arch
B. Arm/Leg Triangle Sweep
C. Arm Bar Sweep
D. Omma Plata Sweep
E. Kimora Sweep
A. Leg Triangle
B. Leg Arm Bar
C. Inverted Arm Bar
D. Omma Plata
E. Heel Hook
F. Ankle Crank
G. Ankle Lock
H. Toe Hold
I. Wrist Lock
Open Guard Positions - begins with bringing the posture of the dominant position opponent forward. To do that the arms swim outward and around the opponents arms to the inside of them ending in a prayer posture at the chest ... knees follow in tandem close to the body going under the opponents biceps. Then bring your hands on top of the back of the triceps. Keep bottom of feet facing the sky.
Of the opponent manages to regain posture control the wrists. Then place your feet on the hips, then the shoulders with knees inside.... then the biceps. From these positions one can perform these methods of escape, sweep and submission.
Escapes & Sweeps
1. Feet on Hips to shrimp to Technical Standup
2. Feet on Hips to shrimp Knee Shield Sweep
3. Feet on Hips to shrimp to Butterfly Sweep
4. Spider Guard Sweep
5. Spider Guard to Omma Plata Pendulum Sweep
6. Spider Guard to single leg sweep
7. Spider Guard to double leg sweep
8. Laso Guard Sweep
9. Laso Guard to Omma Plata Pendulum Sweep
10. Laso Guard to Single Leg Sweep
11. Laso Guard to Double Leg Sweep
12. Feet to Chest Push Rwar Roll Escape
1. Feet to Hip Leg Triangle/Armbar/Omma Plata Reverse Armbar (4 submissions)
2. Spider Guard Triangle/Armbar/Omma Plata Reverse Armbar
3. Laso Guard Triangle/Armbar/Omma Plata Reverse Armbar (4 submissions)
Guard Passing to Side Control, 50/50, Mount & Submission
Immobilize hips with hands. Get to your feet and crotch with knees behind opponents legs. Pressure forward and maintain elbow and knee closeness with back erect while controlling legs. These are methods to side control and Mount:
1. Matador Pass
2. Double Leg Scoop
3. Single Leg Drag
4. 50/50 to Half Guard
5. Knee Slice Same Side Knee to Side Control
6. Knee Slice Cross Knee to Side Control
1. Ankle Crank
2. Ankle Lock
3. Heel Hook
3. Toe Hold
4. Single Leg Drag to Half Guard
5. Berimbola to Rear Choke
Half Guard and Side Control Attack
1. Dars Choke & Guillotine
2. Bottom/Top leg Halfguard Berimbola to Rear Mount
3. Arm focused Arm Bar
6. Near Side Leg Focused Arm Bar
7. Far aside Leg Focused Arm Bar
8. Arm Triangle
9. North South to Back Control Choke
Half Guard & Side Control Escape and Sweeps
1. Elbow Escape
2. Ankle Trap Sweep
3. Shrimp to Half Guard
4. Shrimp to Full Guard
5. Reverse Triangle Pendulum Sweep
6. Kimora Sweep
Front and Rear Mount
1. Arm bar
2. Arm Triangle
3. Leg Triangle
5. Rear Neck Crank
6. Rear Choke
7. Bow Arrow Choke
8. Leg Triangle Arm Bar Combo
9. Rear Mount Side Neck Crank
Rear Mount Escape & Sweep
1. Arm/Leg Trap Bridge
2. Shrimp to Half Guard
3. Shrimp to Full Guard
4. Sink to Single Leg Sweep
When the guard is threatened and almost Passed:
1. As he bull passes prepare to a one on guard... Straight Arm at the shoulder coming first to control your side. Use other arm to straighten posture. Bring the knees up under your butt and shrimp. Scoot the hips.
2. As he pressures and follows ... Elbow the side of neck in same side. Scoot the hips. Turn the hips down by stepping out the bottom leg in the side of the scoot.
3. As he attempts to cinch control of the torso ..... grip the other side of neck collar. Push down and with other hand placed in floor get erect. Make him hold your weight as you attempt to face the incoming force.
4. As he continues to get to your back... get your lower arm more in his upper back and grab the arm pit from the back. Make him carry your weight with this while on your feet turning to his legs for the reversal.
When guard is broken but opponent has not attempted to pass...
1. Feet and Knees high into chest.
2. Place feet as high on the opponents biceps, chest and shoulders.
3. Try to control the wrists
4. Cross over feet every time opponent moves to pass your legs to the side.
5. Grab his shins to help you soon back into position.
6. Go inverted, if necessary, using the shin hold placing the feet into his hips or inner thighs and shins.
7. Keep one leg between and one outside while spinning through ... gets ya into a De La Riva, Cross Leg or Leg Wrap takedown position.
Human Spirituality and Warrior Development
(Abdibhama & Phenomenology Psychology)
There is a resistance to my way of Taijiquan. I am hardly alone in my thinking and experiences. I am not the first to find that Submission Fighting methods of BJJ are excellent adjoining skills for the Internal Boxing adept. With the addition of these skills your classical expression of internal boxing will change... even as your energetic skills reach sage like levels of competence.... even as you age into senior years.
With these combinations of energetically founded pugilism you will easily control the greatest “masters” of internal boxing who have not done the same. And you will do it no matter what the age, size or skill level of said master.... if you never start from the way of combining disciplines and making it an energetic process that has you learning well into senior years. Moreover you will improve as you improve others.
Nothing in my coaching years made me more happy than when my Heavyweight MMA Fighter won a Championship Belt using my system. His fight is attached. He was known in Valor Promotions as a Brawler with no ground skills. He has great weightlifting power but it never helped him win against a BJJ trainer Wrestler and even resulted in him being injured for a year trying to defeat one. There was no way he would defeat an American Top Team Submission Grappler. But when it went to the ground the Yoga and Pilates Ball training went into effect. It allowed him to use his strength selectively and control himself through breath.
He beautifully escaped and stood up after being taken down. Then his Taijiquan skills kicked in. He even threw his opponent across the cage before downing him to his knees right before the bell. The pace of the first round was frenetic and he set it. The opponent was later heard saying how could he move so fast and so hard without getting tired? The second round went to the ground too. My Fighter swept him and finished him with strikes on the ground. This was such a big upset by the Promotion that they found a bigger and more experienced fighter to challenge my fighter a month later. That fighter was finished in less than a round by Knockout.
My system of internal boxing worked. My fighter between and before both fights actually had injuries. Before each fight all he could do was breath posture meditation, Pilates Ball Taijiquan methods and TCM treatments. But my system had a weakness. There was no offense method for grappling other than a good defense and control. A next level of work would be necessary. The BJJ skills of a world class Champion would become part of the Western Long Boxing system making it truely the Temple Underground Submission Long Boxing system.
But would this system work for non competitors also? Would it work for more senior kats? Can the Taijiquan I taught fighters be cultivated into a martial energetic method that melds yoga, Qigong, interval resistance, Boxing and BJJ together into a singular system? Can that system be of benefit to Combatives and combat sport fighters? That still remains to be seen but it’s looking great so far. We breath, lift, bang, roll our way into fight fitness. Breathing is the key... But there are limitations.
If ya got all the natural tools for unarmed combat... in your prime, long limbs, hyper agility, mirror reflexes, enhanced facia for strength and a natural killer instinct.... don’t bother reading this post. Ya don’t need it!!!
But if you are like me... old, average athleticism, failing natural mobility, slowing reflexes, ebbing strength and a degraded aggressive impulse... keep in reading. I might inspire or inform you about something you may be working on as a Senior practitioner of Internal Boxing practices that fall into the same category as Taijiquan, Bagua or Xingyi.
Wu Mengxia writes extensively about the pugilistic applications of Taijiquan. The Wu family Gold Book backs up his directives and those classic treatise we are all familiar with by Masters Zhang, Wang and Li. In the 20th Century the best Kung Fu Masters were well aware of Western Pugilism. In the early decades of that century and the last decade of the previous century, they had done much to integrate along the idea of a memetic praxis the best the West has to offer. Personally I believe the South Asian peoples of the Phillipines did the best job of integrating those ways but the Chinese were pretty competent in the pugilistic application of their cultural fighting arts .... at least before the purge of the cultural revolution.
I see the Asian Fighters of the One Fight Promotions in Kickboxing and MMA. Angela Lee is an amazing Submission Fighter. It’s an unarmed professional contest forum. No doubt the Asian Fighters come from Culturally Classic martial arts backgrounds. You can see it in their striking and standup grappling executions. When it comes to grappling there is exception only if ya don’t know a lot about Japanese Jiu Jitsu. This is where the BJJ stuff the Western Fighters have cultivated comes from.
The only reason they have just recently shown promise is off the promotion of MMA from the West and it’s promise to make peeps money. This promising enterprise evolved Asian Martial Science but the classics of fighting are still there. It just looks different than what has transmitted to Westerners and Easterners who don’t use traditional martial practices in contemporary combat or combat sports. This is especially true if the venues or situations are competitive and requiring contests to be of a mostly unlimited Upright and Prone, striking and grappling nature.
Finally, the UFC and Bellator promotions have Asian Champs. Arguably, One Promotions and Pride Promotion contenders and champs are nearly the equal in skill. They are certainly entertaining and a great source of learning for those of us watching and taking notes. BJJ specializes in fighting from weakness of position when facing superior strength and striking opponents. It is why it is the most important grappling discipline one can integrate into a Strikers program. Karate, Muay Thai, Tae Kwon Do, Silat and Sanda fighters have integrated it into their styles. B it what about Taijiquan?
Is it true that this martial art has nothing to offer fighters? I have proven that at least in Eastern North Carolina and Tennessee, it has worth. It especially has worth for those of us who are not gifted with the tools to excel at unarmed combat against those with natural advantages but also possess skill. Taijiquan is an internal boxing method. This means that it teaches harming and healing methods. Like BJJ origins it is designed for the lesser naturally to grow healthy enough to perform at their peak in cognitive, kinetic and affect behavior. Then it provides them fight science at the highest of levels. These levels are found at the top of all sophisticated fight systems but with two major differences:
1. There is energetic healing and preventive medicine practices that allow development even into old age.
2. There are specific annotations linking fighting and healing together which are to be practiced religiously of one is to continue to learn even into serious senior years.
This is what is missing in combat sports of the West. In truth there really ain’t no reason for great fighters to become incompetent because they have aged. In fact as they approach those years, if they knew what I know they would be performing and learning new things and keeping up with the younger competitors. More importantly they would be more than legends who can only teach from old highlights. They would be living examples of how important martial arts are to enhance modal behavior even into senior years.
In order for the discipline of Taijiquan to be a way to do such things we have to re-evaluate it. We must honor the old ways and build on them. We must pressure test ourselves and the way to ensure it does what the treatise says it can. When we do this we will find a growth of knowledge, skill and comportment that is independent of external teacher presence. We will find the inner teacher who reminds us that humility is as hard to earn as it is important to possess. We will also find that a Champions compassion is more important to obtain than his or her competitive spirit. It it is through the negotiation of that spirit that yields the greatness within .... the enigma of defeating self to acquire self.
My way has come to this direction. Not so much the enigma but the process that makes ya aware it exists. With that awareness I have come to knowledge and some skills I wish to share. The book Western Long Boxing has a martial energetic process. Classic treatise are discussed and applied research presented for critique. The Temple Underground Internal Boxing Gym is the laboratory where the information presented can be taught and evolved. Recently, breathing methods have become important. It leads to competence in how to obtain the Five Character Secrets of I li-Yueh:
1. Calm Mind
2. Continuous Breath
3. Unified Agility
4. Integrated Strength
5. Concentrated Focus
His insights connect to Wu Mengxia’s Treatise concerning the Confounding Round Spiral, Yin Yang Interconnections and The concept of opening and closing the body for the manipulation of incoming force. Perfecting the integration of linear and circular movement cultivates spiraling movements. They are essential for realizing when to be soft (yin-empty-circular) and/or hard (Yang- full-linear); moreover, when to be both in tandem. The transition from either brings us to the idea of integrating movements and postures that favor concepts of stillness, forward, backward, left or right. While doing this force is coming at ya. It means to uproot ya through grappling and or unstructure ya through striking..... render you unconscious, concussed or organically ruptured through striking .... submit ya through choking, joint trauma or bone destruction. What ya gonna do?
Although all the best fighters and coaches do and teach it most don’t have the science so well documented it’s explanation is succinct and exacting. Double weightedness!!! Static and dynamic Root is a balance dependent on the strength of body structure and manipulation of ones core strength namely in the abdomen. One must shift weight entirely on one leg or the other to move correctly. This Is called substantial (weighted leg) and insubstantial (unweighted leg) movement.
Arms and legs move and arrive at a location to provide the best root .. together!!! Turning the unweighted leg and side of the body when this happens produces force. When exacted such a force coming at ya can be tremendous, even in an unarmed situation. When a side of the body feels the pressure of the incoming force you pivot or turn with it. If it comes left you turn or pivot right. If it comes right you turn or pivot left. If it comes to the center you fold at the waist. If you can do all of these with appropriate specificity and flow it is said that one is expressing confounding round movement according to Wu Mengxia’s annotations. For the grappler you are flo-rolling. For the striker you are performing the sweet science.
Until the breath or the great beast is mastered flow and sweetness is hard to duplicate consistently. One must come to realize control of another is futile in such a quest ... one must only see and adhere to the rule of controlling self until it controls itself and you are a spectator or at best a passenger taking a ride in the show. This is the highest level of the expression of the seventh gated change.
The Tibetan Book of the Dead talks of a bardo. It is the time between the end of a thing and be for the beginning of another thing. The application of what I have presented in sparring can bring one to understand this state of being. It can do not in a way that few other disciplinary efforts can simulate. It can be accomplished multiple times in a theta brain wave condition (Waking Dream) or a gamma brain wave condition (Habitually formed Practical Set). A practical set is a term presented by Dr. Dorthy Yates in her world with combat pilots and combat sport pugilists in the 1940’s.
It involves a process of self induced hypnosis through disciplined series of kinetic, cognitive and affect behavior interventions. These interventions help on perform effectively under fight or flight situations. Indeed it even presented a case for examination and case study it was so effective in execution. It prepared a person to do a job or perform a task with minimal distractions stemming from extremes of modal behaviors that normal people or untrained people would succumb to. It included actual breathing methods, affirmations and physical drills to accomplish a state of mind that later would be called a Flow state...
In the videos presented I am in a flow state. Taijiquan authentically practiced and applied under arduous circumstances will help one achieve such a state at will. The state is also a health enhancer. Along with other meditative methods the healing delta brain wave activity can be called upon. Thee are more methods to discuss that are process oriented meaning the results are measurable, observable and replicable.
The captions explain the pics and vids. My articles and books explain the particulars and extend links to more scientific exploration and discussion. Taijiquan is more than the pajama wearing non-contact peeps let on. It has a place in combat sport. This is especially trie for those wishing to perform and learn more and more even in their senior years.... and in some cases perform as if decades younger.