#47 Sparring For Self Defense – Krav Maga – Martial Arts | The John Hallett Podcast

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Hey, everybody. Welcome back. I am John Hallett. Josh is away on vacation at an undisclosed location so he doesn’t get swarmed by sparkle sash fans. I’m going to wing it today. We’re not live on YouTube. Sorry. Um, this is going to be kind of a quick one. Um, I think, um, up against some time and a project fit class this morning, wanted to talk a little bit today about sparring and things you can do and tactics you can use.

We are just sparring, guys. I always tell our little kids it’s not a death match. We’re not trying to kill the other person. We’re sparring. It should be learning, getting better. Yes. Sometimes we are going to have to test ourselves as we get up there and rank. But that can’t be all the time.

You can’t be taking big poundings all the time. You can get really good and proficient at sparring and be able to up the level by going slow and easy. First. Before we really want to get into the show, I just want to thank our sponsor, Rocky Mountain. Self defense and fitness.

If you’re looking for self defense from little kids all the way from around three years old, all the way up, self defense. We’ve got a great Krab maga program that is really a mixed martial arts program. We incorporate whatever works. It’s always evolving and staying current. We don’t want to be stagnant.

That’s a big part of our Krab maga program here it is. Self defense for the real world. It’s got to be evolving. We have our project fit class. You can do that from teenage all the way up. It is a great functional fitness class to get you in shape.

If you’re here in Castle Rock, Colorado, or the surrounding area looking for that small town community feel all right, guys? Sparring it is always tough. Can be really intimidating. We’ve got a new class here at RMSDF on Saturdays at noon. For teenagers and adults, it is beginner friendly. We’re not going to beat you up when you’re starting sparring.

That’s just being a bully. We don’t need those people in our gym. We want good, solid people that just want to get the whole community better. That’s what we’re about. It’s always hard, right? You’re coming into something new. Doesn’t matter. Your friends have been playing pickleball for a year and you get in there and they’re way better than you.

You should expect that. It’s just slow and steady. The people that I see progress the most in sparring are the people that do it consistently, and you get better over time. Don’t get discouraged. You come in there, yeah, you don’t know what’s going on. You might not know all the defenses, but that’s okay.

It’s a good way to learn. Nobody should be hitting you hard. I say, check your ego. Tell that person, hey, man, you’re a ton better than me. Can you slow it down? That usually strokes their ego, and they kind of bring it down a little bit. It’s really tough.

We know dealing with people out there in the real world, day to day can always be hard. So, in sparring, you got to learn to just say, hey, I’m new to this. Can you slow it down? Or, hey, today, your volume is just too high for me. Can you bring it down a little bit?

I’m not getting it. You’re just too fast for me. That usually does the trick with most people, but today at our 06:00 a.m. Peaceful warrior class, he’s reminding them, look, you don’t always have to win. Sometimes I’m just kind of training my partner. I’m, um, giving them things. I might just be giving them a front kick to the groin several times because they didn’t look all that proficient or caught them totally by surprise.

Maybe it landed it really light, letting them see that stuff over the course of that sparring session, and I’m trying to help them get better, like, keep throwing it at them. Guys, check the ego, and a lot of times, I’m not throwing things to hurt somebody. I’m just throwing it to land.

It should be respectful for whatever belt level we’re at. Of course, as we get better, more proficient, we can get faster, but we’re stopping that at point impact, and that takes a lot of time. Beginners think they’re doing it. I know I was wild and crazy when I was beginner in Taekwondo.

My instructor called me the wild and crazy one. It is hard. You just got to remember, go slow and easy, and it’ll come over time. So I’d love to hear any feedback from you guys. We’ve got some new, um, groups coming out on our band app for everybody. It’s, uh, really just a big chat group off of band, so it’s not a post that it’s there for everybody.

We’ve created squads. Jamie’s going to be launching that here soon that you can ask questions, all the coaches, I’m on every single one of those squads, so hit me up here if you’re a member here. If you have a question for me, hit me up at john@rmsdf.com if you’re not a member, we’d love to help you.

But sparring is so intimidating. Just to get into it always has that feel. But a good gym is going to be accepting. There’s going to be good people. Yeah. Is there always somebody a little bit wild and crazy? Yeah. That’s what the instructor’s role is, to remind them, hey, bring it down.

Settle it down. We’re not trying to prove anything here. We’re all just trying to get a little bit better. A lot of times. I’ll just give some people some feedback that, um, it wasn’t quite free sparring, but we were doing a knife attack yesterday and people were trying to force and just go too hard.

And I just continued to give them the same pressure, the same feedback. Like, figure it out. He goes like, slow it down, slow it down. Feel what I’m giving you. That’s from an instructor. A lot of times as a student, people don’t want to hear that. Let them figure it out.

Hey, if they don’t figure it out in a couple of seconds, it might be 10 seconds of you giving the same feedback. That’s a lifetime in a fight, but inspiring. You just let them figure it out. Maybe you’re letting them do a controlled takedown, whatever it may be. Check your ego.

Who cares? Let them come in. Let them kind of land that touch kick. And that’s a great way, again, to let them know that they’re missing. They brought the kick and you stand know. Let them touch you. We’re not trying to kill. Not, you know, typically here at Rocky Mountain, self defense and fitness, it’s testing.

That’s when we’ll go a little bit harder. Most of those advanced testes are like once a year, we’re going to go hard. Are you tough? And that is part of being black belt. Are you able to take a punch? We don’t want to do that over and over again, but we do need to test ourselves.

On occasion of getting hit hard, how are you going to react? You don’t know. I see a lot of people think that they can take a punch and they don’t like it. It’s so common that people, I really like sparring, but I don’t like getting hit. That’s not sparring.

You want to be a bully. You just want to beat people up. You don’t want to get hit. It’s uncomfortable, but dealing with that, because out on the street, you’re going to be getting hit. And that brings me to another point. Out on the street, a lot of times here, somebody could pull a knife.

Are you justified to go to your concealed carry? Our peaceful warrior program incorporates with our citizen defender program that you may be carrying. I came up behind a, uh, citizen defender member in our peaceful warrior class today. They were light sparring and their gun had come exposed. And I came up slow and easy, came up and grabbed and put a hand on the weapon.

I didn’t rip it out. I just like weapon retention. Weapon retention? Weapon retention. Oh, yeah. And you’re getting punched by somebody else. This stuff doesn’t need to be hard. It lets them map it out and reminds them like, hey, I have a gun. I’m carrying concealed every day, and now I get in a fistfight.

I didn’t want to get in that fistfight, but now I have two worries. I’m in a fistfight. I’d like to disengage as soon as possible, but I also have a weapon on me. I need to conceal that. I need to retain that. All really hard things. Somebody will have a knife in ground fighting and getting used to monitoring hands.

Watch their hands. I’m not in a competition. Somebody could pull a knife out in the street. We need to train that way and condition ourselves. We can learn a ton from competition and just sparring in a testing format like we do here in our throw down the gauntlets. It’s hard.

Whatever can happen, you never know what’s going to happen out there. So this is where we need Josh. Kind of losing my train of thought on that one, but it’s got to be different. If you’re in a self defense system, you have to be working where somebody may pull a weapon and it’s all, again, lip service.

You’re going to say, this is what I do, but you don’t train that consistently. And by consistently, I kind of mean at least once a week that you’re coming and you’re doing some sparring, and somebody may pull a knife on you. They might turn that fistfight into a knife fight.

Again, just practicing disengaging there, or somebody’s going for their concealed carry. And recognize that where you can go in monitor hands, get to an arm drag, get to a two on one position. These are all self defense sparring situations. I love just sparring where nobody could pull a knife and nobody’s got a gun on them.

Um, gosh, it feels so free almost, of taking those worries away. It’s a lot of fun. We had somebody in a citizen defender class the other day, um, roll out of a. Gosh, I forget. I was, uh, applying, either going for a guillotine or maybe going into a kamora.

I can’t remember. And they rolled out of it, and as they rolled out of it, they lost their gun. And I don’t know what happened. We tested the holster. It was really good quality, good retention. But just that move. He lost his gun, and I picked it up because he had rolled out, and we kind of had disengaged, thinking, getting away.

And I’m, um, pulling the trigger on that cert pistol, and he said to me, is that my gun? I’m like, it certainly is. Because 99% of the time when we’re rolling in our citizen defender class, we have a designated bad guy and a good guy. Good guy’s got his gun on him.

Bad guy might be carrying a knife or something like that, but they typically don’t have a gun on them because it just brings up other concerns that we get into in class. And, jeez, that guy has a gun on him. Who’s the good guy? Who’s the bad guy? Those are situations you need to put yourself in.

And as I tell our kids, you need to speak, um, up for yourself. Sometimes in sparring, people don’t get used to that self defense aspect of. Stop attacking me. Get off me. Somebody get help, somebody. This guy’s attacking me. I don’t want to fight. Get off me, man. I don’t want to fight you.

Disengage. Please leave me alone. Getting used to that can be really hard. Vocalizing during a sparring match is really hard for a lot of people. And getting used to that. Everybody. Hey, this guy’s attacked me. Somebody find help. Somebody else comes up and on there, they have no idea who’s the good guy, who’s the bad guy.

Somebody’s got a gun. This is very confusing out there. You got to be announcing yourself. Like, somebody get me help. But lots of different aspects to sparring here. Um, again, questions. We’d love your questions. We love your support. The other way you can support this channel is get online and do our courses.

We are really pushing hard to put new content out every week, every month that we’re posting on our clearsky training site, you can get gear at shop. Clearsky training. I love doing that. It’s one of my pet projects. Um, I wish I sold more on there. I love designing and t shirts and ideas.

I just love that stuff. So it is kind of a fun project. For me, even if I don’t sell a ton on there. But you can support us by buying either supplements, we’ve got great line of supplements, prestige lab supplements, and our own line is coming soon. But look for any of your courses if you’re on a course.

We’re adding a new release, trying to make it really easy for you guys to find our latest release. That is not in the self defense, it’s not in the gun. Where is it? Where’s the latest release? Well, we’re adding a new category and those will be moved off monthly into their proper bucket.

But it’ll make it easier for you to get on and check out our latest release on Clearsky training and train with us online. Again, I’d love feedback. We’re always trying to do better. I think I suck and I’m always trying to suck less. Just trying to improve. And that’s not negative, it’s just kind of a reminder, hey, I need to get better.

Don’t get complacent. Check your ego. Everybody can get better. We’ve got some exciting things coming up here at RMSDF as well. Be on the lookout for these. We’ve got our kickoff the new year party coming up here in January. Kind of letting the hectic holidays subside and potential, uh, conflicts that so many people have with, uh, our Christmas party.

So we’re going to be doing something here in January, kind of kicking off 2024. We’ve also got our, we’re going to do a citizen defender, uh, sorry, clear, uh, sky defender, the knife that we carry here, my design. We’re going to be doing a workshop and a special deal to purchase that along with a, uh, training session.

And we’ve also got, I think this is February. And again, all my first degree black belt candidates that have gone through the test and have not gone through the taser and pepper spray inoculation training that is coming up. Mark your calendars. It is a requirement for black belt here at RMSDF.

It’s going to be February 24 is the date we’re looking at. So you do need to do this. If you are, um, a white belt and have that black belt mindset, you can certainly do this training and go through that experience. So, you know, uh, what it’s like. Just like we talked about earlier in the podcast, getting used to getting hit, getting comfortable with the uncomfortable, going through that, then knowing that, okay, I’ve been here, I can do this, I can work through, I can fight through this experience.

Because as we know, some protesters riders these days are pepper spraying people, that is going to limit your ability to defend yourself. But you can fight through it and gone through it myself, you can fight it is not going to end it. I’m, um, going to make it a lot more difficult, but going through that training will help you guys out.

Look, another big part of what we’re doing here, all you ccw holders getting out of the range and working, your marksmanship is phenomenal. It’s a lot of fun. But being a good decision maker and when to go for that weapon, that’s the things that we do here at RMSDF.

We’ve done nothing but self defense for, um, the last 25 years, I guess close to it. That’s all I focus on. If you want real self defense training, hands on, that’s the stuff we do here, day in, day out. So if you’re out there, we’re doing things you can’t do on the range.

We can battle test these things with our cert pistols and being good decision makers. Even like last night, like, ooh, good shoot. Actually, somebody said I got shot as a bystander in that scenario where I was coming at somebody with a stick. These are things that are really hard and we need to put ourselves in them over and over and over again.

We can’t do those things at the range of making a decision of who’s bad, who’s good, uh, who’s downrange. We’re not shooting when anybody’s downranged. With our cirque pistols, we can create chaos. We can create a scenario where your family member might be there and they’re moving around and the bad guy’s moving around.

Where are you in relationship to your family member? So some great stuff that we do. I love the citizen Defender program. It integrates with our peaceful warrior program because we are taking away weapons. Here at RMSDF, our Krav M Maga program for years has said we’re taking away a weapon.

Use the weapon, you need to know how to use it, clear that malfunction and then have good pistol craft. That is something we incorporate. When you get into that peaceful warrior zone, it is a much better path than I feel, than the beginner path you’re going to go and you’re doing any martial art, feel it out.

Are you going to like it? But our peaceful warrior program includes so many perks. Um, free testing up until the red belt test. You’ve got every class here. So you can do our functional fitness project fit class. You can be doing the citizen defender, you can be doing the all level classes.

You’re not closed out of that. You can come to the Saturday beginner class. So it’s got a lot of perks. 10% off the pro shop, 50% off of trainings and workshops that I do. So check those out. Of course, the AlP accelerated learning program is separate from that. That is a semi private.

That is not part of the peaceful warrior program. But if you wanted to get hands on with me and get that cool, as Josh will say, expert level training. I’ve been doing this for 30 plus years. You want to train with that experienced trainer just like everything else. You want the best.

Like a lot of us looking at doctors, and you’re like, who’s the best in the gym here? I’m the top. We’ve got phenomenal trainers here. I was just actually thinking of Jason, who is back with us. That took a little hiatus, um, switching careers, that he runs a phenomenal beginner class.

I really want to put him in our peaceful warrior program here coming up. But, gosh, uh, I don’t want to take him away from the beginners because he does a great beginner class. But at his level, his experience can be better spent with those peaceful warriors, those people that are looking for that higher level training.

So, again, guys fighting and sparring, it’s tough things. You just got to get in there and do it. Let people know, hey, I’m not great at this. People respect that we’re here to help you get better. And it’s slowly chipping away, and you got to see reps and reps and reps, uh, of just a front kick coming at your groin.

Even slow is really hard. So get out there, get into that new class that we have. We also have some grappling and ground fighting on Monday nights. Here we have, uh, quote, sparring that does either ground or stand up on Wednesdays and then the full hour on Saturdays at noon.

So that’s good for teenagers and for our adults. And, of course, we’re always being appropriate with those teenagers. Some of them hit hard, and they need to be told, hey, you need to take it down a notch. Um, but that’s all of us. As we learn sparring. For the vast majority of people, there are people out there that kind of hit sometimes too light.

You’re like, okay, I can barely feel that. Give me a little bit of more of that glove onto me. I want to feel it a little bit more. Or, hey, come a little bit fast. It’s a little slow. But we all have our things that we’re working on. So get into a sparring class today.

Don’t wait. It’s going to take your realism up just so much, guys. I often tell people you haven’t really done self defense, you haven’t done Krab McGuire, you haven’t done mma. Unless you’re actually doing some free sparring. You’ve got to get into those classes and do it. And the gym you’re going to, they should be respectful for beginners.

They shouldn’t be beating up just, you know, kind of very old, um, know, use the word boxing. I know one, um, of my first assistants, Jack Marshall, came up in the south end of Boston, and you just kind of got beat up in a lot of rounds until somebody took you under his wing.

As, uh, the stories he’s conveyed to me that you had to earn your way up, that you were actually going to stick it out and kind of take a beating. Um, of course, it was probably like a buck or two to get into the gym at that time and do open gym.

But if you’re paying for classes at the average going rate across the countries, anywhere from 150 to 200, and kind of in the middle of that is the bigger average, they should be helping you out and teaching you from the ground up, uh, not making you, quote, earn it.

You’re paying for a membership. You should be learning and getting taught in every class. So little bit on sparring. Guys, I’m sure I could go on from here, but I’ve got a busy day. Thanks for tuning, tuning in. I will talk to you guys soon. And, uh, you got any requests on things and subjects you want me to talk about again?

Hit me up, john@rmsdf.com.

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