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Combat Learning Podcast

Combat Learning Podcast

By Josh Peacock
The Combat Learning Podcast is about applying scientific research and practical experience to better teach and learn martial arts. We're talking about the most cutting-edge methodologies of effective training, discovered through the lens of some of the best thinkers inside and outside of the martial arts community.
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CLP28 - Taekwondo Shoptalk #2: Toward a Constraints-led Approach w/ Greg Koval
Join the email list now: combatlearning.com/newsletter --- Today I'm joined again by Greg Koval, a 6th dan in taekwondo and owner of Devil Dog Martial Arts. In this episode, Greg and I catch up from when he first appeared on Combat Learning. Since then, Greg has taken the Constraints-led Approach and overhauled his entire curriculum to great success. We also talk about training terminology and other problems going on in the taekwondo training world. If you're excited to jump in, hit the subscribe button on your podcatcher and enjoy the show. --- Find Greg: YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCh5-5RJmb96cYOH8lgykHsw Website: https://www.devildogmartialarts.com/ --- Produced by Micah Peacock Intro Theme by Micah Peacock Outro Music is Synergy by Juche
02:20:42
June 08, 2022
CLP27 - Premodern, Modern, & Transmodern Views of Martial Arts Training w/ Sanko Lewis
Join the email list now: combatlearning.com/newsletter --- Today I'm joined by Dr. Sanko Lewis, a 5th dan in ITF Taekwon-Do and a martial arts academic residing in South Korea. In this episode, Sanko walks us through different views of what martial arts are and how they conceive of authority in regard to determining effectiveness in training. He divides these views into three major categories: - Premodern (or pre-rational), which is the ancient view of martial arts - Modern (or rational), which encompasses systems founded in the 19th and early 20th centuries, usually from a modernist pedagogical philosophy standpoint - Transmodern (or trans-rational), which is a view of martial arts that seeks to use rational ideas about training while appreciating premodern traditions. I think many would classify me as someone who advocates a modern or rational approach to training, but I have a lot of criticism of it. While I do advocate for more scientifically-based training approaches, I do not support a philosophically modernist pedagogy. At any rate, this is a fascinating discussion, and many martial arts that we think of as traditional actually have a foot in more than one of these categories. Link to original article: https://sooshimkwan.blogspot.com/2020/12/pre-rational-rational-trans-rational.html Dr. Lewis' follow-up article (concept is mentioned in episode): https://sooshimkwan.blogspot.com/2022/01/what-is-postmodern-martial-art.html So if you're excited to jump in, hit the subscribe button on your podcatcher and enjoy the show. --- Find Dr. Sanko Lewis: Website: sooshimkwan.blogspot.com --- Produced by Micah Peacock Intro Theme by Micah Peacock Outro Music is Synergy by Juche
02:13:59
May 16, 2022
CLP26 - Autogenic Training & Stress Inoculation for Self-Defense & Sport w/ Todd Fossey
Join the email list now: combatlearning.com/newsletter --- Today I'm joined by Todd Fossey, founder of Integrated Defensive Strategies and a leading figure in the combatives community. In this episode, Todd unpacks how to systematically inoculate yourself against the stress caused by the fight or flight state during high pressure situations. We also discuss the problems with typical reality-based self-defense approaches to this process as well as issues in affective and representative learning designs for training. If you're excited to jump in, hit the subscribe button on your podcatcher and enjoy the show. --- Find Todd Fossey: Website: https://thisisids.com/ --- Produced by Micah Peacock Intro Theme by Micah Peacock Outro Music is Synergy by Juche
01:46:42
April 26, 2022
CLP25 - Simulating Competition, Using Points in Constraints-led Training, & Predictive vs. Prospective Motor Control w/ Alan Dunton
Join the email list now: combatlearning.com/newsletter --- Today I'm joined by Alan Dunton, a PhD in skill acquisition, human performance specialist, and lecturer at TUDublin. He also has a background in ITF taekwondo. In this episode, we discuss a couple important studies done on self-organization and how to simulate a more realistic level of anxiety to competition. Then we discuss how the point system for sport taekwondo can be manipulated to aid constraints-led training of specific tactics without over-constraining learners. Finally, we clear up how to understand the difference between predictive and prospective control of movement, which is one of the key divides between Information Processing and Ecological Dynamics theories of motor control and learning. If you're excited to jump in, hit the subscribe button on your podcatcher and enjoy the show. --- Find Alan Dunton: Twitter: https://twitter.com/AlanDunton --- Produced by Micah Peacock Intro Theme by Micah Peacock Outro Music is Synergy by Juche
01:28:54
January 28, 2022
CLP24 - The Opportunity Cost of Traditional Training Methods: Ecological Dynamics for MMA, Part 2 w/ Scott Sievewright
Join the email list now: combatlearning.com/newsletter --- In part 2 of 2, Scott Sievewright returns to discuss the opportunity cost of traditional training methods. For those who haven't heard that term used for training, opportunity cost basically refers to the benefits to learning that we're potentially missing by spending time that *could* have been used on live training methods to do dead, formal, or isolated training methods instead. We also talk about the problem with copying elite coaches and how our biases surrounding them has screwed up talent development pipelines inside of combat sports and led to resistance to new and scientific ideas in training methodology. If you're excited to jump in, hit the subscribe button on your podcatcher and enjoy the show. --- Find Scott Sievewright & Primal MKE: Website/Blog: www.primalmke.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/primal.mke YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChx8iNb2b8VSBrAoEybCLpw --- Produced by Micah Peacock Intro Theme by Micah Peacock Outro Music is Synergy by Juche
01:43:39
December 20, 2021
CLP23 - Balancing Representative Practice & Safety: Ecological Dynamics for MMA, Part 1 w/ Scott Sievewright
Join the email list now: combatlearning.com/newsletter --- Today we're joined by Scott Sievewright, host of the Primal MMA podcast and an MMA striking coach who teaches a striking program almost entirely on an Ecological Dynamics or constraints-led approach to motor learning. In part 1 of 2, Scott and I work through why Ecological Dynamics is so hard to get the hang of. We have a discussion on how to balance representativeness and safety in training, since greater levels of representativeness make training more like competition and thus more risky. We also talk about when more isolated training methods might be warranted. If you're excited to jump in, hit the subscribe button on your podcatcher now and enjoy the show. --- Find Scott Sievewright & Primal MKE: Website/Blog: www.primalmke.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/primal.mke YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChx8iNb2b8VSBrAoEybCLpw --- Produced by Micah Peacock Intro Theme by Micah Peacock Outro Music is Synergy by Juche
01:11:44
December 20, 2021
CLP22 - Live Practice IS for Beginners: Martial Arts Red Pills, Part 2 w/ Daniel Marino
Try Martial Arts on Rails -- the easiest gym management software you'll ever use -- 30 days FREE, no credit card or sales call required: combatlearning.com/rails --- Join the email list now: combatlearning.com/newsletter --- Daniel Marino, 4th dan in tang soo do and founder of The Naihanchi Project, returns today to talk about training progressions in traditional martial arts. In part 2 of 2, we scrutinize the logic, or lack thereof, behind highly isolated, scripted, and formal exercises that are often strung together as some pertained middle ground between basics forms practice and free sparring. These intermediary exercises bloat curriculum and delay experience in the most practical learning methods available: sparring and live drilling. As the up and coming generation of martial arts masters, we have a responsibility not to pass down these ineffective time-wasters down to the next generation of martial artists, our students. If you're excited to jump in, hit the subscribe button on your podcatcher now and enjoy the show. --- Find the Naihanchi Project: Facebook: facebook.com/naihanchiproject/ YouTube: https://youtube.com/channel/UC21N7Ijp_uq8dok6CKxpO7Q --- Produced by Micah Peacock Intro Theme by Micah Peacock Outro Music is Synergy by Juche
02:14:56
October 11, 2021
CLP21 - Traditional Martial Arts is a Modern Western Idea: Martial Arts Red Pills, Part 1 w/ Daniel Marino
Try Martial Arts on Rails -- the easiest gym management software you'll ever use -- 30 days FREE, no credit card or sales call required: combatlearning.com/rails --- Join the email list now: combatlearning.com/newsletter --- My guest today is Daniel Marino, a 4th dan in tang soo do, and the founder of the Naihanchi Project. In part 1 of 2, Daniel and I discuss our process of coming up through the ranks in Korean martial arts and how we both came to the conclusion that its time for a renovation of the way we train and think about martial arts. Of particular interest is a historical discussion on the origins of the pedagogical approach we now think of as a traditional martial arts program. In fact, as you'll hear, it's a Western idea from the modernist way of thinking. If you're excited to jump in, hit the subscribe button on your podcatcher now and enjoy the show. --- Find the Naihanchi Project: Facebook: facebook.com/naihanchiproject/ YouTube: https://youtube.com/channel/UC21N7Ijp_uq8dok6CKxpO7Q --- Produced by Micah Peacock Intro Theme by Micah Peacock Outro Music is Synergy by Juche
01:05:03
September 20, 2021
CLP Season 2 Capstone
SIGNUP TO THE EMAIL LIST TODAY: combatlearning.com/transfer --- This is the season 2 capstone episode, covering: Thoughts on season 2 Updates on release cadence Preview of upcoming content (season 3) Make sure to check show notes for guest contact info Get on the email list if you aren't already!
10:37
August 03, 2021
CLP20 - "Repetition does not lead to skill": How to Apply the Constraints-led Approach to Teaching Martial Arts w/ Stuart Armstrong
To end season 2 with a bang, my guest today is Stuart Armstrong, who is well known in the sports science and skill acquisition community through his podcast, "The Talent Equation." Which is highly recommended. Stuart thinks of himself as a "pracademic" -- a practitioner with an academic background focused on the practical application of the science of coaching to real-life coaching. We've touched on the constraints-led approach to motor learning quite a bit throughout seasons 1 and 2, but only in a cursory sense. In this episode, Stuart walks us through more specific ways we can use the constraints-led approach to improve our martial arts training. One of the main breakthrough concepts here I want to direct your attention toward is that Stuart repositions skill development NOT as knowledge transfer from instructor to student but as an adaptation to environmental stress. In other words, skill is developed in sufficiently *representative* practice environments the same way that muscle grows in response to progressively heavier weight loads from session to session. But in the case of martial arts skills, the load is not weight but instead challenge to the perceptual system, i.e. your ability to read an opponent, manipulate distance, and properly time your attacks and counters. I'm extremely excited to share this interview with you. It's challenging, information-dense, and worthy of multiple listens -- which is why I saved it to cap off season 2. As always, if you're excited to jump in, hit the subscribe button on your podcatcher right now and enjoy the ride! P.S. The teaching article that I wrote, referenced in the show: https://www.maonrails.com/blog/how-an-ancient-greek-philosopher-can-help-you-make-killers-on-the-mat/ --- Join the Combat Learning Newsletter now: combatlearning.com/transfer --- Where to find Stuart Armstrong and check out his work! Website: https://www.thetalentequation.co.uk/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/stu_arm --- Thank you so much for listening!   If you have any feedback, you can email me at josh@combatlearning.com or send me a message on facebook.com/combatlearning. If you got value from this episode, leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or your favorite podcasting platform. So many shows pop up and fizzle out, and we're talking about stuff that almost nobody is talking about, so leaving us a review helps us a ton! Thanks in advance, and I'll see you on the next episode! --- Produced by Micah Peacock Outro Music: Synergy by Juche
01:46:44
June 28, 2021
CLP19 - Learner-centered Karate: the Inverted Pyramid w/ Les Bubka
My guest today is Les Bubka, a thoughtful karate instructor out of England and a contemporary of Iain Abernethy. Les employs a different approach to teaching karate that he calls the "inverted pyramid," a way to teach minimal techniques to beginners, grow their technique base as they progress through the intermediate stages of training, but then narrow their focus again as they become advanced into the black belt grades. This leads into his very learner-centered approach to training karate, allowing his students the freedom to find out how karate techniques work for them instead of forcing them to master a single formally "correct" way of doing things -- and construct their own style of karate in that process. So if you're interested to learn more about how this training approach works, hit the subscribe button on your podcatcher now! --- Join the Combat Learning Newsletter now: combatlearning.com/transfer --- Where to find Les and check out his work! Website: https://lesbubka.wordpress.com/ YouTube: https://m.youtube.com/user/shinaii --- Thank you so much for listening!   If you have any feedback, you can email me at josh@combatlearning.com or send me a message on facebook.com/combatlearning. If you got value from this episode, leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or your favorite podcasting platform. So many shows pop up and fizzle out, and we're talking about stuff that almost nobody is talking about, so leaving us a review helps us a ton! Thanks in advance, and I'll see you on the next episode! --- Produced by Micah Peacock Outro Music: Synergy by Juche
01:24:28
May 28, 2021
CLP18 - Improving Knowledge Retention: The 8Flow Method w/ BJJ Moses
My guest today is Gene Cook, Jr., also known in the jiu jitsu community as "BJJ Moses" who is a Carlson Gracie Black Belt and a BJJ Gym owner in Temecula, California. Retaining information is one of the biggest problems for new students of Brazilian jiu-jitsu and virtually all other martial arts. This cascades into sparring where students often find themselves drowning and confused as a result. To remedy this problem for his students, Gene developed a method he calls 8Flow 1.0 that provides a schematic understanding of jiu-jitsu to flatten its notoriously steep learning curve. So if you're pumped to find out how 8Flow works, hit the subscribe button on your podcatcher now! --- Join the Combat Learning Newsletter now: combatlearning.com/transfer --- Where to find Gene and check out his gear! Website: http://moseskimonoco.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bjjmoses/ Gym: https://temeculajiujitsu.com/ --- Thank you so much for listening!   If you have any feedback, you can email me at josh@combatlearning.com or send me a message on facebook.com/combatlearning. If you got value from this episode, leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or your favorite podcasting platform. So many shows pop up and fizzle out, and we're talking about stuff that almost nobody is talking about, so leaving us a review helps us a ton! Thanks in advance, and I'll see you on the next episode! --- Produced by Micah Peacock Outro Music: Synergy by Juche
55:34
April 21, 2021
CLP17 - How to Get Back Into Training After a Long Break w/ Jestin Icasiano
Today BJJ black belt Jestin Icasiano returns once again to discuss getting back into training after a long break. Coronavirus has caused a lot of us to have spotty or no training over the last year, and many of us are just now getting back into the swing of things. We talk about what to keep in mind so you don't hurt yourself or burn out too quickly. We also talk about what's working for us in terms of diet and supplemental exercise, which can help ease the process. So if you're excited to listen, hit the subscribe button on your podcatcher now. --- Join the Combat Learning Newsletter now: combatlearning.com/transfer --- Thank you so much for listening!   If you have any feedback, you can email me at josh@combatlearning.com or send me a message on facebook.com/combatlearning. If you got value from this episode, leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or your favorite podcasting platform. So many shows pop up and fizzle out, and we're talking about stuff that almost nobody is talking about, so leaving us a review helps us a ton! Thanks in advance, and I'll see you on the next episode! --- Produced by Micah Peacock Outro Music: Synergy by Juche
37:55
March 11, 2021
CLP16 - Taekwondo Training Shoptalk w/ Greg Koval
My guest today is Master Greg Koval, a 6th dan black belt in taekwondo and BJJ purple belt. In this episode, we compare and contrast different training styles across the spectrum, debate the merits of traditional training, and find common ground between new and old methodologies. Greg is a veteran instructor with diverse martial arts experience, so no matter who you are, he has something of value to offer. So if you're excited to jump in, hit the subscribe button on your podcatcher now. --- Join the Combat Learning Newsletter now: combatlearning.com/transfer --- Where to find Master Greg YouTube: https://youtube.com/channel/UCh5-5RJmb96cYOH8lgykHsw Website: https://www.kovaltaekwondo.com/ --- Thank you so much for listening!   If you have any feedback, you can email me at josh@combatlearning.com or send me a message on facebook.com/combatlearning. If you got value from this episode, leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or your favorite podcasting platform. So many shows pop up and fizzle out, and we're talking about stuff that almost nobody is talking about, so leaving us a review helps us a ton! Thanks in advance, and I'll see you on the next episode! --- Produced by Micah Peacock Outro Music: Synergy by Juche
02:03:44
February 11, 2021
CLP15 - How to Train for Multiple Attackers w/ Jestin Icasiano
Jestin Icasiano, BJJ black belt under Tony Pacenski, returns to the podcast to talk with me about how to train for multiple attackers. We talk about BJJ and multiple attackers as well as the overall best strategies available, which definitely requires striking.  --- Thank you so much for listening!   If you have any feedback, you can email me at josh@combatlearning.com or send me a message on facebook.com/combatlearning. If you got value from this episode, leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or your favorite podcasting platform. So many shows pop up and fizzle out, and we're talking about stuff that almost nobody is talking about, so leaving us a review helps us a ton! Thanks in advance, and I'll see you on the next episode! --- Produced by Micah Peacock Outro Music: Synergy by Juche
01:00:36
January 26, 2021
CLP14 - Aliveness is More Than Sparring w/ Matt Thornton
My guest today is Matt Thornton: a 4th degree black in BJJ, founder of Straight Blast Gym international, and an influential thinker in the world of martial arts training methodology. In this episode, Matt talks about the concept of "aliveness" in training, and how you can start to train with aliveness immediately, even as a total beginner. He also explains why he does not believe there is any such that as "advanced techniques" and what that means for curriculum design. Whether you're a traditional or modern martial artist, I'm confident there's something here for you to learn. And if you've struggled to understand how to teach with aliveness without resorting to all-out free sparring, you definitely don't want to miss this episode. So if you're excited to dive in, hit the subscribe button on your podcatcher now! --- Join the Combat Learning Newsletter now: combatlearning.com/transfer --- Where to find Matt Thornton SBGi Website: https://www.straightblastgym.com/ Personal Website: https://mattthornton.org/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/aliveness_ape/ --- Thank you so much for listening!   If you have any feedback, you can email me at josh@combatlearning.com or send me a message on facebook.com/combatlearning. If you got value from this episode, leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or your favorite podcasting platform. So many shows pop up and fizzle out, and we're talking about stuff that almost nobody is talking about, so leaving us a review helps us a ton! Thanks in advance, and I'll see you on the next episode! --- Produced by Micah Peacock Outro Music: Synergy by Juche
01:06:40
January 14, 2021
CLP13 - Sparring-only Taekwondo Club: Mokwondo w/ Mo
My guest today is Mo, a two-time national collegiate sparring champion in taekwondo for Cornell University. He also operates a sparring-only taekwondo club. In this episode, we explore how Mo structures training and promotions without using formal methods like poomsae (which are kata) and one-steps. Instead, he takes the extra curriculum space this affords him and builds his taekwondo into a robust striking program. This episode is definitely of interest to traditional martial artists, but there's a lot here for modern martial artists as well. So if you're excited to listen, hit the subscribe button on your podcatcher now! --- Join the Combat Learning Newsletter now: combatlearning.com/transfer --- Find Mo! Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mokwondo/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mokwondo/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaLb7LXvya5hE2Z9kKgYP1Q/videos?view_as=subscriber Website: https://www.mokwondo.com --- Thank you so much for listening!   If you have any feedback, you can email me at josh@combatlearning.com or send me a message on facebook.com/combatlearning or instagram.com/combatlearning If you got value from this episode, leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or your favorite podcasting platform. So many shows pop up and fizzle out, and we're talking about stuff that almost nobody is talking about, so leaving us a review helps us a ton! Thanks in advance, and I'll see you on the next episode! --- Produced by Micah Peacock Outro Music: Synergy by Juche
01:05:17
January 05, 2021
CLP12 - Rotating Curriculum: Make Teaching Martial Arts Easier Without Sacrificing Quality w/ Mike Massie
In this episode, Mike Massie combines his knowledge of curriculum design and business development to show why you should implement a rotating curriculum and how to do it. Properly applied, a rotating curriculum makes your life as an instructor easier while driving greater business value to your students. Mike is well known for the business resources he has produced. Stay tuned til the end to find out how you can get a discount on them. So if you're excited to dive in, hit the subscribe button on your podcatcher now. --- Join the Combat Learning Newsletter now: combatlearning.com/transfer --- Mike Massie on how to get his resources at a discount: "The eBook Version of Small Dojo Big Profits - Get any package for 50% off using discount code LOCKDOWN2020 at checkout: https://small-dojo-big-profits.com/ Every Book and Title I Sell On Amazon - They've all been marked down, most by 50%. Find them all here: https://geni.us/massie My Private Coaching Group and Website - Get all the ads, marketing materials, dozens of hours of video courses, hundreds of articles, and the private online coaching group for 50% off. Use discount code LOCKDOWN2020 at checkout to get 50% off: https://martialartsbusinessu.com/register/premium-coaching/ All My Other Products and Courses - Again, get any package for 50% off using discount code LOCKDOWN2020 at checkout: https://martialartssalesbook.com/ https://martialartsmarketingbook.com/ http://startingasummerdaycamp.com/ http://afterschoolkarateprogram.com/ " --- Produced by Micah Peacock Outro Music: Synergy by Juche
59:15
December 22, 2020
CLP11 - How You're Stunting Your Students' Growth: The Pygmalion Effect w/ Robert Rosenthal
My guest today is Dr. Robert Rosenthal, an eminent psychologist and researcher and Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside. He's best known for his work in researcher and teacher expectancy effects, known more commonly as the Pygmalion effect. In this episode, Professor Rosenthal explains how teacher expectations on their students affect how well those students perform. We also explore how scientific research works and how anyone, even you, could design, execute, and publish a scientific paper. This episode might be gut punch to many instructors. And if it isn't, it probably ought to be. So if your interest is piqued, hit the subscribe button on your podcatcher now! --- Join the Combat Learning Newsletter now: combatlearning.com/transfer --- Thank you so much for listening!   If you have any feedback, you can email me at josh@combatlearning.com or send me a message on facebook.com/combatlearning or instagram.com/combatlearning If you got value from this episode, leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or your favorite podcasting platform. So many shows pop up and fizzle out, and we're talking about stuff that almost nobody is talking about, so leaving us a review helps us a ton! Thanks in advance, and I'll see you on the next episode! --- Produced by Micah Peacock Outro Music: Synergy by Juche
01:05:13
December 14, 2020
[Bonus #4] Martial Arts Gyms Should Reopen & Stay Open
Welcome to the Combat Learning Podcast! This is  bonus episode 4 and will be the last bonus episode between season 1 and season 2. Fair warning: if you think any dissent from the broader narrative on coronavirus is science-denial, this episode is not for you. It isn't science denial, actually, but you're too sensitive to handle the content of this episode. Also fair warning, this episode is very raw and not very structured. My guest and I are upset at the state of the economy, especially the martial arts industry, and at the inconsistent messages from the government and media throughout the pandemic. And before slander and hate spreads about me anywhere, this podcast does not promote the idea that the coronavirus is fake or that people have not died because of it. It is real and people have died. Instead, we argue that the Focused Protection approach is superior to balancing all valid concerns surrounding health, life, freedom, and the economy. Moreover, we contend that the rhetoric and response during COVID-19 is inconsistent with our previous attitudes about comparable health crises. At some point, I think I referred to the Great Barrington Declaration as the Barringer Declaration. I don't know why I got this wrong because I read the Declaration and I do have it linked in the show notes for you. I also have a link to an interview with the World Health Organization's David Nabarro. In this interview, he advocates for a middle ground that is functionally the same as the Focused Protection approach. --- Join the Combat Learning Newsletter now: combatlearning.com/transfer --- The Great Barrington Declaration https://gbdeclaration.org/ Three Experts Debate Public Health Response to COVID-19 (sponsored by Johns Hopkins University) https://www.bmj.com/content/371/bmj.m4263 WHO's David Nabarro Advocates for Middle Path: Focused Protection https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8oH7cBxgwE&feature=youtu.be&t=915
01:11:21
December 13, 2020
[Bonus #3] Teaching Efficiency & Economy of Motion for Martial Arts: A Different Approach
In bonus episode 3, I look at Dr. Rob Gray's Perception Action Podcast episode 323 for wisdom on how to approach economy of motion, or efficiency of movements, from the viewpoint of the constraints-led approach to motor learning. This is very counter-intuitive to how martial artists have traditionally approached developing more efficient movements, but research seems to show that it works much better than the traditional approach. Perception & Action Podcast Ep. 323: https://perceptionaction.com/323/ Reference articles: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16182938/ https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02640414.2012.671533?journalCode=rjsp20& --- Join the Combat Learning Newsletter now: combatlearning.com/transfer --- Thank you so much for listening!   If you have any feedback, you can email me at josh@combatlearning.com or send me a message on facebook.com/combatlearning or instagram.com/combatlearning/
36:24
November 22, 2020
[Bonus #2] Training Philosophies for Longevity vs Competition
In bonus episode 2 of season 1, Jestin Icasiano from CLP04 returns to talk with me about different philosophies that can help or hinder your training longevity. Anyone who has trained for a few years knows that combat sports really wear on your body, and oftentimes you end up injuring your body in ways that never heal as a result. The good news is that there is an approach to training that lets you enjoy martial arts into old age without destroying your body. (NOTE: this was originally recorded for a private group several years ago so some names are mentioned that won't make sense and the audio quality will be different than usual.) --- Join the Combat Learning Newsletter now: combatlearning.com/newsletter --- Thank you so much for listening!   If you have any feedback, you can email me at josh@combatlearning.com or send me a message on facebook.com/combatlearning.    Now real quick before I go -- can I ask you a huge favor? If you got value from this episode, leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or your favorite podcasting platform. So many shows pop up and fizzle out, and we're talking about stuff that almost nobody is talking about, so leaving us a review helps us a ton! Thanks in advance, and I'll see you on the next episode! --- Produced by Micah Peacock
33:31
August 09, 2020
[Bonus #1] "Real" BJJ Black Belts vs Traditional Martial Arts Black Belts
Welcome to the Combat Learning Podcast! I'm your host, Josh Peacock. In this first supra-seasonal bonus episode, I have a discussion with my old buddy Jestin Icasiano from CLP04 about a meme some of you have probably seen before. In this meme, two groups of black belt martial artists are compared: the first, a motley group of soft-looking hobbyist tang soo do or taekwondo black belts; and the second, a tough group of world class BJJ fighters. The headline reads "There are 'black belts,' and there are black belts" -- suggesting that BJJ black belts are of far and above superior quality. While it is a meme, and thus mostly a joke, Jestin and I believe that apples are being compared to oranges here because we understand that this is reflective of a real belief among jiujitsu people. In other words, it's not just that the styles are different but that the examples are cherry picked, since there are tough, word class athletes in traditional martial arts like tang soo do and taekwondo, too. Whether your a BJJ athlete or a traditional martial artist, this is an interesting discussion you won't want to miss. So if you're excited to dive in, hit the subscribe button on your podcatcher now! (NOTE: this was originally recorded for a private group several years ago so some names are mentioned that won't make sense.) --- Join the Combat Learning Newsletter now: combatlearning.com/newsletter --- Thank you so much for listening!   If you have any feedback, you can email me at josh@combatlearning.com or send me a message on facebook.com/combatlearning.    Now real quick before I go -- can I ask you a huge favor? If you got value from this episode, leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or your favorite podcasting platform. So many shows pop up and fizzle out, and we're talking about stuff that almost nobody is talking about, so leaving us a review helps us a ton! Thanks in advance, and I'll see you on the next episode! --- Produced by Micah Peacock
48:05
July 15, 2020
CLP Season 1 Capstone
In this season capstone episode, find out when the Combat Learning Podcast will return, where it's headed, and my thoughts on season 1!
04:29
June 23, 2020
CLP10 - Kata as a Process & Modern Training Methods in Traditional Martial Arts w/ Iain Abernethy
My guest today is Iain Abernethy, a well-known expert on practical karate training and kata application, and an advocate of traditional martial arts practice. In this episode, Iain presents his own view of kata as a process of 4 inextricable stages: 1. Solo Practice 2. Functional Application 3. Principle-based Partner Practice 4. Live Partner Practice or "Kata-based" Sparring While most other traditional martial artists view kata as a solo exercise that must be translated into practical techniques, Iain sees solo practice, application, and sparring as all one and the same process entailed by the kata system. Iain also explains what "kata-based sparring" is, why he hates one step sparring, and the necessity of bringing modern training methods into traditional martial arts practice. No matter who you are, this episode is simmering over with interesting and helpful discussion. So if you're excited to dive in, hit the subscribe button on your podcatcher now! --- Join the Combat Learning Newsletter now: combatlearning.com/newsletter --- Where to find Iain... Instagram: https://instagram.com/iainabernethy YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/practicalkatabunkai Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/iainabernethy/ Website: https://iainabernethy.co.uk/ --- Thank you so much for listening!   If you have any feedback, you can email me at josh@combatlearning.com or send me a message on facebook.com/combatlearning.    Now real quick before I go -- can I ask you a huge favor? If you got value from this episode, leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or your favorite podcasting platform. So many shows pop up and fizzle out, and we're talking about stuff that almost nobody is talking about, so leaving us a review helps us a ton! Thanks in advance, and I'll see you on the next episode! --- Produced by Micah Peacock
01:02:40
June 06, 2020
CLP09 - How the Lean Startup Methodology Can Enhance Your Teaching & Learning Abilities w/ Steve Kwan
My guest today is Steve Kwan, co-host of the BJJ Mental Models podcast and a Brazilian Jiu-jitsu black belt. In this episode, Steve reveals how the universal principles from the so-called "Lean Startup Methodology" can vastly enhance not only your ability as an instructor but your your ability to do self-directed learning, too. This episode has very unique subject matter and is a blast to think about. So if you're excited to dive in, hit the subscribe button on your podcatcher now! --- Join the Combat Learning Newsletter now: combatlearning.com/newsletter --- Where to find Steve... Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bjjmentalmodels/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3JMczv6cufhxjeq2D8ANjQ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bjjmentalmodels Website: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/ --- Thank you so much for listening!   If you have any feedback, you can email me at josh@combatlearning.com or send me a message on facebook.com/combatlearning.    Now real quick before I go -- can I ask you a huge favor? If you got value from this episode, leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or your favorite podcasting platform. So many shows pop up and fizzle out, and we're talking about stuff that almost nobody is talking about, so leaving us a review helps us a ton! Thanks in advance, and I'll see you on the next episode! --- Produced by Micah Peacock
46:07
May 29, 2020
CLP08 - Taking an "Andragogical Approach" to Combatives Training w/ Craig Douglas
My guest today is Craig Douglas, an interdisciplinary defensive training instructor operating globally under the ShivWorks brand, specializing in meshing wrestling-based combatives with close quarters shooting. In this episode, Craig unpacks what it means to take an "andragogical" approach to teaching coursework and why its a more effective way to help students learn. He also explains why he believes instructors actually coach their students too much -- a phenomenon born out of traditional pedagogy that is not optimal for an andragogical approach. This episode might just turn your concept of good instruction upside down. So if you're excited to jump in, hit the subscribe button on your podcatcher now! --- Join the Combat Learning Newsletter now: combatlearning.com/newsletter --- Where to find Craig... Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shivworks/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/ShivWorks/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shivworks_and_alumni/ Website: https://www.shivworks.com/ --- Thank you so much for listening!   If you have any feedback, you can email me at josh@combatlearning.com or send me a message on facebook.com/combatlearning.    Now real quick before I go -- can I ask you a huge favor? If you got value from this episode, leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or your favorite podcasting platform. So many shows pop up and fizzle out, and we're talking about stuff that almost nobody is talking about, so leaving us a review helps us a ton! Thanks in advance, and I'll see you on the next episode! --- Produced by Micah Peacock
44:05
May 29, 2020
CLP07 - The Problem with Real World Experience & Self-Defense Expertise w/ Ben from Redbeard Combatives
My guest today is Ben from Redbeard Combatives, a 2nd degree black belt in BJJ in the Carlson Gracie lineage and an experienced trainer for both the U.S. Government and Private Security sectors. In this episode, Ben draws on his 15+ years conducting trainings to reveal the potential weaknesses of what's often called "real world experience" -- and how proper training environments can fill in the gaps there. This episode is challenging to conventional wisdom in the reality-based self-defense and military combatives world...but listen to his points carefully. Now, if you're excited to dive in, hit the subscribe button on your podcatcher now! --- Join the Combat Learning Newsletter now: combatlearning.com/newsletter --- Where to find Ben... Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/redbeard_combatives/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCi_NR-HV07TFRhpn4hjeRSg Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/redbeardcombatives/ Website: https://www.redbeardcombatives.com/ --- Thank you so much for listening! If you have any feedback, you can email me at josh@combatlearning.com or send me a message on facebook.com/combatlearning. Now real quick before I go -- can I ask you a huge favor? If you got value from this episode, leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or your favorite podcasting platform. So many shows pop up and fizzle out, and we're talking about stuff that almost nobody is talking about, so leaving us a review helps us a ton! Thanks in advance, and I'll see you on the next episode! --- Produced by Micah Peacock
01:09:48
May 22, 2020
CLP06 - Different Teaching Styles & the Masculinity Crisis w/ Frank Mullis
My guest today is Frank Mullis, a Matt Serra jiu-jitsu black belt, licensed counselor, pastor, and owner of the Milledgeville Academy of Mixed Martial Arts. In this episode, we talk about everything from different teaching styles and their effect on learning, to biases in martial arts, even to our present day masculinity crisis. Frank is an OG in the martial arts world and has a lot of perspective to offer. So if you're excited to dive in, hit the subscribe button on your podcatcher now! ---  Join the CLP Newsletter now: combatlearning.com/newsletter  ---  How to contact Frank Mullis...  Website: http://trainwithmamma.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Serrabjjmville/ ---  Thank you so much for listening!  If you have any feedback, you can email me at josh@combatlearning.com or send me a message on facebook.com/combatlearning. Now real quick before I go -- can I ask you a huge favor? If you got value from this episode, leave us a review on iTunes, Google Podcasts, or your favorite podcasting platform. So many shows pop up and fizzle out, and we're talking about stuff that almost nobody is talking about, so leaving us a review helps us a ton! Thanks in advance, and I'll see you on the next episode!  ---  Produced by Micah Peacock
01:25:41
May 16, 2020
CLP05 - Why Combat Sports are Better for Self-Defense (Even Weapons Defense) w/ Ward Hiney
My guest today is Ward Hiney, a self-defense instructor at Endeavor Defense & Fitness and a Krav Maga black belt. In this episode we discuss why combat sports are not bad for self-defense. In fact, we go a step further and argue that combat sports are better for self-defense than standard traditional martial arts and "reality-based" self-defense training, even potentially for weapons defense. This is another toe-stepper, and I know it's a controversial opinion, but hear out Ward's argument. So if you're excited to jump in, hit that subscribe button on your podcatcher now. --- Join the CLP Newsletter now: combatlearning.com/newsletter --- How to contact Ward Hiney... Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Ward4SelfProtection Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hesedmedia/ --- Thank you so much for listening! If you have any feedback, you can email me at josh@combatlearning.com or send me a message on facebook.com/combatlearning. Now real quick before I go -- can I ask you a huge favor? If you got value from this episode, leave us a review on iTunes, Google Podcasts, or your favorite podcasting platform. So many shows pop up and fizzle out, and we're talking about stuff that almost nobody is talking about, so leaving us a review helps us a ton! Thanks in advance, and I'll see you on the next episode! --- Produced by Micah Peacock
01:04:00
May 09, 2020
CLP04 - Self-Guided Learning & the Problem of Purple Belt "Ronins" in BJJ w/ Jestin Icasiano
My guest today is Jestin Icasiano, a Brazilian Jiu-jitsu black belt and instructor under Tony Pacenski. In this episode we explore the power and importance of self-guided learning and discuss the phenomenon of BJJ purple belts going "ronin." This episode will step on some of your toes, but I'm not sorry. If you're excited to jump in, hit subscribe on your podcatcher now! --- Join the CLP Newsletter now: combatlearning.com/newsletter --- Thank you so much for listening! If you have any feedback, you can email me at josh@combatlearning.com or send me a message on facebook.com/combatlearning. Now real quick before I go -- can I ask you a huge favor? If you got value from this episode, leave us a review on iTunes, Google Podcasts, or your favor favorite podcasting platform. So many shows pop up and fizzle out, and we're talking about stuff that almost nobody is talking about, so leaving us a review helps us a ton! Thanks in advance, and I'll see you on the next episode! --- Produced by Micah Peacock
49:31
May 02, 2020
CLP03 - State Sport Development & the Importance of Continuing Education for Martial Arts Coaches w/ Thomas Huskey
My guest today is Master Thomas Huskey, a 4th degree black belt in taekwondo under the Kukkiwon. He is VP of Operations for the NC TKD Federation and the founder of Cyber Taekwondo. In this episode we talk about State Governing Bodies and how they can help coach and student development in the martial arts, with emphasis on the importance of continuing education for coaches. We also talk about how Olympic taekwondo isn't actually a game of flippy kicks and why you should reassess it. This episode covers a lot of ground and might challenge you in unexpected ways. So if you're excited to dive in, hit the subscribe button on your podcatcher now. --- Join the CLP Newsletter now: combatlearning.com/newsletter --- How to contact Thomas Huskey... NCTKD Facebook: www.facebook.com/nctkd/ Cyber TKD Website: cybertaekwondo.com  --- Thank you so much for listening! If you have any feedback, you can email me at josh@combatlearning.com or send me a message on facebook.com/combatlearning. Now real quick before I go -- can I ask you a huge favor? If you got value from this episode, leave us a review on iTunes, Google Podcasts, or your favor favorite podcasting platform. So many shows pop up and fizzle out, and we're talking about stuff that almost nobody is talking about, so leaving us a review helps us a ton! Thanks in advance, and I'll see you on the next episode! --- Produced by Micah Peacock
01:18:58
April 25, 2020
CLP02 - The Innovative "Flipped Classroom Model": Enhancing Martial Arts Instruction with Technology w/ Bruce Hoyer
My guest today is Bruce Hoyer,  Head Coach at the Next Edge MMA Academy and an innovator in BJJ practice design. In this episode we talk about his unique "flipped classroom model" approach to running BJJ classes and designing curriculum as well as how coaches can use technology to enhance their training programs. The material in this episode is a lot of fun to think about. So if you're excited to jump in, hit that subscribe button on your favorite podcatcher. --- Join the CLP Newsletter now: combatlearning.com/newsletter --- How to contact Bruce Hoyer... Website: nextedgeacademy.com YouTube: youtube.com/user/nextedgeacademy --- Thank you so much for listening! If you have any feedback, you can email me at josh@combatlearning.com or send me a message on facebook.com/combatlearning. Now real quick before I go -- can I ask you a huge favor? If you got value from this episode, leave us a review on iTunes, Google Podcasts, or your favor favorite podcasting platform. So many shows pop up and fizzle out, and we're talking about stuff that almost nobody is talking about, so leaving us a review helps us a ton! Thanks in advance, and I'll see you on the next episode! --- Produced by Micah Peacock
48:42
April 17, 2020
CLP01 - Vision in Motor Control & the Constraints-led Approach to Motor Learning w/ Rob Gray
My guest today is Dr. Rob Gray, the associate professor and program chair of human engineering at Arizona State University. He's also the host of my favorite show, the Perception & Action Podcast. In this episode we talk about the role of vision in motor control and how you can harness the power of the Constraints-led Approach to Motor Learning to improve your martial arts training. This one is packed full of useful information. So if you're excited to dive in, hit that subscribe button on your favorite podcatcher. --- Join the CLP Newsletter now: combatlearning.com/newsletter --- How to contact Rob Gray... Website: perceptionaction.com Twitter: @ShakeyWaits Instagram: facebook.com/perceptionactionpodcast/ --- Thank you so much for listening! If you have any feedback, you can email me at josh@combatlearning.com or send me a message on facebook.com/combatlearning. Now real quick before I go -- can I ask you a huge favor? If you got value from this episode, leave us a review on iTunes, Google Podcasts, or your favor favorite podcasting platform. So many shows pop up and fizzle out, and we're talking about stuff that almost nobody is talking about, so leaving us a review helps us a ton! Thanks in advance, and I'll see you on the next episode! --- Produced by Micah Peacock
49:47
April 17, 2020
CLP00 - Intro to Combat & Motor Learning [START HERE]
Join our email newsletter, never miss an episode, and get a FREE PDF copy of my ebook, "An Introduction to Motor Learning for Martial Artists:"  Click combatlearning.com/intro now to join! --- Welcome to the Combat Learning Podcast episode 0! This is an introductory episode meant to frame what this show is all about and get you up to speed on some important concepts we’ll be discussing throughout the podcast. We define and discuss these important, recurring Combat Learning topics: The science of motor learning & how it can help us become and create vastly better martial artists Performance & why it's important for validating learning Motor skills A basic motor skill classification system to help us understand what we’re dealing with when we try to understand martial arts skills And perhaps the most important concept: Transfer of Learning --- NOTE: Combat Learning is a brand new podcast, so you will find that these early episodes make a few shifts in format as they go along. This is normal for new podcasts because we’re finding our groove. On that point, your patience and feedback is much appreciated. While most of the content will be interviews, I'll be experimenting with other content styles as well, so be sure to let me know what you like and don't like. If you have feedback for me, leave a message at facebook.com/combatlearning or email me at josh@combatlearning.com. --- If you think this show will bring value to you as a teacher or learner, please subscribe to the podcast feed now! (For those of you listening to this pre-launch, the Combat Learning Podcast officially releases on April 17th, 2020) This podcast was produced by Micah Peacock SEE YOU ALL ON EPISODE ONE!
10:11
April 11, 2020