There is a difference between being a fighter and a trainer. Amazing fighters don’t always make the best trainers. Amazing trainers aren’t always the best fighters. However, we are part of a sport where experienced fighters greatly out number trainers. Fighters are recruiting friends and family into this sport and are trying their best to teach the new generation. For everyone working on developing their own training methods I would suggest the DCV method. D stands for Define. C stands for Choreograph. V stands for Variety.
Start with Defining the skill or problem you want to work on. Do you have a fighter who gets tunnel vision every time he fights? The problem with tunnel vision the fighter lacks situational awareness. That means the skills you need to work on for this example are hit and run, creating space, and head on a swivel. Now that you have identified your skills you will need to zero down with one at a time.
The next step is creating a Choreograph scenario for a “perfect world” setting. It is important to train and practice for the skills you want. That is where drills come in. They may feel slow and boring, but you are training your mind and body for a specific skill. To reprogram the bad habits into good ones. There is no shortcut to this part of training.
When Choreographed drills start to get easy and everything is working perfectly it’s time to add in Variety. Variety slowly eases the fighter back in to real world situations instead of the “perfect world” of drills. Variety can be increasing speed, intensity, footwork, a new strike or block, maybe even add more opponents.
Here is an example of the DCV method in less than a minute. I was working on getting better with blocking, or hand check, with my non-dominate hand. The drill started with a simple attack and block, back and forth. When it became obvious I had the timing down my instructor started adding variety. Eventually our drill evolved into slow sparring and a drill I had started off not being able to do.
A big thank you to Instructor Nelson Pinto for the self defense training. If you want to learn more about Instructor Nelson Pinto’s fighting style visit www.farang-alliance.org.