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Out With the Old, In With the New

A lot of Traditional Systems waste a lot of time kicking air, or working outdated one steps that are essentially statue fighting against unlikely attacks, or repetition for numbers sake.  Many modern systems do a lot of pad drill choreography that doesn't translate to the ring or in self defense or they just show a lot of technique selection.  These are purely ways to waste time from coaches and teachers who don't actually know a lot so they give their fighters a lot of busy work.    

Instead, we use a focused training methodology backed by systems and concepts to help you develop faster.  We never drill for numbers.  Every lesson is purposeful and will help you achieve clear goals that can be instantly implemented and tested in liveness.  

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Framework and Systems

We begin with the framework of the Nemean Fight System, developed by Coach Greg with the intention to achieve the following specific goals: 

  1. Replace the chaos of fighting with structure.

  2. Always put the fight on our terms, where we are dominant over our opponent and overcoming their strongest responses.  Generally this means keeping outside of opponent's hand striking range to pick them apart with kicks and other long range strikes, and as they close the gap to take them down with a chain wrestling system to strike from a superior position.  

  3. Apply pressure tested methods used by fighters at the highest level 

  4. Emphasis on a strong defense that is impenetrable, like the Nemean Lion from which it is named.  

  5. Have clearly identified landmarks that allow fighters to more easily identify positional goals, set traps, limit variables, and create microsystems and background processes

  6. Blend Striking, Takedowns, Clinches, and Grappling into one cohesive system instead of as separate entities.

Building on the Framework

Now with a structure in place, we can begin adding onto it with the application of these development areas to strengthen the overall ability to use that framework or when needed, to deviate from it. 

  1. Principles 

  2. Offensive Combinations

  3. Defensive Counters (FKA One Steps)

  4.  Fundamentals

  5. Attribute Development

  6. Tactics

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Training Methodology

So now it becomes a matter of implementation of the teaching process.  Below you will see a chart (red) that shows all the different ways of teaching, separated from Solo and Partner drills and working from theoretical to resistance.  Each of the training methods teaches a different skill and they should be used in conjunction and in the proper amount at the proper time to achieve results. 

A beginner may spend more time in solo work with mostly Introduction and Isolation of their movements but as they progress they should begin to have more interaction and integration into their larger system.  We believe in using as much liveness in training as possible to help students put their learning to use immediately.  

This means most of our time training is in working in the following areas:

  1. Introduction and Isolation - Learning and developing new techniques and concepts to apply to the system.  Essentially learning the move of the night (week).

  2. Interaction - Using a drill, often based on the Constraints Led Approach (CLA) model.  designed to work interaction.  This comes under the subcategories of limitations on self, limitations on opponent, drilling with goals, or total freedom exploration and learning.  

    • Constraints on the self​

    • Constraints on the opponent

    • External Constraints 

    • Goal based drills

  3. Integration - Total freedom of exploration in sparring where the intention is to find out what works and doesn't work.  

  4.  Taking what was learned from Steps 2 and 3, identifying obstacles, and reworking them in step 1 to be later re-integrated with modifications.

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The Nemean Fight System

The Nemean Fight System starts from an Expanding Contracting Guard with a 2 Boundary System.  From there, we begin to follow the decision tree.

  1.  When we aren't engaged, we are actively feinting.  

  2.  Once we enter into threat range, we begin with opportunism single attacks for pattern setting for setting up combination groupings designed to break the agreement and land finishing techinques, proactive shots, and clinches.

  3. We actively use luring and funneling to draw in counters based on buckets of pressure and depending on early or late reaction, either defend and reset, counter, or do a reactive shot. 

  4. If engaged in reactive/proactive shot, use chain wrestling to complete the takedown, get ground control and strike, then get back to feet.

  5. If taken down, use fundamental BJJ to get back to your feet.

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