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John Graden

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How to Make 2016 Your Break Out Year.

Your Coach: Greg Silva

Note: Please share with your friends in the martial arts business.

The Martial Arts Teachers’ Association is proud to announce a very special partnership with martial arts business legend, Greg Silva.

A martial arts millionaire since age 41, Greg Silva is one of the most consistently successful martial arts professionals in the USA. He is a master of creating systems for success around every aspect of running a martial arts school.

His new program is 50 Students in 90-Days. It’s a six-week course with video, audio, checklists, and direct training with Greg himself.

How good is this course? The first class had 26 school owners. Here is a note from one of them. Read how his investment in this course already generated over $4,000 for his school!

Update on 50 students in 90 days.

I did a buddy day on Monday 1/11. We produced 37 referral cards. Buddy day on Monday brought in 3 families, two of which joined and the other has an intro scheduled for next week.

As of today (Thursday 1/14) I have 10 birthday parties scheduled. I’ve collected $750 from scheduling parties and will have many chances to schedule intros from these parties.

I’ve done a couple of renewals this month from my list and I had a BBC sign up last night and collected a PID for $3726 (10% off). I have 2 more BBC conferences scheduled for next week. I have 2 intros scheduled for next week also! -Dan

Class two is starting to fill up. Click on the button to find out more and to listen to five recorded interviews to learn the Greg Silva systems on:

1. Trial Lessons

2. Time Management

3. Pillars of Marketing

4. Coaching

5. Greg Silva’s Story

Notice Tyson’s hand is by his face, not his hip.

His chin is down instead of up.

His shoulder is up instead of pulled back.

His body is sideways to his opponent instead of squared off.

His legs are under his body not spread apart like he was riding a horse.

With this kind of form, he would fail his orange belt exam in most schools. 

How does that make any sense?

Sensei Tyson?

If Mike Tyson or a world champion kickboxer came to your school to teach your black belts. What do you think he would work on? Double punches, square blocks, and keeping your chin up?

I’m pretty sure he would emphasize head movement, how to snap your punches and a defense that does NOT include pulling your punch back to your hip.

I’m sure the students would learn advanced applications to adjust for different fighters. Notice I said advanced applications, not advanced strikes.

When you focus on application, you can apply that to almost any technique.

For instance, if the drill is about how to fight a taller fighter, the answer is more about footwork to stay on the outside until you can secure quick access. My brothers are 6′ 3″ and 6′ 4″ so I know something about fighting a taller opponent.

Drills that teach that application do not require complexity. They require simplicity.

The more complex a skill becomes, the less chance it can be used. Have you ever seen a double punch? Only in kata and here:

If you eliminated all kata and traditional skills, you could devote that time to drills and conditioning that would give your students a true advantage in sparring or self-defense.

Imagine teaching fewer skills that are easy to teach and learn than traditional skills and kata.

You could spend more time on the application of those skills rather than stepping up and down the classroom and holding blocks and punches out in the air, which leaves you wide open for a counterattack.

Rather than spending student’s time with the complexity and frustration of spending years perfecting the bad habits of pulling their hand back to their hip, keeping their chin up, aiming and holding a punch in the air, and blocking with power while stepping forward, your retention will improve. Your student quality will improve. Your curriculum consistency will improve.

This is the core of our white to black belt curriculum Empower Kickboxing.

It’s an old saying, but true. “Less is best.”

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