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19. Mark Moore–Show Notes (Click to see)

:30 Why Mark started martial arts

4:00 Why Mark left martial arts

5:25 What motivated him to return to the arts

5:50 How he organized his curriculum and rank process

8:00 School stats prior to COVID

8:15 Why curriculum has to be easy to learn post COVID

9:00 How he teaches only two classes a night with 50 kids in each.

10:00 How you can consistently engage a veteran black belt in the same class as a gold belt?

10:30 Traditional martial arts adds complexity

11:30 what has been limiting the martial arts in the USA for over 50 years

12:00 how advice from Leadership Expert John Maxwell helped Mark grow his school

12:45 Defining the Student Centric School vs Style Centric

13:50 Why schools would benefit from being future focused rather than focused on out-date training methods

14:20 What Mark advises school owners to do to recover from COVID-19 

15:00 How he grew his school to 450 students without a sales system or paid marketing

15:35 How he gives back to the community and leverages that for growth

17:50 How he kept his school growing during COVID-19

19:00 The single strategy that fuels his success

19:10 Why Mark changed the school name early in the pandemic

20:30 Operation Retention

20:50 How the John Maxwell program helped Mark as a leader

23:30 How he gives 45-minute school speeches for $1,000 each

25:00 Time Management process

27:40 Advice for those planning a school or trying to save their school post COVID-19

29:30 Self Defense for Employees

30:00 the Importance of a service first mindset

30:43 Why it’s hard to go back to traditional martial arts post COVID

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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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