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MATA Podcast 1

Interview with Tony Robbins 1

Interview with Tony Robbins teaches you how to use martial arts to awaken the giant within.

 Show One–Tony Robbins Interview 1

This first interview with Tony Robbins shares insights he gained from his martial arts experience.

A black belt under the late Jhoon Rhee, Tony talks about raising your standards and your beliefs to create a new focus on success.

All human emotion is controlled by emotions and martial arts is all about emotion, so it can be a strong vehicle for success or a poor excuse for failure.

He also describes the mindset and belief system of Stu Middleman who was running 75 miles a day for fun.

Teach Like a Pro Tip from John Graden

The Principles of an Authoritative Instructor:
How to Give Clear Directions

These lessons are straight from the MATA Certification Course at MATACertification.com

This lesson helps instructors to gain control of their classroom by avoiding vague language and unclear directions.

Tony Robbins Interview 

3:11 How Tony hit rock bottom

3:28 Raise your standards

3:50 Raising your beliefs

4:00 Creating a new focus

5:15 Black Belt Excellence

5:50 Jhoon Rhee

6:00 What are Martial Arts?

6:50 Getting off balance as a martial artist

7:00 Good judgement comes from….

7:30 What Tony Teaches Is…

7:45 Martial arts is all emotion

8:15 All human emotion is controlled by focus

8:30 Focus is controlled by emotions

9:40 The importance or asking the right questions

9:30 He’s feeding his opponents

9:55 Stu Middleman

10:30 Running 75 Miles a day for fun

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  1. karan singh
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    I am really big fan of tony robbins he is a american author, public speaker, life coach. I have Learned so much from him and now from this podcast also i have learned so much about martial art, self defense and thank you for sharing this popcast.

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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  1. karan singh

    I am really big fan of tony robbins he is a american author, public speaker, life coach. I have Learned so much from him and now from this podcast also i have learned so much about martial art, self defense and thank you for sharing this popcast.