We take a few moments to officially welcome you to the Retreat, and the Crazy Monkey Defense Certification Camp. It’s also the opportunity to meet everyone else who will be attending and the coaching staff for the 5-days of intensive training.
In this section of training we focus on three key areas needed to build a world-class, sustainable, stand-up game. These are namely, the development of the Hunchback Fighting Platform, 4-Dimensionsal Footwork, and the Diving Board Straight Strikes. In addition, we spend time in understanding not only the physical dimensions of these tools, but the psychophysiological impact they have on the human performance system.
The hallmark of Crazy Monkey Defense and what made the program famous is its unique use of defense. In this section of training we explore why defense is primary and how to deploy the CM1 Defensive action. We equally take time to unpack the psychophysiological ramifications to the human performance system under attack, and the consequences of the ability to psychologically Ride-The-Storm of incoming attacks.
Building off the Diving Board framework of hand striking, we delve deeper into alternative ways of striking applied at a distance. This includes looking closely at how Crazy Monkey delivers and deploys the hook, uppercut, overhand and body jab.
As we sit around having a traditional Thai dinner together, both Rodney and Eric will explore the unique facets of the Crazy Monkey Defense System. From its inception as a fighting only platform born on the unforgiving streets of Johannesburg – to its modern approach of integrating life performance coaching into its practice.
The first place for anyone to begin developing their stand-up striking game is at a distance. In this section of training we delve into Crazy Monkey’s methodology of range management, how it applies to what has already been covered, and further, deploying it as a viable fighting strategy.
On day one we already began to look at the CM1 hand defensive system. Now, continuing on from dealing with straight line strikes, we look at CM1 Defensive as an operational defensive action to cover all possible lines of attack from the mid-line up.
This is a fun, but sobering team outing, where we will visit the local temple school. The boys at this school all come from disadvantaged backgrounds, who the Abott has graciously given them the opportunity to gain an education. We will witness their daily breakfast ritual, and walk to the top of the mound which offers an amazing view of Rayong, along with some more quaint temples.
We look at various ways to drill Crazy Monkey Boxing safely. This includes, tips on holding the mitts properly and various available drills.
What does it take to be a great coach? Running your own studio isn’t simply about teaching, but it is equally about leading. Eric will delve into these complimentary topics drawing from his academic background where he earned his masters in Coaching and Leadership.
Crazy Monkey Defense is a striking based program, but we also believe that kicks have there place. Nowhere is the more evident than in self-preservation. During this two hour session, you will learn high percentage kicks for self-preservation (which are also easy to teach others) and how to defend them.
Most people struggle with learning how to kick. It’s even harder when they have to bring it together with their hands (i.e. boxing). You will be shown key flow kickboxing drills, that will both enhance your own personal game, but allow you to teach ‘street’ kickboxing to your future students.
Why are you doing this? Why did you come all the way to Thailand for this experience? Knowing who you are, and why you are doing what you do requires self-awareness. More than that, developing a key personal philosophy grounded on your values, will keep you inspired when the journey gets tough. Teaching day in and day out isn’t easy. Running a training group, or full time studio isn’t easy. But having a personal philosophy can make the bumps in the road more smoother.
One of the key aspects of the combat athletic training (i.e., The Mat) we offer our students is that everything we teach crosses over to the realities of dealing with interpersonal violence (i.e., The Street). In this section of training we begin to look at how a person should show up, or use their body posture when dealing with an potential conflict. This includes, an understanding of not only the physical, but the psychological, emotional and biological components as well.
Building off the BEAR position we now look at a reflexive cover that can be taught to virtually anyone, even if they have never trained in any kind of martial arts before. We call this the 3PC2. Building this firstly out of the BEAR position, we then take it further, and look at this defensive covers role in an ambush, or in a supporting role of the CM1 hand defensive action.
The worst thing that can happen to a stand-up fighter is been taken to the ground. Not only that, when we talk about self-preservation, and the potential for multiple attackers, getting back to your feet is paramount. In this section of training we look at hard won knowledge learned from the street, and what really works in getting back up to face the threat.
While this trainers certification program focuses primarily on developing and applying the distance game, we recognize that when teaching female students they will be concerned about how to deal with someone if they are grabbed. In this section of training we explore defense against grabs in detail.
What do you really know, and what do your students need to know? We explore the best way to approach to subject of dealing with interpersonal violence, what you should be teaching, and Crazy Monkey’s approach to the topic.
We firmly believe that without resistance, in other words sparring, neither you, nor your students will be adequately prepared to deploy your martial skills when needed. In addition, the life performance philosophy we have covered over the 5-days of intensive training isn’t possible either, unless what you are training is real. With that said, we will introduce you to our PLAY Model so sparring can be fun, rewarding, but most importantly safe.
On the 4th day in the evening of the camp, we will draw from a hat various topics of CORE16 that have been covered thus far. In this session, you will present a ten minute presentation that you prepared on the topic you drew from the hat the night before. Think of this as a little bit of fun, but also an opportunity to show the rest of the attendants at the camp, and us your coaches what you have learned.
In this session, we give you key insights into what is required to run a successful Crazy Monkey program.
In this session we discuss what you can do with the material you have learned, using Crazy Monkey’s intellectual property, recognizing your students in the CMD system and how to develop your Crazy Monkey skills to the next level.