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The Combat Learning Podcast is about applying scientific research and practical experience to better teach and learn martial arts. We're talking about the most cutting-edge methodologies of effective training, discovered through the lens of some of the best thinkers inside and outside of the martial arts community. Continue Reading >>
The Combat Learning Podcast is about applying scientific research and practical experience to better teach and learn martial arts. We're talking about the most cutting-edge methodologies of effective training, discovered through the lens of some of the best thinkers inside and outside of the martial arts community. << Show Less
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CLP28 - Taekwondo Shoptalk #2: Toward a Constraints-led Approach w/ Greg Koval Join the email list now: combatlearning.com/newsletter
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Today I'm joined again by Greg Koval, a 6th dan in taekwondo and owner of Devil Dog Martial Arts.

In this episode, Greg and I catch up from when he first appeared on Combat Learning. Since then, Greg has taken the Constraints-led Approach and overhauled his entire curriculum to great success. We also talk about training terminology and other problems going on in the taekwondo training world.

If you're excited to jump in, hit the subscribe button on your podcatcher and enjoy the show.
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Find Greg:

YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCh5-5RJmb96cYOH8lgykHsw
Website: https://www.devildogmartialarts.com/
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Produced by Micah Peacock
Intro Theme by Micah Peacock
Outro Music is Synergy by Juche

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CLP28 - Taekwondo Shoptalk #2: Toward a Constraints-led Approach w/ Greg Koval Join the email list now: combatlearning.com/newsletter
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Today I'm joined again by Greg Koval, a 6th dan in taekwondo and owner of Devil Dog Martial Arts.

In this episode, Greg and I catch up from when he first appeared on Combat Learning. Since then, Greg has taken the Constraints-led Approach and overhauled his entire curriculum to great success. We also talk about training terminology and other problems going on in the taekwondo training world.

If you're excited to jump in, hit the subscribe button on your podcatcher and enjoy the show.
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Find Greg:

YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCh5-5RJmb96cYOH8lgykHsw
Website: https://www.devildogmartialarts.com/
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Produced by Micah Peacock
Intro Theme by Micah Peacock
Outro Music is Synergy by Juche

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Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/combatlearning/message
CLP27 - Premodern, Modern, & Transmodern Views of Martial Arts Training w/ Sanko Lewis Join the email list now: combatlearning.com/newsletter
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Today I'm joined by Dr. Sanko Lewis, a 5th dan in ITF Taekwon-Do and a martial arts academic residing in South Korea.

In this episode, Sanko walks us through different views of what martial arts are and how they conceive of authority in regard to determining effectiveness in training. He divides these views into three major categories:

- Premodern (or pre-rational), which is the ancient view of martial arts
- Modern (or rational), which encompasses systems founded in the 19th and early 20th centuries, usually from a modernist pedagogical philosophy standpoint
- Transmodern (or trans-rational), which is a view of martial arts that seeks to use rational ideas about training while appreciating premodern traditions.

I think many would classify me as someone who advocates a modern or rational approach to training, but I have a lot of criticism of it. While I do advocate for more scientifically-based training approaches, I do not support a philosophically modernist pedagogy. At any rate, this is a fascinating discussion, and many martial arts that we think of as traditional actually have a foot in more than one of these categories.

Link to original article: https://sooshimkwan.blogspot.com/2020/12/pre-rational-rational-trans-rational.html
Dr. Lewis' follow-up article (concept is mentioned in episode): https://sooshimkwan.blogspot.com/2022/01/what-is-postmodern-martial-art.html

So if you're excited to jump in, hit the subscribe button on your podcatcher and enjoy the show.
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Find Dr. Sanko Lewis:

Website: sooshimkwan.blogspot.com
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Produced by Micah Peacock
Intro Theme by Micah Peacock
Outro Music is Synergy by Juche

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CLP26 - Autogenic Training & Stress Inoculation for Self-Defense & Sport w/ Todd Fossey Join the email list now: combatlearning.com/newsletter
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Today I'm joined by Todd Fossey, founder of Integrated Defensive Strategies and a leading figure in the combatives community.

In this episode, Todd unpacks how to systematically inoculate yourself against the stress caused by the fight or flight state during high pressure situations. We also discuss the problems with typical reality-based self-defense approaches to this process as well as issues in affective and representative learning designs for training.

If you're excited to jump in, hit the subscribe button on your podcatcher and enjoy the show.
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Find Todd Fossey:

Website: https://thisisids.com/
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Produced by Micah Peacock
Intro Theme by Micah Peacock
Outro Music is Synergy by Juche

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CLP25 - Simulating Competition, Using Points in Constraints-led Training, & Predictive vs. Prospective Motor Control w/ Alan Dunton Join the email list now: combatlearning.com/newsletter
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Today I'm joined by Alan Dunton, a PhD in skill acquisition, human performance specialist, and lecturer at TUDublin. He also has a background in ITF taekwondo.

In this episode, we discuss a couple important studies done on self-organization and how to simulate a more realistic level of anxiety to competition. Then we discuss how the point system for sport taekwondo can be manipulated to aid constraints-led training of specific tactics without over-constraining learners. Finally, we clear up how to understand the difference between predictive and prospective control of movement, which is one of the key divides between Information Processing and Ecological Dynamics theories of motor control and learning.

If you're excited to jump in, hit the subscribe button on your podcatcher and enjoy the show.
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Find Alan Dunton:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AlanDunton
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Produced by Micah Peacock
Intro Theme by Micah Peacock
Outro Music is Synergy by Juche

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CLP23 - Balancing Representative Practice & Safety: Ecological Dynamics for MMA, Part 1 w/ Scott Sievewright Join the email list now: combatlearning.com/newsletter
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Today we're joined by Scott Sievewright, host of the Primal MMA podcast and an MMA striking coach who teaches a striking program almost entirely on an Ecological Dynamics or constraints-led approach to motor learning.

In part 1 of 2, Scott and I work through why Ecological Dynamics is so hard to get the hang of. We have a discussion on how to balance representativeness and safety in training, since greater levels of representativeness make training more like competition and thus more risky. We also talk about when more isolated training methods might be warranted.

If you're excited to jump in, hit the subscribe button on your podcatcher now and enjoy the show.
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Find Scott Sievewright & Primal MKE:

Website/Blog: www.primalmke.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/primal.mke
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChx8iNb2b8VSBrAoEybCLpw
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Produced by Micah Peacock
Intro Theme by Micah Peacock
Outro Music is Synergy by Juche

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CLP24 - The Opportunity Cost of Traditional Training Methods: Ecological Dynamics for MMA, Part 2 w/ Scott Sievewright Join the email list now: combatlearning.com/newsletter
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In part 2 of 2, Scott Sievewright returns to discuss the opportunity cost of traditional training methods. For those who haven't heard that term used for training, opportunity cost basically refers to the benefits to learning that we're potentially missing by spending time that *could* have been used on live training methods to do dead, formal, or isolated training methods instead.

We also talk about the problem with copying elite coaches and how our biases surrounding them has screwed up talent development pipelines inside of combat sports and led to resistance to new and scientific ideas in training methodology.

If you're excited to jump in, hit the subscribe button on your podcatcher and enjoy the show.
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Find Scott Sievewright & Primal MKE:

Website/Blog: www.primalmke.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/primal.mke
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChx8iNb2b8VSBrAoEybCLpw
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Produced by Micah Peacock
Intro Theme by Micah Peacock
Outro Music is Synergy by Juche

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Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/combatlearning/message
CLP22 - Live Practice IS for Beginners: Martial Arts Red Pills, Part 2 w/ Daniel Marino Try Martial Arts on Rails -- the easiest gym management software you'll ever use -- 30 days FREE, no credit card or sales call required: combatlearning.com/rails
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Daniel Marino, 4th dan in tang soo do and founder of The Naihanchi Project, returns today to talk about training progressions in traditional martial arts.

In part 2 of 2, we scrutinize the logic, or lack thereof, behind highly isolated, scripted, and formal exercises that are often strung together as some pertained middle ground between basics forms practice and free sparring. These intermediary exercises bloat curriculum and delay experience in the most practical learning methods available: sparring and live drilling. As the up and coming generation of martial arts masters, we have a responsibility not to pass down these ineffective time-wasters down to the next generation of martial artists, our students.

If you're excited to jump in, hit the subscribe button on your podcatcher now and enjoy the show.
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Find the Naihanchi Project:

Facebook: facebook.com/naihanchiproject/
YouTube: https://youtube.com/channel/UC21N7Ijp_uq8dok6CKxpO7Q
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Produced by Micah Peacock
Intro Theme by Micah Peacock
Outro Music is Synergy by Juche

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CLP21 - Traditional Martial Arts is a Modern Western Idea: Martial Arts Red Pills, Part 1 w/ Daniel Marino Try Martial Arts on Rails -- the easiest gym management software you'll ever use -- 30 days FREE, no credit card or sales call required: combatlearning.com/rails
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My guest today is Daniel Marino, a 4th dan in tang soo do, and the founder of the Naihanchi Project.

In part 1 of 2, Daniel and I discuss our process of coming up through the ranks in Korean martial arts and how we both came to the conclusion that its time for a renovation of the way we train and think about martial arts. Of particular interest is a historical discussion on the origins of the pedagogical approach we now think of as a traditional martial arts program. In fact, as you'll hear, it's a Western idea from the modernist way of thinking.

If you're excited to jump in, hit the subscribe button on your podcatcher now and enjoy the show.
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Find the Naihanchi Project:

Facebook: facebook.com/naihanchiproject/
YouTube: https://youtube.com/channel/UC21N7Ijp_uq8dok6CKxpO7Q
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Produced by Micah Peacock
Intro Theme by Micah Peacock
Outro Music is Synergy by Juche
CLP Season 2 Capstone SIGNUP TO THE EMAIL LIST TODAY: combatlearning.com/transfer
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This is the season 2 capstone episode, covering:

Thoughts on season 2
Updates on release cadence
Preview of upcoming content (season 3)
Make sure to check show notes for guest contact info
Get on the email list if you aren't already!
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