If you want to see the power of a front hand punch, watch the Rich Franklin vs Cung Lee fight on Youtube. Spectacular Front hand knockout by Cung Lee. This fight ends too quickly in the first round leaving a stunned Rich Franklin. When Cung Lee lands his punch he doesn't just hit Franklin with his hand. It is the end result of his rotation of his hip with his whole body behind it. A front hand jab in boxing is used to set up the back hand cross, but in MMA the gloves are a lot smaller and a front hand hook is a very effective counterstrike to use when your opponent has over committed his weight, just like Franklin who was too far forward after a kick. Congratulations Cung Lee for a job well done.
I should also mention that at that crucial moment Rich Franklin had his hands down. Something we all can learn from.
See you in the Dojo- Sensei
What is Core Combat ?
Core Combat (TM) is a program that we at Croton Karate have been developing for over a year. We want to offer our members (or the parents of our members) a fitness program that is powerful, intense and actually teaches striking. Unlike many other martial-cardio programs available, each participant uses his/her own bag and does not take turns. Through the duration of the class participants will knee, strike, kick, sprawl and fight their way to fitness.
Our program uses MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) drills along with theory from Karate and Kung Fu to provide a dynamic and challenging fitness program.
Is Core Combat right for me?
You do not need prior martial arts experience to attend class! Most classes are geared for women only but we are willing to open a Co-Ed class for Saturday mornings. We offer classes five days a week in various time slots. Please check our Calendar for available time-slots.
Hello to all of our Parents, Students, and Future Students:
I want to welcome all of you to my first blog. It is my goal to be able to share thoughts about the Martial Arts with you, provide motivation, history, answer questions, and in general, be a resource and inspiration. I would also like to ask all of you to check back each month, because there will be contests with prizes and other "goodies" planned.
Our belief is that Martial Arts helps people develop better habits
for life. The positive habits students develop in the dojo, always have a direct influence on life outside the dojo. The following are some simple habits that can help students achieve greatness in their Martial Arts training.
Attendance/Commitment: Consistent class attendance and the commitment to practice and improve your skills and abilities. When a student gets in the habit of 2-3 classes per week, you'll soon begin to see steady progress and growth in your journey to Black Belt Excellence.
In life, you don't get very far with a half hearted effort. Big goals are achieved
through committed effort and a persistence to achieve greatness.
Spirit & Energy: When you develop the habit of expressing your eagerness and giving your best energy and effort, you'll soon develop a powerful Black Belt Spirit. When you develop a spirit that does not allow you to quit, it will carry over to all areas of your life.
Basics & Knowledge: Strong basics and fundamental skills are vital to developing confidence in your skills and abilities. Remember, it is always about starting with a strong foundation.
Fitness-Healthy and fit people have healthy and fit habits. Training in Martial Arts is a very well-rounded form of fitness.
Respect-Be a role model and show courtesy and politeness to everyone you meet inside and outside the dojo.
Remember to think about some of your habits, the ones you want to change and the ones that you want to develop.
Happy Training. See you next time.
Sensei and owner of Croton Karate. Sensei has been a student of Martial Arts for over 20 years. He teaches all classes, and knows every child by name. Croton Karate is one big hardworking family.