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Standards and Ranks for the Modern Combat System

Training with MCMA

LOGOMCMAMCMA has a unique training experience, for those who don’t necessarily have time to train all day, every day.  In fact, it’s designed with modularity and distance learning in mind.  MCMA cannot take credit for the content, learning mechanisms, or structure of the lessons, as these are the practices of the White Lotus System of Unarmed Combat.  What MCMA provides are Instructor Services, as mentioned below.

There are three main components to training with MCMA, and they are:

  1. Workshop Training
  2. Online Training (Home Study)
  3. Instructor Services / Training

Here’s how the Workshop Training is structured:

  • Monthly Workshops are by Brian K. Leishman, WLS Founder
  • Monthly workshops have specified dates, posted well in advance.
  • Members are expected to attend these workshops to acquire new content
  • Workshop dates are non-negotiable as Mr. Leishman must fly in to deliver content

Here’s how the Online Training is structured:

Signing up with White Lotus Online is one of the most innovative ways to train martial arts right at home.  By accessing the Online Lessons, Instructional Images, and Videos, members can achieve their goals with confidence.  Belt and Rank evaluations are also performed on a monthly basis, so if you’re ready, get your ranks!

  • Sign up with White Lotus Online
  • Some basic, theoretical content is available for free
  • More advanced content requires a yearly membership

Here’s how the Instructor Services are structured:

There are several highly qualified instructors able to impart content, and assess skill levels.  With Modern Combat Martial Arts, people can work with instructors in the Toronto West area to attain skills on a weekly basis.  Lessons comprise of the following:

  • Imparting or reviewing content relevant to Workshops (eg. the study of Martial arts Positions)
  • Performing exercises relevant to course content
  • Assessing the completion of course content

If you’re interested in working with a qualified MCMA instructor, please send us an email and let us know!

Ranking System


White Belt Ranks: These ranks are associated with the study ofbiomechanical positionsguarding positionsstriking positionsblocking positionsparrying positionsgrappling positions, and throwing positions.

Yellow Belt Ranks: These ranks are associated with the study ofbiomechanical actionsguarding actionsstriking actionsblocking actionsparrying actionsgrappling actions, and throwing actions.

Orange Belt Ranks: These ranks are associated with the study ofbiomechanical presentationsguarding presentationsstriking presentationsblocking presentationsparrying presentationsgrappling presentations, and throwing presentations.

Green Belt Ranks: These ranks are associated with the study of techniquesguarding techniques,striking techniquesblocking techniquesparrying techniquesgrappling techniques, and throwing techniques.

Blue Belt Ranks: These ranks are associated with the study of tacticsguarding tacticsstriking tactics,blocking tacticsparrying tacticsgrappling tactics, and throwing tactics.

Brown Belt Ranks: These ranks are associated with the study of strategiesguarding strategies,striking strategiesblocking strategiesparrying strategiesgrappling strategies, and throwing strategies.

Black Belt Ranks: These ranks are associated with the completions of the system’s skill sets; guarding skillsstriking skillsblocking skillsparrying skillsgrappling skills, and throwing skills.


Ranks And Standards

What is a martial art rank? I define the term as being; “1. the official standing than an individual holds within the martial art community. 2. the official standing than an individual holds within some form, or style, of armed combat or unarmed combat“. Allranks, whether symbolized through the use of belts, sashes, or symbolized in some other manner, are awarded according to the subjective attachments of those who adhere to the ideologies and practices they follow. To be clear, there is no style or martial art association that’s recognized by government officials in any country. Knowing this should raise a number of questions. 1) Who is responsible for creating the standards associated with the ideologies and practices imparted to students? 2. What does each rank actually symbolize? 3. Are the standards based on delusional based concepts or reality based concepts?

Well, let me take a few moments to address these questions. To answer the first question, it’s usually the founder of the style that creates the standards associated with the awarded ranks. This raises a question within a question. Who made the first master of the style a master? The answer is simple, the founder did. Even the first martial art master in the Shaolin Temple had to do that. It’s the founder of each style that must take on the responsibility of creating the standards associated with the ranks being awarded. Needless to say, the standards associated with the ranks in each style can vary – and vary they do. To answer the second question, ranks usually symbolize the attainment of knowledge and/or the development of skill. However, this does not hold true in all cases. I have seen people awarded ranks just because time has lapsed by – a means of  acknowledging the student’s devotion. This practice of awarding ranks is not as uncommon as one might think.

To answer the third question, there are ranks in the martial art community associated with delusional based ideologies and ranks associated with reality based ideologies and practices. This raises another question. How does one tell the difference between the two? The answer is simple and very measurable. Delusional based ideologies can neither be abstracted or actualized in the real world. Only reality based ideologies and practices can be abstracted and actualized on this planet. At the end of the day, they’re just standards. My stand on the issue is simple, if the students of a style are happy then I’m happy for them. In closing, let’s not be to critical – maybe a little acceptance of their right to choose is good. After all, it is their life experience.

Brian K Leishman

Please note that some terms do not have a rollover definition. This is due to the context in which the terms are being used. I can not refer to the meaning that other styles may attach to some terms.

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