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Standards and Ranks for the Modern Combat System
MCMA 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 . What MCMA provides are Instructor Services, as mentioned below. Lotus System of Unarmed Combat
There are three main components to training with MCMA, and they are:
- Workshop Training
- Online Training (Home Study)
- Instructor Services / Training
Here’s how the Workshop Training is structured:
- Monthly Workshops are by Brian K. Leishman, WLS Founder
- Monthly posted well in advance. have specified dates,
- 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 theServices 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 arts Positions)
- exercises relevant to course content
- Assessing the completion of course content
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White Belt Ranks: These ranks are associated with the study ofbiomechanical positions; guarding positions, striking positions, blocking positions, parrying positions, grappling positions, and throwing positions.
Orange Belt Ranks: These ranks are associated with the study ofbiomechanical presentations; guarding presentations, striking presentations, blocking presentations, parrying presentations, grappling presentations, and throwing presentations.
Green Belt Ranks: These ranks are associated with the study of techniques; guarding techniques,striking techniques, blocking techniques, parrying techniques, grappling techniques, and throwing techniques.
Brown Belt Ranks: These ranks are associated with the study of strategies; guarding strategies,striking strategies, blocking strategies, parrying strategies, grappling strategies, and throwing strategies.
Black Belt Ranks: These ranks are associated with the completions of the system’s skill sets; guarding skills, striking skills, blocking skills, parrying skills, grappling skills, and throwing skills.
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.
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.