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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!

MCMA – Striking Skills

MCMA members should know that the expression striking skills is a label that’s used to identify a specific series of courses. In this system, striking skills are defined as “1. a specific group of art form skills used to symbolize the process of hitting an opponent’s body or parts of it. 2. a specific group of combative skills used in the actual process of hitting an opponent’s body or parts of it”. As a student, your overall focus should not just be on learning the biomechanical events, art form events, or combative events associated with the striking sub-studies. Rather, your overall focus should be directed towards absorbing, accepting, and adopting the physical processes, mental processes, and/or emotional processes that are associated with the striking events.

What’s in a Crane Stance?

Day Two of the basic skill development workshop tonight conducted by Brian K. Leishman. The overall focus is on the attributes associated with single leg stances (e.g. crane stances). These biomechanical positions are used in the lower body region to guardstrikeblock, and parrying.

Ever wondered why you don’t see many Crane (single leg) Stances in professional fighting?  Try to recall the last time you ever saw someone in a professional fighting league such as the UFC, where either combatant used an efficient and effective Crane Stance?  Probably never.

There is a real reason for this.  The answer is that people do not use what they don’t believe will work for them.  This applies to any subject matter in any industry, but especially within the Combative Arts.

Within our system we often speak of “Professional Kata” demonstrations, where world class masters of style display their various forms.  But interestingly enough, we never see those same forms used when those same individuals begin to fight or spar.  Why?  Because they can’t make it work.

But just because millions of people are doing something wrong, doesn’t make it right.  Nor does it discount the fact that it’s possible to utilize these forms in an effective combative manor.  If you’d like to understand how to do this, I recommend attending our next workshop.

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