Curriculum

Tactical Internal Martial Arts Teacher Training Course
by Hal Mosher and Allen Pittman

(Certification after successful completion of all intensives)

“The Way Is In Training” – Musashi

Tactical Intensive 1 (January 16-18 2010/First Quarter): Secrets of Leg Training

Standing on carjacks

  • Day 1: Morning Session
    • Meditation
    • The feet, the legs and “rooting” through the leg— and training the muscles-non stepping techniques.
    • Here we look at training the sole of the foot through Wan Lai-sheng’s stakes.
    • The heel, the sole and the front of the sole.
  • Day 1: Afternoon Session
    • Yoga Nidra
    • Thai Massage focusing on the Feet and the legs from the front of the body.
    • Exercises which use both leg flexibility and strength; rising and falling on the same leg.
    • The full squat, with and without weight, variations on it-what not to do—what to do- and the variations on jumping with divisions of the spine muscles. ie learning to jump using various muscle Groups and then putting them together.
    • Standing over the middle of the foot in shoulder width stance: finding the center of your body and aligning it with your root by shifting the weight forward and back form the heel to the toes and then from one leg to the other.
  • Day 2: Morning Session
    • Meditation
    • Moving step training and conditioning
    • Stepping, sinking, kicking, the role of single weighting and it’s relationship to the head, telegraphing movements to an opponent, luring an opponent. When to lean, how to lean and when and why NOT to lean. All considering the safety of the head.
    • Practical kicking techniques from around the world: Tae kwon Do, Savate, Pentjak, Ba-gua, Hsing-I, Shaolin, Tai Chi-what is different? What is the same?
    • To lift the leg without lifting the body: feeling some the body go down in the foot without using the upper body.
  • Day 2: Afternoon Session
    • Yoga Nidra
    • Thai massage techniques on the back of foot and legs
    • Shaolin 3 step on triangle-moving on the ball of the foot
    • A look at form fragments and application drills.
    • Hsing-I Dragon for vertical jump (using arms for balance)
    • Hsing-I Thai for horizontal jump (using arms for balance)
  • Day 3: Morning Session
    • Synthesize and combine all previous training and drills.
    • Bagua Linear 41 and 44 as a study for learning to kick with different parts of the feet.
  • Day 3: Afternoon Session
    • Meditation
    • Tai Chi golden rooster for developing root in the stable foot.
    • Tai Chi single handed push hands drill to test single weighted stance and develop flexibility in the waist.

Tactical Intensive 2 (May 2010/Second Quarter): The Torso

  • Day 1: Morning Session
    • Meditation
    • Examination for skills retained from previous workshop on Legs
    • Introduction to the spine and it’s anatomy-the significance of the neck in both boxing and groundwork. Blocking strangles and face punches with shoulders.
    • Warm ups, Hackenschmidt, bench press from full bridge.
    • Floor exercise for “breaking open” the stiff spine esp. around the hip and low back
    • Wisdom of the Body exercises-use of reptilian and mammal parts of the brain
    • Egyptian Yoga to strengthen spine in  four directions
    • Egyptian Yoga advanced with pummeling balls for strike inoculation.
  • Day 1: Afternoon Session
    • Yoga Nidra
    • Thai massage for the back
    • Chinese “Iron Shirt” danger of stiff trunk even with medicine.
    • Use of Oil as insulator to prevent over fatigue.  Ash or clay as anti infective.
    • The concept of Vital Points, where and perhaps “when”.
    • How to open the points by stretching the torso.
  • Day 2: Morning Session
    • Meditation
    • How to defend/ attack with the torso-use of the head to feint-rotation of trunk in defense
    • When to lean, how to lean and why to lean.
    • Usefulness of “uprightness” Tai Chi’s “Chung Ding”…Western Boxing, Chinese  Wrestling on “leaning”.
    • Weaponry  leaning-why and how.
    • Push and Pull training with leaning and without
  • Day 2: Afternoon Session
    • Yoga Nidra
    • Thai massage for the shoulder and side of the hip
    • Hitting with the shoulder, how and where and from what angles and come ons
    • Hitting with the hip, how and where
    • Hitting with the midriff on leaning postures, how and where (usually to begin taking the leg)
    • turning the back while pressing the opponent backward
    • use of elbows and knees as linked to torso
  • Day 3: Morning Session
    • Meditation
    • Combining all the Torso training
    • Looking at how the shoulder strike develops the elbow strike and eventually the hand.
    • Working various shoulder hip attacks with pads
  • Day 3: Afternoon Session
    • Yoga Nidra
    • Thai Massage review for back and shoulders
    • Finally adding all the kicking and rooting principles with little or no use of hands.
    • Looking at angles of steps to change pitch of strike with the torso
    • Review of topics covered

Tactical Intensive 3 (September 2010/Third Quarter): The Arms & Hands

  • Day 1: Morning Session
    • Meditation
    • Examination on skills from previous workshops on Legs AND Torso
    • Introduction to arm and scapulae, hand and wrist anatomy
    • Warming up the joints with Egyptian Yoga and hand exercises (as done in prev workshop)
    • Variations on a theme-the push up and the pull up as primary exercises, push up from india,Iran,Sun Salutation, Prostration, variations on circle
    • work with weapon or weighted stick/club/shot putt-as secondary exercise
    • “stone chair”
    • partner work to strengthen arms
  • Day 1: Afternoon Session
    • Yoga Nidra
    • Thai massage for hands and arms
    • Weapons. (Sword , Stick, knife,shield,cloak
    • partner work to sensitize arms. Tai Chi/Wing chun/Hsing I.
    • Wrestling techniques against arms and wrist, finger, shoulder.
  • Day 2: Morning Session
    • Meditation
    • Primary strikes (no pulls) with and without weapons. Feet together in beginning then step/lunge/jump eight directions hitting up and down as well as outward-to front side and back. Do one bag or mitt or foam shield. No hand protection.
    • Backhand, forehand three primary heights, straight thrust with variations from boxing, karate, hsing-I, Shaolin
  • Day 2: Afternoon Session
    • Yoga Nidra
    • Thai Massage review
    • Investigate ALL hand and fist surfaces and open hand variations note limitations and target function.
    • Chop/clamp/forearm/elbow at three heights from both directions (can use 4-6oz or one pound weight-use carefully).
    • Detail on body targets and use of striking surfaces and textures and weights of bags, water bags, sand, beans, shot etc.. Hand linament.
    • Pulling and Grasping all around the body, use pulleys or sling light weight or wrestlers sand bags.
    • Pull opponents cloth or skin. Investigate in detail.
    • Investigate the difference between striking with a relaxed hand and a taught one
  • Day 3: Morning Session
    • Meditation
    • Combining hand training both hit and push and pull and grasp, squeeze/pinch. Use oil and linament.
    • Add weapons.
  • Day 3: Afternoon Session
    • Yoga nidra
    • Combine with Torso techniques and leg techniques.
    • Review all Thai massage techniques

Tactical Intensive 4 (November 2010/Fourth Quarter): “Chinese Boxing” in the old tradition

  • Day 1: Morning Session
    • Meditation
    • Review/Examination of all previous workshops; Legs, feet, torso/neck, hands, arms
    • Shaolin Chin Na for working with the hands and locks
    • Tai Chi, Da lu two man drills focusing on the elbows and the shoulder while reviewing different hand strikes
  • Day 1: Afternoon Session
    • Yoga Nidra
    • Review whole body thai massage techniques with pressure points
    • Ba gua  two person drills using some of the linear 64 with an emphasis on the last four houses
    • Hsingi two man drills with the five fists to synchronize advancing and retreating with distance and timing.
  • Day 2: Morning Session
    • Meditation
    • Combined Attacks and combined defenses empty handed only.
    • Cross referencing all the targets with the best methods for attacking them
  • Day 2: Afternoon Session
    • Yoga Nidra
    • Thai Massage pressure points continued
    • Looking at counters to some of these attacks.
  • Day 3: Morning Session
    • Meditation
    • Combined with weapons ( weapon in each hand against empty hand)
    • Looking at some of the 64 linear with sticks at the targets
  • Day 3: Afternoon Session
    • Yoga nidra
    • Thai massage organ system with pressure points review.
    • Looking at the Hsing-I with knives at the targets
    • Looking at Bagua with the staff and the targets and methods to train attacking them

Examination/Review issuance of certificates.