Arena MMA Pro Fighter Jefferson Creighton @jeffcreighton prepares for his 5th professional fight in Texarkana, Arkansas at Peak Fighting 7! Jeff started his amateur career with us and was the #1 ranked amateur in California. Now he is building his pro career on his way to the big show!
Coach Charles Martinez: We have Jeff Creighton fighting at Peak Fighting 7 in Texarkana, Arkansas, looking for his fourth pro win fighting the town’s local guy, a lot of fights to a decent record. Jeff’s going out there just to get a fight while we’re here stuck in California, we haven’t really had any local shows, pro shows, and he’s a young pro trying to build his record up. So got to get on the road to get fights. Jeff’s usually a gamer in every area. He got good striking, good wrestling, solid Jiu Jitsu. So wherever the fight goes, Jeff’s able to handle himself.
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We’re all walking different paths. Coach Charles Martinez discusses how everyone we interact with on this martial arts journey has different goals and motivations. We should help build each other up instead of letting our egos and greed dictate how we treat each other. Leading into the new year we will all grow and get stronger together.
Coach Charles Martinez: Hello. My name is Coach Charles Martinez from The Arena and today I wanted to discuss a motivation. I want to take this from a slightly different perspective, often in sport especially in these combat sports that we all train in, the motivation is always to be the best and to smash everyone. And I think we forget sometimes that that’s not what most people’s motivation was when they came into the gym. A lot of people are training to address fears or to feel more powerful and I think a lot of times we, especially if you’ve been training a long time or you’re a fighter, or you’re a competitor, you have the tendency of looking down on people that aren’t as good as you. And just because they’re not as good as you at this sport that you’ve chosen to be good at it doesn’t make them lesser. It just means that either their athletic ability isn’t as high, but really their motivation could be different than yours.
Just because your motivation is to go out and be the best in the world, maybe that’s not theirs. Maybe their motivation is to feel stronger, to just be more comfortable in their skin every day and maybe that’s what they’re getting. So sometimes we have the tendency of getting frustrated with our training partners and kind of forgetting that we were new once also. Maybe they’re new, maybe one day they’re going to be your best training partner, they don’t have to be a world beater to give you good work.
So I think sometimes we stray away from that and we forget that we’re all walking a different path but we all ended up in the same place. So if you take that and you treat everyone as if, hey, this could have been me on one of my first days and if someone was kind of crappy to me, maybe I would have never come back. So I think once you switch your perspective, if you could look from outside of yourself and see that maybe this person’s not like you, maybe they’re scared, maybe they’re terrified and they don’t want to get screamed at. Maybe they’ve never been an athlete, maybe they’ve never played a sport. They came here to feel better and to feel empowered and how you treat them, even if something trivial, something like, hey, good job. Even if it wasn’t a good job, just that little bit of motivation might be the reason they come back the next day. And maybe one day they turn into a valuable training partner, but either way, even if they’re only here for six months and it improves their life somehow, and it was worth it, that was their motivation, not yours.
So sometimes I think we forget, we think everyone is looking at the world through our same perspective, it doesn’t have to be that way. Maybe their motivation is different than yours. You should still respect it because ultimately that’s what we’re all here for.
Everyone has a different interpretation of the meaning of victory. Master Enson Inoue shares his warrior spirit outlook on what victory means to him. For sport or for life, ultimately you must give your ALL.
Enson Inoue: Everyone has different interpretations of victory. And it can be real superficial, it can be really deep. Some people, victory is getting your hand raised at the end of the fight. Some people, victory is coming home alive. That is a form of victory. But then if you go deeper, there’s another form of victory. Like Glenn said, giving everything you got. Win, live or die, giving everything you got.
So that, I believe, is controlled. You can control that victory. Winning and losing is hard to control. I always told you guys before, don’t dwell on wins and losses, just give everything you got. Whatever comes with it, it’s like the tail of a dog. When he turns the corner, if the dog walks around the ring right there, I don’t know if his tail is going to be on the left side or the right side, but I know it’s going to be on one of those sides.
It’s like when we fight. We don’t know if we’re going to win or lose, but we know it’s going to be one or the other. And can you control it? You can try. You can train hard. You can get ready. You can fight hard. But you can’t control it. So no sense to dwell on it.
My view of victory in the fights is not getting my hand raised, it’s giving everything I got to the very end. My sign of victory in life, I always have this image of a building burning and a child on the second floor. My sign of victory isn’t walking, going home that night. My view of victory on that is running into the building and see if I can save that person, whether I live or die. That’s my victory. Okay. So just food for thought. Yeah. It’s a different range of success and different ideas of what people view as success.
“Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Often quoted by Bruce Lee about martial arts learning. You must learn, but you must also apply and get uncomfortable. Sparring is a reminder that there are negative consequences to making mistakes here.
Here’s Coach Charles Martinez discussing the effective mindset of learning martial arts techniques. How you learn can be as important as what you learn, take two minutes and listen to some advice about how to get the most out of your training.
Coach Charles Martinez: Hey, this is Coach Charles Martinez from The Arena, and today I wanted to talk briefly about how to get the most out of your learning. Now, sometimes in a class setting, maybe there’s multiple things being taught. They might not all specifically apply to you in your game right now. But in a class, I feel like when I’m teaching, I usually feel like I’m teaching to the middle of the room. Some of the technique is above the head of a new person, but it’s a little too simple for the advanced person. As you’re learning things, maybe you could be attracted to certain technique more than others, and maybe that’s… It could be a body type, it could be where your skill level is currently, so when you’re taking in information, this is kind of the information age for martial arts. Everything is out there. Fundamentals are fundamentals across the board, but then after you learn basic fundamentals, you want to start developing your own game.
There’s this Bruce Lee saying of, “Absorb what is useful, reject what is useless, and then add what’s specifically your own.” I think that’s important, but first… You don’t know at first what’s going to be the most useful for you. So when you’re taking in information, try and take it all in. Maybe there’s a piece today that you can apply today. Maybe the bare bones of what’s being taught today is important for your fundamentals of your game. Maybe one of the moves, or one of the versions of the move, just doesn’t make sense to you; you just don’t get it. And that’s fine. Maybe it’s not applicable to you today, but it could be. It could be as you get older, whereas maybe you have an injury, or maybe there’s an easier way of doing it. When you’re young, you have the tendency of behaving one way. When you’re older, maybe you find a path of least resistance a little bit easier. So the technique often is taught across the board, to everyone in the room, regardless of tall, short.
A good coach, as you start to develop, if you’re training specifically for yourself, you can start to tailor and decide what’s best for your body type, and your game, etc. But first you have to have the basis to build that on top of. Sometimes the technique is just not for you; maybe it’s just not for you ever, maybe it’s just not for you right now. I think when you have that mentality as you’re learning technique, it will be a lot easier to develop what is your own, but also have an open mind of other technique that could be applicable down the line, or it could be applicable against a different opponent, or a different body type. I think once you have that, you can draw something useful out of all technique, rather than being like, “I like this. I don’t like that.” Maybe you don’t like it right now because you don’t understand it right now, but down the line, you might be able to really draw something from it that benefits your game. That’s your tip.
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The details are what make the difference. Our classes and fighter development are always focused on the finer points. Get an inside look on how Coach Vince teaches his Kickboxing class every day.
Coach Vince Salvador: Now I do the same thing with the cross. I shoot across the center line. My left foot moves me off the center line. But remember I got to keep his right hand occupied with the jab. As soon as I throw this, I move. Now I’m here. Same combination. So all I’m using is my right hand now, instead of my lead hand, which if it got me there a couple of times, but he’s figuring it out. So I start putting two behind it. Now use that to the body. I can kick or add the combination. Just use a two now. Right? Let’s go.
So a lot of that shoulder snap is where the speed comes from. If I go here, you’ll see a lot of guys go arm punches from here. Too slow. But if I’m here, none of my shoulders snaps. I can go right back to that again. It’s all off that. How I chamber the power in there, yeah? That’s why you see a lot of boxers, when they shadow box, that’s super important.
Yeah, because they can’t generate enough power this close without it.
Okay. Look, you feel like you could hit me here, but the range is not good. A lot of guys will hit me in the shoulder. But now all was just a small adjustment on my feet. You don’t have any range. It doesn’t take much. All it is is just adjusting my feet. I’m here. If I get you to move backwards, I know every feint is going to be one step away from me getting there. Because every feint you bite on, which I can do exact same thing. Just set it up with a feint. I get a lot of guys who are scared and go, we’re already there. Just from a faint, right? Sometimes you just got to hit him a few times.
Use my feints. Right? He’s already afraid if he’s backing up, he’s against the cage. Yeah. He has his right hand. He’ll throw it. But you got to poke at it first. I’m here, I’ll faint. You’ll see what he has. You throw the right hand.
Get the timing down, right? Let’s go, grab your partner.
Here’s some technical drilling with MMA fighter Liz Carmouche before her last fight. There are many stages of learning technique, none can be skipped. Professional fighters still shadowbox and work their Jab, professional basketball players still take free throws, professional baseball players still take ground balls. Don’t cheat the process, learn right, you will fall to the level of your training under pressure.
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