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BATTLEFIELD TO MAT REVIEW
“In this great course, Master Coach Rodney King covers a cool range of options to add spice to your sparring game. While everything covered is very practical, the options are particularly useful for those who have developed a good level of consistency in their fundamentals and will allow them to make use of the attributes they have developed along the way. There is a wealth of ideas covered in these videos and, though Rodney covers many practical examples, there is nothing stopping you from taking these ideas and playing with them for years to come. The range of options is held together by the fun theme of taking battlefield strategy and tactics and applying them to the sparring environment, but mastering even a small section of the course would give you a big jump in your sparring game. Loved it!”
- Tim Jones (Australia)
“Battlefield to Mat… GREAT STUFF! From other DVDs and online courses, I have some understanding of boxing
fundamentals. I use some of the principles presented in Battlefield to Mat, however, the nuance and details explained and demonstrated in this course are clarifying, informative and will improve my game. I’m off to the gym to practice and incorporate these techniques. Rodney, you continue to produce helpful, high quality, instructional material. Thank you for you effort and generosity.”
-John Mastro (USA)
“You watch many training videos and to be honest feel no connection, mainly because what’s being discussed is put across in an over technical manner or just doesn’t relate to you. This is different, the style is clear, easy to follow and even after only a relatively short time training in CM, makes a great deal of sense. I use all of Rodney’s training material as a way of re-enforcing what I learn each week on the matt and I think it’s fair to say that today, I had another “lightbulb moment” after watching the first clip “Groundedness”.
During this mornings training session with my coach Phill, I encountered a situation were I couldn’t initially understand why my 3rd jab in a jab – hook – jab was far less solid than the first. On analysis it basically came down to incorrect foot position on the final move (in effect the jab wasn’t coming from the floor – hence the lack of power). Back home after training, I watch the clip on “Groundedness”, only to be amazed that it covered exactly what I had encountered only an hour earlier, although I admit gripping the floor isn’t something I had considered previously. Interestingly, I suspect the material covered in the later clip “Stability”, also played a big part in the situation.
The section on “Breathing” was also fascinating, although I haven’t yet considered the importance of breathing in CM, it is certainly a technique I use in business as a means to control what can be stressful situations (negotiation / presentation etc) which although not quite a fight can have similar effects on body reactions. CM techniques seem to map across to business on so many levels.
“Connectivity” is definitely something I will be focusing on: the mechanics of body linkage and power is something that I really understand but sadly something that in practice is still eluding me: the suggestions around mapping it out is a take that may enable me to break it down into something more manageable.
Body intelligence also rang home, it’s something I have covered over the last few sessions (sparing with eyes closed etc), I was amazed how, much the body just takes over and compensates. Seeing Rodney cover it so clearly, has moved my understanding of what it’s about and the importance up another notch.
I could go on and on because I got something out of each clip. I won’t pretend I’m yet in a position to put all of this into practice but being aware of it is a major start and being able to dip back in as my game progresses will be a major benefit.
I would definitely recommend this material to anyone training in CM (regardless of experience), even if you already train with your own coach, the ability to see a different take on things along with the chance to review/ reflect outside your regular session, is in my opinion, a great training resource to have in your kit bag.”
-Jonathan Wild (United Kingdom)