The Core Training Principles of Tandez Academy
1. We Always Train First for Self-Defense!
We train to be effective and confident in the street environment, then make adjustments to the training for students who want to enter competitions. Not the other way around. Self defense is always our first priority.
2. We Train to Be Complete Self-Defense Athletes!
We train to be prepared for any situation. We train to be ready for all the fight ranges (standing, close-quarters, and ground), multiple attackers, weapons and a variety of environments (street, car, mountain etc.). We want each student to actually train in as many self-defense scenarios as possible so that if a student gets into a dangerous situation they already have experience in that particular situation. Physical fitness, exercise, and a wide variety of performance-based fitness training methods are integrated into our classes.
3. We Always Train with Progressive Resistance!
A real attacker is going to resist your effort 100%. They will try to stop what you're trying to do. If you want to learn how to really fight, you have to practice fighting against someone who is going you fight back. We start training you at zero percent resistance, then gradually increase the level of resistance/difficulty as it starts getting too easy. You'll get to the point where you can apply the technique with 100% resistance! Plus, we have a huge library of training drills and exercises that we use to apply progressive resistance to the all your self defense techniques. Progressive resistance allows everyone, regardless of experience, to gradually improve their martial arts skills and attributes in a fun and safe training environment.
4. We Have Fun When We Train!
We plan to train for the rest of our lives. If we're going to spend this much time training, we should be having fun doing it! Our classes are held in a very relaxed but disciplined atmosphere, with upbeat music playing. Lots of laughing and joking while training hard. As Bruce Lee said, “You should train seriously, but don’t seriously train.” In training for self-defense, you should work very hard, but it should not be a big grind. The training sessions should be so enjoyable that you look forward to each class.