Lights.Camera - Action!
This is a very different approach - one that has been honed and developed over quite some time - the bits we were looking at last night (around 11pm) were beter than expected. I'll keep evryone posted!
For me, the approach to MMA should definitely be a 'fully integrated one' - as opposed to a convenient 'stringing together' of standard stand-up techniques, a few takedowns and some groundwork. That kind of aproach was something I was already doing, some 25 years ago. Now it's about program design - the way the whole curriculum is structured - it's about a seamless weaving together of the different worlds of stand-up, takedowns and groundwork - and even more importantly, it's about presenting the whole approach in set of a thorough and progressive training models; hence the challenge.
The MMA approach stands at the pinnacle of the martial arts evolutionary process - but there are challenges ahead for the unwary; we want our students to have access to the technology and effectiveness that the MMA approach has to offer but without the 'attitude' that is so often associated with the low-brow 'fight gym environment. The last thing a martial arts school operator wants is two disparate cultures running in his or her school. There are other challenges as well - quite a few of them - but this is something I personally have been taking on, particularly in the last few decades.
Well, need to run - lights, camera and action await.