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Drillers make Killers! (And other common myths in our sport)

Drillers make Killers! (And other common myths in our sport)

Ask any coach or practitioner of Jiu-jitsu why they drill, and most will inevitably offer some typical rationales like ‘muscle memory’, ‘perfecting technique’ and the ‘importance of repetition’. And given these intuitions and beliefs, it’s unsurprising how much training time is allocated to drill...
Learn how to learn!

Learn how to learn!

For the next few minutes, try forgetting what you know about the skill learning process. Rather think about how a typical day starts. Wake up, move, shower, eat, get organized, go to work. Whatever. As we get moving, we begin to navigate and interact with our environment to achieve our tasks and ...
Ecological Dynamics for MMA

Ecological Dynamics for MMA

To say I was invited to be a part of this discussion would be a stretch. Rather I emailed Dr Rob Gray of the Perception & Action podcast to pester him for the opportunity. I have been a fan and long time subscriber to Dr Gray's podcast and content. Prof Rob is a researcher and educator with m...
A coach's dilemma.

A coach's dilemma.

MMA is stupid and damages your brain!

So let’s at least try to be better at being stupid!

At Primal, we spar on day one!

At Primal, we spar on day one!

How irresponsible! What Negligent coaching! What a McDojo! These are all critiques we would have jumped to before, and of course can still be valid. But we think differently now.   Our rational:   Sparring is a skill that needs to be developed over time. Effective, safe, fun, controlle...
Introducing The Primal Practice design video series.

Introducing The Primal Practice design video series.

Can we be better at getting better? This is a question we consistently ask ourselves at Primal. This series of short video animations, introduces concepts and principles from the sport science research and their practical implications for practicing and developing in Mixed Martial Arts. With help...