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        Dave Magliano Yep, some of us non-BJJ folks do know a little about grappling.
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        Will - Black Belt Wiki "Resist striking". Ha! I probably would have gotten numerous penalties if someone was trying to tie me up in a knot in this tournament (as I would have gone into automatic self-defense/survival mode... and attack various "illegal" parts in order to escape). :)
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        Benjamin Neff Thanks for all the advice.
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        Richie Look to see if your City or other community center has classes. I have gotten the last three years of instruction this kind of set up. My current Sensei uses the dues for trips, uniforms, and touney fees for kids. From my experience, it can be hard getting adults in.

        There is no overhead as well as free advertising and exposure since you will be invited to community events.
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        Christopher Adamchek design a good curriculum and stick to it is very key
        gather a few students now and train them up (intensely)
        that way when you open you will have bodies in the school (no one wants to join an empty dojo)
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        ChuckD Sounds pretty cool. My gut reaction since you said there would be take downs and grappling would be find a local judo or BJJ school and fill in the weapons portion with a HEMA group.
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        Will - Black Belt Wiki Hi Cecily

        Since I hadn't heard about the Armored Combat League, I did a quick internet search and came up with this - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEDBuQVez_o

        Hopefully, this video gives others some ideas on how to help you.

        Curious, I see a lot of weapons strikes that would kill a person even in armor but nothing seems to happen. How are things scored or people eliminated in this tournament?

        Will
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        Superamazingbadgerman I would say learn half swording and thrusts to teach them to not get close enough to grapple, but that's actually quite dangerous and should only be done in a more controlled form of sparring (even with the full plates and chainmail, as it was generally depicted as a way to defeat armor).

        See if you can learn some aikido or jiu jitsu or bjj or shoot fighting. They probably won't instantly make you some martial arts wizard, but aikido and jiu jitsu and shoot fighting as they are generally taught improve your balance and takedown abilities and bjj and wrestling improve your ground game.

        If you can find one, you could also try a Systema school. People sometimes aren't impressed by those at first, but they tend to be interested in developing your ability to see and act on the big picture over your ability to recreate a certain technique. If there is no solution to your problem, you make one; and you do that from day one (while being hit and put on the ground in a puddle of your own sweat, blood, and tears by people you didn't know were in the drill...).

        For conditioning, I would suggest you run for two months for 5-10 miles at an 8-7 minute pace every day. Then, do it in your armor once per week. Perhaps usr a 30-40 lb weight vest every other week. You NEED to be able to work encumbered like that, so don't underestimate the value of such training.

        Strike a post a few hundred times every day or every other day with a heavy sword analog (maybe wood or a steel bar?) and weight on your arms.
        This was something they actually did back in the day to get good at holding a weapon for an extended period of time and striking with it effectively. If you get good at striking with proper technique with different grips and different kinds of strikes, it should make you a technical fighter as well as a strong one.
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