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Fusion Martial Arts

ITF Taekwon-do + modern sports science + ideas from other Martial Arts

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Monday 6:15-7:15pm Macquarie
  6-8pm Barton (Telopea)*
Tuesday 6:15-7:15pm Holder
  6-7pm Belconnen*
Thursday 6-7pm Belconnen*
Friday 6:15-7:15pm Holder
  6-8pm Barton (Telopea)*
What Our Members Say...
  • 2 years ago, I was introduced to Taekwon-do by a close friend. My first impressions were how amazingly well-mannered the younger students were. As a father of 3 under 10 this is something I noticed immediately! I started my journey with Fusion and over time I got 2 of my children involved in training with Instructor Nick at Fusion. They now love training twice a week after school and practicing constantly. I love that they get a great mix of physical education, appropriate discipline and the feeling of accomplishment from learning the art of Taekwon-do. The skills they learn will always serve them well, and I encourage other parents to come along and try Taekwon-do with their kids.

    - Robert, Fusion Parent & Student

  • "I like to going to Taekwon-do because it is fun and I learn new skills and play interesting games"

    - Oliver (age 9)

  • "Our three children have been learning Taekwon-do with Fusion Martial Arts for nearly two years now and we could not be happier! Our children have learnt a range of valuable skills (including strong discipline) and improved their self-confidence, coordination and core body strength. Fusion Martial Arts has inspired our children to apply themselves in a diligent manner and we have been particularly impressed by Nick's dedication. Nick consistently puts a great deal of effort into his classes and is finely attuned to his student's needs. We would thoroughly recommend Fusion Martial Arts to anyone."

    - Zoe, Fusion Parent

  • "Nick is a good teacher who loves doing it and helps us a lot"

    - Sarah (age 12)

  • "If someone asks Nick a question, he listens and if he does not know the answer he will look it up for us.  He doesn't just ignore us"

    - Benjamin (age 9)

We hold these truths to be self-evident…

A few things I’m just now realizing after some 10 years of training. These are not hard-and-fast rules, but rather rules of thumb; there are always exceptions. But if you keep these in mind and only violate them when it’s logical to do so, you are likely to fair much better than without them.

It’s amazing how much about martial arts we all know intrinsically, yet ignore in much of our training.


1) This scene from Black Swan; be Mila Kunis, NOT Natalie Portman! I train martial arts quite technically (this stance is X wide, Y long; this kick follows along path ABC, etc.). But when we deploy the arts, the technical form doesn’t matter and generally gets in the way! Move naturally. When you find yourself in a bad position (which you know is a bad position thanks to the technical training), readjust.

2) How do you push a car (or fridge, or…)? Hands at shoulder height elbows in-line with the shoulders. How do you carry a 24-pack of soda? Arms at 90deg, elbows at hips and wrists in-line in front of elbows. You wouldn’t push a car with your arms to one side, you don’t carry 24 cans with your arms outside of your hips, so why execute a technique there? As one of my instructors says, “keep it in the workshop”. Need to execute a technique outside of this zone? Move your feet while executing the technique to reorient your body as required (and here-in lies the difficulty; coordination, angles, distancing…). Look at arm wrestling, basicially you want to execute your techniques as they describe their proper positionality and you want your opponent in the “arm break” position. This brings us to…

2a) So you keep your techniques in-front of your shoulders/hips (or between them) because that gives you the most power and control (and visibility for that matter). You want to position your opponent to execute their techniques “outside of their workshop”, so move to the flank (or at least outside their lane of attack). Speaking of lane of attack…

3) Almost every attack is directed, ultimately, towards your spine. Hooking punch to the jaw? Continue on an extra 3-4 inches, it’ll hit the top of the spine. Upper cut to the kidneys? Again, few more inches = spine. The exception here is leg attacks/sweeps/etc. If you’re facing someone chest to chest and you slug them in the shoulder, what happens? Their body naturally rotates and that turn dissipates much of the strike, so we intuitively attack towards the spine. This is where the concept of the center-line comes into play; move the spine/target out of the lane of attack (outside of their “workshop”) and your opponent has to readjust or throws a far less effective technique. So this means you have to…

4) Move. Moving makes you a bad target and once you’ve trained a bit you can use this movement to power your strikes. Why hit them with your arm when you can hit them with your whole body? Bruce Lee’s 1-inch punch is an epitomical example of this in action (and yes, this is outside the workshop… but he’s using his whole body behind the punch). This is HARD to do. Like an orchestra, if even one minor part is off (e.g. the violin’s are behind a half step) the whole thing ends up not working.

5) Embrace the lizard brain. The lizard brain drives things like shutting your eyes when something comes toward them; it’s automatic, subconscious. Understand what you are likely to do under stress/when surprised, then take that as a starting point and try to re-engineer it (e.g. raising an arm to avoid a sucker-punch). Conversely…

5a) Use your opponents lizard brain against them. Jab someone in the eye and what is their response? Drop whatever is in their hands and cover their eyes. Push someone’s head up and back (from under the chin or under the ocular bones [Zygomatic/Maxillary]) and their body follows. Throw pocket sand and they turn away. Jar a joint and they retract the appendage. Learn these natural responses and use them against your opponent!

6) If you build a house on sand, it’ll fall over. If you throw a technique from a poor stance, so will you. Stance/footwork is EVERYTHING. Work on coordinating and perfecting your feet to support your house technique first!

7) Learn your anchor points; In front of each rotator cuff of your shoulders and in front of each hip (you know, like when you were pushing the car/carrying the soda). Pinning part of your opponent (forearm, wrist, ankle, etc. preferably a joint or close to one) to any of these spots and simply MOVING puts your entire mass against their single appendage. Conversely….

8) In a bacon-and-egg breakfast, what’s the difference between the Chicken and the Pig? The Chicken is involved, but the Pig is committed! In a martial arts context: connect but avoid attaching to your opponent. Some arts tend to train attachment (such as Judo, JuJitsu and BJJ) but this done within the context of their training; the assumption of a single opponent. If you cannot make that assumption (such as in a self-defense situation) but you want to effect your opponent by your movement while not allowing them to the same to you, how do you accomplish this? Get your opponent’s arm/leg at extension and move. They tug it back, let the damned thing go once it turns into a liability (as they may be attempting a reversal). Speaking of which…

9) Don’t focus on any one thing. Have a kubotan in your hand? Great, use it when it’s useful, otherwise it’s just a passenger. If you focus on any weapons you have or any favored techniques, you will likely end up forcing techniques that use said weapons rather than just moving and deploying them when it makes sense. And while we’re on the subject…

10) Effect your opponent’s balance. If they are worried about falling over, they will focus on regaining their balance before they worry about hitting you (thanks to the lizard brain). This allows you to say a half-step ahead of them, almost like putting a comma in a conversation. The trick here seems to be bringing them to the edge of disequilibrium, rather than dragging them over/down. Finding this edge takes training. Speaking of edges…

11) For the love of all things holy, maintain distance! No matter how fast you are, you stand like this (warning, loud audio) and you’ll cop that sucker punch in the jaw. I train to maintain an arm’s plus fingers reach (as the fingers simulate a short edged weapon). You have to worry about kicks above the knee at this distance, but those take time to deliver and therefor provide for time to react. But you can’t hit your opponent from here…

13) Think like the porcupine/echidna; attack what is given to you. You punch someone in the jaw turning off their lights, they fall and hit their head and die from a hemorrhage… you’ll likely go to prison. Besides, if you’re close enough to hit them in the jaw, they are likely close enough to hit you there too. Are you 100% sure you’re better, faster, stronger, luckier then they are? Dislocate their shoulder, break their elbow and/or tear up their ankle and you’ll likely fair much better in front of 12 of your peers. And if you break/tear/dislocate something they attacked you with, they will not likely use that implement again. Even if they are high, if you “disable the machine” then biomechnicially they will not be able to attack you. And while you’re playing porcupine…

14) Water doesn’t attack the rock in the stream, it flows around it. Flow around incoming attacks (e.g. find the kukan [sp?]). Further to this, where ever the attack’s energy is going, let it go that way and if you can, continue its direction to your advantage (e.g. don’t fight force on force). For example; a punch is anchored at the shoulder but will generally travel towards the center line, giving the technique a slight inward arching trajectory. Parry or otherwise move the strike across towards the opposite shoulder of your opponent, continuing the power in the direction it is already traveling. Further, gravity is your friend. Use gravity as it’ll always pull for you. Employing a dodging movement, a parry, and a connection above the wrist in concert with continuing the punch across toward your opponent’s opposite shoulder while also using gravity when you have them at the edge of disequilibrium, you’ll be able to drop your opponent down to waist height with almost no power at all in your technique (I wish I had a video for this one).

15) Go high/low. Cover with a high jab while at the same time kicking low, they are likely not to see the kick coming. Got their arms gummed up? Kick. They’re stomping you? Jab them in the eye/head/etc. High/low/high/low/high… where ever your opponent is focusing you want to be elsewhere. If you are both focused on the same thing, it’s a fight and fights have winners and losers. In self-defense, it’s not about winning, it’s about surviving/disengaging.

16) The world’s most effective martial art is the 400m dash.

17) This scene from Black Swan; be Mila Kunis, NOT Natalie Portman! No, really, WATCH IT AGAIN!