Warrior Week

Day 7

Forging the Katana


"I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once,

but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times."

-Bruce Lee


Today we are going to focus on a concept that I call "Forging the Katana".


In Ancient Japan, the making of a Samurai sword (Katana) was a serious business. A sword smith took great care in the forging process. He would follow a process of beating out the metal and folding it back on top of itself, repeating this process again and again, each time causing the sword to become stronger. This produced a high-quality sword which could not have had the same strength otherwise.


It is said that a good quality katana had well over 1,000,000 folds when the sword was finished. With every fold, the katana's quality grew.


And so it is with your martial arts training...


With every repetition, the techniques you are learning increase in quality. This was Bruce Lee's point in the quote above, and this is the framework of the Total Combatives method of learning.


So what is our method?


You guessed it!


Practice your techniques 10,000 times to develop mastery.


Why 10,000 times?


It was once believed that it took 10,000 repetitions to build muscle memory. It is now believed that that developing muscle memory varies from person to person and takes somewhere between 6,000 and 8,000 repetitions.


Muscle memory plays a huge part in the learning process and it is one of the reasons for performing so many repetitions. However, we are not pursuing muscle memory of a technique. We are pursuing MASTERY of a technique.


In order to achieve mastery of a technique it must meet the following qualifications:


• correct performance

• efficiency of movement

• exceptional speed

• exceptional power

• deep knowledge of its applications

• proficiency with both hands/legs

• an ingraining in one’s muscle memory


In order to meet each of these qualifications in 10,000 repetitions, we must have a system that focuses on each of these areas.


Here is the “Forging the Katana” process:


We start by breaking down the goal of 10,000 repetitions to easier goals of 1,000.

It will be a repeatable cycle of 1,000 reps.


When a cycle is completed 10 times, the practitioner will be at 10,000 repetitions of that technique.


Here is the cycle and how it works:


1-500 repetitions (proper technique and efficiency)

500-600 (power)

600-700 (speed)

700-800 (application)

800-1,000 (polishing)

Repeat 10 times to make 10,000 reps.


This is our outline. Let us now look at it in detail.


1-500 repetitions (proper technique and efficiency)


Use the first 500 repetitions to focus on making your technique as perfect and efficient as possible. Don't rush this part!


500-600 (power)


Spend the next 100 repetitions focusing on developing power with your technique. Again, don't rush! Power, not speed.


600-700 (speed)


Now you can be fast! However, do not try to perform 100 repetitions as fast as possible, rather, focus on getting ready for a repetition. Pause, then with as much speed as you can generate, perform your technique. Pause for a second and try again. Do this 100 times.


700-800 (application)


For the next 100 repetitions I want you to be creative. How can you shake up the way you are doing your technique? Sitting in a chair? On the stairs? With your eyes shut? After a jump? With a step forward or backward?


It's up to you!


This is to help you understand the broader application of your technique and will assist you to truly master it.


800-1,000 (polishing)


Just 200 more reputations to complete this cycle!


These 200 reps are for what I call "polishing". Practice your technique 200 times in the way you find most beneficial. Do you need to focus on speed or power? Efficiency or proper technique?


It's up to you!


Just make sure it is 200 repetitions to complete the cycle.


Repeat 10 times to make 10,000 reps.


After you complete the cycle, you will have achieved 1,000 repetitions. Repeat this process 9 more times to reach 10,000 reps.




You just finished the last day of Warrior Week!


Great job!


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What now?


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Whatever path you choose, it was an honor going through this program with you!


Train on Warrior! And good luck on your journey!


Until we meet again,

Fear God Alone!