Rick Tew's NinjaGym Online 1-40 Form Drill Lesson

1-40 Martial Arts Combat Drill

How to do 1-40 Martial Arts Combat Drill in the Martial Arts

This drill and freestyle form was created to give the students a fun training exercise that would develop almost every area of the Martial Science Basics – it includes the following:

  • Stances
  • Rolls
  • Falls
  • Strikes
  • Kicks
  • Grappling basics
  • Self-defense Basics
  • Weapon awareness

The form is by no way Static and I have changed it over the years to add variety to the programs or giving the student more attention in a specific area of knowledge. Unlike other martial arts that use forms in a linear and redundant format, the Martial Science uses all of its forms to help students to learn to develop their own control, and body movement.

This form can be performed with 2 or more members. We have done this form with a variety of group sizes and the videos on NinjaGym will demonstrate a few of these sessions.

Click here or below to see a 3 person performance (in .wmv format) of the 1-40 Drill as demonstrated by first month students from our Camp of Martial Science (CMS) for the Dragonfest festival.

Click here or below to see the same video above from another angle.

It is not possible to understand the movements with the text and video alone. This is only a guide and a reminder of what movements are to take place and in what order.

Note: We use usually follow and Attack then Defend pattern. This means that one person attacks then the other defends and then the person defending, attacks and the rolls are reversed. When you watch videos of the students practicing the 1-40 drill, try to see if you can recognize some of these patterns. But keep in mind to change it up and create your own drill.

Here is the 1-40 Form broken down into its Foundational Steps (expand and experiment with the following to master your basic movements in the Martial Arts and Martial Science):

RTMS 1-40 Martial Arts Combat Drill and Freestyle Form
Performed with another student – offense then defense rotation

01 Cat stance stealth
02 Reaction stance shoulder grab
03 Cartwheel cat stance prep
04 Cat stance block eyes
05 Reverse roll wrist
06 Claw hand palm
07 Finger strike
08 Punch defense duck wrap
09 Arm lock defense
10 Calf kick wrap finish

11 Forward roll push
12 Charge defense
13 Defensive stance kick
14 Horse stance side kick defense
15 Cat stance kick
16 Fighting stance box
17 Bow stance pivot
18 Horse stance bear hug defense
19 Throw defense
20 Headlock pressure points takedown Bow stance sweep

21 Flat fall forward from rear pull / scissors takedown
22 Attempted choke / Guard defense grapple / stand / double leg takedown
23 Flat fall back kicks
24 Flat fall forward tackle
25 Side mount grapple
26 Side roll dodge
27 Kick defense block & kick
28 Combat stance shoulder point takedown
29 Top mount grapple
30 Defensive stance overlooking fallen opponent

31 Defensive stance punch
32 Punch defense outside
33 Collar grab defense
34 Choke defense double
35 Punch defense inside
36 Power stance rear leg sweep
37 Wrist grab defense
38 Waist grab leg flip
39 Blade stance thrust
40 Forward roll weapon pick up

If you haven’t done so already, please read Rick Tew’s Intro to Martial Art Rolls, Falls and Stances (as they pertain to the 1-40 form) by following the links below:

Martial Art Rolls and Falls

Martial Art Stances

Also, be sure to review Rick Tew’s Martial Art Strikes and Kicks form by following the link below:

Martial Art Strikes and Kicks Form

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About the author:

Rick Tew is an internationally acclaimed Sensei or teacher in the martial arts and founder of CMS – College of Martial Science and NinjaGym. He runs Live-In Short and Long term Martial Arts Training and Adventure Camps in California and Thailand.

Utilizing the martial arts as a gateway to excellence, he created his personal development programs. His courses are for everyone who wants to integrate mind, body, and spirit to access his or her true potential.

Rick Tew’s Winjitsu, The Mental Martial Art System for Success, has helped his students to overcome their fear and become successful in what they love and passionate about.

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