For liberatory collectives, communities, trainers, and individuals who have been looking for a martial arts program to follow that isn't from reactionaries, we've made Liberation Martial Arts. It's a program for those solo leveling (training alone) or leveling up as a group. Safety, longevity, and leaving no one behind have been top concerns for the curriculum.
LMA isn't geared for the best, most elite in the classroom. It's for the practitioners with zero experience to level them up like an overpowered character in a Webtoon.
For those with experience, it's a program that fills in the gaps and provides them with theory (physical and political), problem-solving, pedagogy, and a progressive curriculum.
The curriculum isn't just about learning how to fight; it's also for fitness and rehabilitation. You get what you want out of it. However, unlike reactionaries who only think about strength, we also think about injury resistance and physical therapy. It's not just about teaching you how to punch; it's also about not hurting yourself when you do. It's not just about power but also restoring the body. It's not just about protecting the body but also maintaining the body. It's not just empowerment but also responsibility. Self-defense are the bodies we restore along the way. Much thought, effort, research, and listening have gone into this.
We don't follow the "A fash lifted weights today, did you?" model. We believe rest is revolutionary, and so is feeling free in your body—which requires more than just strength and power. Our "fight club" believes in healing, not just damage. We believe in being yourself and having fun. We need our own pedagogy and learning approach, and we hope the LMA model is something more progressives, socialists, revolutionaries, and marginalized communities will adopt.
We ultimately aren't trying to teach you anything. We're offering you a resource and learning model where you can teach yourself. No instructor is needed.
If you're already part of a program you enjoy, this isn't meant to replace but supplement. For those who have no other option than to train with reactionaries, LMA is an alternative for culture, pedagogy, and community.
Regardless of your style or whether you even train in martial arts, you can benefit from Liberation Martial Arts because it is not leftist self-defense but a theory of learning and a way to engage with your world. It can be applied to all your activities and interactions. Practitioners are already applying it in ways we couldn't have even imagined. That's the point. It's open-ended, so it can go beyond the creator's imagination.
As an LMA practitioner, you're not just doing something for yourself but also helping to support and grow LMA and the entire Southpaw project.
It's a thoughtful approach to martial arts. Find the curriculum here.