Posts tagged Self Defence
5 Tips To Improve In Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Stay Focused

Focus is the one character trait that I see slipping away from the internal make up of most contemporary martial artists. The information age has blessed (and cursed) us with world-class information at our fingertips. If you’re thinking about…

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"The Three Rules Of Life: Bust your ass, pay attention and fall in love." Jerry Seinfeld

I recently saw an interview with Jerry Seinfeld and he talked briefly about his three rules of life, bust your ass, pay attention and fall in love. Thought that it would be useful to you to look at these as they relate to our…

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3 Things That We All Have To Know To Be Safe!

Part of our role as martial artists and self defence practitioners is to share simple non-physical wisdom to everyone we know.  When we get in the habit of doing this we help protect our family and friends from potential harm. To talk about…

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Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls, your ego goes with it. Colin Powell

In this post, I want to specifically talk about the ground fighting game. I would like to draw focus to two keys areas of development that you need to understand in order to give some clarity to the chaos.

This first step in grappling is positional awareness and control. You have to be aware of every conceivable position that you could be applying or that is being applied to you. Some of the most common positions on the ground are mount, side control, front control, head/arm control, back control, side back control, front back control, rear back control, closed guard…

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“It's best to have your tools with you. If you don't, you're apt to find something you didn't expect and get discouraged.”

Why is it that the martial arts have so many techniques and skills? I guess the martial arts are no different to anything else. Just open your kitchen drawer and you will see a swag of different tools for different jobs. Some are very generic and can be used for a lot of different tasks. Take a …

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“There is a great difference between knowing and understanding: you can know a lot about something and still not really understand it”

I am often asked what the secret is to this or that technique or specific range of combat (grappling, punching, sparring etc.) My response is almost always the same – practice. But practice on its own is not the full story. To really get…

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I never arrived at the perfection I had been so ambitious of obtaining

I can count on my left hand the people who started training when I started who are still training to this day. Even fewer of my original classmates have gone on to really master themselves and the martial arts. I have spent just on 31 years training almost every day and still consider myself a beginner in many facets of martial arts study. But the one thing I have come to realise…

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The Higher My Rank, The More Humbly I Behave

I have had the good fortune of interviewing some of the very best martial artists on the planet. It seems that being at the top of your game, whatever that might be, is conducive to being humble. There is not one person I have interviewed, met or trained with who is amongst the best at what they do who conducts him or herself in an arrogant manner. Why do you think…

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Your work is to discover your work and then, with all your heart, to give yourself to it.

Work is any activity that we undertake that requires some form of effort. Going to your daily job, training in the martial arts, gardening, looking after the kids, cleaning the house, mowing the lawn and any number of tasks that must be completed each day all require effort. Some require almost zero effort and some a lot. Either way, how…

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New Years Resolutions

Almost every newsletter or blog I have read since new year’s day has talked about the same sort of stuff:  goal setting, new year’s resolutions and making big changes. These themes dominate popular literature in the aftermath of the silly season. At every turn…

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Less Is More

This blog post I want to talk about the difference between basic and advanced techniques. With just on 32 year’s training in the martial arts I have come to an understanding that there is really no such thing as “basic” or “advanced” techniques. Really, the…

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From Flat to Fired Up

Every single one of us has full days or even parts of the day that we feel flat. Physical energy can be influenced by many factors. Stress, weather, diet, day-to-day hurdles, work, relationships, circumstances, health and many other factors play a role in…

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“The only thing that overcomes hard luck is hard work.”

It is human nature to take the easy path to do something. And with incidental activities like washing your car, driving to the beach or preparing a meal taking the shortest quickest path makes the most sense. However, in the area of achievement there is no quick path…

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What Does It Mean To Be A Black Belt? (Part #3)

It’s easy to fall into the “I know it all trap” when you have been training for a while. There is an old Chinese proverb that say that “change is only certainly in life”. It’s likely that what and how you train now will be different from what and…

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What Does It Mean To Be A Black Belt? (Part #2)

Black belt or not, if you make a choice to train for 20+ years in the martial arts, there are certain things that you need to work on and watch out for. This is my 32nd year in the martial arts and my 23rd year of running a full time school. In these 32 years, I have done lots…

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What Does It Mean To Be A Black Belt? Part 1

In this post I want to explore the question that everyone either asks themselves or their peers. What does it mean to be a black belt? Now, before we go any further, I think that it’s important to mention that this is what I view as…

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A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.

All through time people have pondered the reason for our existence on this planet. For some it’s about fulfilling physical and/or metaphysical desires, for others it’s about acquiring as much “stuff” as possible. Some of us want our lives to fulfill a greater purpose or mission and some are just happy to plod along and negotiate each day as it comes. Whatever the “reason” we are here (If there is one?), one thing is for certain, if physical…

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Only a fool will blindly follow

In this Blog post I wanted to share with you my top six tips for living a life of continuous improvement. While it is difficult to make massive leaps in improvement, it is relatively easy to make consistent micro-improvements if you implement some or all of these strategies…

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