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You Can’t ‘Escape’ Evolutionary Defence

There is a reason that both wrestling and boxing are likely the two oldest forms of martial arts on this planet. Simply, they tend to work with evolution not against it. Unless you encounter an alien with four arms, and four legs, along with a completely different physiology, all humans respond to interpersonal violence in very much the same way. Yet nowhere does the human species try to ‘escape’ evolution than in the world of reality based self defence and traditional forms of martial arts. Martial arts in general has......

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The Safety-Surgical Striking Paradigm: From the Ring to Reality

I spent much of my teens and into my early 20’s boxing. I had a great coach, Willie Toweel, who won the bronze medal in the flyweight division at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki. He taught me some very important lessons, that I will never forget (like when he used to scream at you to keep your chin down). Now either it was my lack of athletic ability, or not enjoying the slip game, it did seem to me that getting punched in the face (a lot) seemed part......

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Reality Fighting on The Brain

Chances are that you don’t have to defend yourself on a daily basis from criminals (unless that's your job). Yet, have you ever considered, that by engaging in reality based self-defence training may not be as positive as it first appears? The truth is, many reality based schools of thought believe that the closer they can get you to experience the realities of a real interpersonal violent encounter in training — the more prepared you will be to handle such a situation. Elaborate drills are concocted......

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How can I learn to handle the pressure in sparring?

The most common question I get asked when coaching around the world is,

“how can I learn to handle the pressure in sparring?”

If you are focused on developing a performance game, a game that will stand up to the fire of reality in martial performance, then this is one of the most important questions to ask. The answer however may be counter intuitive.

My Foray Into Boxing

When I first went to learn how to box in my teens,......

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