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The Myth of 'Reality' Based Self-Defense

Through Neuroscientific research we know now that the human brain is a prediction and pattern detecting machine. The brain from this perspective desires stability, clarity, and consistency. These are characteristics that the brain views as essential to its survival. In contrast unpredictability, instability and uncertainty are seen as a threat to its survival. This answers an important question that has confounded me for some time. Why are so many reality based systems so popular, in light of the fact that so many of these systems, fail to......

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A Mindful Approach to Martial Art Performance

The qualities of your movement are a manifestation of how your thinking mind expresses itself through your body at that moment. Your body moves as your thinking mind moves. This means that as a coach, you can gain insight into your clients’ mind by observing their postural expression and movement. In the same light, you can change the quality of your own thinking mind by the intention behind how you use and express your body. Body and mind work as a feedback loop. They are interrelated,......

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Motivating Through Strength Based Coaching

“How do I motivate my clients to keep on training?” This is by far one of the most common questions martial art business owners ask me. Retention is important to any martial art business owner. Keep your clients happy and they will keep coming back—and your business will be well on the road to financial success. Get client motivation wrong, however, and you will quickly begin to lose the clients required to run a successful martial art business. Psychologist Joseph Nuttin defined motivation: “not as......

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