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Defense of the Self!

I wasn’t always the anti-Tough Guy of martial arts . . . in fact, I was that Tough-Guy! But being the Tough Guy was not a choice—it was a necessity. I thought I needed to be the Tough Guy to be taken seriously in the world of modern martial arts.

The truth is I didn’t take up martial arts to become the ‘ultimate fighter’ or to be a tough guy. Throughout my life, I have always been somewhat of a reluctant......

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Lessons from The Sparring Ring

Give me sparring any day. I would rather do it than hit pads, or the heavy bag or even learn new techniques. For many people though sparring is really just about winning, about beating an opponent, for me, sparring is so much more. When I am sparring I am continuously inventing new combinations, new movements with my body, often even surprising myself as I do them. When I am sparring I feel creative. It excites me because I see it as a continuous process of discovery. Discovery and creating,......

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Being a Warrior - Not Just About Fighting Ability

While none of us possess infallible control or perfect virtue, as martial artists, inescapably tied to those warriors who have already walked the path—we owe it to them, and to ourselves to strive towards achieving excellence. Here excellence refers to more than just ones fighting ability. Sadly, so many modern martial artists focus exclusively on their martial skill as a measure of excellence, losing sight of the fact that historically true warriorship was measured as being far more than just ones ability to fight. Many......

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Hidden Dragon's of the Martial Art World

It’s often taboo to suggest that training in martial arts may not be all that healthy for you. Coming from someone who has practiced and taught martial arts for all of his adult life, it may seem like a strange topic for me to be writing about. But at least personally, I enjoy challenging why I do something, even when it doesn’t make me popular in my own mind, with screams of, “just get on with it”. I won’t lie here and say that questioning everything, especially why......

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