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A Philosophy of Teaching for Performance in a Fight

I had the absolute privilege and honour this past week to work with members from LYNX Commando, a special operations law enforcement unit from the Slovak Republic. They flew out to my studio in Johannesburg to certify in my Weaponize-Your-Body program for law enforcement. As part of the 20-hour certification process, we spent a considerable amount of time talking about pedagogy, the method and practice of teaching. I made the point during many discussions, that beyond simply having a process of teaching technique and tactics, one equally requires......

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No Such Thing As Old School Jiu-Jitsu

There’s a contemporary statement made of late where people refer to old school jiu-jitsu as a way of distinguishing it from the modern interpretation of the sport. In the modern vernacular, strategies such as berimbolo, 50/50 guard, and the rise in lower body attacks (i.e., ankle locks, knee bars etc) have ushered in the era of what is defined as new school jiu-jitsu. While there is no single answer to the reason for this direction in the ground game, part of it stems from rule changes in competition. For those......

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Will This Work in a Fight? It Depends!

Not a week goes by that I don’t receive a personal message on Facebook from someone in the world wanting some advice on improving their game. When I reply that it’s difficult for me to give a definitive answer, I get the sense that the person on the other side feels disappointed. In a world consumed by factory martial arts, with neatly packaged answers to every single possible interpersonal violent encounter, I am not surprised by this reaction.

Two Types of Questions

These questions usually come in two......

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Success Isn’t What You Have Been Told It Is!

I feel there is just way to much time these days spent focusing on other people’s versions of success. We look to the ‘successes’ of other people, often displayed in all its unashamed glory on social media, and we desperately want to see the same in our own lives. Rather than motivating us however, it often makes us feel inadequate. Rather than feeling empowered to do the same we often are left feeling disempowered. Everything is displayed as perfect, yet we know that each of us is imperfect. How can......

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