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Category: MARTIAL ARTISTRY


'I Am Only Here To Learn How To Fight!'

In 2012 I embarked on a formal educational journey (i.e., my PhD), which I now realise was in fact a culmination of years of informal study. You see, as far back as a decade ago, I began to realise that my personal performance in the ‘fight game’ was largely predicated on what was happening on the inside. Said another way, if I stepped onto the mat filled with self-doubt, anxiety, and self defeating thoughts, it would invariably impact my game. While my research as an academic has been specifically focused......

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Is The Term ‘Martial Arts’ to Constricting?

I have been having loads of discussions with my students lately before class. One topic that has come up repeatedly, is the question,

“How do I define what I do?”

For a long time, I would simply reply, “I am a martial arts coach.” But increasingly I feel this term doesn’t fully encapsulate what I am about (now), and where I intend to go in the future, or even for that matter what I really feel is the ultimate utility of the expression to......

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What's Your View of the Martial Arts Experience?

If one could go back to the dawn of modern man one would be struck by two perennial truths. In the one sense humans would seek to propagate and continue the species, and secondly there would be a need to survive. Building off that need to survive would be the leveraging of both self, and environment as means to seek personal, and collective (i.e., family, tribe) protection. It is hard for many of us to imagine this, especially those of us who live in the relative safety and ease......

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How The Art of The Story, Changed My Martial Life

Appius Claudius Caecus, a Roman politician was quoted as saying:

faber est suae quisque fortunae (every man is the artisan of his own fortune)

Secretly I have always had this quote in my wallet. At times when things got tough, I would pull it out to remind myself of what he said. It is as true today, as it was at the time he uttered those words. We all have a life story. It is our story that shapes not only how we......

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