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Category: MARTIAL ARTISTRY


Time Is Short: Make Your Martial Art Experience Count!

I am a career martial artist. I am not just a hobbyist. Maybe because of this, because I have lived, slept and dreamed martial arts since I was 6-years old — my reflections on it, may be very different to most. Martial arts not only has been my preoccupation, the center of my life, but equally supported my family through making a living off something I love. I owe martial arts so much. I am not sure, had I not been so keen on martial arts, and finding a way......

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Rise Above The Typecast & Taking Off The Mask of Self Violence

Actors know all two well that there is a danger in being typecast. They know that there’s a risk in repeatedly finding themselves acting in the same types of roles over and over. When they then want to appear in a different role, both casting directors, and the public at large, may not enjoy seeing them in any other kind of role than the one they had become known for. Almost 2-decades ago, when I was still part of Straight Blast Gym, and their main stand up......

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Thought Piece: Two Paths, Two Choices in Martial Arts

It’s true that to a large extent, we are all, as human beings, shaped by our history — personal, cultural, and evolutionary. This then informs how we engage with both the practice and experience of martial arts. In short, each of us carries both our ancestors, and our own primal nature, within us at all times. It will by it's very nature, show up on the mat. But the presence of our primal past is just one part of the story. Each of us also has the creative power of......

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I No Longer Want To Do Martial Arts Simply to Fight!

I have always been keenly interested in inner mastery. Much of this interest stems from my childhood. Growing up on the tough, mean streets on the South Side of Johannesburg in government housing (similar to the Projects in the USA) I had to dodge the neighbourhood gangs, and school yard bullies daily. Added to this, I grew up never knowing my father, and having to deal with a mother that was a raging abusive alcoholic. I always felt that my entire world was out of control as a child. It's......

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