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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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Beyond the Outer Fight To Winning The Inner War!

I may be an enigma to some. In fact, I know that most people who fixated on the world of the martial, find me somewhat of an anomaly. My philosophy confuses them. In their world, the only reason to practice modern forms of martial arts is to know first and foremost how to fight. Being able to do so either on the street, or in competition is the ultimate pinnacle of success for them. And to be honest, I am perfectly fine with that. Each of us, have......

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An Alternative Perspective: Why Martial Arts May Be So Enticing & Rewarding!

Tomorrow I am sparring twelve or more rounds with four times Lightweight EFC Champ Costa Iaonnou. Costa is a long time student of mine, a trainer in Crazy Monkey Defence, and one of my BJJ Black Belts. This is a ritual we do three times a week. I really look forward to it. It’s loads of fun and personally challenging. I can see every time we spar, that he has thought about the previous session, then purposively changes his game up, adding new strategies to it. I do......

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