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Category: COACHING


We Need 'Slow' To Be The New Fast in Our Jiu-Jitsu Training!

Speed isn’t fast. In a world filled, even obsessed with immediacy, we invariably miss the nuances of maturity, growth, and mindful presence . These three characteristics,  are essential to fully embrace the experiences we are engaged in.

Rushing through something doesn’t make it come quicker, but rather you find, that while you may get to the goal post, you got there with half the pieces of the puzzle somehow missing.

For example: I am a jiu-jitsu black......

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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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The Focal Point In The Fight: Why 'Attention' Matters

Over the last several months I have had the privilege of training a wide spectrum of people. From the every day guy and girl training their martial skills for personal self protection, to people who are competing in combat sports, to law enforcement officers who need to deploy functional defensive tactics in their professional roles. As is customary when coaching any audience, I highlighted the need for a broader understanding of what was being taught beyond the physical. As I have written elsewhere, there is a tendency for people......

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Fight Pedagogy: The Method & Practice of Teaching for the Fight

Techniques are not difficult to teach. What is extremely difficult is the ability to ensure that a student can deploy said techniques against a resisting, uncooperative opponent. The reality of the fight remains an elusive distance from the training mat. And as obvious as this may sound, just because you teach someone something doesn’t mean that they will be able to deploy it when it is needed most. This should be self evident to anyone who has been educated in the West. We teach kids loads of stuff, that never seems to......

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