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Action Without A Thinker: The Search for Elusive Martial Performance

If you have been following me on Facebook recently, then you know that roughly eight weeks ago I injured myself quit severely on the mat. Two bulged disks later, with one of them compressing on a nerve, has seen me out of action since that day. As my condition improved, mostly down to not doing anything (other than eating donuts), dozens of chiropractic and physiotherapy sessions later — with some, what might consider out there craniosacral therapies - I started thinking of ways to start, although slowly my physical recovery. I lost almost......

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Zen And The Art of Sparring

No one has taught me more about the essence of martial arts, and especially the experience of sparring (or live rolling) than Shunryu Suzuki. While his teachings were in the Sōtō Zen tradition, and specifically reflections on living I have always felt his teachings applied just as much to the mat. Here are three reflections on what he taught, and how it may apply to martial performance.

Leave your front door and your back door open. Allow your thoughts to come and go. Just don't serve......

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2 Training Tools That Supercharged My Boxing Game

I have always found it interesting, even amusing, that people who begin to study martial arts, tend to equate complexity with martial efficiency. I think a lot of this stems from the movies. The complex fight scenes we witness in movies are exciting, they capture our attention, and of course just look plain cool. I remember clear as day as a kid wanting to be able to fight just like those awesome characters in my favourite Kung Fu movies. However I can see the level of disappointment in a students face when......

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You Will Get Hit & What To Do About it!

The truth is, if you playing the fight game for real, you are going to get hit. It doesn’t matter who you are, or how good you are, everyone gets hit. It is only in those neatly packaged self-defence responses on YouTube that the defender always seems to be able to not only predict what the attack will be, but in response always seem to get the right counter moves in to win. The very nature of fighting means that no one comes out unscathed. If you don’t want to get hit, then......

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