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Working towards becoming successful at anything is difficult. If it wasn’t, it likely wouldn’t be worth the time and energy. But, no matter how desperately you want to be successful in any endeavour, it is clear that the path isn’t always simply laid out straight in front of you. Probably the most uncomfortable feeling, is when you know you have made progress towards an important goal, but then, things get in the way. It’s called life. As a martial artist I have found this happen to me more times than I care to......

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Functionality In Martial Skill Has No Allegiance!

As simple as this is going to sound, if you training in some form of martial arts, and if what you are training/learning as a fighting approach doesn't look similar to what you do when you are working against an uncooperative, resisting opponent — you may want to reconsider the validity of what you are spending your time in training. While this may be a simple definition of functionality, it is often lost in the world of stylised martial art systems. At its heart all martial......

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The Stoic Warrior: 6 Lessons From Seneca To Supercharge Your Martial Arts Game

1. “Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.” ― Seneca

Obstacles are built into the very fabric of success. Rather than seeing an obstacle as a stumbling block or a failure, see it as an opportunity to discover your best game. Success requires difficulties, not a smooth road.

2. “The time will come when diligent research over long periods will bring to light things which now lie hidden.” ― Seneca, Natural Questions


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Why Your Primal Nature is More Than Just War!

More than a decade ago I was obsessed with functionality in my martial arts training. Part of this was driven by the real necessity to know how to fight to survive, and part was driven my childhood trauma. I abandoned everything else martial arts had to offer me, in search for the truth in hand to hand combat. Through those years of testing, experimenting and fighting — I believe I succeeded in finding a method that works in almost all interpersonal aggressive encounters. I proved it out on the streets,......

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