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Category: MAT PERFORMANCE


Longevity: To Fuck with What Anyone Has To Say About It

A topic like this needs a STRONG headline. But it’s an absolutely important topic to write about. I have noted it before, but I think it needs readdressing, because sadly, I still see way to many people thinking that it will never happen to them. I have been practicing martial arts professionally for more than two and a half decades. I started teaching Karate at 16. As a young adult I spent several years outside some of the roughest nightclubs in the world. Over that period, I was conservatively......

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How You Manage Your Life, Predicts How Your Game Will Unfold

I have written extensively about martial arts as a catalyst for personal mastery in life. Yet, the opposite is equally true. How you show up in life, is how you will show up on the mat. I believe the mat, and life, or life and the mat are in a constant symbiotic relationship. They are both reliable on each other to be successful. I am the kind of person that feels success is never by accident, but rather by design. While this design may not always be explicit or......

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Thinking Through The Body as a Tool for Martial Art Performance

On the mat, I often see people getting incredibly pissed off with themselves when they cant get something right. More so, they get angry at their body for being so dumb. I get it. I have done this too often in the past, but less so these days. What I have tried to do is to surrender to my body, allowing it to be my teacher — specifically in respect to mind, emotions and spirit. If approached from this way, the experience of martial arts can allow each of us......

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The Clausewitz of Sparring

Carl von Clausewitz was a Prussian general and military theorist, who’s book On War has become a seminal work in military strategy. In the following article I share some personal reflections how his work has influenced my understanding of sparring.

“But everything takes a different shape when we pass from abstractions to reality. In the former, everything must be subject to optimism, and we must imagine the one side as well as the other striving after perfection and even attaining it. Will this ever take......

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