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The Curious Nature of Success in Martial Arts & Life!

Life is tough, unpredictable, and will kick you between the legs when you are not looking. Life is, at its heart imperfect, just like a roll in jiu-jitsu, just like sparring. But we want everything to be perfect. We want, seek, for the perfect roll, the perfect round of sparring, the perfect life. Perfection, we have been told, offers the key to happiness. 
But, in my experience imperfection gets a bad rap. Straight lines, perfect shapes, and order, is what we have been told is beautiful and good.......

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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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Will This Work in a Fight? It Depends!

Not a week goes by that I don’t receive a personal message on Facebook from someone in the world wanting some advice on improving their game. When I reply that it’s difficult for me to give a definitive answer, I get the sense that the person on the other side feels disappointed. In a world consumed by factory martial arts, with neatly packaged answers to every single possible interpersonal violent encounter, I am not surprised by this reaction.

Two Types of Questions

These questions usually come in two......

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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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