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Tag: Philosophy


The Evolving Trajectory of My Martial Arts Programs

Over the years my programs have evolved to now encompassing both life long martial art experiences, to short intense courses for the busy individual. These programs have evolved for various reasons, some because of my own personal journey, whilst others emerged out of requests from those who follow my work. I can vividly remember back to the inception of the Crazy Monkey hand defense action, when that’s all there was, to what is now arguably one of the most important martial systems taught around the world. Needless to say, it is......

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I am Not Your Master: Being My Student Is Your Choice

I totally get that people, or should I rather say men treat me differently to other men they may know. The fact that I have both a reputation as a badass, and fighting skills to back it up, has a tendency to make men walk tentatively around me. I am not saying it’s right, but I get put up on a pedestal, which when you are in you're early 20’s feels great — but in your 40’s makes you feel somewhat uncomfortable.

I am No One Special

The truth is, I am......

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Students May Pay For a Lesson, Coaches Pay Back With Their Souls!

How many people do you know that have been dedicated to something for more than three decades? Hell, most marriages don’t even last a year these days. But that is how long I have been involved in martial arts in one shape or form. Clearly my role in martial arts has little to do with getting rich, because if that was the case, I chose the wrong profession. No, and as I have noted elsewhere martial arts is an integral part of my life, for many reasons, but most importantly because the......

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'I Am Only Here To Learn How To Fight!'

In 2012 I embarked on a formal educational journey (i.e., my PhD), which I now realise was in fact a culmination of years of informal study. You see, as far back as a decade ago, I began to realise that my personal performance in the ‘fight game’ was largely predicated on what was happening on the inside. Said another way, if I stepped onto the mat filled with self-doubt, anxiety, and self defeating thoughts, it would invariably impact my game. While my research as an academic has been specifically focused......

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