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Fight Pedagogy: The Method & Practice of Teaching for the Fight

Techniques are not difficult to teach. What is extremely difficult is the ability to ensure that a student can deploy said techniques against a resisting, uncooperative opponent. The reality of the fight remains an elusive distance from the training mat. And as obvious as this may sound, just because you teach someone something doesn’t mean that they will be able to deploy it when it is needed most. This should be self evident to anyone who has been educated in the West. We teach kids loads of stuff, that never seems to......

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Roll On: Dealing With Turbulence On The Mat and In Life

I fly a lot. There’s nothing like being 35000 feet in the air, and suddenly the plane starts shaking violently like a matchbox. Watching people’s bags fly out from the overhead lockers, one has only three choices. I could begin by freaking out, proceed to run up the isle to the cockpit door, only to realize it makes little difference as I have zero clue how to fly a plane. Or I could have overwhelming optimism (thrown in with some belief in a higher power) that this will end with a positive......

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Why You Are Addicted to Jiu-Jitsu!

No, it’s not just because you learn new techniques. No, it’s not just because of the physical challenge. No, it’s not just because of being able to submit someone bigger and stronger than you. While all of these are in a sense true and important reasons to train, the reason you are so addicted to Jiu-Jitsu is because you are fully there. I have spent almost 6 years working on my PhD in Mindful-Leadership. My inspiration for my research began after reading a paper by Professor Donna Ladkin, entitled, Leading Beautifully: How......

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Beyond Fight Technique, The Inner Theatre of Survival

At the heart of all martial art styles, systems and techniques is the user. That’s me and that may just be you too. There is an assumption among most martial art instructors that the simple act of teaching a technique, then asking a student to copy said technique, dressed up in a drill with a low level of stress, with little chance of failure — will result, if repeated enough times, in success in the moment that technique is needed most. I spend most of my time as a coach, not thinking about......

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