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Fighting to Survive: It's Not What You Think It Is!

You may have heard the metaphor, “The map is not the territory”. The phrase was coined by Alfred Korzybski, a Polish-American independent scholar who developed a field called general semantics, where he applied it to illustrate the differences between belief and reality. As such reality exists outside our mind, but we can construct models of this 'territory' based on what we glimpse through our senses. This is often no different to how people approach the topic of ‘self-defense’. In this sense, an instructor conjures up a belief of a......

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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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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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