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Tag: Self-Preservation


Unlimited Resolve: Beyond Feeling Good For the Moment!

Cruising around YouTube I came across a very well known motivational, self help speaker. I began watching, because just like everyone else, I am always looking for an edge in life. Ten minutes in, I was struck by something that I had often thought of previous times when watching these kinds of talks. Everyone is glowing, excited, energised, and in the moment — but I am left wondering what do they look like on Monday, after the ecstasy of the happy chemical cocktail that......

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No Such Thing As Old School Jiu-Jitsu

There’s a contemporary statement made of late where people refer to old school jiu-jitsu as a way of distinguishing it from the modern interpretation of the sport. In the modern vernacular, strategies such as berimbolo, 50/50 guard, and the rise in lower body attacks (i.e., ankle locks, knee bars etc) have ushered in the era of what is defined as new school jiu-jitsu. While there is no single answer to the reason for this direction in the ground game, part of it stems from rule changes in competition. For those......

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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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Most People Who Teach Martial Arts Are Afraid of the Fight!

With all the health issues I have had with my neck over the past few years, I could quit easily sit on the sidelines and tell my students what to do. I could quit easily use it as a convenient excuse not to play the game anymore. Although there are days I am forced to be on the sidelines when my neck flares up, most of the time, ninety percent of the time, you will find me on the mat rolling and sparring with my students. It’s tough too.......

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