Category Archives: Concepts

London Seminar Invitation


Hi, everyone – firstly an apology; I haven’t been posting for a while, due to various factors, but I am writing and will publishing more posts over the next few weeks. Right now, I just wanted to issue an open … Continue reading

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Wally Jay – the Celebration of a Life


Dateline: Marriott Rancho Cordova Hotel, Sacramento Cordova June 15th – 17th Having only just arrived back in the UK, still buzzing from attending the most amazing event in Sacramento, California to celebrate the life and work of the late great, … Continue reading

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“Because You’re Worth It!” Or are you? Rank inflation in the martial arts.


Rank inflation in the arts is something any long-time practitioner will have witnessed more than once in their time, and there can be many different drivers that cause it to occur. I had to deal with this issue – hopefully … Continue reading

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The Cult of the Guru – Type A Personalities and the Martial Arts


I’ve been thinking about this topic a great deal lately; my friend, and one of my most valued mentors, Wally Jay passed away at this time last year, and in a month or so I shall be flying off to … Continue reading

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Questions, Questions…


Years ago my wife (who was my senior student then as now, but not my wife or even girlfriend at the time) and I had a dojo at St. Mary’s Medical School in Paddington in London.  We had a lot … Continue reading

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Mindset – our flexible friend


Anything sophisticated enough to be called a martial art uses psychology in a multiplicity of ways.  A generalised understanding of the psychology of stress and aggression (nearly the same thing, though mostly they simply overlap) is obviously useful.  This can … Continue reading

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Principle-Driven Arts…from Concept to Practice


I have been fortunate to gain teaching ranks in a wide variety of martial arts, but I have passed on that material, and my own, in a way that few of my teachers would have recognised.  Having cross-trained – though … Continue reading

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Commonality And Uniqueness in Systems and Styles


The following is an extract from a chapter of my forthcoming book – “Form & Function” .  I’ll be publishing other extracts over the coming months; I hope you enjoy it, and find it informative. Most martial artists see their system … Continue reading

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Faith and Belief in the Martial Arts


Faith – whether in a particular religion, art or teacher – in the martial arts is a problematic concept. I remember some years ago, one of my students asking me, “How can you train in so many different arts from … Continue reading

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The Cutting Edge of Kalis Ilustrisimo – Part 2


Grandmaster Tony Diego often teases Shamim Haque with typically relaxed good humour, “Go home, you know it already, no need to train anymore!”  But Shamim insists he has only scratched the surface of what the art, and Master Tony, have … Continue reading

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