Category Archives: Concepts

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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Attributes – Do you have what it takes?


AttributesTraining in the Martial Arts During my life in the martial arts I have been aware of a number of long-running debates.  One of these is the question usually phrased as “What is the best martial art?” to which I … Continue reading

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The Cutting Edge – Kalis Ilustrisimo – Part 1


The Cutting Edge Martial Art of Kalis Ilustrisimo – Part 1 Introduction A small, slightly built young Asian man stands in front of his training partner, each of them with the characteristic square on stance and the threatening high guard … Continue reading

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A Unique Opportunity – The Re-launch of Small Circle Concepts


I have had the privilege of working with both Prof. Wally and Prof. Leon Jay of Small Circle for many years now.  I have learned an immense amount from each of them, and I’ve tried to contribute something to the … Continue reading

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