Category Archives: History

Distinguishing ‘Training Methodology’ from ‘Fighting Style’


(As with a number of my previous posts this piece is excerpted from a chapter of a book I hope to publish later this year – I hope you enjoy it, and whether or not you agree with it,  do … 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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Factors in Mis-transmission in Martial Arts


(The following is another extract from my forth-coming book: ‘Form & Function – the Making of Martial Art’ I hope you enjoy it and it gives some flavour of what to expect from the book itself) Many Factors, Many Reasons … Continue reading

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Ancient Greek Combat & the Olympics


The first form of man-to-man combat to become a game was wrestling.  Several archaeological discoveries have determined that the Egyptians and Assyrians were applying headlocks and half-nelsons for sport as long as five thousand years ago.  The temple tomb of … Continue reading

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