Tag Archives: Art

Mind, Body and Spirit


Some of my more regular readers may have been a little surprised to find that I reblogged a post from a young lady who was not a martial artist, and who was writing about her internal life.  So I just … 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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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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Competition – How Relevant is it?


I’ll say right at the outset that I have no real experience of Competition Fighting, and I’ve never been a particular fan of it – at least in oriental martial arts – but like any aspect of the arts, it’s … Continue reading

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The Calculating Fighter


Mathematics and the Martial Arts You might ask yourself, ‘What relevance does mathematics have to the martial arts?’  Oddly enough, the answer is a great deal!  To begin with, Maths is an integral part of Physics and so is enormously … Continue reading

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Martial Art or Craft?


Introduction Despite the general term for the fighting sciences being martial arts, I’ve never been entirely comfortable with this, particularly in relation to myself.  I was a working visual artist when young, producing cartoons, portraits, murals and even calligraphy, but … Continue reading

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