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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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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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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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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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