Tag Archives: Psychology

Confidence…Who we present, and how we really feel


Here's me, faking like I'm a middle-aged British woman. When I worked as a magazine editor, I had a great friendship with our publisher.  Her name was (and still is, actually) Brenda. She was in her mid-40s and one of…

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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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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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Grunting, Squealing and Shouting – what the hell’s going on?


A little while ago I was interested to read an article in the London Evening Standard about female tennis players, regarding research into the reasons for, and effectiveness of, loud exhalations while striking the ball on court.  Most top tennis … Continue reading

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Supporting the Body and the Mind – Supplemental Training for the informed martial artist


For most modern martial arts students, supplemental training tends to refer to running for fitness, a new stretching routine or an alternative resistance training regime, but the truly traditional disciplines were replete with all manner of effective adjuncts to calisthenics … Continue reading

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