A Philosophy of the Fist: The Making of Cross Training in the Martial Arts 2

Cross Training the Martial Arts 2: The Anatomy of Hand Strikes

A Philosophy of the Fist The Making of "Cross Training in the Martial Arts 2: The Anatomy of Hand Strikes" By Jamie Clubb   Smashed windows, upturned metal barrels and an icy cold wind provided the miserable atmosphere of urban decay that surrounded the huddled circle of men. Seven of the UK's most unorthodox martial arts instructors and their intrepid interviewer, me, stood surveying the wreckage. The carnage around them, situated behind the newly renovated Bridgewater Bushi Karate Dojo, could […]

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“Simply Awesome!”: John Anderson Part 2 (Geoff’s Heirs series)

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(First published in Martial Arts Illustrated 2006) Jamie Clubb begins his private training session and continues his exclusive interview with John Anderson, one of Geoff Thompson’s biggest influences! Geoff’s Heirs “Simply Awesome!”: John Anderson Part II   “John Anderson will always be my ‘sempai’” – Geoff Thompson My private lesson with John Anderson concentrated on various fence line-ups and helped me develop more force in my strikes, particularly with my left hand. John’s major punch is the left hook, which […]

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“Simply Awesome”: John Anderson Part 1 (Geoff’s Heirs series)

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(First published in Martial Arts Illustrated 2006) Jamie Clubb exclusively trains with and interviews the legendary man who taught Geoff Thompson the secrets of street-fighting! Geoff’s Heirs “Simply Awesome”: John Anderson Part I By Jamie Clubb “You don’t want to take the chance of being in a fight. On the street the one-punch knockout is what you are after.” – John Anderson John Anderson is an undisputed legend and it seems rather odd to consider him part of the “Geoff’s […]

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On the Ascent: The Continuing Rise of Victor Estima

World BJJ champions Braulio and Victor Estima with CCMA founder Jamie Clubb

“BJJ is a very open martial art, so everyone develops according to what they find works for them personally“ Victor Estima With all the exciting characters put my way by various sources in the martial arts industry it is rare that Martial Arts Illustrated’s editor, Bob Sykes, asks me to take time out to write a piece on a particular person. Nevertheless, a certain character had caught Bob’s attention in the February issue of MAI. This individual is not even […]

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Martial Arts Illustrated Interview for CCMA’s First DVD

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“Cross-Training in the Martial Arts: The Anatomy of Combat”  Bob Sykes of “Martial Arts Illustrated” Interviews Jamie Clubb about his New Ground-Breaking DVD Where did the concept for the DVD “Cross Training in the Martial Arts” derive?   I have always been what the quasi-traditionalists affectionately call a dojo-hopper or martial whore. I suppose that stems from the fact that some of my earliest martial arts books and therefore influences were of the comprehensive variety. I’ve just always had a very […]

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Martial Academia

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Image via Wikipedia “Learn from the experienced, not from the learned” – Anonymous Since the nineteenth century, streets have been patrolled by organised police forces employed to uphold the laws of the land designed to protect the innocent. Yet the civilised human being is still drawn to combat whether it is as a system of self-protection, a form of stress relief or a method to keep healthy. There is something appealing about the visceral look and feel of ordered violence. […]

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Mordred’s Victory

“The Death of King Arthur”

Image via Wikipedia “I saw you beat him like no other man’s been beat before and the man kept on coming after you. We don’t want any part of a man like that” – Rocky II (1978) In the epic medieval poem Le Morte D’Arthur, King Arthur battles his treacherous son, Mordred, who has tried to usurp his throne. Arthur confronts Mordred and thrusts his spear through his son’s body. However, before falling to the ground dead, Mordred strikes a […]

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Muay Thai as Self Defence

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“Follow not in the footsteps of the masters, but rather seek what they sought” – Basho “One of the most devastating arts to come out of Asia is that of Muay Thai. This lethal martial art is dedicated to pure fighting.” – Peter Lewis “The Way to the Martial Arts” Image via Wikipedia There is little doubting the ferocity of an average full contact Muay Thai or Thai Boxing bout. The sport, when under full Thai rules, is one of […]

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Muay Thai as Self Defence

Thai Boxing at Ratchadamnoen Boxing Stadium

Image via Wikipedia “Follow not in the footsteps of the masters, but rather seek what they sought” – Basho “One of the most devastating arts to come out of Asia is that of Muay Thai. This lethal martial art is dedicated to pure fighting.” – Peter Lewis “The Way to the Martial Arts” There is little doubting the ferocity of an average full contact Muay Thai or Thai Boxing bout. The sport, when under full Thai rules, is one of […]

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Prodigal Son – Rejected

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Image via Wikipedia It’s a sad day when you realise you’ve outgrown your once respected seniors. I began my martial arts training in earnest at age 14 in an eclectic system called Sakiado (way of the body and mind). The system was taken from UKTA (ITF) Taekwondo and American Kickboxing. The style was fairly basic and limited, using a western boxing stance and punching combinations with Taekwondo’s other techniques. Sakiado was certainly a business (no harm in that), but not […]

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Respecting the Root and Branching Out (my first published article)

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Image via Wikipedia “To know the outcome, look to the root. Study the past to know the future.” Lieh-tzu South Africa: a country of incredible beauty often over-shadowed by its much-publicised scenes of brutality and political unrest. It is land of magnificent landscapes that can be seen from miles around. Impressive rugged regions like the famous Valley of a Thousand Hills dwarf even the largest of equivalents in Britain, and its striking coastlines border the magnificent Indian Ocean. I visited […]

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