Reviews and Interviews

Holiday Reading

If I don’t write again for this website before 2010 I would like to take the opportunity of wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Below is some recommended reading material for you to enjoy over the holiday period. I am guessing that it will probably be too late to get hold of them before Christmas, but maybe something to spend your Christmas money and book vouchers on. Daniel Gardner’s “The Science of Fear” is exactly […]

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Review of “Becoming the Natural: My Life in and out of the Cage”

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Cover via Amazon Chapter One of Randy Couture's autobiography sets the mood in the classic action mould. Just as "I am Jackie Chan" it starts with a moment that defines the public view of him. It's Couture's third match against a fighter that the world of mixed martial arts has slated as his arch nemesis, Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell. Back in 2006 this was the decider match with each man having claimed a fight a piece. Couture was also facing […]

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The Return of the “Alive” Blade! – Karl Tanswell’s S.T.A.B. Seminar

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I look back on 5th November 2006 and find myself fighting a very “Alive” internal battle to preserve my journalistic integrity and not to insert a firework metaphor to describe the central character of this seminar report. For those who are not acquainted with Matt Thornton’s Straight Blast Gym buzzwords, “Aliveness” is a term used to describe the association’s training model, which is ingrained in the principles of energy, timing and motion. It is an uncompromising and outspoken attitude to […]

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“Simply Awesome!”: John Anderson Part 3 (Geoff’s Heirs series)

"Simply Awesome!": John Anderson Part 3 (Geoff's Heirs series)

(First published in Martial Arts Illustrated 2006) Jamie Clubb continues his exclusive interview and training experience with John “Awesome” Anderson, Coventry’s most revered Doorman and one of Geoff Thompson’s biggest influences. Geoff’s Heirs “Simply Awesome”: John Anderson Part III   “People are animals and most people don’t realise this fact until it is too late” – John Anderson There is little arguing that John Anderson was a large influence on the life of Geoff Thompson. He features in a lot […]

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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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