Kiai: The Fading Cry of the Martial Artist

Small scream

Small scream (Photo credit: Wikipedia) "Kiai is often thought of as merely being a shout, but this is not correct. Kiai is the convergence of all your energies at a single instant that ensures your goal is attained." – Iain Abernethy "Bunkai-Jutsu" Perhaps one of the most neglected natural martial arts weapon is the voice. It appears to be little more than a ritual in most dojos, dojangs, kwoons or gyms of today. The power shout or "Kiai" in Japanese, […]

Continue Reading

Attacking above and below (training diary)

Attacking above and below (training diary)

Main Lesson We focused on groundwork today, but warmed up with some grip fighting following on from a functional fitness warm-up. The session commenced with the top game, looking at various pins around the body. We began with side control and drilled the Americana arm-lock. Then switched to an adjusted scarf-hold (underhook rather headlock position) and looked at an arm-bar. This was followed with a transitional exercise going through the main pins in sequence. We then had a look at […]

Continue Reading

Moving off the line into grapplng (diary entry)

Two wrestlers clinching with one getting the back.

Two wrestlers clinching with one getting the back. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Today’s training focused more on grappling than anything else. My original mandate was to teach self-protection. However, we have arrived at a stage where the student would benefit from attribute training. It is easy to just teach a range of skills or different martial arts to an individual. It is a little more difficult to link the skills or arts together. However, what is really challenging and the most […]

Continue Reading

Efficient habits for better parenting and a happier childhood

Enhanced by Zemanta

It must have been sheer luck that "Superpowers for Parents" ended up on my recommended list. Of all the books on psychology and parenting, this has to be considered a standout piece. I teach self defence to children and through my studies and coaching experience I have found that building the right attitude is by far the most efficient way for children to learn. Dr. Briers' excellent new book is completely in line with my approach to teaching, which is […]

Continue Reading

Martial Arts Scepticism: We Art What We Eat?

English: John Harvey Kellogg

“Control oil and you control nations; control food and you control the people.” – Henry Kissinger   I remember, back in the 1980s, when caffeine was bad for you. A commercial for a brand of decaffeinated coffee, called “Care Haag”, linked the consummation of caffeine to an unhealthy lifestyle. How times have changed. Today caffeine seems to be added to everything. A whole new industry in “energy drinks” has taken off with individual beverages containing several times more caffeine than […]

Continue Reading

Selecting the Hook (diary entry)

This was our introductory lesson. We began with a discussion on the whole nature of self-protection. Its purpose is to reduce harm from interpersonal violcence. There are no right answers and it is far from being an exact science. Self-protection presents many variables and no one really knows how they will act in a real-life situation. However, we do have a lot of case studies, evidence and methods for testing that have produced some pretty robust conclusions regarding tactics.   […]

Continue Reading

Single Legs and the 300

Armlock shown is a straight arm bar (juji-gatame)

Armlock shown is a straight arm bar (juji-gatame) (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Double leg takedown. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The straight ankle lock is a standard leglock that hyperextends the ankle (Photo credit: Wikipedia) 22.10.12   Junior Class   With the pressure of the grading over, the class focused away from self-defence and back onto MMA. The class began with a sport specific student-led warm-up. At the group’s request we transitioned from clinch to ground and submissions. We began with some grip […]

Continue Reading

Retreading the path – combat grappling and blunt weapon defence (diary entry)

English: Muay thai, knees in clinch.

English: Muay thai, knees in clinch. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) 21.10.12 The private student had just come back off a holiday, so it was important to revise previous material. When it comes to teaching self-protection, my concern is to ensure that there is a well-worn path back to the simplest tactics. The overall purpose of basic civilian self-protection is to prevent or neutralize a physical assault. The best way to handle this is escape and the best form of escape is […]

Continue Reading

Edged Weapons, the clinch and the grading continues (diary entry)

knives

knives (Photo credit: Stephen Rees) 16.10.12 We focused on the clinch and knife defence exclusively day. This was done to look at some crossover attributes between the two. If Karl Tanswell’s STAB Programme was anything to go by, there is a lot of direct transference. When everything else has been exhausted and you are fighting for your life against a knifeman the chances are you will be grappling with him. We began with simple knife awareness, as taught on the […]

Continue Reading

A Life Truly Worth Living! – Review of Viktor Frankl’s “Recollections”

Cover of "Recollections: An Autobiography...

Cover of Recollections: An Autobiography Overview: "Recollections" is Viktor Frankl's little known autobiography. Frankl rose to academic acclaim in the world of psychiatry through his background in psychiatry and neurology forming the "third Viennese school of psychotherapy" and developing his own form of psychoanalysis known as logotherapy. Frankl rose to mainstream success with the publication of his book Man's Search for Meaning, which details his three years spent in four Nazi concentration camps. Recollections details Frankl's early life growing up […]

Continue Reading

Pure Heartfelt Inspiration

Man

Man's Search For Meaning by Viktor E Frankl (Photo credit: Pickersgill Reef) Man's Search for Meaning describes Viktor Frankl's reflections and psychoanalytic conclusions drawn from his time spent in a Nazi concentration camp. Being an Austrian Jew during the rise of the Nazis, Frankl and his family were all taken to concentration camps in 1942. He lost his wife and his parents to the camps. He even lost the only copy of his manuscript for his new book. Despite the […]

Continue Reading

Pre-Grading (diary entry)

Takedown

Takedown (Photo credit: stroopsmma) Takedown (Photo credit: stroopsmma) Tonight we focused on syllabus material, ready for the grading to follow. This began with revision on the fence against focus mitts, including multiple attackers. We then went to clinch and performed responsive takedowns. This is an exercise that consists of one student standing in the middle of circle, and responding being clinched by performing an appropriate takedown. Those clinching attacked using 30% resistance. This was followed with asymmetrical ground-fighting – one […]

Continue Reading

Self Protection Continues and Jumping Guard Pass (diary entry)

01.10.12   General Lesson   After a student-led series of combat-specific exercises, we continued working on the basics of grading material. As previously explained, CCMA gradings require the student to have a firm ground in self-protection. Therefore, all of tonight's training continued off the fence. We drilled pre-emptive striking, using the wall as a restriction and against multiple antagonists. This moved onto in-fight drills with the focus mitts going through various different postures. Senior grades drilled this against multiple coaches. […]

Continue Reading

Coaching at the Extreme Academy (diary entry)

Enhanced by Zemanta

30.09.12 I had the pleasure of coaching at Hastings' "Extreme Academy". This gym is run by my old friend and pro wrestling promoter, Stu Allen. It may be a surprise to those who haven't read my rather overlong biography (shame on you!), but I used to run the UK's first extreme professional wrestling promotion. I didn't ever work as a wrestler, but performed my martial arts act and was also heavily involved with the "bookings" and "angles". Those were good […]

Continue Reading

Understanding Reasonable Force – A Review

"Understanding Reasonable Force" is the part of the self defence jigsaw that most people do not own. There are now plenty of books describing the elements of the pre-fight soft skills and more than enough giving their take on the in-fight hard skills. However, the issue of the law as it relates to self defence is often given sparse room. This is in spite of "self defence and the law" being listed on the majority of self defence courses and […]

Continue Reading

Beginning Children’s Self-Protection (diary entry)

With the grading long overdue it was time to get back to the foundation of Clubb Chimera Martial Arts, self-protection. Although I see the very practical benefits that mixed martial arts has to offer when it comes to conditioning and developing attributes for self-defence, it is no replacement. We train MMA virtually every week, as I do not see the point in training self-protection as a regular activity unless you are involved in a professional activity that requires its constant […]

Continue Reading