Insights and Reflections

Empty Shotgun – Fury/Wilder III


The sight of an exhausted Deontay Wilder taking punishment in the latter rounds of his third match with Tyson Fury for the WBC/Ring/Lineal World Heavyweight Championship confirmed to many Fury fans what they had been saying for a while. Tyson Fury was the superior fighter who had been robbed of the title by a draw when the two had first met, proven his worth by stopping Wilder in the seventh round to take the titles and now cleanly knocked the […]

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Boxing Styles, History of the Weight Division & Dempsey’s Era (diary entry)

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18.05.21 My teacher consultancy lesson on fight history and analysis covered a number of topics that will continue into next week’s lesson. We looked over the boxing era that Jack Dempsey often eclipsed with one call back to the previous era to a man Dempsey publically admitted to fearing, an overview of the basic boxing styles and the history of the weight divisions. Styles of Boxing – Three, Four, Five, More? The 1920s saw Boxing enter a new golden era […]

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“Alison” – ABC Survival

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A major factor in self-protection teaching and education includes the research of personal survival. Besides simple survival skills in everyday life, we come back down to the psychological drivers that have allowed victims of crimes or crime-stoppers to survive the trauma of interpersonal violence. This is why I made Ben Sherwood’s “The Survivor’s Club” a recommended read in my self-protection foundation course. I regularly collect astounding stories of individuals who have survived violent crimes often to recognise preveiling tactics. However, […]

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Convince a Little Man: Peer Pressure in Film Drama (archive article)


Recently I have had an idea for a podcast concerning social circles of bad influence. A good part of personal security is an awareness of people. In fact, it is a vital component of situational awareness. Just as different people will change the dynamic of any situation, friends and associates can help determine an individual’s future. We are often judged by the company we keep. Coming from a circus background I know this fact only too well. Certain groups of […]

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C.S.I. The Three Missing Fundamentals of Combative Training

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Introduction – The Cross Trainer and the Information Age   The Information Age aptly describes the era of the modern mainstream martial arts cross-trainer. Unfortunately The Confusion Age is an equally fitting title. The meteoric rise of the internet has provided most in the developed world with more instant access to knowledge and data than ever before in the history of civilization. Similarly, training in multiple combative disciplines is no longer the practice of the hard-core martial arts enthusiast or […]

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Sparring in the Shadows

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Strange Behaviour? There are many elements to martial arts practice that look strange to the outside world. Despite its widespread and time-honoured use, shadowboxing is one of these elements. Most individuals can understand sparring with an opponent. Most individuals can see the benefit of hitting focus mitts, strike-shields and other hand-held pads. And just about anyone who has felt a massive urge to “let off some steam” can relate to hitting a heavy bag. By comparison, the act of performing […]

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Hitler’s Martial Arts?


“Ideology is the opposite of philosophy. Philosophy is the curiosity which guides its inquiry according to universal principles. Ideology is a prior prejudice that seeks out an echo-chamber of reaffirming information.” ― Stefan Molyneux   There is an unofficial school of thought that argues a strong belief can override a number of flaws in a violent situation. The regular reader of my material will note how much importance I place on attitude and one might argue that a strong sense […]

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Reality Training for Children

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Back in 2006 I produced a four-part series on training children in self-protection. I had started my own club the previous year and it struck me that a huge area was missing in the so-called reality-based world. Adults had been woken up to the big problems in martial arts training, which had seemingly been addressed by a new tribe of martial arts going under the banner “Reality-Based Self-Defence”. However, children, who made up the majority of martial arts classes to […]

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How Bad is your Bullshitsu Infection?


“The essence of the independent mind lies not in what it thinks, but in how it thinks.” ― Christopher Hitchens   I am currently in the process of editing, researching, writing and re-writing a multi-volume book entitled “Bullshitsu and the Fight to Make Martial Arts Work”. It is a project that I started around 2005 as an examination of the legacy of the R.B.S.D. (Reality-Based Self-Defence) movement, but has since evolved into a critical overview of martial arts subculture in […]

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The Martial “Art” Returns


“Really weird to see someone talk about not discriminating then basically discriminate against an entire group of skilled, hard working ppl.” – Megan Olivi On 8 January 2017 Meryl Streep deservedly received the Golden Globes Lifetime Achievement Award. The occasion caused quite a stir that is still being discussed now, as the actress used her speech to launch a political attack on the president-elect, Donald Trump. Her argument with Trump and his subsequent backlash on social media is of no […]

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Survivor Knowledge

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One of the saddest realities of criminal history is that notorious killers often claim the identities of their victims. These unfortunate human beings became immortalized only as part of the supporting cast for their killer’s infamous biography. Lisa Noland (nee McVey) is an exception to this rule. She was the last victim of the serial killer, Bobbie Joe Long. A woman of remarkable, courage, intelligence and tenacity, Nolan had endured a life of abuse long before she was abducted. In […]

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Evil, Beasts and Monsters

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Following up from yesterday’s post regarding the revelation of a steep increase of reports on child abuse in the year ending April 2014, I would like to further elaborate on the problems with the “Stranger, Danger” gimmick. What seems evident since Operation Yew Tew and the exposure of various paedophile rings is that a conspiracy of silence has stopped victims coming forward.  Let’s put a lot of this in perspective. This isn’t a conspiracy theory where a careful shadow operation […]

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Thoughts on the recent NSPCC press release


When Operation Yew Tree confirmed the crimes of Jimmy Saville, it should have put a nail in the coffin of the stranger, danger myth. Sadly like many self-protection myths, it persists to this day. The fact Saville was used to promote a book on stranger, danger and wrote the foreword can not be a more sickening example of the cognitive dissonance at work. I have long been working on a piece that will form part of a future book on […]

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Playing the Combat Game

Playing the Combat Game

I remember the feeling well. It was 2nd September 1995 and I was watching my little television mounted on a wall bracket in my room. Frank Bruno, the loveable sports hero of our country, had finally achieved his dream and claimed a version of the heavyweight championship of the world in Wembley, England.  I remember jumping from my bed in uncontrollable joy, cheering for a man I didn’t know and for a fight that no Boxing coach would ever look […]

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The Boxing Kangaroo and The Law of Instrument – Martial Arts Scepticism Series


“I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail”. Abraham Maslow, The Psychology of Science, 1966 Social media appears to be a great way to collectively analyse martial arts subculture. During my time training and teaching, I have come to the conclusion that many problems presented in martial arts stem from the way they operate as a subsection of society. Like most tribes, a common flaw […]

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