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Weapons Live Training (diary entry)

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26.08.15 The tenth and final lesson in my client’s course on weapons for martial arts cross-training looked at some live practice. We did this once we had run through revision on various ranges of attack and defence with and against weapons. Without going into the sporting side of Filipino martial arts, of which I have little practical experience, we used rattan cans with protective equipment. Everything on the body was considered a target and we also permitted catching the canes. […]

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Trapping with Weapons (diary entry)

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The ninth lesson in my client’s course on weapons for martial arts cross-training brought onto aspects of trapping, dirty boxing and whatever name one can use to describe vertical gripping and striking. Weapon work lends itself well to developing these empty hand attributes. We warmed up using stick-on-stick drills, moving back onto revisions for entanglement and takedowns. On revising some flow drills, we explored several variations and led onto trapping in earnest. We then applied pressure and moved onto a […]

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New Self-Defence Course Begins (diary)

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12.08.15 I conducted the first lesson of my new client’s course on self-protection. He has requested to follow the self-protection line first before moving into relevant areas of self-protection. Having a background where he used to be very active in sports, he wishes to pursue something new, but is keen that it has a functional basis first. We began with a general overview lecture of personal security. The relevant links for resources on this can be found on the following […]

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Disarms and Wrist-Locks (diary entry)

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    12.08.15 The eighth lesson in my client’s course on weapons for martial arts cross-training, looked at more entanglement. After a warming up with stick-on-stick and then angles of evasion we moved onto blade work, where we explored various wrist-lock disarms. You will note that I have generally stayed away from wrist-locks in the traditional sense. I believe they have pragmatic purpose, a definite place in the history of unarmed combat and learning them can help improve small-joint manipulations […]

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Weapon Evasion to Engagement (diary entry)

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22.07.15 The sixth in the CCMA course on weapons for martial arts cross training was a revision of the past five lessons, moving into grappling with striking. We began using the single and double sticks, moving through postures and varying angle patterns as part of the warm-up. Then we moved onto evasive movements against the sticks and the knife I introduced a simple pivoting response to attack incoming slashes with the knife and then built on it with unarmed strikes […]

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Martial Arts Scepticism: Taking it on the Chin and Listening to Fools

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We are all capable of believing things which we know to be untrue, and then, when we are finally proved wrong, impudently twisting the facts so as to show that we were right.  Intellectually, it is possible to carry on this process for an indefinite time: the only check on it is that sooner or later a false belief bumps up against solid reality, usually on a battlefield. —George Orwell (1946) The process of martial arts training can be a […]

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