Month: August 2014

Muscle memory

Instructors in martial arts very often use the term ‘muscle memory’, but they often cannot actually explain what it means.  In this article I will try to explain my views on this topic. I will begin with some definitions for muscle memory, motor skills and subconscious reactions. These […]

The Outsiders

Throughout my martial arts journey, I have been lucky enough to meet some extraordinary people, excellent teachers and great friends. Most of them have one thing in common – they are what I call “outsiders”. I will skip mentioning their names as I am sure most of the […]

Kano Paradox – art vs sport ?

Which approach in martial arts prepares us for self-defence – traditional or sport? This question often causes a lot of debate with traditional martial artists explaining that life threatening techniques are more useful in real life situations due to their dangerous nature. Examples of these techniques might be […]

Thoughts on the makiwara

The makiwara is a training tool in Karate used to condition our arms and legs to create powerful blows with the unarmed weapons of our body. There are divided opinions about the purpose of the makiwara.  Some old masters say that it was just a punishment tool for […]