Anxious Black Belt

I’m very excited about publishing my book on the subjects of Karate and Anxiety. Below you can find an excerpt from the book. Please let me know what you think.

try.pngI started writing this book as a therapeutic exercise, to find out more about why I was suffering from a fear of the smallest things and to ensure that I not make the same mistakes with raising my own children as my father did with me when I was young. After talking about the idea of writing down my experiences with a few friends, they convinced me that I should write my story down in this book.

I’m not a writer, so forgive me for my lack of beautiful descriptions and poetic sentence. This book is about my fight with anxiety, how martial arts helped me to combat my fears and how it has taught me to become a stronger and more caring person.

It was a tough road. All of these experiences have led me to set up my own company, LB Posture Training, where I try to help other people improve their health and mental wellbeing and part of this business is Karate.

Karate can be used to help people who suffer from mental health issues, loneliness, and isolation. We provide group classes for adults from 18 years old, with our oldest student currently being 87 years young.

I hope that this book will help others to understand how difficult it is to live with anxiety, especially as I have only recently learnt that this is the condition that I have been suffering with.

I would like to show the art of Karate in a different light, not just a mere fighting system, but as a tool for improving one’s quality of life.

Karate has saved my life, and I am grateful for that. That is why I have decided to use it to help people around the world.

“Strong and Caring people are the pillars of society, and Karate helps to cultivate them.” Les Bubka 

For as long as I can remember I have had an overwhelming feeling of fear. I never imagined that this was something that I could change or erase, however I began to learn more about these feelings when I started to teach Karate for the charity, The Welcome Project. Here I met people who suffered from anxiety and other mental health issues.

It has become important to me to describe the ways in which I deal with these feelings. They stem from my childhood and have continued with me through adulthood. They have been with me on my journey to gaining a black belt in Karate and to becoming a person who is fortunate to teach all over the world, using Karate as a way of helping others.

In my opinion, the root of my anxiety can be found in the relationship I had with my father. He was a strict man who never showed signs of love to me or my brother and from whom words such as “I love you” or “I’m proud of you” were never spoken. Everything we did was scrutinised, never good enough or done incorrectly. This behaviour of my father turned the simplest tasks into unpleasant experiences, full of the fear of failure.

I have this clear memory of my mum sending me to a shop to buy some fruits. At that time in Poland it was not so easy to get fruits and other groceries as the communist regime had just fallen and democracy started to settle in.

I distinctly remember my mum telling me to go and get bananas, potatoes, and other groceries for the family. My memory of that event is that feeling of fear of asking people over the counter to buy a few simple Items. I felt paralysed. Luckily I found that a friend of mine was in the same queue and so I managed to convince him to ask a salesperson for my shopping. This type of fear of communicating with strangers has accompanied me to this day, but over the years I have developed coping strategies to deal with it. Now when I recognise this feeling creeping in I can reduce its impact on me via meditation and reasoning.

It doesn’t matter how hard I try, fear never leaves me. It is always lingering in the bottom of my gut making me worry that something bad is going to happen. I hope that my story will go some way to describe what people are experiencing when suffering from anxiety every day.

If you enjoyed this chapter and are interested in reading more, the book can be purchased from Amazon:

ANXIOUS BLACK BELT

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Les Bubka

Les Bubka is a dedicated practitioner of the way of the empty hand and has been for over twenty years. He is the founder of LB Posture Training, which incorporates the art of Karate with his personal training qualifications in order to help people.
Les has experience in running projects in association with mental health charities and other institutions, introducing Karate as a tool to help build confidence, self-esteem and physical activity to disadvantaged members of the community.
Les runs an inclusive club in Guildford (UK) where everyone is welcome.

Done Came & Iain Abernethy Seminar

On the 8th of June I had the pleasure of attending a seminar with Don Came Sensei and Iain Abernethy Sensei.

62314619_2319714771421569_2633939679828770816_nI had met Iain before so I kind of knew what to expect from his session and I was glad that at this event he would be teaching applications of Naihanchi. I was a bit anxious about Don though as I had never met him before and I don’t know much about Kissaki Kai Karate.

 

When I arrived I was greeted by Iain and Don and straight away felt very welcome, everyone was friendly.

iain-logo-stamp3We started with Naihanchi where Iain chose me as his uke. It was great for me as I like to feel the technique. I learn more by feeling than watching and so in this way I got some extra sensory information to add to my work on Naihanchi. As there was an odd number of participants Don decided to join in and partner with me. Actually, this is worth mentioning as it’s not often on seminars that teaching instructors jump in to do partner work. Both Iain and Don were kind enough to train with me, making this event one of the best seminars this year.

Don sensei was teaching applications of Rohai kata, which I don’t know and have neverdownload studied. They were very interesting applications and in some way familiar to me in terms of applying techniques. Don’s movements remind me of Artur’s (my teacher) approach which suited me and felt natural. I think because of this familiarity I really enjoyed exploring Rohai and I’m going to add it to my repertoire.

Overall I’m very happy that I decided to go for this seminar and I highly recommend that if you have the chance to train with either Don Came or Iain Abernethy that you go for it – you won’t regret it!

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Moving Club to Guildford

After few good years at the St Mark’s Hall it is time to move to new lactation. Considering all the options I decide that new location have to be closer to home, this decision was dictated by new member of the family arriving in March. New cub will be at the Queen Elizabeth Park on the ground floor of the QE Park Centre. This hall is nearly new with excellent wooden floor and bright light, having a good feel to it. 26952156_1990748001163412_3991770896776039895_o

First class will be held on the 8th of January 2019 at 8pm, everyone is welcome, our club is oriented to include everyone no matter their ability, we are involved in supporting people with mental health problems, autism and other physical disabilities. Our sessions can be modified and adjusted to the individual needs.

Looking forward to starting this new stage in our club, see you at the dojo.

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Here we go second clip from Pinan seminar in Guildford.

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About the author: Les Bubka is an experienced martial artist, personal trainer and therapist who specialises in posture, mobility and Karate.  Les works with a wide variety of clients including martial artists and athletes as well as those suffering with postural dysfunction or those who wish to improve their fitness and wellbeing.

Sanchin Seminar – Beyond the Breathing

It’s been a while since I wrote last post, life is very busy at the moment. Lots of events to attend, little chap to take care of, so not much time to write.

I was teaching on the seminar focusing on Kata Sanchin, not the usual breathing and body alignment stuff, but on the practical application of the moves within the form. Below you can view the clip from this event, hope you will enjoy it.

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About the author: Les Bubka is an experienced martial artist, personal trainer and therapist who specialises in posture, mobility and Karate.  Les works with a wide variety of clients including martial artists and athletes as well as those suffering with postural dysfunction or those who wish to improve their fitness and wellbeing.

Martial Arts for Mental Health Seminar

So we have done it, seminar was great we managed to raise £600, unfortunately we had to pay £300 for the hall hire. Overall I’m very happy that we managed to raise any money as at one point I thought that we will not have enough to cover hall hire. As they say picture is worth thousand words so please view pictures and videos below 🙂

Aikido

Jardine Karate

Jiu Jitsu

Shin ai do Karate

Shodo Calligraphy

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About the author: Les Bubka is an experienced martial artist, personal trainer and therapist who specialises in posture, mobility and Karate.  Les works with a wide variety of clients including martial artists and athletes as well as those suffering with postural dysfunction or those who wish to improve their fitness and wellbeing.

MAFMH

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We would like to invite you all to attend a ‘Martial Arts for Mental Health’ event. This seminar dedicated to raising funds to support wellbeing and good mental health. The event is organised by LB Posture Training. The money raised from the event will go to support the work of The Welcome Project in Waverley. The Welcome Project is a part of Catalyst, a non-profit organisation and registered charity which works with people across Surrey struggling with issues around drugs, alcohol and mental health. The Welcome Project works in partnership with other organisations and volunteers to provide a variety of activities, support, guidance and opportunities for people who feel isolated, have lost their focus, suffer from anxiety or need a change of direction.

Key Event Details:
• When: Sunday 9th of April, from 10:00 to 15:00.
More detailed timings are as follows
o 09:30 doors open
o 10:00 morning session (prompt start)
o 12:00 lunch break
o 12:45 regroup
o 13:00 afternoon session
o 15:00 finish

• Where: Surrey Sports Park (SSP) (for details on how to get there please visit their website here: http://www.surreysportspark.co.uk/guestinformation/howtofindus/)

• Cost: Entry donation is £10 or more (if you are feeling generous)
Please note that if you are unable to attend this event but would still like to contribute you can do so via our JustGiving page here:

http://www.justgiving.com/MAFMH

• Booking: As space is limited we would really appreciate it if those who are planning to attend either select ‘going’ on the Facebook event or let us know via email at les.bubka@lbposture.com.

• Important notices:
o SSP have a policy of not permitting any food or drink to be consumed on site unless purchased at SSP. Please note that there is a Starbucks and Sports Bar onsite for refreshments.
o Please do not take photographs as we require a SSP permit to do so. If you would like photographs of the event please ask us to take them on your behalf (using our camera).

Martial Arts Represented:
There will be a variety of Martial Arts presented at this seminar including Aikido, Karate and Jiu Jitsu. There will also be a demonstration of Taiso. We are extremely grateful to those who have offered their time to support this event. Please find details of the instructors below.
Confirmed styles and instructors:

Aikido with Hanshi Roger Payne
The Way of Spiritual Harmony. The Aikido we practice includes throws, joint locks and immobilisations, all carried out in a ‘Self Defence’ manner.

Jiu Jitsu with Renshi Jim Rooney
The Myo Shin Ryu Jiu Jitsu system places emphasis on throwing, pinning, and joint-locking techniques.

Jardine Karate with Sensei Matt Jardine
A pressure tested practice covering stand-up, clinch and ground fighting. A synthesis of arts, styles and experiences aimed at helping students define and design their own answers to their unique martial arts needs.

Shin ai do Karate with Sensei Les Bubka
Shin ai do Karate is an all-round full-contact style that inherits from Karate schools such as Goju Ryu and Kyokushin.

Further Information:
If you would like to learn more about the causes we are supporting please visit the links below:

http://www.catalystsupport.org.uk/

http://www.welcomeprojectsurrey.co.uk/

If you would like to know more about the instructors that have dedicated their time to support this event please visit the links below:

http://www.msmas.org/

http://mcsda.co.uk/

http://www.jardinekarate.com/

http://www.lbposture.com/

http://www.shinaidokarate.com/

If you have any further queries about this event, please contact Les via les.bubka@lbposture.com.

Link to the event below:

https://www.facebook.com/events/699556546858450/

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About the author: Les Bubka is an experienced martial artist, personal trainer and therapist who specialises in posture, mobility and Karate.  Les works with a wide variety of clients including martial artists and athletes as well as those suffering with postural dysfunction or those who wish to improve their fitness and wellbeing.