Category: Philosophy

Not all roses

  As most of you probably know I’m a strong advocate for the benefits of Karate in relation to mental health. As with everything in life there are two sides of the coin and rarely things are black and white.   For some individuals or groups Karate might […]

I hit Sensei !

A few recent events and conversations at the dojo inspired me to write this article. The first event was during a sparring session when one of my students delivered a lovely, spot on, spinning back fist that nearly took my head off. The second was during another sparring […]

Karate Confirmation Bias

Browsing through the vast amount of articles, clips and conversations on forums and Facebook groups about martial arts I have noticed that a significant amount of the material covered is influenced by confirmation bias. Confirmation bias is a fault in our thinking process. It makes us find and […]

Bigger and Stronger Opponent

HI all   In this clip I address this comment   “I prefer to see usage of technic on a bigger and stronger opponent, because it will be the case on street”   Is it really always bigger and stronger attacker? Do we have to train with bigger […]

From Kata to Fighting

  Kata (form) – Karate shadow boxing. The mention of Kata evokes all sorts of emotions in people. From passion to laughter everyone has an opinion ranging from a functional self defence training tool to merely a comical dance performed by kids in pyjamas. Unfortunately over the years […]

Wrist Grab Defence – Why bother?

Hi all On one of my videos someone posted this comment, “Can anyone post applications where it is not someone grabbing the wrist..this is a very clear and well executed video… I have never known someone to grab the wrist …but as I say excellent and clear thanks […]