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Sometimes You Need To Go Back, To Go Forward

Working towards becoming successful at anything is difficult. If it wasn’t, it likely wouldn’t be worth the time and ...

Try Mindfulness in a War Zone!

I am a social scientist, researcher, in the midst of a PhD focused on mindfulness. Yet, I struggle with being mindful on ...

Seeking The Flow State Through Jiu-Jitsu

One of the (unconscious) attractions to jiu-jitsu is that it offers anyone the opportunity to experience flow. I say it ...

Playing & ‘Teaching’ the Fight Game For ‘Real’

It will come as no surprise to those who follow my work that I am an advocate that those who teach, should also be ...

The Dysmorphia of Martial Functionality & The Elephant in the Room!

I get asked all the time what do I think about X martial arts instructor, X style or method of martial arts. With the ...

The Lost Science of Street Jits?

I have been practicing Jiu-Jitsu for over two decades. Like many from the 90’s, what inspired me to start was watching ...

Functionality In Martial Skill Has No Allegiance!

As simple as this is going to sound, if you training in some form of martial arts, and if what you are training/learning ...

‘I Am Only Here To Learn How To Fight!’

In 2012 I embarked on a formal educational journey (i.e., my PhD), which I now realise was in fact a culmination of ...

The Cold, Hard Truth of Training to Survive Physical Violence

One of the most fatal flaws of martial art instruction, is that often, it is built off a system of predefined responses, ...

Violence isn’t a solution to most problems — except when violence is the only solution to the problem

Most people are uneasy when talking about violence, especially if they have never had to engage in it. In fact, often, ...

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