Bill McGrath on Power

Bill McGrath on power generation After this week’s video with Archie Luz on how to throw a harder body shot, I thought I’d release this interview clip of one of the hardest-hitting people I know, Tuhon Bill McGrath. While I admire Archie’s power and movement, he’s a beast of an athlete and trains like an[…]

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Stop talking about yourself, ask about them

Stop talking about yourself! Learn about prospects by asking questions. You may be an expert in martial arts, but you’re not an expert in what a prospect wants. Too often this is the pitch, “Here we do xxx under yyy’s lineage” and then an implied question is left hanging that I guess is, “(please) would[…]

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Practice what you can, when you can

Practice to make the most of your training situation Our preferred practice methods may not always be available to us as conditions change: partners become unavailable, facilities downsize, our own schedule alters—any number of reasons may signal changing the focus of our practice may be more useful to our growth. Here’s today’s video on practicing[…]

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Cross Training, Shawn Zirger, and the Fighting Arts Collective (Toronto)

Cross training doesn’t have to be the typical Muay Thai, BJJ, FMA, yoga mix Shawn Zirger shares his perspective about the beautiful space he’s created at FAC Toronto Shawn speaking about his space One thing I love about Shawn and many of the people I meet doing this project is the independent spirit while still[…]

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What to work on – sparring and hubad

Not sure what to work on? Find out in flow There’s so much to work on even with a ‘basic’ art such as Muay Thai that it can be hard to make sure our training is complete and optimized. While ‘work on everything’ is true, it’s glib and not particularly useful. First of all, goals[…]

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Back to school, back to class

Do you and your kids take the summer off from training? Take advantage of sales and specials to get back to it! As my own daughter approaches the age of taking lessons for something, I started wondering, “am I the only parent who thinks my time could be better spent while she’s doing this?” Even[…]

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Fitness first

What if you can’t even run away like you’ve been taught? If you look at many of the common benefits that come from practice—coordination, flexibility, fitness, confidence, peace of mind, blah, blah blah, almost all of them can be achieved by being a mindful athlete, especially now with the modern trends of cross fit, yoga,[…]

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Fading skills…or never good?

What if I was never good? Not feeling or looking how you once did? I’ve been wondering about our memory playing tricks on us. One advantage of constantly filming myself is I get a lot of feedback on how I move. After you’re no longer under constant instruction, this may become an issue. Even if[…]

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UFC 200 — stacked and sucked

If I weren’t hanging out with people I liked, UFC 200 would have been a miserable time. UFC 200…lots of surprisingly positive write ups. I’m going to dissent. A card that looked good on poster but severely under delivered, with a splash of sideshow for good measure. First thing, great headlining fight. Glad to see:[…]

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Why I value fun more than good

Because you stop caring for even a serious hobby when it stops being fun My old friend and teacher Christian Malgeri was in town last week and I was reminded of not only what excellence, but the pursuit of excellence looks like. It was humbling, motivating, and fun, and—all respect to my local martial arts[…]