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Training Meetup

Organizing our first local training meet up for instructors and advanced students. What to work on? So we’re trying to organize our first training meet up, and I noticed a couple things, which are the things I’m trying to fix: I don’t know that many people outside my own training lineage I don’t know what[…]

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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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Instructor Playtime

Let’s not wait for seminars to bring us together At the recent Maul Mornie seminar in Detroit, I was delighted that it brought people from all over: East Coast, Chicagoland, Minneapolis, and Toronto. I of course took the opportunity to film and play around with those who could spare the time. But we all agreed[…]

Is it authentic? Who cares?

A rational look at authenticity People often search for and advertise, “authentic (martial art here).” There are many forms of authenticity, most of which don’t have tremendous value to your life. Let’s look at some: With technique of a past era. So either tactics, tools, requirements, or rules have changed. Maybe the art has become[…]

Don’t worry about level

Today doesn’t matter in the long run. Be a good person. I was at the MKG Instructor Conference this week, which dovetailed into a Dan Inosanto seminar, so naturally I stayed over for some of it and was really looking forward to working with a variety of very skilled people; the level in that room[…]

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What I learned from Saenchai’s Instagram feed

Even when you’re awesome, keeping it fun keeps me watching I have no idea if this is the official, personal whatever, but Saenchai’s Instagram feed is the one I love. Why? Because he’s having fun and doesn’t post stupid motivational memes. A more detailed look I suppose: It’s a mix of action, personal, and casual[…]

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Martial arts is not self defense

While it may help in a bar fight, knowing BJJ, MMA, even kali/krav maga doesn’t make you a combat or self defense expert So Tim Ferris is stretching his boundaries, putting out some footage about ‘fighting’ and self defense, and I’m going to have to go ahead and call bullshit. I’m not going to go[…]

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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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Trade situational awareness for social awareness

Know where the exits are, but forgot to bring a present to the birthday party? That’s 90% of your problem. Lots of people come to martial arts because they’re afraid. Whether that’s fear of being weak, defenseless, undisciplined, unfit…it doesn’t matter. Martial arts is sometimes the answer. But a door that can open is to[…]