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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The Social Martial Artist. It’s okay.

The Social Martial Artist — I’ve become what I used to make fun of — and couldn’t be happier So back when we were training harder, we all remember the people who would hang out and talk more than get their reps in. Like getting weaker, fatter, or less tough (not that I was EVER[…]

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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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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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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[…]

Chris Malgeri

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[…]

Ronda Rousey go-to moves

Your go-to moves

Develop 2-3 go-to moves for each art you practice They’re famous–Ronda Rousey’s arm bar, Mirko Cro Cop’s left head kick. Go-to moves that are unstoppable even when you know they’re coming. There are 2 main benefits to having go-to moves aside from winning. First, it will quickly give you some measure of success and therefore[…]

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Train with different partners

Take advantage of every opportunity to train with different partners This weekend was the awesome Rick Faye seminar, hosted by MKG Detroit, MKG Cleveland, and Attributive Martial Arts. Rick is one of my favourite seminars because not only are his material and methodology great, but his attitude and people are well to my liking. Even[…]

Kick of Legend

How to get good training 2 hours a week

You won’t get good training 2 hours a week, so time to re-calibrate expectations Shit, did I just break my rule about over-promising headlines? If you’re casually training MMA and are only able to make it in twice a week for an hour, what is that, an hour of Muay Thai and an hour of[…]

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Building a successful gym: Kombat Arts & Joey de los Reyes

Advice from Joey de los Reyes, head trainer at Kombat Arts in Mississauga, ON on building a successful gym When I first met Joey de los Reyes’s group the first thing that struck me was their friendly demeanor. Having driven 4 hours to attend a seminar that evaporated due to miscommunication, they took it in[…]