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Don’t Dwell On It

Don’t Dwell On It

In martial arts, as in life, there are many occasions where a student may “win” or “lose”. This may occur at gradings, tournaments and demonstrations to name but a few. All of these events take training and preparation. After putting in all of the effort, it is...
Three steps to happiness

Three steps to happiness

People tell me I can be difficult and hard to please. This, in fact, is not true. I, like many other martial artists out there, am like a racehorse. And how do you keep a racehorse happy? Three simple steps. Keep it: Well fed Well Slept Exercised Easy as that! If any...
Basic home self-defence

Basic home self-defence

This article applies very much to those of us living in South Africa. I don’t know many people who haven’t been affected either directly or indirectly by violent crime in South Africa. It is the norm to live in houses resembling forts or prisons. It is a rare sight to...
Champion

Champion

When working at a level of excellence, everybody has skill. It is no longer a precious commodity. The rare commodity is will. The people who have the skill and the will are no longer merely excellent, but champions. It is these few who have the grit to be immortalized...
Keyboard Warriors

Keyboard Warriors

Every time I visit a martial arts website or facebook page I see a bunch of insulting comments from “trolls” and everybody joins into the fray, often becoming mindless, numb morons themselves. I have found that martial arts “trolls” are low level nobodies with next to...
Self-defence: Who should learn it?

Self-defence: Who should learn it?

People often ask me who should learn self-defence. The answer is: EVERYONE. Not everybody wants to take up martial arts or commit themselves to weekly classes, but still want to learn how to defend themselves. An alternative option to taking up martial arts is signing...