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Iain on the Practical Defence podcast

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Iain in Blitz magazine this month

I’m pleased to say that I’m on the cover of this month’s Blitz magazine and I have an article within. If you are based in Australia or New Zealand you may want to check it out. A great magazine who have been great supporters of what I do:

You can also get an online version in Apple’s app store!

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Marc Animal MacYoung in the UK!

The only 2012 Marc ‘Animal’ MacYoung Lecture and Seminar in The UK is now open for bookings at incredibly affordable prices and welcomes all kindred spirits.

The Lecture and seminar by Marc 'Animal' MacYoung is in Sheffield this September, he will not be training anywhere else in the UK this year or for the foreseeable future.

Marc will present his own unique experiences in a special Friday evening lecture at the University of Sheffield; this is for an insight into the life of a man who has faced and survived almost every conceivable form of violence.

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Kris Wilder teaching in the UK in June!

Kris Wilder will be teaching in the UK from Friday the 15th of June to Sunday the 17th of June! To my mind Kris Wilder is one of the best applied karate / bunkai instructors there is so no one should miss this opportunity. His material is very effective and his humorous and egoless teaching style is sure to appeal. A first rate karateka, a true gentleman and a good friend of mine. Seriously, no one should miss this!

You can download a PDF with further information and a booking form by clicking on the link below:

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Iain gets his pink belt!

Yesterday I added the following picture and text to my facebook page:

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International association to go live soon!

Those of you who have been with us for a while will remember that a couple of years ago I was working to set up a Society of Applied Traditional Martial Arts (SATMA). I put in a lot of work on it, but I was never quite able to free up the extra time that would be needed for the day to day administration. The project, despite huge support, therefore stalled somewhat. The good news is that progress on such a group is now being made!

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Geoff Thompson and Peter Consterdine: Ultimate Self-Defense Seminar



A rare event and not to be missed. Geoff and Peter will deliver the most comprehensive and effective self defence and practical martial arts seminar in the UK.

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30 Mins of Online Bunkai Videos From Iain

It’s been a couple of months since the last newsletter went out due to me being extremely busy on all fronts. I therefore thought I’d put all the videos since then on a single page for ease of viewing in case anyone has missed any. We have just under 30 minutes of video in these clips and I hope you enjoy them.

These videos were taken at my home dojo, at private sessions, and at seminars in Sweden and the USA. I’ve a few more “in the can” and I’ll get them uploaded as soon as I’ve had the chance to edit them together.

Many thanks for all your support of these videos!

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USA Seminar Latest News!

Message from Eric Parsons:

Hello everyone,

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All Practical Kata Bunkai & Pad Drill Videos Since July 8th

I’m working on the August newsletter at the moment. To make things easy for newsletter subscribers I thought it would help if I put all the videos we have done since the last newsletter update (July 8th) on this page. I’ve therefore embedded all the “practical kata bunkai” videos put out during that time on this page.

During that time we also put up the final part of the three part Extreme Impact drill. So that people can view the full drill more easily I’ve embedded all three parts on this page too.

I hope you enjoy the videos and there are plenty more to come!

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Kris Wilder and Iain chat on Martial Secrets podcast

Kris Wilder (co-author of ‘The Way of Kata’ & ‘The Little Black Book of Violence’) and I had a 45 min chat for his Martial Secrets podcast when I was in the USA last week. It was a fun discussion on stances, writing, my teachers, unhealthy (but delicious!) food stuffs, and a few other things besides. You can download and listen to the podcast via this link:

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All Practical Kata Bunkai and Extreme Impact videos since June 22nd

I’m working on the July newsletter at the moment. To make things easy for newsletter subscribers I though it would help if I put all the videos we have done since the last newsletter update (June 22nd) on this page. I’ve therefore embedded all the “practical kata bunkai” ones, and the “extreme impact” ones, that we’ve put out in the last couple of weeks. Many more to come!

All the best,


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Iain Abernethy Articles en Francais

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Iain and the Shaolin Monks!

Well last night I went to see Shaolin monks perform their “The Spirit Within” show. It was awesome!

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Practical Kata Bunkai You-Tube Channel

Hi All,

To make it as easy as possible for people to find and view the impromptu videos I intend filming at various classes and seminars, I’ve set up a You-Tube channel for them. Not much up there yet, but I intend to add new stuff on a weekly basis.

To see all the videos please follow this link:

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