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Martial Arts vs. The Coronavirus: Advice for Students, Instructors and School Owners

Considering current world events, martial arts are not that important in the great scheme of things. However, they do matter to martial artists! They are part of your identity and a major part of your lifestyle. For some, martial arts are also your profession and how you provide for the needs of your family.

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The Shuhari Concept: Imitate, Innovate, Invent

While it may seem like an oxymoron, the traditional arts have always been evolving and changing. Indeed, to try to stifle that change is not only harmful, it’s also not traditional!

“Times change, the world changes, and obviously the martial arts must change too.” – Gichin Funakoshi

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Traditional Things I DO and Why

This is a follow-up video to the one called, “Traditional Things I Do NOT Do and Why” that was uploaded last week. In response to questions and feedback, this video looks at some misunderstandings that arose and explains why I still do the following traditional things:

1) Use Japanese Terminology

2) Wear a Gi

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Traditional Things I Do NOT Do and Why

In this video I discuss three “traditional” things we don’t do, and I explain why we don’t do them. In my dojo we have long since stopped:

1) Using Japanese titles i.e. “Sensei”, etc.

2) Employing formal Japanese etiquette (beyond a simple bow).

3) Lining up by rank when training kihon, etc.

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Naihanchi / Tekki Shodan Partner and Pad Drill

In this video we look at a Naihanchi / Tekki based partner drill and pad drill. The drill consists of the kata methods being rapidly applied in a way that seeks to maintain dominance and ultimately facilitate escape (self-protection context).

While all the methods in the drill are found in the kata, the order is not the same. It’s vitally important to understand that the learning order (i.e. the sequence of the solo kata) is not the mandatory application order. In application, we use whatever method is relevant at that moment: the situation dictates, not the solo kata.

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Supplementary Fitness Training for Martial Arts: Three Key Considerations

In this video we discuss supplementary training from the martial arts. In particular, we cover the three key considerations – Individual Need, Available Time, Personal Enjoyment – that we all need to take into account when formulating effective and enjoyable training programs.  I hope you find the video interesting and useful.

All the best,


PS The YouTube link can be found HERE

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Kata and Bunkai Explained (video)

In this video I cover some of the key aspects of my approach to kata and bunkai. While it’s obviously not possible to cover all aspects in a presentation such as this, I nevertheless hope that this general overview is of some value. Topics covered include:

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Which knuckles should we hit with? Front 2 or back 3?

A short video on whether it is better to hit with the front two knuckles or the back three. NOTE: To illustrate some general points I hold my own fist against the side of my skull when talking (rest of body not in shot and holding my fist against my jaw made talking awkward); this in NO WAY is suggesting that part of the head is a desirable target (although it could be accidentally hit in the chaos of combat). The video also briefly discusses the merits of closed-hand striking vs open-hand striking. I hope you find my take on these issues interesting.

All the best,


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Logical Fallacies and the Martial Arts (video)

In this video I discuss some of the widespread logical fallacies that we see during discussions and debates within the traditional martial arts community. Good quality debate is one of the tools we can use to rid ourselves of bad ideas and to ensure good ideas are fully realised. However, poor quality debate – based on dogma, emotion and the logical fallacies discussed – is largely pointless. We need a lot more of the former, and far less of the latter, if traditional martial arts are to thrive and grow.

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What is the BEST Martial Art?

Discussions and debates about which is the best martial art are commonplace. However, which martial art is “best” will ultimately be determined by the specified goals of the individual practitioner. In this video we discuss some of the key considerations in determining which is the most suitable martial art for any given practitioner. Topics discussed include:


Sport Pressure

Testing Fitness, Health and Longevity

Traditional or Modern

Training Environment

Cultural Interest

Personal Enjoyment

And More!

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