Category Scenario Training

Self Defence on a road trip or acid trip?

In the UK the recent release of crime statistics indicating a marked rise in the percentage of both moped related robberies (both of the vehicle and using the vehicle as a means of facilitating crimes) and acid attacks have caught the attention of the media.

kicking in self defence

To kick or not to kick, that is the question.

When it comes to applying martial arts techniques in self defence, context and training methods determine the results. We get good at what we train for.

The 2015 Review

So farewell 2015. It’s definitely been a Phoenix year for me, rising from the ashes of 2014, which I wrote about here. January 2015 began with me just starting on solid food again following on from a lingual tonsillectomy just before Christmas. The surgeon did an excellent job removing the tissue from my tongue, the […]

Headlines, knives and kneejerk reactions

Last week the Office for National Statistics in the UK published its latest Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW). This regular publication does not normally merit much public comment in the media unless a politician seizes upon it to argue that crime is continuing to fall, but the July 16 2015 release made the […]

Karate Uke, Blocks, and other Applications

What do we mean by block? My old concise Oxford Dictionary offers 18 different meanings for ‘block’ as a noun and 6 for it as a verb, a number of which seem suited to the context in which the term is used in the martial arts: an obstruction; anything preventing progress or normal working, a […]

Six things you should do in your training

1. Train against attacks to the head The head is an obvious target.  Not only can we be knocked unconscious through strikes to the head, our ability to hear, see, shout and even our balance can be damaged. We do have natural reflexes to protect the head which will be activated should our eyes receive […]

Environmental Awareness

Environmental awareness is a crucial attribute in self protection. The majority of self protection lies in the assessment, avoidance, deterrence, and de-escalation of aggression and situations where conflict is likely, but regrettably this is not always possible. Training your physical skills against habitual acts of violence increases your understanding and recognition of their telegraphs, an […]

Sticks and stones

Sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me. Whoever came up with that particular saying might be shocked by how false it seems in the modern world.  I’m sure that every coach / instructor / teacher or businessman/woman reading that phrase is only too aware of how damaging  words can […]

Keep on training

I don’t know the origin of this text, but it was given to me by my Aikido teacher  John Tidder in the late 1990s. It’s never let me down.   Sometimes nothing seems to go right, you feel sluggish and  uncoordinated – train. Sometimes the practice will appear confusing – no worries – train  because […]