Awareness, Training, Intention and Intentionality

Levels of Awareness

It is arguable that self-defence starts and ends with awareness. Not to be aware is to be a sitting duck and even the greatest fighter can find themselves dazed and bewildered if they don’t see the threat. Self-defence teachers often talk about levels of awareness, sometimes using the traffic light system to describe ‘states of alarm’. Intentionality is even more important. Continue Reading →

An Introduction to Qigong

What is Qigong?

Qigong is a seven thousand year old Chinese health improvement (wellness) system. It incorporates the coordinated use of breathing methods, breath control, stances, movements, acupressure, self-massage, visualizations and guided meditations to achieve specific goals: increasing the quantity and quality of Qi in one’s body, facilitating the easy flow of Qi in one’s body, for the purpose of increasing health, strength, longevity, boosting one’s immune system and making oneself a better person. What more can anybody want but excellent health and well-being? Continue Reading →

Mindfulness Reveals A World Of Possibilities

Filtered Reality

Right this second as you read this, you are only aware of a fraction of your reality and you are missing lots of information that can help you achieve your goals. Why? Because our brains have a filter called the Reticular Activating System (RAS) that selects what sights, sounds and other signals from the real world we are going to take notice of. The more limited your view of the world, of yourself and your potential, the more your experience of the world will confirm your limited view of reality. Mindfulness training wakes us up to the real world where anything is possible. Continue Reading →

Get Stronger By Creating Inner Balance

Tai Chi, Yin Yang: Creating inner balance

The concept of Tai Chi is a great way to understand how life works, inner balance and the essentials of maintaining high physical, mental, emotional & spiritual well being.

Life emerges as a balance between the Yang energy (death force/anabolism/tissue destruction) and the Yin energy (life force/anabolism/tissue regeneration). Our shape, form, health, vitality, mental clarity, level of consciousness, and energy (energy: capacity to perform work & capacity to maintain our form) is a reflection of how well we have balanced the death cycle (Yang) with the life cycle (Yin) within our body-mind structure. Continue Reading →

Improve your Co-ordination

Improve your Co-ordination: Better Double Nunchaku

Are you one of those people that are great at doing nunchaku manoeuvres with one hand but, as soon as the nunchaku is in the other hand, things slow down? Do you find that everything is going well until you need to do swaps or catches and then you are not so cool? Now you can improve your co-ordination. Anybody can improve their performance, their fluidity and their catches by training to become more ambidextrous – by creating ‘two right hands’. Continue Reading →

Three section staff

Nunchaku’s Distant Cousin

The three section staff started life in China where it was known as the sanjiegun in Mandarin, ‘gun’ meaning staff.  Once it found its way to Okinawa, it became known as the sansetsukon, and they even created a couple of training kata, ‘sansetsukon dai ichi’ and ‘sansetsukon dai ni’. Like nunchaku, the three section staff is part of the ‘bo’ or staff family, and is a jointed weapon. It can, therefore, be seen as a distant relative of nunchaku. Continue Reading →

Why Train In Martial Arts?

When it comes to martial arts there are many paths – empty hand or with weapons, Chinese (Kung Fu), Japanese (Karate, JiuJitsu), hard styles, soft styles – and even then there are different strands within disciplines.

Unfortunately practitioners of the different disciplines and strands will sometimes dismiss each others’ training and I always think this is a real shame.

Firstly, because no one style IS the complete system of anything except itself as an art form. To be the greatest fighter, one needs to train across many disciplines covering the four main fighting distances – kicking range (Thai boxing, Tae Kwon Do, Karate for example), punching range (boxing), trapping range or grab the opponent by the scruff of the neck range (Wing Chun or JiuJutsu for example), and grappling range (JiuJitsu for example). Continue Reading →