Martial arts are, in a very real sense, a way of solving problems.
These problems can be broadly defined - improving fitness or learning to defend yourself from an attacker, or more specific, such as how to land a particular punch against a particular opponent in a particular bout.
The parallells between this and solving problems in business or personal life are easy to see. Dealing with difficult customers, expanding your skill base, managing stress and finding opportunities where others see difficulties are all part of this. Not sure how?
Is self-defence a lifestyle?
A very interesting point of discussion in a seminar with Richard Dimitri and Chris Roberts recently has really got me thinking on a different aspect of self-protection training. While it is something that I am acutely aware of, I have never really verbalised it. So here goes.
But before we proceed… A key word throughout the next few points is moderation. Read all the way to the end and you’ll see what I mean!
6th Dan Dr Gavriel Schneider presents a dynamic workshop designed to put your MMA training into focus for self defence. Combine striking, grappling, takedowns, joint locks and defend against a variety of street attacks that are common in Australia today.
A while ago I discussed the ‘Dojo Syndrome’.
I had received some very positive feedback about the first two articles (you can read them here and here), with many instructors saying ‘this is exactly what happens!’ and had a few requests to post some more tips. I hope this helps you with your training!
Congratulations to CAIA Members Alex Kannis, Sky McRae and Philip Vosloo, who competed as Team CAIA yesterday in the AFBJJ Gi State Championships.
Each martial art and each instructor have their own way of testing, grading and preparing their students for whatever it is they train for, be it fitness, competition, self defence, etc.
Students and/or parents of students often do not know what to expect when starting at a new school and so may not always ask questions when they see things that do not seem right. In my previous article, Martial Arts Fairytales, I highlighted this fact – people are often drawn to the mysticism of martial arts and accept things for granted, even things that defy all logic, like masters who can knock people out with a word, or accepting given techniques as ‘realistic’ simply because someone told them to.
CAIA is proud to present Master Instructor Mannie de Matos
Loosely titled "Leather Skin" - make sure to bring your gloves, mouthguard and a "receiving attitude"!
Starting Monday May 4th, we have added 12 new classes each week. Fitness classes, BJJ classes, Kickboxing for Fitness - morning and lunchtime, circuit training and Yoga classes.
We have also started a new $20 unlimited one week intro!
Martial arts have always carried a certain amount of mystique, which are often associated with ancient practices and traditions. As practitioners, we are asked to respect and follow these, often without question. But is it really something we should do?
Law Graduate and CAIA Member Adrian Rogers leads a discussion and Q&A session about the differences between self defence and assault. A must for any serious martial arts practitioner or instructor.
See you there.