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'Roses Really Smell Like': Reasons, Excuses and Recognising Your Own BS

Knowing when to train and not to train can be a tricky minefield to navigate.


Every martial artist has experienced this. Whether it’s soreness, injury, family or work commitments, car trouble, bad weather or just not feeling like it, we can always find excuses not to go to training.
Where this gets difficult is knowing the difference between ‘excuse’ and ‘reason’.


Knowing the difference can help you in so many important ways: preventing injury, maximising your performance, and improving relationships with your training partners and teachers, and also with your relationships outside of the dojo.

So how can you tell the difference? Read on!

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Defending You from You: Self Defence, Defence of Self, and Defence From Self

So good to be writing again! It's been 3 long months. 

What does ‘self defence’ mean to you?

To most people it means being able to defend themselves or their loves ones in the event of a violent attack.

And yes, that’s a pretty good reason to learn self defence.

But there’s another part to the equation, that’s just as important. Want to know what it is? Read on!

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Not Just a River in Egypt: The Most Dangerous Thing You Say to Yourself is...

$hit Happens. All the time. To everyone.

We watch the news and see a story about someone getting mugged, assaulted, sucker punched, raped, murdered.

But that stuff happens to other people. I lock my doors at night, and I have insurance. Besides, I don’t live in that part of town and I don’t associate with those sorts of people.

And then what do you say?

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New Morning Memberships

Get fit. Have fun. Learn Mad Skills.

6AM. 9:30AM. Monday to Friday.

Due to popular demand we have started a new Morning Membership that allows you to attend unlimited Kickboxing and Krav Maga classes every weekday morning at 6AM and 9:30AM. 

$35 per week | Limited Spaces Available

Morning Membership Schedule

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Monday

  • 06:00: Kickboxing (45 min)
  • 9:30: Fitness Kickboxing
  • OPEN TO ALL LEVELS
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Tue

Tuesday

  • 06:00: Kickboxing (45 min)
  • 9:30: Krav Maga
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Wed

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Have Fun
Thu

Thursday

  • 06:00: Kickboxing (45 min)
  • 9:30: Krav Maga
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$35 per week
Fri

Friday

  • 06:00: Kickboxing (45 min)
  • 9:30: Fitness Kickboxing
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Unlimited Mornings $35 Per Week

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The Flip Side: Traditional Martial Arts and Combat Sports ARE Effective for Self Defence...?

One of the things I discuss often is the separation between combat sports, martial arts and self-defence (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, read this).


Self-defence practitioners often exclaim that combat sports and martial arts are NOT the same as self-defence, and indeed there is plenty of evidence to support this claim.


On the other hand, combat sports and martial arts practitioners will always claim their stuff is effective for self-defence.


Me? I tend to sit right in the middle on this one. Do they overlap? Yes. Are there transferable skills? Absolutely! Are they identical? Absolutely not.


But can they be?

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Should I take my child to Martial Arts?

Martial Arts can be an incredible force in the life of a young person. It can provide focus, structure, culture, problem solving capabilities and solid strategies to deal with bullying and other various challenges that life will throw at them. But it's not for everyone, and for some kids it's important to consider the type of training they may need before throwing them into a martial arts programme.

Will Martial Arts help my child's behaviour problem?

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The Dojo Syndrome Pt. 2 (or 'More Reasons Why Self Defence Training is Done Badly')

In the last article I discussed the ‘Dojo Syndrome’.
I had received some very positive feedback about it, with many instructors saying ‘this is exactly what often happens!’ and had a few requests to post some more tips. Thanks for the support, and I hope you enjoy this!

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