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The Many Faces of the Dojo, Pt. 4 (or 'The Coach Conundrum')

In The Many Faces of the Dojo series (here are the links to parts one, two and three) we got to meet some of the interesting people who we train with. They are the people we train with each week. They enrich our experiences, make us laugh and sometimes also get on our nerves, all of which are parts of training!
But what about the people who actually teach the classes?

Today we are going to meet some of the insane instructors, surreal senseis and crazy coaches you may encounter on your martial arts journey.

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MWA 2018 Krav Maga Summit & Grading Australia

Modern Warrior Alliance International gathering for 2018 comes to Australia Perth 16-18 November.

After previous events in Israel and Africa, MWA is happening in Perth and Brisbane this November. Join us for 3 days of intensive training in Krav Maga and related arts with the top martial artists in the world and take part in our internationally accredited grading. Trainers details and brief schedule is below.

More info will be added as details become available.

Trainers:

  • Professor Michael P Belzer, 9th Dan (USA)
  • GM Meredith Gold (USA)
  • Dr Gavriel Schneider, 7th Dan
  • Noah Greenstone, 6th Dan
  • World Champion Oliver Olsen

Schedule and information:

Perth 16-18 November 
Brisbane 23-26 November 

General schedule (open to everyone) limited spaces (40 Max)

Seminars + Grading
- Early Bird $295 (book and pay before end of September)
- $375 after early bird
- Women’s Self Defence Course Add-on or stand alone $75. 

Friday - Day 1
17h30 meet and greet 
6-9PM Workshops Session 1:
• Grappling Skills
• Standup Skills
• Krav Maga Ground Skills 

Saturday - Day 2
9AM-12PM Workshops Session 2:
• Warmups and Stretches
• Striking Skills
• Joint Locks
• Throws & Takedowns
• Krav Maga Integration

45 minute Lunch Break 

12:45 - 3:45PM Workshops Session 3:
• Weapons Defences
• Weapons Use
• Realistic Scenario Training

Sunday - Day 3:
• 8:30AM-12PM Gendai Krav Maga Grading
• 12-1:30PM Donn Draeger history review with Prof Michael Belzer (lunch during the presentation) 
• 2PM Rank Presentations & Closing Ceremony

Monday - Day 4:
• Optional Women’s Self Defence Workshop with GM Meredith Gold 6-9pm - $75 (only 12 spaces available) 

SECURE PAYMENTS VIA PAYPAL

MWA 2018 Perth Registration
Participant Name | Rank

for more information please ring us on 08 9389 9489

 

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Situational Awareness Games: Tips and Tricks to Improve your Personal Safety

In the previous three posts I discussed some important issues concerning situational awareness and its importance. The first article discussed the importance of developing situational awareness as a key to the prevention of violence. The second article discussed why some people don’t listen to their gut instinct, with some entertaining and amazing stories to show both terrible awareness and excellent, literally life-saving awareness. The third article gave you some tips to help you know what danger might look like so you can identify it in time. 

Now that you know why it's important and what you need to look for, I am going to give you some simple and effective tools that can help you develop and improve your situational awareness. 

A little, but important, explanation first. The reason I refer to these as games is not to downplay their importance, but rather to emphasise the fact that this kind of training doesn't have to be scary, hard or cumbersome. It can be a lot of fun, and can challenge you in fun and interesting ways. 

Here we go!

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The Situational Awareness Trap: Do You Know What to Look For?

In the previous two posts I discussed some important issues concerning situational awareness and its importance.

The first article discussed the importance of developing situational awareness as a key to the prevention of violence.
The second article discussed why some people don’t listen to their gut instinct, with some entertaining and amazing stories to show both terrible awareness and excellent, literally life-saving awareness.

Before we get into how to develop better situational awareness, I think it’s important to stop and identify the situational awarness trap; we are often told we need to develop it, that it's important, that it can save your life... And that's all true. We may evn be given some tips on how to develop this (I'll discuss this int he next article). But even with all of this in mind, do you know what to look for?

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CAIA Open Day August 18

Date: Saturday 18 August 2018

Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

FREE - but CLICK HERE to book now to avoid missing out!

We'll be holding demos and giving away free trials, great giveaways and heaps of special offers, and we'll have a couple of food trucks to make sure you can have a tasty, healthy bite too!

If you ever wanted to try a class, this is your chance! Free participation, cool demos, prizes and more. 

Schedule for demos and participation:

  • 10:30am - Kids Martial Arts
  • 11:00am - Kickboxing / Filipino Martial Arts
  • 11:30am - Japanese Jujutsu / Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  • 12:00pm - Krav Maga / Wrestling
  • 12:30pm - Japanese Weapons / Yoga

FREE - but spaces are limited.

CLICK HERE to book now

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Under Pressure: Thoughts on Resistance, Contact and Pressure Testing

Krav Maga practitioners love talking about pressure tests, and it is a staple of most self defence systems. We take a set of techniques or scenarios, and pressure test them to see if things really work. They are also an important part of regular training, whereas you are supposed to be put under a lot of pressure and perform when you are not in your optimum.


This is, without a doubt, very important in self-defence training. But it’s just as important in other martial arts training. A common thing to hear at CAIA during BJJ and Striking sessions is the instructors saying ‘pressure!’ over and over and over again.

But what does ‘pressure’ actually mean? Are there different ways of applying pressure? How much is too much or not enough?

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The Difference Between Life and Death: 2 Stories of Situational Awareness

There has been a lot of discussion recently on the effectiveness of and need for situational awareness. I believe that simply put, environmental and situational awareness are probably the most effective tools that we, as individuals, have for predicting violent attacks and keeping ourselves safe.

Yet this is not always a popular view. Here is an interesting article on this topic.

In this piece we’ll explore some of the common mistakes people make with regards to situational awareness, as well as why they make them. Before I go on, I’d like to ask you sit down and take 10 minutes and read this all the way through. If nothing else, there’s a cool story at the end.

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Eurydice Dixon's Tragic Death: Thoughts on Victim Blaming, Personal Responsibility and Safety

 

A couple of weeks ago a young comedian by the name of Eurydice Dixon was raped and murdered walking home from a gig. The man who raped and murdered her followed her for nearly 7 kms from the gig until he found an opportunity to strike in a soccer field only several hundred meters from her home.
Police later issued a statement saying people should be aware of their surroundings.


This statement sparked a massive outcry from people labelling this statement as victim blaming.


Let’s talk about this a little bit. If you are on the overly sensitive side, you may not like what I have to say, so I advise you to close this web page and go look at pictures of fluffy bunnies or read some fairy tales about a perfect world. If, on the other hand, you are an open-minded adult and posses some common sense, read on.

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An Elevator Ride That Changed My Life: A Tale About Heart

Fighters and martial artists always talk about ‘heart’, or warrior spirit.

It is an unquantifiable quality. Natural for some people, and not natural for others.

It is the ability to keep fighting - to even fight more fiercely - even though you know the battle may have been lost. The ability to stare pain, or defeat, or fear right in the eye – which really means staring into the proverbial mirror – and say, sometimes quietly and sometimes in a loud voice, that you will not stop fighting.

Simply put, it is the strength of character to not give up even though you may want to.

This is a short, true story about heart. I hope it brings you some hope.

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