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Why Are You Here? Thoughts on Challenging Times and the Self Defence Mindset

At the start of 2018, one of my goals was to ensure I put out one blog every 2 weeks, which is output that I’ve been able to fairly steadily maintain in 2017. If you are a regular reader, then you may have noticed this has certainly not been the case over the past 6 months.
I’ve always found this hard to talk about, but a close friend and mentor has suggested I put this stuff out and hopefully it will help me sort some stuff out in my brain. I thought I’d share with you some of the reasons I haven’t been writing, and hopefully this will help me get some stuff off my chest and maybe help shed some light one how this also relates to training. This also leads to important questions about self defence and the survival mindset. 

Let’s start at the beginning.

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The Many Faces of the Dojo, Pt. 5 (or 'Titular Tantrums')

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

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

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

Under Pressure: Thoughts on Resistance, Contact and Pressure Testing

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

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

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

Bring the Ring to the Street: Self Defence Lessons from Combat Sports

Your High-School Teacher Was Wrong: Thoughts on Multiple Attackers

Van Damme and Krav Maga: What the 80's Got Right!

Let's Settle it! The Best Self Defence System is...

Fast Cars and D*ck Jokes: Getting Ready for Your Krav Maga Grading

Annoying or Dangerous? A Handy Guide to Self Defence Decisions

Permission Granted: On the Willingness to Act in Self Defence

Not Just Like Riding a Bike - Thoughts on Longevity in Self Defence

The Art of Picking Locks - Thoughts on Teaching Martial Arts

The 3 P's of Speed, Part II - Cycles, Resets and Defaults

Etudes for Boxing (or 'Learning How to Make a Great Speech') - Drills for Timing, Range and Self Expression

Yiddish Self Protection, Grandmothers and Some Important Life Lessons

Technical Difficulties, Curricular Conundrums and Adaptive Learning

Fight or Fright, Pt. 2

Fight or Fright, pt. 1

Being a Good Training Partner, Pt. 2 - Roles, Mirrors and Comfort

Being a Good Training Partner, Pt. 1 - Roadmaps and Tools

3 Hilariously Sad Stories of Effort and Reward

'Woof Woof' - Tales of Intent, Confidence, Ego and Dog Poop

Economic Theory and Your Training, Pt. 2 - Lessons From Behavioural Finance

Economic Theory and Your Training, Pt. 1 - There May Be Something Here...

Venn Diagrams and Martial Arts: Tradition, Sport and Self Defence

Lessons From A Tattoo - Attachment, Contentment and Progress in Martial Arts

A Broken Compass: Mayweather Vs McGregor, Morality Vs Curiosity and Combat Sports Vs Martial Arts

The Many Faces of the Dojo, Pt. 3 (or 'Enough Stereotypes Already!')

The Many Faces of the Dojo, Pt. 2 (or 'More Stereotype Fails')

The Many Faces of the Dojo, Pt. 1 (or 'Martial Artist Stereotypes')

Not All Arts Were Created Equal

It's You Vs You, Part 1: Martial Arts Mediocrity, Excellence and Success

How Your Messy Desktop Can Literally Get You Killed!

The Dojo Syndrome Pt. 4 (Or 'Oh No, More Self Defence Fails!)

Why You Should Beat Your Instructors Up

Play Music to Learn How to Fight (or Vice Versa)!

Principles of Pugilistic Propulsion

Alone or Together?

Talk the Talk Before You Walk the Walk

Speed with 3 P's

Is Your Krav Maga Soft?

Sparring in Krav Maga... Should You?

Why You Will Fail to Keep Your New Year's Resolution... And What to do About it!

Get S.M.A.R.T

Getting Punched in the Face, Puzzle Solving and Critical Thinking

Is Self-Defence a Lifestyle Choice?

The Dojo Syndrome pt. 3 (or 'even more reasons why self defence training is done badly')

The Real Dojo Bully

Martial Arts Fairytales

How do You Know You Know?!

Learning Different Styles... or Different Learning Styles?

As Real as it Gets

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

The Dojo Syndrome (or 'why self defence training is often done so badly')

Holiday Safety Tips

Turning Your Attackers On. And off.

Why you should love training what you hate

Fill in the blank: 'Practice makes ______'

Keep questioning yourself...