2022 was supposed to be the year we got out, and about a little more, visiting friends in Ireland, Amsterdam and Spain, but not all our plans came together. Sword I progressed with my Ilustrisimo sword training over the year but still struggled to get it right 100% of the time; I dropped my stickContinue reading “2022 KORA Research Group Review”
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16/17 July 2022 Class Journal
The training program for today should have been Ilustrisimo sword training. The plan was to do an hour of Sera and then an hour of clinch work. What we ended up doing was me training sword work solo followed by two hours of Sera; that’s how it works out sometimes, you pencil in a programContinue reading “16/17 July 2022 Class Journal”
Breath -The new science of a lost art
Just read the above book by Jame Nestor, following a recommendation from a researcher friend, and I really rate it for those who need this essential skill. Not everyone has the luxury or good fortune to study Yoga and specifically instruction to breathe like me from childhood, but this book is an excellent primer andContinue reading “Breath -The new science of a lost art”
Paulino Uzcudun, 1920s and 30s heavyweight known as “The Basque Woodchopper” as he used to enter traditional wood-chopping competitions in his native Regil, Spain. I learnt a little bit of Savate from that region, totally different outlook from the Paris crowd.
In 1986 I attended a seminar with Guro Dan Inosanto partly because I wanted to meet him again and partly because I was bored with martial arts. My previous experience was mainly around boxing, fencing and Muay Thai with some grappling (Judo/Wresting) and a small amount of what we would call Combatives today. Mainly sportContinue reading “Research Journey”
The way of the cat
Anyone who has a family cat knows they are masters at doing precisely what they want; they eat, sleep, play, maintain and relax. They know the optical place to hang out in your home and have their schedule that fits their needs. I think we can learn a lot from cats about how to navigateContinue reading “The way of the cat”
First, I need to be a hundred percent clear that the Aliveness concept, as presented below, I got from Matt Thornton and the SBG Tribe back in the late nineties. Matt put into words what a lot of people half knew but never really talked about. He laid out the framework, and a lot ofContinue reading “Aliveness”
This blog’s primary goal is to talk about the training we are undertaking in our KORA class and help people with their training journey from afar as best we can. The idea is to be positive and promote the benefits of martial arts. One of the reasons I started a blog was that I realisedContinue reading “Authentic?”
Martial artist, hobbyist, researcher or role player?
I guess the answer most regular readers of this blog would give is, yes, martial artist. I would say it depends on what I am doing and its context. When I was growing up, I had easy access to Boxing, grappling (Judo/Wrestling) and fencing tuition. I did not consider myself a martial artist, mostly aContinue reading “Martial artist, hobbyist, researcher or role player?”