Becoming an instructor in a martial arts school is often a really exciting time because in many ways you feel like you have made it. In order to teach others you must have already mastered the basic content and now is your chance to “give back” your knowledge and continue the progression of your style. Read more

Why Train With Weapons?

Posted by Sifu Talib in Technical Stuff on November 19, 2011 | No Comments

“A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity” ~ Sigmund Freud Weapons have always been part of human culture throughout recorded history and beyond and our computer age makes no exception. Violent attacks with knifes, bats, machetes, bottles, etc. fill the headlines more than ever and although medical care has Read more

True skill

Posted by Sifu Talib in General Stuff on November 17, 2011 | No Comments

I have been involved in the martial arts, in one way or another, since I can remember. My dad, God rest his soul, introduced me to Judo when I was about six years old. Since then I’ve seen a lot of different things ranging from the amazing to the ridiculous and bizarre. Over the years Read more

Escrima – The Filipino Martial Art

Posted by Sifu Talib in General Stuff on November 15, 2011 | No Comments

Escrima is a popular Filipino martial art dating back to the 1500s, during the colonization of the Philippine Islands by the Spanish. Escrima is a very simplified but practical form of combat technique originally designed as a self-defence tool. Escrima is also known by many other names such as Eskrima, Arnis, Arnis de Mano, Kali Read more

Overcoming Fear

Posted by Sifu Talib in General Stuff on November 13, 2011 | No Comments

“If we take the generally accepted definition of bravery as a quality which knows no fear, I have never seen a brave man. All men are frightened. The more intelligent they are, the more they are frightened.” General George S. Patton Now there are plenty of DVD programmes, books, etc. designed to teach you how Read more

Ignorance is not bliss.

Posted by Sifu Talib in General Stuff on November 10, 2011 | No Comments

“Seek not to follow in the footsteps of men of old; seek what they sought.” Matsuo Basho – Japanese Poet 1644 -1694 As in every human endeavour and especially in the martial arts a significant breakthrough often comes as a break-with, with existing patterns and traditions. All those we consider to be the great masters Read more