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

Components of a Fight

Posted by Sifu Talib in Technical Stuff on June 12, 2011 | No Comments

Fighting in a ring to rules and battling it out in some dark alleyway are two very different things. A seasoned street fighter placed in a ring with an experienced MMA fighter will lose the “match fight” – because the fight comes down to conditioning, training, and following the rules. On the other hand, an Read more


Posted by Sifu Talib in General Stuff on November 30, 2010 | 1 Comment

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Pushing The Nose Bone Into The Brain

Posted by Sifu Talib in General Stuff on November 13, 2010 | No Comments

Martial Arts Myth #3 Can a trained fighter really strike someone in a way that will drive the nose bone into the brain and thereby kill the other person? Short answer: No! It is anatomically impossible to drive the nose bone into the brain, whether you are a heavy weight boxing world champion or a Read more

Oriental = Authentic?

Posted by Sifu Talib in General Stuff on November 7, 2010 | 1 Comment

I sometimes get asked about my martial arts “lineage”, i.e. who my teachers were and who in turn taught them, all in a seemingly pointless  effort to see if it leads back to some known or even obscure oriental gentleman, as if that would make the fact that what I know and teach of my Read more

The Death Touch

Posted by Sifu Talib in General Stuff on November 4, 2010 | No Comments

Martial Arts Myth #2 – The  Death Touch The Touch of Death or “Dim Mak” refers to any martial arts move that can, supposedly, kill while using seemingly less than lethal force targeted at specific areas of the body. According to the myth death may ensue with a delayed reaction and might catch up with Read more

I  like to focus in the next few posts on some common myths within the martial arts world and try to see if they can’t be dispelled once and for all. Myth No. 1 -  Black Belts need to register as a “deadly weapon” This is perhaps the oldest of all Martial Arts myths and Read more

Show me the money

Posted by Sifu Talib in General Stuff on October 25, 2010 | 2 Comments

It is our lack of awareness that gets us into mostly avoidable situations. The problem we as law abiding and tax paying citizens have is that for most part we rarely if ever experience raw and unprovoked acts of physical violence or even verbal abuse. We get our kicks in movies and video games, others Read more

There is an urban myth in some parts of the martial arts world that something like 90% of all fights will go to the ground. Like with any assumption this one also has the makings of a rude awakening. Fights can start and end in many different ways and I am not sure where the Read more