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Jackie Bradbury

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Four Downsides to Being a Filipino Martial Artist
I love Arnis, I really do. I love weapons, I love the practicality, I love how it conforms to me (versus the other way around) and I love that it's a living art, always growing and changing. But there are a few downsides to being a Filipino Martial Artist. ...
I love Arnis, I really do. I love weapons, I love the practicality, I love how it conforms to me (versus the other way around) and I love that it's a living art, always growing and changing. But there are a few downsides to b...
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+Jackie Bradbury Perhaps, but it is also far more misunderstood.  lol
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4 out of 5 Ninja Stars for Black Belt for Life by GM Tae Sun Kang
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A Parent's Guide to the Martial Arts #tbt   #martialarts  
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Jackie Bradbury

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ICYMI: Stopping the Good Man #martialarts  
With a few exceptions, martial artists are the least aggressive people you're going to meet - at least, they are unlikely to initiate conflict and they are not the type of people who want to actually hurt another person with ...
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I think this highlights the importance of learning 'soft' techniques. striking has its place but sometimes you have to grapple. wrist locks are prefered in shorinji kempo. but judo/bjj grappleing is just as effective.
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Can you think of other reasons to go slow? 

Thanks for reading! :-)
 
"Professor used to admonish those of us who rushed into new techniques. He wanted us to have good form and structure before worrying about speed and structure. Wise words. I often train…"

#oshawa   #whitby   #martialarts  
I present 5 reasons to go slow in martial arts training. The benefits are often not well understood.
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I tell my students to slow down and practice the technique itself quite often. 
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Jackie Bradbury

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The Big List of Martial Arts Values
I need your help. You're my only hope. One of the credos of Mid-Cities Arnis is "Modern Martial Arts with Traditional Values". The "Modern" part is pretty obvious - we don't wear traditional martial arts uniforms, we don't have belts (we use wrist bands ins...
I need your help. You're my only hope. One of the credos of Mid-Cities Arnis is "Modern Martial Arts with Traditional Values". The "Modern" part is pretty obvious - we don't wear traditional martial arts uniforms, we don'...
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My martial art of choice being basically a zen buddhist cult (I have heared it described as a cross between the freemasons and a paramilitary) we have lots of values to remember and we are rarely taught the distincion between the philosophy and the tips for correct training practice. here are a few:

Live half for yourself and half for others.
Hard and soft work together.
mind and body as one.
love without strength is pointless. strength without love is violence
dicipline is stopping two spears (that one is based on a japanese kanji, a fine example of philosophy based on puns and the like)
speed, vital point, angle, timing, distance (i may need to double check that one)
everything depends on the quality of the individual
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Jackie Bradbury

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FACE-OFF FRIDAY: Are Short-Term Self Defense Courses Useless?
It's FACE-OFF FRIDAY! Today's topic is about SHORT term self defense courses. These are usually aimed at women, and are anywhere from four to eight hours long. It's generally understood that these courses can't possibly cover every topic or give you the var...
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Depends on the technique being taught, whether it is intermediate or advanced. How long the short term training is (days, weeks, months) and how many hours per session. There is a multitude of factors involved, imo.
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Jackie Bradbury

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How Not To Suck With Sticks #tbt  
My art, Modern Arnis, is generally taught in the United States as "the art within your art".  That is, it's taught as an "add-on" to what you already know (that's how the Professor popularized what we do).  I think this is tr...
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Adam Sinicki

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Hey guys, here's my most recent post on using nootropics and other forms of cognitive enhancement to potentially improve your cognitive ability as it relates to gaming and martial arts. In theory, you can use a number of strategies to enhance focus, awareness, problem solving and learning - all of which have applications for both groups. It also talks a little about the cognitive benefits of gaming itself and how this could be transferrable to martial arts.

Hope someone finds this useful - has anyone else tried using nootropics to improve their martial arts abilities? Do you recommend it? What has worked for you, if anything?

Thanks!
In theory, nootropics can heighten your reflexes, improve your focus and accelerate motor learning. Powerful tools for combat - virtual and real.
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Yeah, interesting. I know this is widespread in academics - especially in high-end prep schools and around the college scene. I've taken a few things but never really noticed a difference. Maybe I just needed higher doses. My system is fairly accustomed to being attacked by all sorts of things. :-)

I have however noticed a difference while practicing meditation. One summer I meditated 3+ hours a day and learning new techniques came to me like magic. It was ridiculous actually. But.... That's not realistic for most people. I was unemployed so I had the time.

I can see this kind of thing working but I wonder about the side affects. And I question the retention rate. I also wonder how it might effect a person psychologically - in so much as feeling dumb without the extra help. 
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Jackie Bradbury

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Four Downsides to Being a Filipino Martial Artist
I love Arnis, I really do. I love weapons, I love the practicality, I love how it conforms to me (versus the other way around) and I love that it's a living art, always growing and changing. But there are a few downsides to being a Filipino Martial Artist. ...
I love Arnis, I really do. I love weapons, I love the practicality, I love how it conforms to me (versus the other way around) and I love that it's a living art, always growing and changing. But there are a few downsides to b...
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It's FACE-OFF FRIDAY!  What do you think?
IT'S FACE-OFF FRIDAY! Today's topic is about the law of self defense, and what we do when we teach the martial arts. Each locality has rules regarding what can and can't be done in the name of self defense.  This can be very ...
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My Late instructor was a magistrate and used to explain with certain specific techniques when it was and was not appropriate to use them from a legal point of view.

that said when I had to intervene in a fight a few weeks ago I was much more worried about the legality of what I was doing than of any danger the attacker might pose. 

I spoke to my current instructor about it afterwards and he thourght i acted correctly given the situation but I would not have wanted to have to go to stand trial because of it.

the line taken by my late instructor was that if someone is shouting at you and trying to invade your personal space you step back and put your hands up. if you cant step back any further you elbow them in the face or whatever else comes to mind.

trouble was that it was the person standing next to me was being shouted at and then attacked. both looked drunk or possibly even drugged. 

I didnt think in law that i could let them just fight it out so i put a wrist lock on the one that seemed to have started it.
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Jackie Bradbury

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The story of how we finally got my younger daughter into a gi.
 
And Then There Were None
Time for another one of those annoying parentbrag posts I make from time to time. Not one little bit. Long-time readers of the blog know that both my husband and I train and teach the martial arts together.  You also know that Older Daughter is a black belt...
Time for another one of those annoying parentbrag posts I make from time to time. Not one little bit. Long-time readers of the blog know that both my husband and I train and teach the martial arts together.  You also know t...
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Jackie Bradbury

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You, me, that woman moving slowly wearing silk pajamas and that guy over there in a gi.... we are the tribe. #tbt
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ICYMI: THAT GUY: Ranky McGee #martialarts  
This actually happened. Once a long time ago, when we were moving around and figuring out where (and what) we would train, we attended a pretty decent tae kwon do school for a few months. Now, at the time, Mr. Chick was a...
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Awesome stick fight video....
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Raman Divakaran

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Many factors together contribute to making a great martial artist. Some of the more important ones are discussed from a personal perspective. What do you think is the most important?
 
What makes a great martial artist? Is it the style, instructor circumstances, or some specific qualities of the practitioner?
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Laura Dal Farra

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"In order to make BJJ reach its full potential in Bangladesh, we need to reach out to women, who happen to be 50% of the population. Traditionally, they are considered weak by the society. Well, BJJ is designed for a weaker person to overcome a stronger opponent through leverage. It would also prove that a woman is not weak."

http://milkblitzstreetbomb.com/bjj/women-bjj-gender-issues-bangladesh/
There are two gyms in Bangladesh that teach BJJ and only one of them trains women BJJ. This is the story of the people working together to make it happen.
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Bassam Yassin

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looking for a good karate book to read (not a "How-To" book), any suggestions?
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Best one I've read is "Zen in the Martial Arts" by joe hyams

It's smallish and simple but contains great wisdom. Check it out. You won't be disappointed. 
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Jackie Bradbury

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Bo: Why I Suck (and What I'm Doing About It)
So yes, I'm still studying bo. View image | gettyimages.com Nope, no pic of me in a white gi yet. As a refresher (read more here , here and here ), I'm in a two-and-a-half year program studying Kobudo weapons with A-KATO that started in January 2015.  Once ...
So yes, I'm still studying bo. View image | gettyimages.com Nope, no pic of me in a white gi yet. As a refresher (read more here, here and here), I'm in a two-and-a-half year program studying Kobudo weapons with A-K...
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Jackie Bradbury

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ICYMI: Five Things You Can Do To Help Your Favorite Martial Arts School #martialarts  
Today's post is aimed more at parents of martial arts kids versus adults, but these tips will work for everyone. Do you love your martial arts school?  Do you think your teacher is the best?  Want to help them be more success...
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