Training elbows

Just done some training and after working my elbows for a few rounds I thought I’d post this up. Training elbows is always an awkward one. The solid bone in the kinetic chain means that there isn’t enough yield to practice on the wall bag without jolting yourself to pieces. Focus mitts are okay but you need a partner to hold them and there isn’t always one about when you want to train. Best bit of kit that I’ve found for training them is the Continue reading →

BBC News – Karate punching power ‘all in the brain’

BBC News – Karate punching power ‘all in the brain’ via BBC News – Karate punching power ‘all in the brain’. The BBC are running an article that suggests training in martial arts helps to build brain cells! Admittedly for combat sports that train full contact all the good work is probably undone by regular blows to the head, but for the rest of us this is just another piece of evidence that helps to support the idea I’ve always subscribed to that martial arts are good Continue reading →

post olympic views

So the olympics are over and the football season is nearly upon us. Pundits on every media stream are telling us quite rightly that footballers can learn alot from the olympic atheletes and we have government campaigns aimed at getting more people involved in sport especially youngsters. I think the message from the olympics should be much more than that. The various stories of atheletes overcoming hardship to follow their dreams are inspiring and cross the boundary of athletics or competitive sports into other areas Continue reading →

Sissy grips….

                Thanks to one of my senior kung fu brothers I now have sissy grips on my knives!!! Before anyone says anything it seemed like a good idea at the time. In all fairness the grips do make the knives much less slippery when your hands get sweaty and so add a lot more oomph to the various actions (meaning that my newly mounted tyre is taking a beating). On the downside because they’re more grippy they are Continue reading →

I’ve got a spare tyre…..

No, not around my waist (although I really do have to step up the cardio and ab work ahead of the holiday later in the year). Having seen various videos of folks using tyres in their training I was inspired, so I popped along to a local scrap yard and got myself a nice shiny used tyre – well ok it was dirty, smelly and full of stagnant water but I was excited. I initially hung the tyre from the ceiling with some sturdy chains and Continue reading →

Interesting violent crime stats

I was doing some research for my latest project and came across some interesting stats in the British Crime Survey. Apparently 20% of violent incidents are likely to involve a weapon of some description. 6% of violent crimes are likely to involve a knife or other similar weapon. Of course these are only the reported numbers and they differ considerably from the numbers reported to police, but interestingly despite claims and counter claims the level of violent incidents has been constant for about the last Continue reading →

its not the same as it used to be…..

I used to love watching Judo whenever it was on the TV. I will admit that I watch just about anything martial arts related from the UFC to Fight Quest and I never tire of it. The Judo at this year’s olympics though is leaving me a little cold. I can live with the television replays and the interminable inquests by the various judges anytime there is a borderline decision to be made, but Gemma Howell’s disqualification left me stunned. As I understand it, and Continue reading →

A lasting impression…

Hope everyone who came to training in Bromsgrove last night enjoyed it. The hall was surprisingly cool given how lovely and warm it was outside. It was great to see some of the chi sau starting to come togther and some of the footwork getting crisp and dynamic, but I cant believe how quickly the two hours went. The new members to the class realised I think last night that things aren’t quite as easy as they seem and I noticed by the end of the class that Continue reading →