I've always hated celebrating New Year's. Maybe it's the hangovers I used to get. Maybe it was the crowded parties and staying up to celebrate something that didn't feel very momentous. But if I had to guess, I'd guess it was the forced introspection: in my younger days, I didn't want to look back on … Continue reading Looking Back, Looking Forward: Establishing Training Goals for 2020
If you've been around the Internet at all, you've probably seen them: the "real", "combat" videos of martial arts otherwise derided as ineffective. In them, an instructor, sometimes in camo pants (and sometimes merely with camo pants in his heart) shows you a REAL, NO-NONSENSE way to apply a technique from a compliant martial art. … Continue reading Why Beating Up Your Compliant Training Partner Doesn’t Make You A Badass
Thursday "I can't wait for your tournament," an online acquaintance told me, "So I can see a six page blog post about how it's not about winning it's about the experience you get along the way." "What I'm hearing from this," I responded, "Is that you read my blog." But hey-- when you're right you're … Continue reading Mats Don’t Lie: Reflections Before (and After) My First BJJ Comp
This week, a guest article by "Roger" (last name withheld at his request) about drawing the line between realism/practicality and some of the other benefits of martial arts that may be understated, undervalued or ignored. What do you think? Is there benefit in training martial arts beyond practicality? Is the philosophical benefit of what the … Continue reading Guest Article: In Defense of the Woo-Woo
Some housekeeping before we start- the response to last week's article was incredible. It helped me realize that my experiences, although personal, were definitely not just my own. I have a followup article planned but it needs a little more time as I compile the responses to the discussion that ensued. After a year of … Continue reading The Necessity of Failure in Martial Arts
Guest article time! This article comes from James Stapleton and is based on a Reddit thread he made of the same title. I found it particularly riveting and asked if I could edit it into a format suitable for the blog, and he generously agreed. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. … Continue reading Guest Article: What Makes a Martial Art Effective?