Love. Respect. Believe.

The price.

Posted on October 21, 2014

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Everywhere I see on social media are about lofty and overly positive ‘do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life’ type nonsense.  If it were that easy to make a living with your passion, then everyone would be doing it.

Most don’t do what they love, for the same reason that we all don’t drive a Ferrari.  And thats simply because for some people, it costs too much to do so.

 

Here’s the price I paid to have the life I have right now:

  1. Spend a good portion of your 20’s in overdraft.
  2. Be unqualified for any job description for a salary of $40k+
  3. Unwilling to accept job description for a salary of $35k -
  4. Miss out on countless ‘boys nights’.
  5. Not knowing what a ‘cousin’ is.
  6. The disappointment and doubt from family as the silent ‘elephant in the room’.
  7. Claustrophobia.  The feeling of being stuck with nowhere to go, or improve.
  8. Loss of Family.  Most times success takes so long to actualize that by the time you do, your peoples have long left the room.

Thats about it.  The great thing is, I can’t think of anything past these 8.  I could easily make a list of ‘pros’ 100 long, but I won’t bore you.  If you want something, go friggin get it.  Fight for it.  Endure.  Kick down doors if necessary, and if anyone wants to walk out on you in the process, so be it.  The world is yours, so long as your willing to pay the cost.  Everything has it’s price.  It’s just that not all things cost money.

Timing, Motion

Posted on October 21, 2014

 

Understanding power, is also understanding it’s timing, and motion. Power is more than just ‘effort’. That’s given. ‘Power’ is an expression of strength–that means being ‘strong’ doesn’t necessitate strong moves, simply because they have to be expressed in the right way. Expressing ones power, means understanding the right a) time to do so and b) the correct motion to deliver. Bag work is a great way to understand this concept. Timing: Each weapon has it’s own speed. A punch is faster than a kick, a kick is slower than a punch (but more powerful). Try to get a sense of their difference when attacking the bag. Every time we practice we should grow our knowledge of ourselves a little more everyday. ‘Motion': Watch the motion of the bag. Match it with the motion of your technique. Time it, as they both meet head on. If the bag sways to the right, time it to crash into your R swing kick. If the bag sways towards you, time it to crash into your punch. Timing, and Motion. #wetalmboutpractice

F/W Drop

Posted on October 21, 2014

OK–I know I’m slow when it comes to retail.  Thai gear is just hella hard to deal with and I’d rather save myself the stress and focus on what I do best.

However, I got my hands on some stuff and wanted to jump on it for you, so here you go.  This is gonna be a quick hit, so finalize your orders at the front desk with me, complete your order and I’ll pick up over the weekend.

 

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A martial view of people

Posted on October 14, 2014

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Where else can street hustlers, law enforcement, corporate executives, students, LBGT, religious congregate without discriminating one another for their perceived beliefs?

The Martial Art world.

Martial art is a solid world.  It’s rooted in physics, not psyche.  It’s the one place where your opinion, preference, belief, colour, income has no merit.  You can either fight, or you can’t.  Your either weak, strong, or ‘in progress’.  Thats it.

I’m thankful, for experiencing this.  Every.  Damn.  Day.

Happy Thanksgiving.  Hope you smashed a turkey, and smashed the pumpkin pie.  Relax–because tomorrow we’ll work it off.  Together.

Fear of flying

Posted on September 30, 2014

‘Fear of flying': to be afraid of ascension.

Typically exhibited with speech that tends to justifies plateauing, or resisting added responsibilities and or risks.

If you, or anyone is beginning to exhibit such behavior, slap them immediately and tell them:

‘Is this all your capable of? If it’s not, shutup and go achieve. If so, then I’ll say goodbye so I can go achieve something’

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About Self Defense

Posted on September 24, 2014

My self defence ‘philosophy’ is pretty simple.  It goes like this:

It’s better to Avoid, then Run.

It’s better to Run, than Hide.

It’s better to Hide, than Talk.

It’s better to Talk, then Fight.

It’s better to Fight, than Die.

Too often, I see situations of conflict that could’ve been resolved much earlier, and safer than need be.  In fact, I see many conflicts degrade into a physical confrontation in which Martial Art is therefore justified, when all that needed was some simple common sense.

We see this all the time with instances of road rage, in which one driver violates some form of road etiquette, and another driver in response uses his horn, and or gestures to to demean the original offender (flipping the bird, swearing etc etc.).  Both cars stop at a light, and the ‘communication’ continues and de-escalates until one, or both members step outside their car to ‘talk’.

The point that I’m trying to make, is that not all, but many interpersonal conflicts have layers.  Not everything starts physically.  Much situations actually start verbally, and politically.  In other words–non physical stimulus is what breeds physical responses.  This is the problem with studying a Martial Art.  Martial Art education, typically assumes a physical start, in which elicits a physical end.

What is the best Martial Art to study?

Be a good person.  You’ll be surprised how far being a good person will take you.  Good people, only do good things, in good places, with other good people, at good times.  Doing so, drastically reduces the amount of attacks you will realistically ever experience in your lifetime.

Well what if someone gets in my face and I’m worried they’ll attack?

People who are truly vested in attacking you, will approach you from the back, or sides (so you are off guard and will attack without warning).  So someone approaching you head on is (to some degree) able to be reasoned with (again, to some degree).  Being a good person isn’t enough.  You need to be a strong person as well.  Invest in your communication skills, and more importantly, know how to project confidence.  There are tons of good people who get stepped on, I will admit.  But the ones who don’t are simply good, confident people who know how to express and assert it at the proper time.   Many situations can be de-escalated, with the right combination of words, tone, and assertion.  But it requires, effective communication.  I advise everyone, to take sometime and learn about communication–verbally, and kinetic (body language).  For situations that are verbally volatile/aggressive, these skills can prove invaluable, and perhaps save your life.

Well what happens if I just get jumped randomly?

Random beatdowns, actually happen much less frequently than we hear about them.  ‘Random’ beatdowns either have been simmering to a boil from a political perspective (gang wars fighting for power revenge plots), or just a straight up random event.

In this case, a fight has broken out, and there were no prior layers to acclimate you to the circumstance.  This represents a very narrow happenstance in life, and is precisely where Martial Art can make itself relevant.

1.  Have a strong body.  No body willingly chooses to attack the strong person.  Victims are chosen.  Much like the animal world, the victim that looks sickly, frail and afraid are often the targets.  A strong body takes you off that radar, and also is very difficult to dominate regardless of Martial training.  Think about it–The average NFL Lineman does not know a thing about fighting.  Would you go pick a fight with them?

2.  Learn a Martial Art.  Learn a style of Martial Art that focuses on simplicity and Strength.  Whether it be grappling, Muay Thai, Boxing, Wrestling, whatever.  Protecting yourself is actually quite simple:  If you fail to meet the aggressor with a comparable amount of commitment to physicality, then the aggressor will always win.  It’s not the technique that matters.  It’s the commitment and execution to it that makes it work.  In other words, one style is not better than the other.  Nor can we really say that a blend of all is the best way.  What matters, is the persons execution in the moment of attack.  With that said–whatever style you do, be sure to train and exercise at the highest possible intensity so that your body is not foreign to the intensity of the attack.

 

Lastly.  Take the thoughts of violence spoken from a Martial Art instructor with a grain of salt.  For the most part, our experience of violence is somewhat sterile:  We were taught in a gym, then got good, then got a certification to teach, then at some point fought in a ring, then opened a school.  This is a massive generalization, but for the most part thats kind of how the industry goes.  What Martial Art instructors are actually teaching, are combat manoeuvres, applied in sport, and/or those same manoeuvres applied for reality, but practiced without the same threat/conditions they would potentially be used under.

Martial Artists can help you with being a good person.  They can help you to be strong, and direct your time, and energy doing something beneficial (good people doing good things in good places with other good people).  But if your concern is to truly understand violence, I myself tend to turn to sources and professionals whose jobs and experience wholly encompass the subject:

 

‘Meditations on Violence’, Rory Miller

‘On Combat’ Lieutenant Dave Grossman

‘The big book of self defence’ Marc MacYoung

Stay educated.  Stay Good.

Kru Nick

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