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10
2016

On the Path with Grandmaster

So you Study the Martial Arts? The question then becomes are you a Student of the Martial Arts or a Martial Artist? Is there a difference, what is it if there is one and why does it matter anyway? Well actually there a lot of differences between the two and in this case we will call one person a Stu...

26
10
2016

On the Path with Grandmaster

“Shaken or Stirred – Blended or Mixed” What flavour Martial Art do you do? Are modern Martial Arts signalling the end of an era? Are the days of the true Master numbered? Well probably not, but realistically the current direction so many martial artists are taking will have a large affect. The...

26
10
2016

On the Path with Grandmaster

“Real Training!” Do you train for real, or do you train for reality? The difference is a lot larger than you think regardless of style. The idea of a difference between real or reality training is more focused on those arts that have a combat focus or combat based history. It is less true with those...

26
10
2016

On the Path with Grandmaster

“Pass or Fail?” Is earning a belt now a given or is it something to be protected? Society is changing. This is a given but how does that affect the martial arts? The simple answer is in everyway but more importantly is it positive or negative in how. Lets take a look at just one aspect that in most...

26
10
2016

On the Path with Grandmaster

“What is it about Rank?” Rank, what is rank and why in the whole scheme of things does it truly not matter? Rank seems to be such a focus within the martial arts and because of that it will always provoke a spirited response. However when it comes down to it, your rank doesn’t matter from one style...

26
10
2016

On the Path with Grandmaster

“My Martial ART is better than yours!” Right about now you are thinking what style does this punk do? Really that question can only be answered truthfully, by the individual, as it is a personal opinion. It becomes more a question of why do you do a martial art? Some of the key factors for undertaki...

25
10
2016

On the Path with Grandmaster

Have we forgotten about our most important students? Before we discuss whether Black Belts are students, we need to ensure that we are referring to a student who has committed a number of years of effort into attaining that rank, or similar, depending on the styles equivalent. The Black Belt is the...

08
03
2015

Train #1 — Graz, Austria to Zagreb, Croatia

So for a change this time GM Perry drops me at the Graz Hauptbahnhof or main train station where I am grabbing a train from Graz to Zagreb—crossing Slovenia. It is around 4 hours and time to work on the laptop. We stop in Dobova where about 15 border police in 3 groups go through the carriages, I im...

04
03
2015

Austrian Seminars

The next day it is time to hit the mats for the seminar, and I work on Arm Bars, Hook Punch Defence and Dan Bong to the delight of the local students. I also get the chance to tick off my first country for CGN Fabian’s challenge. Hello to the Hapki Combat Lederhosen, something I am not sure will cat...

25
02
2015

Flight #1 – Sydney to Bangkok – Boeing 747

Onto Flight #1 Sydney to Bangkok with Thai Airways. The 747’s are getting old with a lot of them now 40ish, they are truly one of the most dependable work horses of the skies even if they are currently being replaced with newer 2 engine jets for less noise, less fuel and more safety. Still Thai airw...

22
02
2015

On the Road World Tour 2015 – Europe/UK

“The traveller sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see. ~ G.K. Chesterton” When it comes to World Tours the year in between does seem to do some magic form of time reduction. I have only just finished the counselling from the last trip, and now I get to lap our wonderful gl...