Radio Interview With Charlie Wildish (Me); By Yvonne Bignall – Somer Valley FM

I recently had the privilege of being interviewed by Yvonne Bignall, for our local radio station, Somer Valley FM.

Yvonne Bignall coaches and trains women to live healthier authentic lives, designs and delivers effective workshops in everyday interpersonal skills, Continue reading “Radio Interview With Charlie Wildish (Me); By Yvonne Bignall – Somer Valley FM” »

Seishin Gi (Karate Uniform): Product Review

The Seishin Gi has been created by the well known blogger, best selling author and teacher; Jesse Enkamp (also known as The Karate Nerd).  It is crowdfunded, crowdsourced, and has been endorsed by Iain Abernethy, Patrick McCathy, Tetsuhiro Hokama 10th Dan  and a number of other Continue reading “Seishin Gi (Karate Uniform): Product Review” »

Different Levels Of Training In Traditional Martial Arts

When real fighting/self protection can be really chaotic and messy, why are traditional martial arts so fussy about good technique with so much attention to fine detail and accuracy. It’s because traditional martial arts basics movements and kata/patterns/forms train us on several different levels simultaneously.  I have Continue reading “Different Levels Of Training In Traditional Martial Arts” »

Martial Arts Body Mechanics & Structures Vs Fitness & Strength

Some martial art schools/associations/franchises put a lot of emphasis on fitness and strength training.  A good work out gets the endorphins going and people come out feeling good and happy, stress levels reduced and a general feeling of well-being.  Being fit always feels good.  Sometimes the fitness may consist of doing a lot of circuit type training and/or doing everything fast all the time.

Whilst I am definitely in favour of being fit and strong, I am not in favour of emphasising these aspects over good body mechanics and body structures Continue reading “Martial Arts Body Mechanics & Structures Vs Fitness & Strength” »

Internal Power Seminar With Dan Harden

In the fullness of time, I expect this to be the most life changing seminar I’ve ever attended with respect to my martial arts.  It was a 2 day seminar on 21st/22nd July 2018, covering a lot of material, which for a newbie, stretched the mind as well as the body.  As such, this is review is my initial impressions and I do not pretend to be an expert or have all the answers.  This post is just to share my own personal experiences on this seminar, nothing more.

Now first of all, I want to address the “Internal Power” bit.  This was not the usual, use your chi Continue reading “Internal Power Seminar With Dan Harden” »

Differences Between Karate and Tang Soo Do

As usual with any such comparisons on the differences between styles, we have to accept that all comments are generalisations as there are many styles of Karate and Tang Soo Do, so it’s impossible to make comparisons which hold true for every single style of Karate and every single style of Tang Soo Do.

Also, I have to say that although I have had influences from many different martial arts I am primarily a Karateka and have not Continue reading “Differences Between Karate and Tang Soo Do” »

How To Create More Impact In Your Martial Arts Technique?

It is often said that generating impact is mainly about applying your body-weight and moving it into the technique.  I personally think that this explaination is a bit simplified and that there is a bit more to it than that.  So some of what I am going say here goes against conventional wisdom, so please bear with me to end before accusing me of sacrilege!

Ok, so what is the main factor that generate impact in a technique? Continue reading “How To Create More Impact In Your Martial Arts Technique?” »

Interview With Daren Sims, 5th Dan Aikido

I first met and befriended Daren Sims, 5th Dan Aikido and 1st Dan Combat Ju Jutsu in 2010, when I was organising a multi-style martial arts festival.  It was to raise funds for 2 charities that had helped my and my family through some particularly difficult times.  I selected 12 different martial art schools who had about 15 minutes each to demonstrate their system.  Daren was the contact point and organiser of the Aikido Continue reading “Interview With Daren Sims, 5th Dan Aikido” »

Correct Elbow Position For Punching

Following on from the last post on spinal alignment, here’s another video on the correct elbow position for punching and how it affects the shoulder alignment and fist position.  It’s a small detail that it often overlooked, Continue reading “Correct Elbow Position For Punching” »

Technique: Spinal Alignment

In most traditional martial arts the spinal alignment is maintained in a straight upright position.  But despite telling students over and over again, many of them still tend to lean forward.  In the video below, I hope to provide a demonstration of why keeping the back straight and upright helps techniques to flow more easily, fluidly and efficiently! Continue reading “Technique: Spinal Alignment” »