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 – Interviewer

Yvonne Bignall coaches and trains women to live healthier authentic lives, designs and delivers effective workshops in everyday interpersonal skills, engages with global training organisations offering interpersonal skills facilitation, is a personal fitness trainer, bestselling author and, oh yes; she runs a radio show.  That show is the Women’s Power Hour for which this interview was conducted.  The Women’s Power Hour is designed to inspire confidence and unlock the potential of women (and I would recommend it to any ladies reading this).

The subject of my particular interview was of course, women’s self defence.

Please bear in mind that this interview was geared to the general public not to martial artists, so it won’t be in the same depth and detail as many other articles and interviews on this website.  Yvonne has never practised martial arts herself, but she is a former bodybuilder and Miss Universe contender, so she knows what it is to train as an international level athlete.  However, it’s included here for your general interest and I hope you enjoy it!

You can find out more about Yvonne and contact her at her website, www.yvonnebltd.com

 

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 very high level and well known Karate practitioners all around the world including Okinawa itself!

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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 written about this before back in May 2017 so you can read more there if you like.

However, more recently I made a video on the same subject, so I thought I’d share it on this website again.  Sorry if I’m repeating content, but some people prefer to read, others prefer to watch and listen.  Anyway, here we go . . . . . 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 (which I have seen in some places).

There is a general assumption amongst many people that to defend yourself effectively, you have to be really super fit as fighting is very physically demanding and intense. Whilst there are obviously definite advantages in being really fit, it is far better to be able to hit somebody once and be sure that they’ll go down then gear your self defence training to having to hit them 10 to 20 times before they go down. 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 approach that many readers will be familiar with.  This is a scientifically based approach which, as I understand it, primarily uses the networks of myofascial fabric, (sometimes called fascial meridians or anatomy trains), that runs throughout the body.  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 formally trained in Tang Soo Do.  So my observations on Tang Soo Do come from attending multi-style course that they were teaching at, watching classes, further reading, Youtube and a trained/experienced eye.  That said, I will endeavour to be fair, as I have done with similar comparisons between Karate and Tae Kwon Do, which TKD practitioners were happy with. 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 section.  During the build up to the event, I visited most of the participating schools to have see how their preparations were going.  Daren’s Aikido team where so well organised, dynamic and impressive; that I put them on first.  I wanted to start on a high note and get the audience excited from the beginning.  He was also very supportive of the whole event from start to finish.

Here is the demo from that day, with Daren in the middle a lot of the time throwing people all over the place: 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, especially as the elbow is often hidden by the gi/dobok (uniform).

This is something that I’ve written about before back in 2011, but I think sometimes it’s easier with a video.

So enjoy and please leave your comments or questions below.

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!  If you’re an instructor, it could be a good way to teach your own students.