Category Archives: Gendai Budo

Guest Post! Pragmatism and Patience: The benefits of an open minded approach to Martial arts, by Bob Docherty

  Back when I was still young, in about 1975, I was a cocky young kid brought up on a council estate and trying to find my place in a world where as a ‘smaller than average person’, disputes with … Continue reading

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Swallowing Pride: There’s more than one way to win a fight…

Living at school has always meant that I have had the privilege of being a student at a large number of different martial arts schools. There would be no way, otherwise, to keep up my training both at school and … Continue reading

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The Tragedy of MMA: What the death of Joao Carvalho must make us see

A tragedy has recently rocked the world of modern mixed martial arts. Joao Carvalho suffered a technical knockout at the hands of Charlie Ward, a teammate of the more well known Connor Mcgregor. The 28 year old Carvalho suffered brain injuries … Continue reading

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Use your words: the art of verbalisation

It has been a little while since I’ve written anything (something about having to revise for exams that will determine my future apparently) and in my fortnight of being somewhat remiss, I had an altercation with somebody. It was a … Continue reading

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Why do we learn martial arts?

How effective are martial arts in the real world? Whenever I speak to people about what I do for a hobby this is the first thing that they ask, and it fascinates me that this is, for many, a primary … Continue reading

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On Aikido: its origins and its effectiveness

  Let me start off my saying that this article is intended more for those personally invested on my journey to becoming a dojosei. It is a brief explanation of the art and where is comes from and will not … Continue reading

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