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  •  in London - Sherbourne Martial Arts Academy: SMAA - Choosing a Martial Arts School

    Choosing a Martial Arts School

    Feel like getting into shape through Martial Arts training? I often get calls from people looking for martial arts schools (Karate, Kobudo, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & Self Defense), and the questions I receive are plentiful. There may be questions on class format/structure, and timing/availability of classes, but the two most frequent concerns revolve around: 1 - Cost - How much does it cost? 2 - Location - Are you close to my home? Clearly these are legitimate considerations to factor into the equation. However, they do not consider the quality of training you, or the children you care for - will receive. In Southwestern Ontario childrens’ monthly rates can ....

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  •  in London - Sherbourne Martial Arts Academy: SMAA - Kids Martial Arts - Karate and Jiu Jitsu - The Benefits

    Kids Martial Arts - Karate and Jiu Jitsu - The Benefits

    Kids Martial Arts - Karate and Jiu Jitsu - The Benefits Childhood is the perfect time to introduce martial arts as a practice of self defense and discipline. The benefits for children practicing martial arts are many and include both social emotional development as well as, learning skills that they will use throughout their lives, and in many different areas of their lives. In a well run martial arts school, the structure and consistency of the training in both Karate and Jiu Jitsu create an environment that encourages risk-taking and leadership - yes, life comes with risks and learning to step out of the “comfort zone” is one important developmental benefit of ....

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  •  in London - Sherbourne Martial Arts Academy: SMAA - Adult Martial Arts: Considerations

    Adult Martial Arts: Considerations

    What makes adult martial arts different from children/kids martial arts? Is it maturity, vocabulary, prior education, or even social standing? What considerations should an instructor embrace, when outlining a curriculum and teaching a group of students? Let’s explore some of these considerations, and compare some key differences to better understand how to properly tailor the proper message for the desired audience. Maturity and Responsibility I would sum up the difference between adults and children in a single word: responsibility for one’s actions. There is a certain amount of unspoken vicarious liability when teaching children how to effectively defend ....

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  •  in London - Sherbourne Martial Arts Academy: SMAA - Okinawan Karate-Do: The Original Karate

    Okinawan Karate-Do: The Original Karate

    Most people do not realize that the origins of Karate-Do (vs. Kara) are strictly Okinawan (from the Island of Okinawa, or “Uchina” in the old Okinawan dialect). The origin of Karate is not from China through Chinese boxing, or Japan where it was popularized in the 1920’s by Gichin Funakoshi of Okinawa and from the Itosu lineage (same lineage as that of the WKKJO ). Although China and Japan did have significant influences on the development of Karate-Do, the Way of Karate is strictly from Okinawa. Karate began in Okinawa under the original name of Toudi (or Touti) with the word Tou being a reference to the Tang dynasty of China, and ....

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  •  in London - Sherbourne Martial Arts Academy: SMAA - Feeding a positive Mindset through Martial Arts Training

    Feeding a positive Mindset through Martial Arts Training

    As we all know, life is full of choices that we must make. Some of these choices are simple (do I want pepperoni on my pizza, or not), while other choices are more complex and can impact the remainder of our lives (do I attend graduate school, or not). A developed pattern of simple choices can also lead to a natural tendency in life to favor one path, versus another - the positive, or the negative … the easy or the difficult. As a simple illustration of this principle in making choices, you’ve probably heard the short saying about the Two Wolves. Whether you have or not, reflecting on the parable may steer you toward a better day: “Two wolves exist in all ....

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  •  in London - Sherbourne Martial Arts Academy: SMAA - Martial Arts and Self-Defense Tactical Volume  Episode 2 – Awareness and Target Minimization

    Martial Arts and Self-Defense Tactical Volume Episode 2 – Awareness and Target Minimization

    In our last blog, “The Intangibles of Combat”, we examined the intangible tools that a person (any martial artist) must acquire to consider his/her self defense training complete. We explored the key “Intangible” categories, what they mean, and how a greater understanding of them can benefit your overall approach to self-defense applications. “Awareness and Target Minimization” is the second in a series of blogs on the “Intangibles of Combat”
    that examines the importance of awareness, and minimizing your “Target Profile” as an approach to preventing physical violence from occurring. Future blogs will build upon these ....

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  •  in London - Sherbourne Martial Arts Academy: SMAA - The Art (and Science) of the Punch

    The Art (and Science) of the Punch

    The Art (and Science) of the Punch Punching with a closed fist is a largely misunderstood subject in the martial arts, and most who believe they understand the science of punching are largely misinformed. Although Boxing may be thought of as the most effective martial art for punching, modern MMA (and self defense) demonstrates that it takes more than Boxing to learn everything that is important. Different martial arts each offer a unique perspective on the subject, and each can offer important insights when learning the “punch”. Accurate, powerful, and effective punching requires knowledge and application through effective drills, and ample training in Karate, Boxing, and ....

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  •  in London - Sherbourne Martial Arts Academy: SMAA - The Self-Defense Tactical Volume: Episode 1 - Overview of the “Intangibles of Combat”

    The Self-Defense Tactical Volume: Episode 1 - Overview of the “Intangibles of Combat”

    The “Intangibles of Combat” is the first in a series of blogs that examines the intangible tools that a martial artist must acquire to consider his/her training complete in any martial art. This series of blogs will examine key categories of violence, the importance of avoidance and de-escalation, as well as certain indicators present in your environment that strongly suggest a predatory attack or other violent encounter may be imminent. In this introductory blog, we will examine the key “Intangible” categories, what they mean, and how greater understanding of them can benefit your overall approach to self-defense applications. Future blogs will break down ....

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  •  in London - Sherbourne Martial Arts Academy: SMAA - Comparing: Learning Karate and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for Kids and Adults

    Comparing: Learning Karate and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for Kids and Adults

    Whether you are getting into martial arts for self-defense, fitness or to cultivate self-discipline, we all (kids and adults) in general require guidance, reassurance and reward for our efforts to support and build understanding, self-esteem and initiative. However, does anyone feel as though they have achieved anything if it is bought or just given to them? In Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, rank is achieved slowly - much more slowly than many martial artists may be accustomed to. In most Jiu Jitsu schools, students work for many years to obtain their next belt. An example of this would be the coveted Jiu Jitsu “Blue Belt”, which can easily take 3-5 years to achieve at most ....

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  •  in London - Sherbourne Martial Arts Academy: SMAA - Achieving Rank and Proficiency in Martial Arts

    Achieving Rank and Proficiency in Martial Arts

    Do you ever feel as though you are constantly being judged or evaluated in life? We all make choices (and take actions) based on our personal values, experience (environment), and capacity (genetic disposition). So who has the right to judge another without knowing the road that person has travelled? The bottom line is: everyone has the right to judge us (whether we like it, or not). We are all weighed and measured by others every day of our lives, and this judgement is based on how we receive and treat others around us. That is not to say that any judgement pre-conceived by others is necessarily accurate, but we will be judged nonetheless, and this judgement leads to how we will be ....

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