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  • Kids Camps 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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  • Kids Camps in London  - Sherbourne Martial Arts Academy: SMAA - Supplement your training in Martial Arts and MMA with Kobudo

    Supplement your training in Martial Arts and MMA with Kobudo

    This may be an option for you to improve your ability to focus and regulate your emotions and mental energies! Have you ever wondered why some martial artists choose to practice weaponry involving ancient martial arts implements, such as the Bo, Sai, or Tonfa? What benefit can this possibly have in the modern world of Combat and Self-defense? Why would a martial artist spend significant time training in these ancient traditions, when time might be better spent honing empty-hand self-defense skills? Although these ancient weapons seem to have limited applicability in the modern world of combat. This ancient practice continues to be a valuable supplemental and complementary ....

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  • Kids Camps in London  - Sherbourne Martial Arts Academy: SMAA - From Traditional Martial Arts, to MMA...

    From Traditional Martial Arts, to MMA...

    Why do world renowned martial artists often insist that their art is the most complete martial art for self-preservation? All martial arts aspire to this common goal, yet each martial art has similar but different approaches to address the universal problem of violence. Often, the practitioners of an individual martial art will try to tout their style or system as the “ultimate” martial art that dominates over all others - this argument is often borne out of ambition, ego, and in some cases, inexperience and lack of exposure to combatives arts in general. This continual controversy on which art reigns supreme has generated many arguments and much infighting amongst martial ....

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  • Kids Camps in London  - Sherbourne Martial Arts Academy: SMAA - History of MMA at SMAA

    History of MMA at SMAA

    History of MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) Foundations at SMAA MMA may evoke images of gory ground and pound scenarios when matches aren’t stopped fast enough or opponents are simply mismatched. Despite the outcome of a match or a self-defense scenario, it is the will to get back in the gym every day to improve and build upon previously learned skills that truly matters. The foundations of top quality MMA fighters and Self-Defense Training regimens are rooted in distinct, well preserved martial arts: Boxing, Wrestling, Karate, Muay Thai, Sabaki, Jiu Jitsu. The most frequently used techniques from each, tend to have the highest success rate because they work. These potent, ....

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  • Kids Camps in London  - Sherbourne Martial Arts Academy: SMAA - Sculpt Yourself through Martial Arts Training

    Sculpt Yourself through Martial Arts Training

    Sculpt Yourself through Martial Arts Training The great Renaissance Italian sculptor (and painter) Michelangelo (1474 - 1564) believed that every block of stone has a statue locked inside of it, and it is the job of the sculptor to reveal the form that lies within. As an artist, he believed his job was simply to clear away the unnecessary rubble so that we too could see the beautiful forms that were always there, hidden deep within the rock, and that only he could envision. One could argue that Michelangelo never really sculpted anything, and the glorious masterpieces he liberated from blocks of stone were always there, waiting to be released. The job of the martial arts ....

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  • Kids Camps in London  - Sherbourne Martial Arts Academy: SMAA - Discipline, Patience, Confidence and Constitution...

    Discipline, Patience, Confidence and Constitution...

    Discipline, Patience, Confidence and Constitution: Facilitating Balance, Harmony, and Success through Degrees of Pressure In current times where we see an increasing desire for immediate gratification and an ever growing culture of entitlement, we humans appear to be more frustrated because we have not had the time to develop the discipline and patience to cope with failure/adversity. This lack of discipline and patience can contribute to a series of crushing experiences for many. These experiences can result in feelings of inadequacy, and consequently individuals may enter into a spiral of apathy and disbelief in themselves. As a parent, school teacher and life long ....

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  • Martial Arts Club, Dojo or Gym as Captain and Crew of a Sailboat

    I know metaphors can be annoying, but this one makes sense. Martial arts are generally known to be difficult if done precisely, but it is important to understand (and appreciate) the many intricate parts of a martial arts club that contribute to its progress, and the success of those that thrive within the structure. If you’ve never been sailing and are not familiar with sailboats, it is of no consequence - the concepts behind this message should still ring true for you. On a sailboat it is the many parts of the boat combined with the skills of the Captain and Crew that determine success or failure when contending with the elements . Although the elements (sun, wind, rain, ....

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  • Kids Camps in London  - Sherbourne Martial Arts Academy: SMAA - Kids Martial Arts and Adult Martial Arts: The Progressive Journey of Learning and Teaching

    Kids Martial Arts and Adult Martial Arts: The Progressive Journey of Learning and Teaching

    Children’s/Kids Martial Arts and Adult Martial Arts: the Progressive Journey of Learning and Teaching Introduction What is different about learning martial arts when it comes to children versus adults? Although there are obvious differences in the methods and subject matter for children, is the process of learning and growth really any different? For that matter, Is there any conceptual difference between a Student and a Teacher , when it comes to the learning process, effective personal growth, and continued self-improvement? Learning and teaching are both progressive intellectual journeys of exploration in the study of any art form, whether it be ....

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  • Kids Camps in London  - Sherbourne Martial Arts Academy: SMAA - Children’s Camps / Kids’ Camps / Day Camps: Elements to Examine

    Children’s Camps / Kids’ Camps / Day Camps: Elements to Examine

    Children’s Camps / Kids’ Camps / Day Camps: Elements to Examine Written by: Simon Sherbourne: School Teacher, M.Ed. 7th Dan (RHKKF), Director - SMAA Every year SMAA strives to outdo its performance from the previous year through assessing and evaluating the previous years’ March Break and Summer Camps for children. This year’s camps are no acception. Every child deserves an awesome camp experience. A children’s camp is an excellent way for your child to connect with other children in your community and grow with the professional support of skilled coaches and or educators. A martial arts instructor has the privileged ....

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  • Kids Camps in London  - Sherbourne Martial Arts Academy: SMAA - Ways of the Warrior Within (Part 2 of 3): "The Code of the Warrior"

    Ways of the Warrior Within (Part 2 of 3): "The Code of the Warrior"

    The Code of the Warrior is the second in a series of blogs that will explore the concept of the Warrior in history, how the “Warrior Code” has evolved in both eastern and western cultures, and how this translates into an everyday framework that defines the very spirit of the Warrior - a code that anyone can apply in modern-day society to better themselves, and their interactions with others. We previously examined the basic concepts of the the Warrior mentality, the principles that drive a Warrior’s approach to resolving conflict and adversity, and the importance of optimism in the daily life of the Warrior. We now look back in time to examine how the concept ....

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