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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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  •  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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  •  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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  •  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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  •  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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