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  • Kids Camps And Birthdays  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 And Birthdays  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 And Birthdays  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 And Birthdays  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 And Birthdays  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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  • Kids Camps And Birthdays  in London  - Sherbourne Martial Arts Academy: SMAA - What is Karate and Where did all the different styles of Karate come from?

    What is Karate and Where did all the different styles of Karate come from?

    What is Karate and Where did all the different styles of Karate come from?

    Karate of old was simply called “Te” in Japanese, or “Ti” (sometimes spelled as “di”) in the older original language of Uchina (Okinawa). This was from the original “Toudi”, which meant “Chinese Hand” (Tou being a reference to the Tang dynasty in China), but the point is that there was only one “Te”. Even the naming of the 3 main branches of Karate (Suri-te, Tomari-te, and Naha-te) did not emerge until the 1920s or 30s when the masters had to come up with names when presenting the art to the Japanese. As I understand it, even these names ....

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  • Kids Camps And Birthdays  in London  - Sherbourne Martial Arts Academy: SMAA - Ways of the Warrior Within (1 of 3)

    Ways of the Warrior Within (1 of 3)

    Ways of the Warrior Within (Part 1 of 3) “Ways of the Warrior Within” is the first in a series of blogs that will explore the concept of the Warrior in history, what the Warrior-spirit means to us in modern-day society, and how every-day individuals demonstrate this concept when battling adversity. Future blogs will apply this concept to demonstrations of the Warrior-Spirit in action. The Warrior as History and Myth Throughout recorded history, the Warrior has served as inspiration to anyone who faces conflict, or challenges fear and adversity. When we look to the Warrior in history, we hear tales of King Minos battling his Minotaur, Achilles fighting for ....

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  • Kids Camps And Birthdays  in London  - Sherbourne Martial Arts Academy: SMAA - Finding your Bearings before Developing Self-Defense Curriculum for Children

    Finding your Bearings before Developing Self-Defense Curriculum for Children

    As a professional middle-school teacher by day, and a martial arts instructor by night, I have learned that developing self-defense lesson plans for children in the martial arts is not the same as developing lesson plans for adults. Children have very unique needs that must be addressed, and specific developmental stages that need to be accommodated in order to process the complex nature of understanding (and applying) martial arts concepts and techniques. A child’s attention span and physical capabilities will generally be limited within age appropriate norms, while adults, on the other hand, arrive with a larger tool box and a greater capacity to focus, process, and perform. ....

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  • Kids Camps And Birthdays  in London  - Sherbourne Martial Arts Academy: SMAA - The Truth About Self-Defense

    The Truth About Self-Defense

    The Truth About Self-Defense What does the term “Self-Defense” or “Self-Protection” mean to you? When considering a response, you must first understand that martial arts were never designed for tournaments. So by design the concept of a “square match go” was never incorporated into the classical martial arts curriculum. Some might even say that the term “martial” (meaning “military”) is a misnomer that does not even belong in the same sentence as civilian “Self-Defense”. This view is supported by the fact that many of the “classical” martial arts programs were developed and propagated for ....

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  • Training with the Valente Brothers

    Visit to the Valente Brothers’ in Miami In August of 2017 I had the rare privilege of participating in a week-long training program at the Valente Brothers Jiu Jitsu Club in Miami Beach, Florida. I have been there several times before to attend private lessons, and my experiences each time have been nothing short of phenomenal, so I was really looking forward to an entire week of training with their team this year. The focus for this visit was Royce Gracie’s new program called “Royce 360”. As part of the continual improvements to strengthen his network, Professor Royce has recommended that all of the Royce Gracie Jiu Jitsu Network (RGJJN) Instructors attend ....

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  • Kids Camps And Birthdays  in London  - Sherbourne Martial Arts Academy: SMAA - Using Self Awareness to Keep Your Adrenaline in Check…

    Using Self Awareness to Keep Your Adrenaline in Check…

    Using Self Awareness to Keep Your Adrenaline in Check… What is Adrenaline? The online dictionary defines it as , “a hormone secreted by the adrenal glands, especially in conditions of stress, increasing rates of blood circulation, breathing, and carbohydrate metabolism and preparing muscles for exertion.” Having good endurance and being able to perform at your best for long periods of time is often attributed to experience. This does not just refer to job embedded skills, it also refers to staying calm so as not to release too much adrenaline into your body, which can also been known as having an “adrenaline dump”. Why is too much ....

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  • Kids Camps And Birthdays  in London  - Sherbourne Martial Arts Academy: SMAA - Addressing Elementary School Bullying: Why children should practice Karate, Jiu Jitsu and other Martial Arts

    Addressing Elementary School Bullying: Why children should practice Karate, Jiu Jitsu and other Martial Arts

    Understanding and Addressing Elementary School Bullying
    What is Bullying
    Canadian Statistics about Bullying
    What factors contribute to bullying behaviour?
    How do Bullies select their targets?
    When does the target (victim) fight back?
    How to support someone who is being bullied
    How to deescalate the verbal confrontation
    The Advantage and Methodology of Martial Arts
    Conclusion Most children encounter their first bullying situation when they start school and do not have the life experience to properly read social cues and assert appropriate social behaviours to deal with bullies who are seeking to take advantage of them. Parents often feel helpless ....

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  • Why Brazilian Jiu Jitsu/ Gracie Jiu Jitsu

    After studying Brazilian Jiu jitsu and Japanese Jiu Jitsu most of my life, I can say that in a Jiu Jitsu match the ability to keep your opponent on their heels so to speak, or to just stay ahead of them provides you with the tactical, psychological and mechanical advantage that greatly increases your chances of success. The creation of the UFC, Jiu Jitsu's overwhelming success, and the explosion of Brazilian Jiujitsu was not an accident. The outcomes were shocking to the world of combatives ( martial arts such as: Karate, Judo, Tae Kwon Do, Wrestling, Boxing, etc...). The fact that the Gracie family were willing to risk it all and demonstrate their art in front of the entire ....

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  • Kids Camps And Birthdays  in London  - Sherbourne Martial Arts Academy: SMAA - Valente Brothers, and Self-Defense

    Valente Brothers, and Self-Defense

    The pic assigned to this blog was taken on the opening day of the Valente Brothers new Facility in Miami Beach back in March of 2017. The facility is pristine and projects a sense of power and purity with its clear story lighting (panoramic windows at the roof line that light up the voluminous training space that is approximately 20' in height, 80' long and 40' accross ). A great example of minimalism with a focus on the mat surface which is darker than the white walls, ect. Having trained in BJJ since the mid 90's and learning japanese Jiu Jitsu from my grandfather, with a deep background in Karate, Kodudo, etc. I am a firm believer that if you want to be YOUR BEST you need to train ....

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  • Kids Camps And Birthdays  in London  - Sherbourne Martial Arts Academy: SMAA - Kobudo - a tradition of Using Improvised Weapons

    Kobudo - a tradition of Using Improvised Weapons

    Although most kobudo appears very stylized... you have to remember all the weapons in our Kobudo training were common farming and fishing implements that were used as improvised weapons for combat purposes. During current times, one might think of using a bicycle lock, or a weighted baseball cap, or even a cup of coffee. The selection is as broad as anything that exists in and including your environment. A prerequisite for children and adults in Kobudo training is to first gain a foundation of knowledge and application in empty handed martial arts such as: Jiujitsu, Karate, Judo, Tae Kwon Do, Wrestling, etc... These forms of martial arts will build skills and knowledge of: ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts and Adult Martial Arts in London!


    Check out our new website for Sherbourne Martial Arts Academy!
    We proudly serve the London, Strathroy, and Woodstock areas! Come see the programs and deals we have to offer. Kids Martial Arts, Adult Martial Arts, Adult Jiu Jitsu and SO MUCH MORE! Fill out the "Request Information" form on the side of the page and stop in for a visit today! Don't forget to click here to visit us on our social media pages!! Facebook Google+ ....

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