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A Different Perspective on Miyamoto Musashi

The term "icon" is often attached to a person who transcends the context in which they were born and in which they operated. For example, as a professional wrestling fan, Hulk Hogan is someone who had star appeal outside of the pro wrestling industry. He achieved "mainstream" popularity, starring in movies, TV shows, as well as numerous other non-wrestling ventures.  With the Hulkster's example in our mind, brother (there's a reference many of y'all will understand), let's turn our attention to someone within the context of self-protection/martial arts.  There's scarcely someone as famous within martial arts circles as the swordsman, artist, philosopher, and writer, the Japanese samurai, Miyamoto Musashi. A quick search showed me that there are just shy of 15,000...

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George, Why Don't You Teach Large Group Classes?

Hi, y'all. It's been a while since I've written an article and I apologize for that. It couldn't be helped and I'll be writing more about that later. Trust me when I tell you that the past month or so was very informative and has inspired me to write this article, so ultimately it was time well spent, even if it didn't turn out the way I'd have expected.  But back to the question at hand: Why don't I teach large group classes, as many martial arts/self-defense instructors do? You could make quite a living if you taught multiple large classes.  It's a fair question, I suppose, if your starting point has a particular source of origin. Many instructors begin...

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For What Reasons Do I Teach?

In another article (available HERE) I mentioned some of the reasons that I train in Contemporary Jeet Kune Do (CJKD) and the Filipino Martial Arts (FMA). It wasn't an exhaustive list but it should've laid out, at the very minimum, a solid foundation for why I devote time out of my life to training. In this article I'd like to is offer a few reasons why I decided a long time ago to teach what I've learned, to pass along the information that I've amassed over the years. Again, this isn't meant to be an exhaustive list any more than the other list; it's just a rough summary of some of my reasons. I teach because I've been untrained; I...

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For What Reasons Do I Train?

The other day I was sitting in my car watching one of my daughters soccer team practicing. I was in the car because I wanted to keep my allergies from acting up so I was sitting in my car, reading a book.  As I watched my daughter run on the soccer field alongside her team, care-free and enjoying her practice, I thought about why I do what I do. Not so much the role I play as her father and the head of our household, mind you, but I why I read, write, teach, and train in the things that I do. I decided to lay out a list, in simple, definitive terms, of why I train in martial arts...

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The Role of Killer Instinct in Self-Defense Scenarios

Our last series of articles discussed the general strategy and phases of how we as CJKD/FMA fighters approach self defense situations and street fights (find parts 1-3 HERE, HERE, and HERE, respectively). In Part 3 of my series I mentioned something that I want to spend some time elaborating on here, namely the concept of "Killer Instinct," and I'll shorten it to KI for this article. When we talk about KI we need to be clear about our definition before we apply the definition contextually. The short definition of KI is an emotion that flows out of you during a fight that "turns on" in a particular range, and that range is called "Trapping Range," often where headbutts, knees, and elbows...

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