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Erik Miskle: Muay Thai Fever

Posted in Journalism, Kickboxing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 22, 2014 by Jarrod Boyle

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International Kickboxer Magazine, Sept/Oct 2014

Erik Miskle was in danger of entering a safe, conservative lifestyle when he was saved from it by a brush with Muay Thai fever. Continue reading

Skills to Pay the Bills: Wes Capper

Posted in Journalism, Kickboxing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 9, 2014 by Jarrod Boyle

International Kickboxer Magazine, Sept/Oct 2014

Wes Capper has a lot to say about a lot of different things, but on one subject, he is unequivocal:

“I want to win a world boxing title.” Continue reading

Reality-Based Self Defence: Scenario Training – 5

Posted in Journalism, Real Men with tags , , , , , , on October 8, 2014 by Jarrod Boyle

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Blitz Magazine, September 2014 Vol. 28. No.9

“Competition sport has protected us from the ugly reality,” says Tim. “Last I checked, the UFC has 31 rules, and 27 of them are pertaining to injury to the human body. Continue reading

Reality-Based Self Defence: Scenario Training – 4

Posted in Journalism with tags , , , , , , , , on October 7, 2014 by Jarrod Boyle

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Blitz Magazine, September 2014 Vol. 28. No.9

“It doesn’t matter if you’re a 20th-degree black belt – if I attack you just as you’re getting out of the shower; you won’t do a jump front kick. You will yell, ‘Holy shit!’ and jump back. That is the withdrawal reflex; the recoil from danger.” Continue reading

Reality-Based Self Defence: Scenario Training – 3

Posted in Journalism with tags , , , , , , , on October 6, 2014 by Jarrod Boyle

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Blitz Magazine, September 2014 Vol. 28. No.9

Geoff Thompson, father of modern self-defence training, comes from a similar background to Jim Armstrong, having grown up and learned to make a living as a doorman and bouncer on the mean streets of the UK. Continue reading

Reality-Based Self Defence: Scenario Training – 2

Posted in Journalism with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 5, 2014 by Jarrod Boyle

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Blitz Magazine, September 2014 Vol. 28. No.9

“Senshido is not a style or system as such,” begins Jimmy Armstrong, the Glen Waverly-based instructor who also teaches Lee Morrison’s Urban Combatives. “It’s more a collective group of people that really want to help others and we use the vehicle of self-protection to do that. A lot of people seem to think it’s a style [or] system and all we do is shred people and do scenario training to the ‘nth’ degree, but what we do is far bigger than just those two things.” Continue reading

Reality-Based Self Defense: Scenario Training – 1

Posted in Journalism with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 5, 2014 by Jarrod Boyle

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Blitz Magazine, September 2014 Vol. 28. No.9

Nearly all of the world’s top self-defence instructors advocate some sort of stress-inoculation training. The logic is that in order to know your technique will work under pressure, you must test yourself beforehand. That said, how does scenario training affect trainees mentally, and is it really necessary? After all, many have successfully defended themselves without having done a minute’s scenario training, and some report traumatic responses afterwards. JARROD BOYLE investigates. Continue reading

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