Archive for Jim Armstrong

Okinawa Calling: Sensei Damien Martin on Rediscovering the Roots of Karate

Posted in Journalism, Martial Arts with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 25, 2018 by Jarrod Boyle

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Blitz Magazine, Volume 31, Number 6 December 2017/January 2018

Okinawa is the birthplace of karate. Japan’s fifth-largest prefecture was a cauldron of conflict during the second world war and is now a bucolic territory, known to boast one of the largest populations of centenarians in the world. Continue reading

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Torture Holiday

Posted in Journalism, Ridiculous curiosity with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 17, 2016 by Jarrod Boyle

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One of the more remarkable out-takes from a recent interview I conducted for Blitz Martial Arts Magazine.  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

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