Posts tagged krav maga
To grade or not to grade?

Let's get real though.

So that's why I think grading is important, in short, you experience a challenge and you have a simple way to measure progress. However, I'm also aware that gradings don't measure some things that matter when confronting real-life violence. Naturally, this is what is so difficult about teaching self-defence. We can create as much pressure testing and scenario training as we like, but you don't know for sure you'll react until that moment comes. I've trained with people who have never ever graded, they just train for the love of it. Some exude a certain aura and I am pretty confident they will be able to handle themselves. Then I met a black belt who had been brutally attacked and injured because they froze at a critical moment. I do not believe there is any correlation between what grade you are and how much of a badass you are. 

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Dealing with ambushes and thugs! A one day seminar with Rory Miller - my idea of heaven on earth!

Rory Miller is the kind of guy that you could walk past and not pay any attention to. Unlike Dan John who is a bear of a man that you’d be hard pressed to miss in a crowd, Rory is an expert at being the grey man. I’m not 100% sure if he designs it so, I’d be surprised if he didn’t because he’s one of the most cerebrally challenging (in a good way) humans that I’ve ever met.

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Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls - #EVAWG

#metoo

During the short period where the #metoo hashtag was trending, I wasn't surprised by the number of women that posted about their experiences. For whatever reason despite having had several experiences as a young woman that went way beyond what is acceptable normal human interaction, I felt uncomfortable sharing my stories. The truth is it doesn't really matter that much about me as an individual but it did make me ponder. Why did I feel so ill at ease? Maybe it is because as a society we seem to vacillate between telling people to "man up" if something offends them, and being so uber PC that any slightly bawdy joke made at the office is deemed a sackable offence. I just want us to find some middle ground, for us to be able to figure out what really matters as individuals and deal with that. We need a dialogue for that. Ranting at each other or failing to see that what offends you may not offend me means we miss what really is unacceptable behaviour. We are expending energy on something that doesn't matter when we should be shining a light on the really dark and destructive habits. Being offended doesn't change a thing. Taking action to share a message or raise awareness is a starting point.  

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