Monthly Archives: September 2016

Martial Arts for Self Defense?

One of my many joys in both life is spreading knowledge about martial arts.

There are many myths and mistruths out there.

One, in particular, is the idea that if an individual practices martial arts, it automatically makes them invincible.

The idea that a martial artist can take out 20 guys at a time or catch bullets with their teeth is not always true. Although maybe so for Ip Man.

Another misconception is that a martial arts expert, be they a black belt or Pro MMA fighter, is adept at teaching self-defense.

Well, it may be true that martial artists may be well versed in the way of combat and most of us can intelligently defend ourselves (and don’t back down from a fight).

It is not true that we can teach you in an hour (or less) how to defend against every possible scenario that could occur in the street, nor are we trained to do so.

There is specific training that is required for self -defense and many scenarios that could occur including guns, knives, thugs, the size of Brock Lesner, attacking you.

Each scenario is different and requires you to react in different ways. There are self-defense experts who have trained these scenarios for several years. These are the individuals I would look to learn how to defend yourself.

In closing, I will leave you with this conversation I had with my Trainer years ago, specifically regarding Muay Thai.

Me: Can Muay Thai be used for self-defense purposes?

Trainer: Yes…and No. While some techniques can be used to defend yourself, Muay Thai cannot be deemed as “Self-Defense”. Muay Thai is a combat sport in which two individuals agree to engage in a fight. In self-defense, at least one person does not want to engage. The goal (for the person not wanting to engage) is to escape the situation unharmed.

Me: Oh, that makes sense.

That’s it for today. Thank you for taking the time to read this. If you know anyone that is interested in martial arts or fitness, please direct them to my blog, where all my articles can be found.


Battling Excuses Part II

So in part 1, Battling Excuses, I discussed some excuses that hold us back from our own success.

These excuses can get into your head and drag you down. They can drag down your day, week or whole month.

These excuses used to get me down as well.  It does not have to be this way, though.

You can battle these excuses simply by changing your way of thinking and in turn changing the way you decide to live your life.  Below is a quote that I have come across in my readings. It reads:

  “You are the captain of your own ship; don’t let anyone else take the wheel.”

– Michael Josephson

When I first read this quote, I thought, I’m not a sailor and don’t own a ship, so what does this have to do with me? …Joking.

But seriously, really think about this quote and what it is really telling you. It states YOU are the captain.

So, you can control your thoughts.  You have the power to change excuses into Actions.

Here is an example of a common excuse that still comes to my mind:  “There is so much to do, I just don’t have enough time in the day…”

Here is how to change it: “I have a lot to do today, let me make some more time to get things done.


“I have a lot to do today; how can I work more efficiently to get them done?

In this example, we take an excuse and changed it into a critical thinking exercise. This instantly changes your mentality from a self-defeating attitude to an empowering one.

Your brain instantly starts thinking of ways to do it!  Don’t ask me how, by the way, it’s just science and I am not a psychologist.

But it has worked for me and I know it can work for you too.   That’s it for now.  If you have any fitness, martial arts or life related questions, please email

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