New Year - New Classes

Having returned from an intense training course in Israel I am once again looking to provide the opportunity for Aucklanders to train in the Israeli combative system of Krav Maga. It is now the New Year and a time to make the resolution in creating a happier, healthier; more toned self by investing in you and taking up Krav Maga.

During my time in Israel I have revised and updated my skills by training exclusively for two weeks with the director of my system. It has been a privilege that was worth the huge cost and effort in travelling from New Zealand to Israel. Not only have I come out of this experience a better and more experienced instructor but I have gained a unique insight into the history and culture of the land and people from which my fighting system originates.

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Fear Control

As rookie bouncer learning the ropes I used to observe how quickly and explosively the head doorman would grab and eject someone as I helped or watched his back. Rapid response and most importantly team work were the principles I learned in becoming a bouncer. The venue where I started work was used for student nights during the weekdays but on the weekends was the watering hole of all those turned down by the more upmarket establishments of the city. Working the weekends I would often get the butterflies of the slow adrenaline dump when starting my shift knowing I will almost certainly be dealing with a fight before closure.

When it did kick off often my reaction was almost Pavlovian with the only thought on my mind being the fact that drunken violence had taken place which needed to be curtailed quickly before it got out of control. Often I never really felt the effects of the adrenaline until after the incident has been resolved. The main objective in this type of response was to close the distance, trap and immobilize the arms and remove the aggressor as quickly as possible. Combative skills never came into play working the doors although they had a psychological value by creating an aura of intimidation and deterrent. The only martial art type skills of use in the profession in my opinion would be arm-bars, shoulder locks, choke holds and maybe wrist locks.

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To Live and Die

 

After a hiatus I am once again teaching martial arts. It has been a while since I put my thoughts, philosophies and insights into a blog. I am once again in that period of limbo when in between jobs I have some time on my hands. At times like this my mind starts to wander as a deluge of memories and nostalgia comes pouring in.

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Knowledge - The Best Defense

Knowledge - The Best Defense

Last weekend I was rather surprised to have a couple of people from Rotorua contacting me to ask about my self-defence classes. One lady was particularly interested in the Women’s Self Defence course that I ran back in 2010; she wanted to allay her fear of violence by learning some practical self-defence skills. I was a bit tickled to hear that people of Rotorua were still talking about my martial arts and self-defence classes and seminars from two years back.

I advised the lady seeing that Indomitable Mind Body Combat Academy no longer operates in Rotorua I would be more than happy to organize some private training if she travelled to Auckland. From the phone conversation I got the feeling that fear of violence was affecting the quality of her life. In my career as an IT consultant I generally do not give much advice over the phone unless I am financially compensated for my valuable time and expertise. However as a martial arts instructor I am always open for a chat and ready to give my time to offer advice. It’s the human element to working with people rather than business enterprises.

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Neighbourhood Broach

The name Trayvon echoes around social networking, the world’s media and on the streets of New Zealand. As a martial artist and former bouncer I think is a sad state of affairs when a 28 year old security guard is unable to whoop a 15 year old youth, unable to take a beating and has to rely on a firearm for protection from an unarmed youth. What is even sadder is that a hoodie wearing African youth buying a can of pop and a bag of skittles instantly comes under scrutiny. This can only be attributed to the aberrant conditioning of a kooky and gung-ho community of a fenced off Florida enclave. To me it looks like a first step down a slippery slope of white only areas and locally sanctioned apartheid.

At times like this I am grateful that our good friend, the USA, has an African American president. Our perception of African and an indigenous people through no fault of our own as Europeans of is conditioned to some extent with an outdated knowledge of colonial times. I see historical articles online of Nazi doctors in Namibia examining African tribes to bring their “science” to human matters. However Nazi science could never replace trained sensibility and human insight. No matter how proud of my ethnicity I have never been able to fully incorporate the fortress of high mindedness of the third Reich and the Afrikaner governments. I have always believed that physical mastery and education are the great engines of personal development and emancipation.

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