Self Defence v Self Improvement

Self Defence v Self Improvement

Everyone who’s followed CSP for any length of time will know that we place a huge emphasis on the personal benefits that Martial Arts Study can bring, as well as the actual physical “throw the attacker over your shoulder” benefits. In fact, I’ve often been heard to say how I fully believe that the Real self defence skills you learn in our training, and from others like us,...

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Restriction Training – Tips

I’m sure lots of you by now will have heard of the concept of Restriction Training. I’ve written about it and even produced an instructional DVD on the subject. The whole premise of Restriction Training is to impose some form of limitation on to yourself, and then continue to train your technique. The reason for doing this is that, it forces you to make better use of what you have left rather...

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Revisit

Yet another week goes by where I don’t fail to pick up a little snippet of inspiration for my next article from my Instructor Terry Barnett. During a session of Jun Fan Kick Boxing, we were discussing training methods and the importance of reviewing techniques we may have neglected over time, or training methods that we may have moved on from and left to gather dust in the “that’s...

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CSP – Time For Change

CSP – The Arts – A Time For Change Everything evolves. It has to, or it will die or worst still, get trodden on by everything else that’s rushing forwards at pace.This applies to us as individuals and as martial artists.Nothing stands still – it’s either going forwards and getting better, or it’s slipping backwards. As they say “What you don’t use you lose” Never has this...

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Only 2 Sleeps to Go

As I write this article to celebrate the closing of a fantastic 2011 and the approaching New Year, I have only 2 sleeps to go until an exciting and pivotal event is upon me. The mention of how many sleeps we have until a certain event seems to be the latest thing, certainly on the social networking sites that I occasionally (ok…… frequently – Lou was watching me type this so had to amend...

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Merry Xmas from CSP

Merry Xmas from CSP

2011 has been another fantastic year. I hope you enjoy my little montage of just some of this year’s wonderful events. Apologies to anyone who I have missed off this role call and thank you all for your continued support. Have a wonderful Christmas and a Fun and Exciting 2012. Al...

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Calm In The Storm

Calm in the Storm “If you can keep your head, when all about you are losing theirs, and blaming it on you”. The first line from one of my favourite poems by Rudyard Kipling, and one I’m sure most of you have all read before. What I love most about this line is that, it would imply, in order to show you have mastered yourself and mastered your inner control, you need to be surrounded by...

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Training v Teaching

Training v Teaching

Did you hear about the two Raisins that were training in Martial Arts?One said to the other “So, tell me, how currant are you?” Yawn – sorry – very bad joke, but one I made up myself and you’re more than welcome to use it – tee hee. The message is simple though.Just ‘How Current’ is your martial arts training? How up to date are you with the latest training methodologies, the...

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Poetry of Martial Arts

Poetry of Martial Arts

Real Masters of martial artsare polite, well mannered,their eyes gleaming withthe unmistakable thing no wordscan capture. Simultaneouslythey are savage and calm.Their warrior auraripples the airand makes us feel safe. Moving with extraordinary lightness,they are liberated from theweight of knowledgeby the flow of it through them. They are masters becausethey master themselves,and walk on the...

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Lessons from Great Teachers

A good teacher is like a candle – it consumes itself to light the way for others. ~Author Unknown As a martial arts instructor and as a student continuing to take very small steps along an increasingly expanding path, I wanted to share some observations I have made having been privileged to join in some classes recently, with some of the best instructors around. Over the past few months, we...

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