January 23, 2020

Parents, coaches and sport club volunteers are being supported to spot and guard against child sexual exploitation through a low cost course created by national child safeguarding charity NWG Network and funded by Sport England.

The 30-minute course is designed to provide an introduction to safeguarding issues for all those involved in sports at a local level and will be available for just £5. The course available here https://...

January 2, 2020

The ability to throw effective punches is up there with the most important aspects of combat martial arts and sports.

A common mistake when sparring / fighting is the failure to keep your feet directly under your punches. Overreaching puts you off balance and isn't conducive to delivering quality high impact strikes.

Having good balance increases your punching power, allows for better counters, and gives your greater defensive a...

October 16, 2019

Leading the attack or counter fighting is a question most martial artists will have asked themselves many times during their training.

There are seemingly obvious arguments to each method.

Counter-attacking is a more defensive style of fighting, so you'd imagine the risks of being hit would be lower. It also requires waiting for your opponent to make the first move, therefore you could judge the situation whilst deciding what ac...

August 21, 2019

Jacob Edwards-Bytom, director at one of the UK's leading martial arts equipment suppliers, Made4Fighters, provides his comprehensive guide to elbow protection for the modern martial artist.

Protection, Injury Prevention, and Rehabilitation:

Experience a lot of falls to the mat? Play an elbow intense sport like Muay Thai? You need to make sure you protect your elbows, regardless of age. If you’re a long time practitioner of Mar...

July 12, 2019

Sparring is an important aspect of training in nearly every martial art. It's one of the most enjoyable yet challenging experiences for any martial artist, irrespective of grade or ability.

There are no 'secrets to success' when it comes to sparring or competing. Everybody is different and so learns and improves differently, at varying degrees of speed.

Most martial arts require sparring for the more senior grades (belts/sashes)...

June 21, 2019

A common question and sometimes point of contention with sparring equipment is whether a headguard is a help or a hindrance.

The main purpose of a headguard is of course safety. However, it's widely regarded that they are more effective in preventing superficial face injuries such as cuts, rather than brain trauma.

It has been argued that head guards do not make the wearer any less liable to concussion or prevent any serious tra...

May 23, 2019

Tony Carr from Carr Goshinjitsu talks about his experiences in martial arts, and gives his advice on finding a good martial arts instructor...

So you want to learn self-defence, how do you find a good instructor? This is a universally difficult question to answer, here are a few tips.

It doesn’t matter how many Dans they have, either on their gradings or in the dojo (I've met many a Dan in a dojo). 

It doesn’t matter how many tou...

May 3, 2019

If you're looking to keep fit or diversify your self defence training, but don't fancy more sprinting on the spot in a sweaty sports hall, outdoor martial arts could be for you.

There's no space restrictions, there's fresh air, and if you don't mind training alone, there's no cost!

We've put together a very basic outline for your very own 'outdoor martial arts' training session.

EQUIPMENT NEEDED - Baggy clothes suitable for train...

April 26, 2019

Two of Great Britain's brightest rising stars, Cory Cook and Molly Cooper were among the medals at the WAKO Kickboxing World Cup Austrian Classics earlier this month.

The Team Top Ten UK fighters both added another prestigious title to their ever growing list of martial arts honours.

It will come as no surprise to report Elijah Everill and Chris Aston each also came away with 1st place trophies and an Austrian Classics title....

April 12, 2019

Even before Mike Tyson stepped into the ring to achieve the 50th win of his career against Clifford Etienne, he was nervous. He kept his eyes on his opponent from the moment he entered the ring, but up until that point he had been nervous. 

When a young white belt wakes up on the day of his first competitive martial arts tournament, he feels more anxiety than ever. Fear of the impending pressure, the crowd that will watch him a...

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