February 6, 2020

When coming up against a fighter who likes to press forward with sharp strikes or kicks in sparring, there is something thing you can do to help turn the tide in your favour.

'Faking' or feinting is a skill which allows you to draw your opponent off balance, break their timing, and generally put them off their attack.

In these circumstances, it sometimes feels impossible to get your opponent to move back. You can use faking skil...

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...

September 26, 2019

MMA star Michael 'Venom' Page tomorrow steps back into the cage to take on Irishman Richard Kiely at Bellator Dublin, and he's ready to bounce back with style.

Page's last matchup was a knockout defeat at the hands of former Welterweight world champion Douglas Lima, and he'll be desperate to return to winning ways.

Richard Kiely is, like Page, a former Kickboxer but is relatively inexperienced in MMA with a record of 3 victories...

August 29, 2019

Former England Rugby star James Haskell has signed with MMA promotion Bellator in a bid to launch a new career in cage fighting.

34 year old Haskell has been training with London Shootfighters along with Kickboxing superstar Michael Venom Page, and is now working full time in preparation for his first bout, yet to be announced.

With 77 England caps to his name, he's no stranger to the limelight, and having only retired from his...

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 18, 2019

MMA fan favourite Michael 'Venom' Page has confirmed, after several weeks social media arguments, he will next face Richard Kiely at Bellator Dublin on September 27th.

Having not fought since his brutal knockout by Douglas Lima in May, Page will no doubt see this as the perfect opportunity to silence his critics, Kiely among them.

Irishman Kiely is, like MVP a former Kickboxer, however he holds a much less impressive record both...

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...

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