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Gloucestershire Gazette 08/10/15

Newspaper article in the Gloucestershire Gazette 08/10/2015

A piece in the Gazette this week about the free self defence course we’re running from next week.

 

You’re not defeated when you lose..

You’re going to face natural flat spots and challenges along the way, they’re a part of life and a part of the martial arts. Always remember though, nobody ever got good at something by *not* doing it.

Everyone who’s achieved something worthwhile went through hardships along the way, but they pushed through to the next level and onwards to greatness!

http://www.blackbeltacademy.info/perseverance/

A Black Belt is a White Belt that Never Quit!

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Final grading preparations today, another read over the Black Belt submissions etc.

Best of luck to everyone testing tomorrow, especially the Black Belt candidates. This is a very special day for them, representing the final stage of their ‘apprenticeship’ and the beginning of the journey to mastery!

Whatever the results tomorrow, remember in the martial arts you’re automatically a ‘winner’ every time you show up to train. The only way you can ever ‘fail’ at martial arts is to give up. 

Perseverance is the key, remember “A Black Belt is a white belt that never quit”

101 Reasons to Learn Martial Arts

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I’d bet you’d be hard pressed to find a black belt who would trade all of their knowledge, experience and friendships they made along the way for million dollars. It’s certainly a worthy endeavor that is highly rewarding.

If you’ve been thinking about starting yourself, here are 101 reasons for you to consider…

  1. Because it will help you feel confident in yourself
  2. Because you want to know what to do “when it hits the fan”
  3. Because you feel nervous walking to your car at night
  4. Because you’ll feel proud of yourself
  5. Because it helps you lose some weight
  6. Because it helps to relieve stress
  7. Because it gives you “you time”
  8. Because it’s cheaper than a personal trainer
  9. Because it increases your productivity at work
  10. Because it is a great investment in yourself
  11. Because it will make you walk taller
  12. Because you may need to protect your loved ones someday
  13. Because you want to be able to take care of yourself
  14. Because it improves your balance
  15. Because it improves your coordination
  16. Because it improves your flexibility
  17. Because it can help you sleep better at night
  18. Because it makes you sweat
  19. Because it sharpens your mind
  20. Because it increases your awareness
  21. Because it builds character
  22. Because you are worth it
  23. Because you deserve a better life
  24. Because you want to meet new people
  25. Because you’ve always wanted to earn a black belt
  26. Because it elevates your spirit
  27. Because you want a workout with a purpose
  28. Because it is an adventure worth taking
  29. Because it will boost your energy
  30. Because it will help you remain calm in difficult situations
  31. Because it is empowering
  32. Because it will help you feel safer
  33. Because it helps increase your longevity
  34. Because it helps you learn to never give up
  35. Because it helps become more patient
  36. Because it is exhilarating
  37. Because punching something feels so good
  38. Because kicking something feels even better
  39. Because it gives you inner peace
  40. Because your friends will see a change in you
  41. Because it sets you apart from your friends
  42. Because it helps you to overcome challenges
  43. Because it forces you to become disciplined
  44. Because it is based on philosophy
  45. Because it emphasizes self-restraint
  46. Because it connects you to a rich history and tradition
  47. Because you lose your ego and become more humble in the process
  48. Because it feeds your need to be creative
  49. Because it fulfills your need to compete
  50. Because it will help you develop your leadership skills
  51. Because it teaches you to overcome self doubt
  52. Because you will learn something new
  53. Because earning a black belt is an accomplishment few have earned
  54. Because it helps you fulfill your curiosity about the martial arts
  55. Because it helps you to remain focused in your everyday life
  56. Because it pushes you to break through your own limits
  57. Because it can help you overcome your anxiety of being attacked
  58. Because you’re seeking balance in your life
  59. Because you want you want to belong to something
  60. Because you have always felt uncoordinated
  61. Because it emphasizes respect of others
  62. Because it connects you to a rich and fascinating history
  63. Because you’re tired of sitting on the couch
  64. Because you’re tired of hearing about how awesome it is from your friend
  65. Because you’re seeking something physically challenging
  66. Because you want to participate in something mentally stimulating
  67. Because you need a break from your kids
  68. Because you’re never to old to get started
  69. Because you want motivation to keep active
  70. Because you need a break from your usual routine
  71. Because you need something to do besides just work
  72. Because you think going to the gym is boring
  73. Because you don’t know what to do if you were ever confronted
  74. Because you like being around honest people
  75. Because you like being around courteous people
  76. Because you know that without perseverance nothing meaningful can be achieved
  77. Because being honorable in your all your dealings in important to you
  78. Because its something you won’t regret
  79. Because it keeps you mentally sharp
  80. Because it makes you feel good about yourself
  81. Because you want to get into better shape
  82. Because it can help you overcome your fears
  83. Because it can help you lower your blood pressure
  84. Because it can help you get conditioned
  85. Because you will learn to hit the right targets that get results
  86. Because it will help you stop being a procrastinator
  87. Because running isn’t your thing
  88. Because you’re tired of feeling fatigued
  89. Because you’re looking for a different way to exercise
  90. Because it’s not all about just getting into better physical shape
  91. Because you can inspire others
  92. Because it brings about a gentleness within you
  93. Because it can help you lower your heart rate
  94. Because you feel like something is missing in your life
  95. Because you want to learn self-defense
  96. Because you don’t want to be bullied ever again
  97. Because you don’t feel you can stick up for yourself
  98. Because something bad happened in your life (and you never want it to happen again)
  99. Because your body is meant to move
  100. Because it will make you feel better
  101. Because its fun!

I hope this long list of reasons why you should take martial arts gives you inspiration you’ve needed to finally begin taking martial arts as an adult.

 


 

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Six Benefits that Doctors agree Children Gain from Martial Arts…

So often we hear from parents who tell us that their child ‘has loads of energy, I just wish she’d focus it better‘ or ‘He’s a lovely lad, but he really needs to concentrate more’.  

Or how about the nearly extinct art of good manners? We parents understand that to respect others we must first respect ourselves. So we hunt for ways to instill that hard-to-catch mix of self-confidence balanced by humility.

According to doctors, specifically The American Academy of Pediatriciansmartial arts may be the answer for your child. Here are 6 benefits these Doctors say children receive from martial arts.


 

Kids Martial Arts

  1. Better social skills
  2. Discipline
  3. Respect
  4. Focus and Concentration
  5. Improved fine motor skills
  6. Self-confidence

I’m sure we’d all agree than even just one of these would be a great benefit, but knowing that they are ALL improved by the practice of martial arts is amazing!

How about a couple more though as well?

7.  Martial arts is fun!

8.  Children who train in the martial arts gain a really positive peer group

This one is really important.  We are all naturally influenced by the people we spend a lot of time with, and if those people are naturally more positive, committed, polite and respectful then that’s a great group for your child to associate with! If you care about improving yourself, or providing better role models for your child, then you want to spend most of your time with others who are committed to do the same.  Enrolling in a martial arts class is a great way to do that 🙂

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The Mastery Curve

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There is a wonderful book entitled Mastery: The Keys to Success and Long-Term Fulfillment by George Leonard. In it he describes the journey he took as a 47 year old beginner in the martial art of Aikido. This is a fantastic book that every martial artist should read.

 


 

We live in a culture that stresses immediate gratification and instant perfection. Yet, the pursuit of martial arts is a long process, a journey that will wind its way slowly through one’s life. There is no immediacy. As we travel this long slow journey, we will often encounter plateaus. Yes, the dreaded “P” Word. No one likes to hear it and we enjoy them less when we experience it. This is the place; however, we will spend most of our life as a martial artist in pursuit of “mastery”. So, we have to ask as Leonard proposes in his book, “Where in our upbringing, our schooling, our career are we explicitly taught to value, to enjoy, even to love the “plateau”, the long stretch of diligent effort with no seeming progress?”

Many keys to mastery exist and Leonard explains them in detail but the first is to recognize the type of person you are; Dabbler, Obsessive, or Hacker.

The Dabbler

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The Dabbler tries many things but is never satisfied with any of them, none of them “fit” her style.

The Obsessive

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The Obsessive goes all out, 110% into the pursuit and exceeds everyone’s expectations for a short time, then comes against a wall and flails about for some time until he completely stops trying and moves on to the next obsession.

The Hacker

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The Hacker enjoys the activity and progresses to a medium level of competency but does not get any better, he is satisfied with mediocrity. None of these profiles will give you feelings of satisfaction or accomplishment.

If you recognize yourself in any of these profiles, do not fear there is a fourth type: ∫.

The Master

In George Leonard’s book, this is what he says about mastery:

 

Learning any new skill involves relatively brief spurts of progress, each of which is followed by a slight decline to a plateau somewhat higher in most cases the than which preceded it. The curve (below) is necessarily idealized.  In the actual learning experience, progress is less regular; the upward spurts vary; the plateaus have their own dips and rises along the way.  But the general progression is almost always the same.   To take the masters journey, you have to practice diligently, striving to hone your skills, to attain new levels of competence.  But while doing so – and this is the inexorable fact of the journey – you also have to be willing to spend most of your time on a plateau, to keep practicing even when you seem to be getting nowhere. (p14-15)

mastery-curve

The Master realizes there will be a slow climb to the top and they will hit many plateaus along the way. You will eventually break through those plateaus with prolonged practice and determination but will also perceive a decline in abilities. Yes, it will feel like your skills have gone down for a time. If we were to graph the Master’s Journey, it would look like the picture below. This should not be discouraging as you will see that you are still progressing upward. It is slow and methodical, and yes, sometimes boring but you are making progress.

This is the journey to Mastery in anything we participate in, especially martial arts because of the intrinsic nature of the arts. The Black Belt Champion (Attitude) and a spirit of perseverance (that Indomitable Spirit) will help immensely along the way by providing focus and discipline.

David Campbell said, “Discipline is remembering what you want.”

Have the discipline to know that the Master’s Journey is rewarding and the end result will be far greater than anything you can currently perceive.

14 year old Martial Artist defends herself from attack

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Parents – if you’ve ever considered enrolling your children in the martial arts for self defence, here’s a great example of exactly why you should!

Original article published in The Metro – Thursday 9 Oct 2014

Attacker, 35, beaten up by girl, 14, when he grabbed her in a park

A would-be attacker was left battered, bruised and embarrassed after picking on the wrong person – a 14-year-old female martial artist.
The schoolgirl was walking home alone through a park near her home when the 35-year-old man came up behind her and grabbed her arms.
He soon realised his mistake when the young teen, who has studied martial arts for several years, broke free from his hold and started raining punches and kicks on him – despite being less than half his age.
Sussex Police arrested the man – described as being ‘very thin’ and around 5ft 7ins – shortly after his attempted assault in Tilgate Park, Crawley and are appealing for any witnesses to the Saturday morning incident to come forward.
‘Although we have made an arrest, we need to speak to anyone who was in Tilgate Park on Saturday morning and saw what happened,’ said Detective Inspector Andy Bennett.
‘We need to find people who may have seen a man acting suspiciously in or around the park on Saturday or on other occasions.’

 

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