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Martial Arts: Recovery from Injury

Like many sportsmen and women, martial artists suffer injuries. These often come along with the negative associations of being hurt. Terms such as “side-lined”, “surgery or therapy”, or even “restricted” are hard to accept, and often the martial artist is faced with a whole new type of opponent, one that often seems, at least at first, unbeatable. Here we look at the effects of injury, and how to deal with the occurrence of an injury and all of the associated negativity.   Mental Injuries are most often physical, but the... Read More

Why Your Kids Should Do Martial Arts

There are many sports, both team and individual-based, and all sorts of activities to which you can devote your time. However, there is one area of sporting activity that remains a misnomer, slightly ostracised from the rest. Revered by those who practice it, and feared by those that don’t. Martial arts have always been a misunderstood pastime.   Nevertheless, martial arts are fantastic for children. Moreover, the younger they start, the better too. It is not a case though of simply buying a set of kids boxing gloves or Thai... Read More

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Training Advice from the Pros

The best advice comes from the pros. Looking to get fitter, stronger, better? Then look no further – here are some great pieces of advice from some of the best fighters around. Frank Mir – UFC Frank Mir is one of the best people to take advice from, not only because of his skill in the octagon but because of what he’s had to overcome to get where he is. After suffering a near-fatal motorcycle accident in 2004 he was told that he might never walk again. Fast forward four... Read More


The History of Muay Thai

Muay Thai is more than a simple set of kicks and punches. Muay Thai is a full body attack and self-defence system created hundreds of years ago by tribes defending territory as they slowly made their way from the steppes of China to the dense jungles of Thailand and Vietnam. Today, this culturally Thai, close-combat sport is practiced at schools around the world. With benefits like increasing core strength and even stress relief, Muay Thai can be practiced by people of all ages. Here’s a brief history of this martial... Read More

Pugilists, Who was the First Ever Bare-Knuckle Champ?

Pugilists, Who was the First Ever Bare-Knuckle Champ?   In 1719, one James Figg was crowned the first bare-knuckle boxing champion of England. In the half-century preceding his achievement, boxing had made a comeback as a sport and spectacle in towns throughout the country, and over the next few centuries would remain a way for young bruisers to earn a few quid on the side or just put food on the table in hard times.   Today, the rule set developed in England in the 19th century governs the sport... Read More

How Can Martial Arts Help Victims of Bullies?

How Can Martial Arts Help Victims of Bullies? In secondary school I was faced with a bully. Physically, he and his group of loyal henchmen didn’t do much, but they taunted me and scared me to the point I would seek new routes on my walk to and from school. I was terrified of running into my bully, not so much the others as they mostly acted on his orders, but to me the very sight of him made me feel weak. I was embarrassed to talk to my parents,... Read More

What Are the Differences Between Judo and Karate?

What Are The Differences Between Judo And Karate?   Judo and karate are two of the most popular go-to fighting styles for newcomers and parents putting their children in martial arts schools. The two couldn’t be more different, but with so many people signing up for classes, people often want to know what sets them apart and which style is best for them.   Karate moves are generally geared more towards the upper body and involve blows dealt to the opponent, while judo is a form of wrestling – expect... Read More

Why Everyone Should Practice Brazilian Ju-Jitsu

Why Everyone Should Practice Brazilian Ju-Jitsu   Fighting is about strength. And if that’s what you think, you’re right – to an extent. That’s because the strength you need to be a good fighter comes from stamina. Practicing a martial art is about controlling your mind and your will, and that takes a lot of strength. In a fight, you have to use your willpower to suppress anger and aggression in order to stay composed. Martial arts are about avoiding confrontation, and no style is designed to teach defence more... Read More

Keeping Up Your Training During Winter

With a season full of parties and food, for many people it’s easy to lose motivation for training in the winter months – not to mention the cold weather put many of us off training outdoors! Many times have we arrived into the New Year feeling bloated and in dire need of a detox, hoping you haven’t thrown months of hard training away for a few weeks of indulgence. However, although you may allow yourself to relax a little over the winter period, it’s the worst time of the year... Read More


The Best Training Workout for Boxing

As a boxer – or someone who is looking to get into the sport – it can sometimes be overwhelming looking for a workout that is right for you. True, there’s not a ‘one size fits all’ solution that will work for everyone, as everyone responds differently to different workouts. That’s why we’ve mentioned a few top training tips to help you on your way, which should be integrated into every boxing workout, no matter what your ability.   Benefits of a boxing routine As a boxer, your ultimate goal... Read More