Using Force: A Look at UK Law for Self-Protection Practitioners

The use of force is one of the main focuses in most self-protection training as well as in the martial arts. However, its justification and subsequent application to real violence is also singularly the least well-addressed area of understanding. In short, if practitioners train without an understanding of the law then while their training in … More Using Force: A Look at UK Law for Self-Protection Practitioners

7 Essential Books for Beginners

Whether you’re just starting out learning about self-protection or you’re already a seasoned cognoscenti in the field, a little reading never goes amiss. Particularly if you’ve done a decent amount of training in a martial art – perhaps you’re a black belt looking for new avenues of knowledge to devour –  but you haven’t received … More 7 Essential Books for Beginners

Training Notes – 15.05.2015

Our last session was a fun, functional, fierce and focussed look at two related subjects: the high guard and dealing with multiple attackers. After the usual exercises, including some of the work on shifting our stances to understand the relationship between centre of mass, stance and stability that we did at the beginning of last week’s session, … More Training Notes – 15.05.2015

Training Notes – Endon – 13.03.2015

Yesterday was, of course, Red Nose Day! At the time of writing this post, their website says £78,082,988! Incredible. We couldn’t let this day go by without some form of recognition and so, while I was sitting at work thoughtfully squidging my friend Snortel the red nose, I had an idea for a rather enjoyable drill we could … More Training Notes – Endon – 13.03.2015

10 Questions with Dan Holloway (themartialview.com, Eiryukan Aikido and Function First)

1) Tell us a bit about yourself and your martial arts journey – how did it start? I first started martial arts when I was 6 years old with Karate in the local church hall. I think I started as my parents wanted me to improve confidence and gain fitness, flexibility etc. I did Karate … More 10 Questions with Dan Holloway (themartialview.com, Eiryukan Aikido and Function First)

Review: ‘Ultimate Self-Defence Seminar’ by Peter Consterdine and Geoff Thompson

Consterdine, Peter and Thompson, Geoff. Ultimate Self-Defence Seminar. Protection Publications. 2005. Review: Ultimate Self-Defence Seminar: by Josh Nixon, ESP This video is one of those well-known ones, considered essential by many, that you often hear about as an instructor. There’s good reason for that. ‘Action beats reaction’ – this is the key understanding that makes … More Review: ‘Ultimate Self-Defence Seminar’ by Peter Consterdine and Geoff Thompson