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Feb 14
self defence

Attack and Defence in the Martial Arts

The terms “attack”, “defence” and “self-defence” can sometimes cause confusion to novices when discussing the martial arts. As regular readers of our blog will know, we are keen to explore some of the philosophical and spiritual guidance of martial arts...

Feb 7
Avoid Stress

Knowing Yourself – Recognising Stress

Many of us don’t even recognise that we are under stress. We all sometimes use the term casually such as talking about somebody saying “they look stressed out” but what is stress and how can we recognise it? A psycho-medical...

Jan 31

What is the “Fight or Flight” Response?

A commonly heard phrase within the martial arts relates to the “fight or flight” response. Let’s examine here what that means. Survival Virtually all animals have, as their most powerful instinct, the need to survive. Whether we like it or...

Jan 24
Business Meeting

How to Lead a Business Meeting

There may be times in your professional career when you will be called upon to lead or as it’s sometimes called “chair” a business meeting. This is a big subject and specialist training is available to cover it but here...

Dec 26
braelene bridge

People in Focus – Braelene Bridge

I started my training when I was 13 years old. My parents had found a coupon for two months free training for myself and a friend. I was hooked from my first class, I knew I had to commit. Three...

Dec 21
Pu-erh Tea

NUTRITION TIP: Why drink Pu-erh Tea?

Pu-erh tea is cultivated exclusively in the Yunnan province of China and derives its name from the Pu-Erh County in which it is grown. 5 Health Benefits of Pu-Erh Tea 1. Increases EnergyThanks to the caffeine in pu-erh tea, drinking...

Dec 17
Zara Phythian

Weekend Warrior – Zara Phythian

Zara Phythian was born on May 10, 1984 in Nottingham, UK. She started to train in the martial arts from the age of seven, learning the discipline of Shotokan Karate and achieving a second dan black belt before becoming a...

Dec 13
will harvey

People in Focus – Will Harvey

Inspired by video games and action movies at the age of 18, I began training in the martial arts. I drifted in and out of various martial arts systems, training briefly before losing interest and moving on. I didn’t realise...

Oct 30

Why People Belittle you at Interviews

Modern laws and enlightened HR practices now actively discourage offensive statements at job interviews. Questions relating to race, religion, sexual orientation or gender-based discrimination should all be an absolute “no-no”.  While there are no doubt some transgressions still, it’s hopefully...

Oct 10
interview tips

Job Interviews – Top Tips

In Australia, the job interview can be a quite intimidating prospect. Aussie businesses have a reputation for plain direct speaking and that can catch the unwary off-guard.  It’s also true that there are a number of “faux-pas” that can put...