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Jun 6

Influencing Others by Taking Yourself Seriously

This is another in our occasional series relating to motivational speaking training. Here, we’ll be illustrating the importance of taking yourself seriously when trying to convince others. Self-deprecation Almost every day we see examples of people “putting themselves down”. Sometimes...

May 9

The Media and Martial Arts

Regular readers of our blog will know from past comments that we are not entirely enamoured with the way the martial arts are represented on TV and in the movies. In fact, that’s a deliberate understatement! We’d like to pick...

Apr 9

What is “Smashing Bricks” all About?

It’s very common for new members, particularly some of the younger and more impressionable ones in Martial Arts for Kids classes, to start asking questions about martial arts practitioners smashing bricks and solid wooden planks etc. This is really something...

Mar 15

Are You Being Bullied?

What does the term “bullying” mean to you? Does it bring to mind kids beating each other up in school?  Perhaps a child in your local playgroup is aggressive towards all the others? Well, it may surprise you to know...

Dec 20

Goal Setting and Meetings

  We help develop people’s goal setting techniques and are not just about martial arts classes. We’ve blogged on this general subject before and it’s a HUGE domain we just can’t do justice to in a blog. However, we thought...

Dec 12

Persuasive Speaking – The Role of the Eyes

Here at Waima, we run training that’s aimed at improving your self-confidence and your powers of persuasion through conviction speaking. This is a rich seam of knowledge and techniques we’d like to share with you. There’s just far too much...

Nov 8

Top Tips for Avoiding Trouble at the Outset

  We’ve said before that one of the major objectives of our martial arts class is how to avoid trouble. Broadly speaking, it’s necessary to: spot the warning signs; call for professional help if feasible; leave the vicinity; if it’s...

Oct 9

Why Are Martial Arts Films So Popular?

  We’ve blogged before and mentioned a slight irritation about some aspects of the portrayal of the martial arts on TV and in the movies. Specifically the way that some movies or shows suggest, not very subtly, that practitioners only...

Sep 27

Where do the Martial Arts Come From?

This is one of the commonest questions we encounter and I’d like to share what might look like a very vague answer! A misty background history – Europe We sometimes hear statements such as “the Japanese invented martial arts” or...