Dojo Scholar – Appliance of (the gentle) Science by Sensei Dave Brough

Regardless of how big or small you are it is possible through martial arts to generate bigger forces and power than you thought you were capable of. Everybody who has practised martial arts for any period of time will have a sense of this, but it doesn’t hurt to be reminded every so often and …

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Dojo Scholar – Practise Makes Almost Perfect By Sensei Dave Brough

Depending upon your martial art, you may find kata boring, repetitive and pointless; padding for grading syllabuses. In my current martial art, I feel this is how many students feel about kata. Having a background in Shotokan Karate, where kata is revered and evolved into a very precise and skilled art, I have had the …

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Dojo Scholar – Conscious & Unconscious Bias in Martial Arts by Sensei Dave Brough

For martial arts instructors (or for anyone managing or teaching a group of people) it is really important to consider our biases and how they affect the way we teach and practise. As the professionalism and regulation of martial arts schools develop individuals with conscious, or explicit biases are unwelcome, and rightly so. Prejudice against …

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Dojo Scholar – Pause for Fought by Sensei Dave Brough

What are the biggest problems with learning set moves to set attacks in a martial arts syllabus? The two that immediately spring to mind are that... You are not going to get attacked with set attacks in the street. Performing set moves requires you committing them to memory in sequence. The problem with this latter …

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Dojo Scholar – Great Expectations by Sensei David Brough

Everybody who has practised a martial art started for a reason, and one that will most likely be imprinted upon their memory. I mean, it’s not every day one would decide to don a pair of white pyjamas to enter a quasi-oriental training environment learning piecemeal Japanese (or other depending on the origin of the …

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