Dojo Scholar – The Mojo of the Dojo by Sensei Dave Brough

We are all familiar with the term dojo. Its literal translation from Japanese is ‘place of the way’. It’s the place where we go to train a couple of times a week. For many of us, like me, it is a sports hall at a leisure centre, while for others it is a customised venue …

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Dojo Scholar – Mind Your Head by Sensei Dave Brough

Most of us are familiar with the term ‘punch drunk’. We commonly associate ‘punch drunk’ (also referred to as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, CTE) with old boxers who have suffered repeated head traumas so as to cause significant damage to the brain resulting in symptoms of dementia. Whilst there are many notable examples of boxers who …

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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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