Avoiding ‘Rock, Paper, Scissors’


One of the most common pitfalls for fighters seeking to advance their skills into the higher ranks is nicknamed “Rock, Paper, Scissors”.   Similar to the child’s game, where you choose rock, paper, or scissors at the same time as the other player(s) hoping to win the round, many fighters … Continue reading

Empty your Cup…


Most practitioners of the martial arts reach “plateaus” at which their forward progression seems to cease. Some feel that training harder, or training different, will help them break through this “barrier” and allow further progression. Other fighters, usually high caliber, feel like they are at the top of their game, … Continue reading

The Four Basic Elements of Defense -Sword and Shield/Sword and Buckler

The Four Basic Elements of Defense for Sword and Shield/Buckler There are Four basic elements to use in your defense when using the Sword and Shield in combat, that is besides your armour. But after all, the goal is not to get hit in the first place. These Elements are … Continue reading

Tunnel Vision

Avoiding “Tunnel Vision” Summary: When fighters become too intense their blood pressure and adrenaline races.  They can lose peripheral vision, even hearing, resulting in lack of awareness of what is going on around them.  In this state they are easily blindsided by other opponents and are unaware of developing threats in the … Continue reading