Aikido & The Art of The Bullfighter – a Lethal Beauty

Aikido & The Art of The Bullfighter – a Lethal Beauty
Way back in the late 60s, I read Ernest Hemingway’s “Death in the Afternoon”, published in 1932, a masterful description of the Art of Bullfighting. Many, many years later, after years of Aikido Training, I realised that the way the Matador moved when facing the bull and encouraging it to charge, the move they made ...

Get a Brighter Future?

Listening to a survey on BBC Radio 4 about people’s mental health at this time in the corona virus catastrophe. After 2 weeks in lockdown, 15% of people said they were struggling and the interesting thing for me was what they said next. They, and another 35% of people surveyed, expected to feel even worse ...

Cissbury Ring Rock Festival – 1974

In 1974 I was living, briefly in Sompting. West Sussex. I grew up there, moved to Brighton for a few years and then to Rochester in Kent where I studied photography for 3 years. One weekend my brother told me about a festival that his friend and local Promoter, Ian Grant was organising on Cissbury ...

How to write a Book – Part 2 Chunking

In Part 1 of How to Write a Book we talked about having a goal and the importance of well forming that goal so I am going to add the process to the end of this Blog. If I were to ask you how you would eat an elephant you might think it a weird ...

How to Write a Book – Part 1

A friend from Aikido asked me how I managed to write my book. He was planning to write a book himself and couldn’t get started. What was it I did? I struggled to remember exactly what I had done but then, of course, remembered the NLP principle that everything starts with an outcome (goal) and ...

After The Goldrush

Buying software, courses and other internet marketing stuff can be perilous I recently attended a free marketing event in London by a well known media company. They were promoting management of Google, Facebook and Instagram ads This included setting up the accounts so they were ad friendly and the website mobile friendly. The cost of ...

How To Get What You Want

In my last Blog called The Set Up we talked about the importance of the basics in Aikido and communication and how we can achieve our goals by matching, blending or harmonising with the other person. Any grab or attempt to grab, any kick or strike requires a commitment of energy and momentum and that ...

The Set Up

At the start of every Aikido class there is an exercise called “Tai No Henko”. This literally means body change or body change direction. Redirection is used in many Aikido techniques thus Tai No Henko is an important lesson for beginners and always for more experienced practitioners as well. I have heard it said that all Aikido ...

Learning Martial Arts

Learning Martial Arts
Why does someone begin to train in Martial Arts? I suspect that some at least are looking for an answer to being attacked or bullied even, or perhaps they want to feel powerful. Well there is no answer, no magic bullet, there is only training and consequentially learning. Learning to acquire more skills and more ...

No Rapport

I was listening to the radio this morning about a patient visiting his GP. It wasn’t his usual GP and when he entered the room the Doctor was standing with his back to him and said nothing. Eventually he waved his hand in the direction of a chair and the patient sat down. The session ...

Modelling Koshi Nage

Modelling Koshi Nage
Modelling is the process of studying a piece of excellent behaviour so that you can do the same thing and teach it to others. The goal of the behaviour modelling process is to identify the essential elements of thought and action required to reproduce the desired response or outcome. The results of this analyses are ...

How to enjoy your public speaking

Apparently public speaking of any kind whether it is to large or small groups is the number one fear that people have. Here’s a way to deal with that feeling you called nervousness. First of all ask yourself what is making you feel nervous? My guess is you think about doing the talk by seeing ...