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'Woof Woof' - Tales of Intent, Confidence, Ego and Dog Poop

Gershon Ben Keren recently published a fantastic article about reading and masking intent in martial arts and self-defence. You can read it here.

It illustrated beautifully the importance of being able to mask one’s own intent while reading an opponent’s intent (or that of a potential attacker) as key to successful attack and defence. Everyone who has engaged in combat sports is familiar with the concept of telegraphing, both physically and otherwise.

We can conclude from this that intent plays a key role in success in the martial arts. Intent is what allows you to predict and avoid attacks, as well as land your own. But this does not relate only to physical movements.

Let’s take a detour and look at confidence, machismo, honour and respect. As the old saying goes, the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Martial arts teach us confidence, honour and respect when done in the right environment, but can also come with a certain amount of machismo, or ‘fake honour’. Conflict over perceived insults or disrespect can arise, when intent is not well understood.

So how do we get better at reading intent?

Read more...

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The Many Faces of the Dojo, Pt. 3 (or 'Enough Stereotypes Already!')

The Many Faces of the Dojo, Pt. 2 (or 'More Stereotype Fails')

The Many Faces of the Dojo, Pt. 1 (or 'Martial Artist Stereotypes')

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It's You Vs You, Part 1: Martial Arts Mediocrity, Excellence and Success

How Your Messy Desktop Can Literally Get You Killed!

The Dojo Syndrome Pt. 4 (Or 'Oh No, More Self Defence Fails!)

Why You Should Beat Your Instructors Up

Play Music to Learn How to Fight (or Vice Versa)!

Principles of Pugilistic Propulsion

Alone or Together?

Talk the Talk Before You Walk the Walk

Speed with 3 P's

Is Your Krav Maga Soft?

Sparring in Krav Maga... Should You?

Why You Will Fail to Keep Your New Year's Resolution... And What to do About it!

Get S.M.A.R.T

Getting Punched in the Face, Puzzle Solving and Critical Thinking

Is Self-Defence a Lifestyle Choice?

The Dojo Syndrome pt. 3 (or 'even more reasons why self defence training is done badly')

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Martial Arts Fairytales

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Learning Different Styles... or Different Learning Styles?

As Real as it Gets

The Dojo Syndrome Pt. 2 (or 'More Reasons Why Self Defence Training is Done Badly')

The Dojo Syndrome (or 'why self defence training is often done so badly')

Holiday Safety Tips

Turning Your Attackers On. And off.

Why you should love training what you hate

Fill in the blank: 'Practice makes ______'

Keep questioning yourself...

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The 'diminished fighter' conundrum

The paradox of Tradition and Self Defence

Mind the Gap

A Breakdown of Reality

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Perception and Reality - My Two Cents

What If? Reflections on a Relevant Phrase

DIEP - Learning Martial Arts Through Reflection

Sidelined, Not Sidetracked

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