It’s Friday and this time I’m speaking with a sales samurai! I have some big plans for the blog coming up including lots more content so make sure you subscribe to our channels so you don’t miss anything such as:
We discuss John’s history in the martial arts, competing in Lethwei, and how you can overcome the fear of selling and rejection!
Selling can sometimes be the hardest part of the job for a martial artist and I know I certainly struggle with actually asking people for money. I know that rationally, we provide a service as martial arts instructors and should be paid, same as every other service, but there is still a mental block there for me!
Is it a fear of rejection? Do I not believe in my abilities as an instructor? Do I think I am charging too much! I definitely believe our academy offers amazing training for everyone and think it is reasonably priced, so maybe it’s that fear of someone saying no!
I discuss with John the best way to get over this fear, as well as some other tips for those who struggle with closing the deal, or actually asking for money for something you provide – whether it is martial arts or any other skill set.
Check it out below via YouTube or check the podcast channels such as Spotify if you’d prefer to just listen!
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Look out for lots more being released on the site soon so keep in touch and get involved!
Today I am interviewing Casey Marshall A.K.A. The Body Engineer. It’s Friday so that means interview release day – I hope you’re all excited! Casey comes from a martial arts family, and her father is a good friend of mine and honorary coach at my Empower Martial Arts Academy. David Titch Marshall used to be a professional kickboxer and Muay Thai fighter before he got old… but the apple hasn’t fallen far from the tree with Casey!
Casey has competed in martial arts from a young age in all sorts of categories including MMA and weapons. If it’s martial arts related – she’s there! She’s now translated this into coaching while studying for her MA in Sports Nutrition and building her brand The Body Engineer.
We talk about why nutrition is so important for everyone – not just elite athletes. Casey offers some quick and easy tips for staying healthy during lock-down when the temptation is to close the curtains and go face down into a chocolate cake. Something I’ve always struggled with is meal prepping too – how much to prep? How long does it stay okay in the fridge? What are the benefits? Casey answers all these questions and more so you can be a meal prep expert in no time!
You can contact Casey through Instagram and Facebook for hints and tips on nutrition and training. Just search for The Body Engineer.
Check out the interview below via YouTube or if you would prefer to simply listen to it – just head over to our Podcast feed or Spotify and the interview will be live there!
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Hey everyone and I hope you’re all keeping safe and well at the moment! It’s certainly been a testing time for the martial arts industry, but the way we have come together to help and support one another is awesome!
It’s also given many the chance to get projects set up that would otherwise have been postponed…again!
This can certainly be said for myself for instance! During lock-down I have re-released Martial Masters Volume 1 available now on Amazon in paperback form, and I can now happily say that Martial Masters Volume 2 is now written! 16 interviews with some truly world class martial artists from all around the world – it’s going to be something very special! Release date for this is looking to be around Spring 2021 so keep an eye out and subscribe to The Martial View to get first glimpse when it drops on Amazon!
In addition to this, I’ve been busy interviewing all sorts of other top martial artists, health professionals and generally interesting people for the YouTube channel and Podcast channels.
New interviews will be released every Friday from now on leaving me enough time to get some truly awesome names involved and not rush anything, so check out a few of our most recent interviews below 😀 all of which are now available on YouTube and Podcasts.
Podcasts and building the YouTube channel has certainly kept me sane and busy this lock-down, in combination with the book and keeping my academy treading water! So thank you everyone for the support for The Martial View – I hope it continues to build and grow with the help of all you lovely people. My email is always open if you wish to see something, or have an idea for an interview or topic – so get in touch! I am just one man so give me some ideas too! I have limited brain power!
I have some great ideas for future content for the YouTube channel too so make sure you subscribe to us and never miss an episode! Trust me it’s going to be cool!
We are back everyone and so is Martial Masters! It’s been a crazy time recently with my academy having to close again due to the Covid-19 pandemic so I have been busy organising my academy and it’s online presence for my members!
I’ve also been super busy with some other projects we’ll get on to in a moment! But firstly *drum roll please*
MARTIAL MASTERS VOLUME 1 – IS BACK AND NOW AVAILABLE!
Back in 2016 myself and good friend Lucci Del-Gaudio published our first book Martial Masters Volume 1. This was an important book for us, showcasing the lives and careers of 15 top martial artists based in the UK. Just before Christmas 2020, myself and Lucci spoke and decided it was time to re-launch the book, especially as 2 of the participants are unfortunately no longer with us. RIP Tony Pillage and Scott Caldwell. We thought it was important that their words and thoughts be available to people on a global scale if they wanted and so, after a battle with Amazon, I re-released the book just before Christmas on all Amazon channels.
Sales have been steady and positive and solidified the fact that re-releasing the book was a good idea. I’ve had some great feedback from people purchasing the book, interestingly some who have no interest in martial arts – just like hearing about people’s lives! This is certainly a book for that with characters such as Tony Pillage, battling cancer at the time of speaking to him, to Andy Norman and his tales of working in Hollywood, to Eddie Quinn and the brutal stabbing that led to his journey in martial arts. You don’t need to be a martial arts fanatic to enjoy this book – but it definitely helps!
From this, the idea of Volume 2 was born. Lucci is very busy with his Kaizen seminars planned for later in the year all being well, so I decided to take this project on myself during lock-down. 16 International Martial Artists – all with a combat sport focus this time. Pioneers of MMA who were fighting Vale Tudo before the UFC, Stick-fighting world champions, BJJ Black Belts and coaches with students in the UFC are included.
This Volume is going to be off the scale! All names are now in place and I have 3 more interviews to do before the book is ready to be put together! I’m hoping for Volume 2 to be available early Spring 2021 all being well, again available on Amazon.
So that’s what I’ve been up to folks… Apologies for not writing as much as usual but it’s been a busy time! I’ll now be back more regularly, so make sure you sign up to our email list, and you can grab a copy of Martial Masters Volume 1here.
Today I’m writing about Simon Gray’s new book Suck It Up Or Go Home and his time in Senshusei Yoshinkan Aikido course in Japan.
Whenever I write about Aikido, I’m always slightly careful with what I type. For a long time, it was a huge part of my life. I began training at aged 9 and stopped training when I was 23 after achieving my 3rd Degree Black Belt. I spent a month in Australia training full time as a dojosei or live in student and loved it! However, I also cross trained in MMA, combatives, boxing, jiu-jitsu etc and saw some of the shortcomings of Aikido.
In the martial arts world, Aikido is often seen as the weird uncle at a party… and I say that in the most affectionate terms. The uncle who tells you all about his younger days chasing ladies, getting in scraps outside pubs and downing 10 pints… of whiskey…. You like him, he’s nice and there’s nothing wrong with him, but you take what he says with a pinch of salt.
Aikido can be seen as kind of similar nowadays. No doubt, Aikido has it’s place as a martial art, but as a combatives system or self defence system, there are some serious shortcomings – the main one being a lack of pressure testing and sparring. Some, due to this, question to relevance of Aikido nowadays as a practical martial art and I’ve written about this topic here. This is not true in all Aikido schools and I’ve been fortunate enough to train with some incredible instructors who were not only genuinely incredible people to be around, but also knew their stuff!
If you teach Aikido for fitness, health and studying a martial arts and budo, Aikido is a great choice. If you want something fast and effective for self defence, or want to competitively fight, it isn’t for you.
However, someone who has a wealth of experience competitively fighting in Muay Thai, as well as training in BJJ is Simon Gray – the author of Suck It Up Or Go Home.
Simon and I actually met years ago in around 2004 training at the Shudokan Academy in Nottingham and he took his 1st Degree black belt test the year before me! I recently interviewed him about his book and why, after studying Muay Thai and BJJ, he chose to undergo what has been called the hardest martial arts course in the world. You can check the full interview out here.
Simon traveled to Japan to undertake an 11 month course in Yoshinkan Aikido, designed to create black belts and foreign instructors who can spread the Yoshinkan system around the world. 11 months of training 5 days a week and being treated as the lowest of the low in the dojo. Drop out rates are high and only a select few who start the course actually complete it due to injuries and general attrition.
As Aikido is often seen as a soft martial art, it’s interesting to see the juxtaposition of this with being labelled one of, if not the, toughest martial arts course in the world.
The course was first bought to the public’s attention through the book Angry White Pyjamas by Robert Twigger. This recounted Rob’s 11 months in the senshusei course taught to the Japanese riot police in the early 1990’s when arguably Yoshinkan Aikido was in it’s prime. The founder, Kancho Gozo Shioda, was still alive and the top and most notable Yoshinkan teachers were all instructors at the Honbu Dojo.
Although Simon’s book is similar in terms of his journey in the course, it takes a different approach, focusing more on Simon’s ability to suck it up or go home attitude. When thing’s get tough, you either deal with it and carry on, or give in. This, as Simon has said, is something that was instilled in him from the senshusei course, and something he has carried with him after.
Simon sent me a copy of Suck It Up Or Go Home, to have a read of and asked me to write a few words for the start of it, and after reading it in 2 days, I was more than happy to do so. This is a great book and I honestly couldn’t put it down. As a martial arts blog, I’m sure the vast majority of people reading this are martial artists, but I will also say that you don’t have to be a martial artist to enjoy the book. This has something for everyone and the lessons and essence can be applied to anyone regardless of martial arts background or not.
From dealing with the daily struggles of living in Japan, to adjusting to a new way of training as the lowest of the low in the dojo, Simon candidly speaks about his time on the course, doesn’t pull any punches and you can tell he is writing from the heart. He talks about continuing to train in Muay Thai and BJJ while in Japan (even though it was forbidden to train in other styles on the course) and as far as an ambassador for Aikido as an effective martial art, I’d rate Simon pretty highly!
I’d highly recommend Suck It Up Or Go Home to anyone interested in martial arts, and even those with a passing interest in Japanese culture or self development – there’s something in it for everyone.
The book is available on Amazon now in Paperback form and also kindle and you can grab your copy here.
This is one of my favorite interviews I’ve done so far! Got to be honest. Super interesting and great to chat with Tom who is a gent, but arguably one of the best BJJ grapplers in the UK today. He has been way ahead of the curve and has been teaching online for a number of years now, so it was great to talk all things martial arts with Tom!
We hear about Tom’s background and how his eclectic mix of martial arts training eventually led him to brazilian jiu-jitsu. Through training with Erik Paulson, to sparring Ken Shamrock, we hear about Tom’s experience in martial arts in a time when MMA was on the rise.
We speak about some career highlights in competing, travelling for hours to train with Braulio Estima and a hectic schedule in the days when BJJ wasn’t as popular as it is today. We also speak on the coveted Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Tom’s thoughts on the current state of BJJ in the UK and abroad.
The first part in a two part interview, we hope you enjoy as always and subscribe to The Martial View on YouTube to make sure you catch part 2! Also be sure to check out Tom’s BJJ School Escapology BJJ for some training while we’re in lockdown, as well as his academy when we can get back training together!
I was lucky enough to be one of Joe Thambu Sensei’s students while studying Aikido, spending 1 month as a live in student with him at his dojo in Melbourne, Australia.
Joe Sensei began training at aged 11 in his Uncle’s dojo in Malaysia. At an early age he was lucky enough to be exposed to martial arts, and come into contact with high level martial artists such as Donn Draeger. After studying with his uncle, Thamby Rajah, he then moved to Australia and after trying other styles of Aikido and finding they didn’t suit him – he set up the first Yoshinkan school.
In 1993 Joe Sensei tested to 5th Dan under Gozo Shioda Kancho – the founder of Yoshinkan Aikido and was both the youngest non-Japanese to test to that level, and the last to be tested by the Yoshinkan founder.
Now an 8th Dan and head of the Aikido Shudokan. Joe Sensei is know for his speed and dynamic Aikido even at 59 years of age. He talks about his history in Aikido, what a functional martial art really is, and the future of Aikido in the 21st Century and why it has such a bad reputation in some circles.
A man I could spend hours talking to about martial arts (while drinking beer), as I say in the interview, if I lived in Australia and trained with him, I would still be practicing Aikido I think! A man that deserves a huge amount of respect, we are honored to have part one of our interview with Joe Thambu Sensei below.
Okay then folks! Here we are, our 2nd official interview since relaunching this blog with the MittMaster himself, Matthew Chapman.
When the Covid-19 reared it’s ugly head, a lot of businesses were caught with their pants down – martial artists included. We were suddenly faced with the prospect of having to close down our physical locations indefinitely!
What to do? There were 2 options. Get online and offer remote training, or wait for it all to blow over and rely on the goodwill of your students to keep paying their fees – not ideal.
Luckily, the majority of people have now moved online – interestingly even some who have previously been so vocal in their disdain for online training! Needs must right?
One man who has been advocating the need for online training for literally YEARS is founder of MittMaster, Matthew Chapman. We’ve reviewed MittMaster products before, and are a big fan and I’ve trained with Matthew a number of times. A completely legit martial artist with fantastic skills and undefeated MMA champ, Matt has now moved his martial arts completely online! He offers training for students and instructors in a number of different areas including:
He is now helping other instructors get online through his community – Teach Your Passion Online and I know that many instructors, myself included are incredibly thankful for his help and support in this difficult time.
Therefore, who better to talk to about online training and the future of it?
He’s always been a big supporter of the blog and it’s always fantastic to catch up and chat with this man, so thanks Matt and enjoy everyone!
We’re starting off with a bang for our Martial View videos blogs now. We’ve set up our Martial View YouTube Channel! Have a brand new shiny Facebook page as well as our group and are full steam ahead for some fantastic interviews in the next couple of weeks including Peter Consterdine, Bob Breen, Joe Thambu and Matthew Chapman!
Our first interview since the relaunch is with a man who doesn’t really need an introduction! One of the main men in the self defence scene, a man who honed his skills on the doors of Manchester’s nightclubs. It’s Russell Jarmesty.
Russ began training in Karate when he was younger, before seeking out something that was more functional for him and finding the fantastic Trevor Roberts. After breaking his neck training, his fight career was put to an end, and so he instead tested his skills on Manchester’s doors. 1 year turned to two, which eventually turned into 15 years of experience in real life violence. He now runs Jarmesty Martial Arts Academy, based in Atherton, Manchester, teaching applied martial arts and MMA.
Never one to shy away or speak his mind, Russ is well known in the martial arts industry and in the interview below we discuss the state of martial arts, his history, times on the doors and much much more! When this man speaks on personal safety and self defence, we listen! Enjoy folks and be sure to subscribe to us on YouTube and email as well as giving us a follow on social media!
I am really excited to be relaunching the martial arts blog in the midst of all this Covid-19 chaos and it’s been great to have support from some fantastic martial artists, instructors and individuals who have agreed to be interviewed by moi! We’ll be posting these interviews on our new YouTube channel – and once things get moving again hopefully doing some home visits, training and video blogs too! So get subscribed to us at The Martial View on YouTube!