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  • EP42: Sharp Thoughts with Cody Skillen
    EP42: Sharp Thoughts with Cody Skillen
    Longsword river 1Sharp weapon and thoughts…this week’s episode of a great interview with Cody Skillen of Winnipeg Knightly Arts.

    The lost art of sword training and blade is reborn in the works of many modern practitioners of the edged arts, and Cody Skillen is one of the leading new voices.

    Studying for years, training, and teaching, Cody guides us through the history of the blade, methodology, mechanics, the CLM, and so much more.

    Make sure to check out Cody’s site at:  http://www.winnipegknightlyarts.com/

    On this episode Matt discusses:

    – How writing is the first step to a legacy
    – The history of edged weapons from clubs to kitana’s, Europe to the East
    – The mechanics of edged weapons and how they can help modern martial art training
    – The things you can learn today from a teacher like Cody to change your training
    – Apple Jacks, The Rat Pack, and much more…

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  • Controlling posture…

    What is postural control in martial art?
    It starts in the crib….

    Check out this video from last year on postural control and go by http://breakingbalance.com to pick up more knowledge today.


  • Ep41: Women’s Self-Defense
    EP41:  Women’s Self Defense
    6090359007_c401179ff3_zEpisode 41 is one for the ages…a realistic view of women’s self defense.

    Too often women’s self-defense resembles a bad episode of the Oprah Winfrey show. It ignores the fact that women’s psychology is the first thing that has to be trained…everything else is secondary.

    Based on a question from a student, Matt talks about the true nature of women’s self-defense.

    On this episode Matt discusses:

    – The structure of a women’s self defense class
    – The number one rule of all women’s training…and why you can never break it.
    – The brutal reality of women’s self-defense psychology.
    – How not to cheat your students, male or female, in teaching technique…
    – How you are teaching wrong, right, and how to fix it…

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  • EP40: Being a martial artist
    EP40:  Nature of being a martial artist

    10149439_10153919761935332_2000298347_nWe are back! Episode 40 kicks off with a bang with Matt discussing something many have forgotten.

    Are you cool under pressure? Do you move like lightening? Do you have the fighting spirit? These are how people used to look at martial artists.

    How do we reclaim this? How do make our martial art who we are, everyday, all the time.

    On this episode Matt discusses:

    – What’s new, fitness, a loss to the podcasting community, and Fitbit obsession.
    – What movement, mindset, and spirit truly are – and how we can embody them.
    – The loss of martial art movement to the fitness community – and retaking our movement.
    – The 3 things you can do today to change how you do martial arts today.
    – Music, Ralph Macchio, individualism, and so much more on this episode…

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  • A training abyss…

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    When you are no longer learning, it is very tough.

    I write this article from a personal standpoint – I’ve been there with a system, and a teacher. It becomes like a bad relationship as resentment grows. It is common to say in gambling someone stayed at the table too long, usually resulting in the gambler losing money, when they should have simply stepped away from the table. They become invested psychologically.

    This very often happens with students of martial arts. They stay at the table too long. This is not to say they have nothing else to learn but at a certain point the investment becomes so expensive, or it becomes difficult to square with life and general ethics or morals, they begin to confuse the relationship with the teacher for their own well-being. It starts out slow, and grows, and soon the student is staring at the abyss in training, wondering, feeling guilty for looking at other systems and teachers.

    The whispering inside the head grows louder.

    And then the abyss stares back at them.

    It’s a daunting task to leave or take time off, especially after years of training in a system. Here’s a few tips I have found to step back from that abyss and create more longevity in training in a system so that the day doesn’t come, or if it does, you recognize it and can work to prevent it…or prepare for the inevitable.

    1) Never sign up for a new school for more than a few months. Contracts are a common thing because people have to put food on the table. But when you are starting off, start slowly and only go a couple times a week. After a few months, if you want to do more – do more, but never sign for more than a few months at a time if you can. This way you never stay because of money, you stay because of training.

    2) Avoid a personal relationship with a new teacher for a while. Avoid excessively hanging out, getting beers with or doing dinners with your new teacher. Other students is one thing, but the more you are able to avoid personal entanglements the beginning the more you will be able to tell the difference between friendship and teaching relationship.

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