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Coaching Children

I’ve been asked in the past week to do something I’ve never done before. As a part of my work with schools, a teacher asked me to send him an email explaining my “Coaching Philosophy” for kids, as well as some technical details on what and how I teach. Naturally, I spent far too long … Continue reading

Vegas World Championships

  A little Las Vegas diary. I had written some of this in my hotel room over there, but things were just too busy to post or edit it in any way. Sunday. Travel day. A short hop to London and then a 10 hour flight to Vegas. I dread the thought of flying more … Continue reading

The time with the stick fighting guy

I’ve got a story, I was going to write this one as a facebook post but it got too long. I like to tell stories about “Ye olden days” before MMA or in the very early days of my involvement, mostly because the younger guys in my gym don’t seem to know how lucky they … Continue reading

This Post Will Motivate You!

That’s a misleading title as always but I always struggle with naming the posts. Have you ever asked anyone how they feel, and instead of answering hungry, or angry, or excited, they answered “I feel motivated”? I ask people how they feel about things a lot, it’s sort of a part of my job. Occasionally, … Continue reading

Rest? Who needs it?

I had a discussion with some friends over beer and barbecue yesterday about the effects of training and age on your body. We’re all of the same age (mid to late thirties), and are of varying levels of physical activity. We had a bit of a laugh at the niggles and stiffness we were all … Continue reading

DOMS- The Silent Killer

DOMS Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness AKA that sore feeling you get in the days after training a new activity, or increasing the intensity of your training. I’m going to tell you a few ways to avoid the worst of your DOMS, and to assist in your recovery when you do get them. First of all … Continue reading

2 things I know about strength

I’m often accused or rambling a bit, so I’m going to make this post very specific and define the parameters of what I’m talking about very clearly from the start: Two things this post deals with: 1. Strength which can only be expressed in a single context is not strength in any other context 2. You don’t … Continue reading


I want to talk about learning a new language. You can learn as many new phrases as you like from tapes or books when you’re going on a holiday. But saying “Excuse me, can you tell me where the nearest massage parlour is?” isn’t communicating once the native replies “What type of massage are you … Continue reading

The Average Person Achieves a Black Belt

Today I’m free to do whatever I want! So I’m going to catch up on work and update my blog. So it goes. I’ve seen this thrown about lately. It’s just an image of the type you see thrown around social media. I totally disagree with the above statement, for the same reasons I also … Continue reading

Simple Programming advice

Simple programming advice from a simple person: 1) Pick one of these exercises- Bench Press, Deadlift, Back/Front Squat, Power Clean, Weighted Pull up (if you can do more than 8 regular pull ups) Do it 5 times. Rest, then another 5, and another until you’ve done 5 sets 2) Pick an exercise that’s kind of … Continue reading