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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

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’ve just taken a phone call, actually half a phone call, and the crux of it was this. A man has had his child in Taekwondo training for the past 3 years, the child is now 7. He wants his child to move from Taekwondo to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu because the child doesn’t yet know … Continue reading

On coaching kids

I get asked for advice on how to coach kids, so I’ll share some. This will be brief. 1) Be really good at what you do. I don’t mean that you’re a really good BJJ fighter or a really good football player. Coaching isn’t playing. Educate yourself and become an outstanding coach, even if you’re … Continue reading

Ugh, now he’s on about water charges

So you’ve probably all seen the facebook and social media posts from people returning their Irish Water contracts*. They’re labeling the envelopes with a sort of quasi-legal, unusually phrased series of statements and then returning to sender. Here’s a short explanation from a blog I found while cruising for info on the matter http://julianwebsdale.tumblr.com/post/79260580869/no-contract-return-to-sender-label-explanation Yeah … Continue reading

Space available

Hello fitness folks. I have several opportunities available in my gym for qualified, independent coaches, trainers, and sports therapists. I have several spaces available. 1) an equipped strength and conditioning area. 2x power racks, 3x platforms, 350kg plates, barbells, full set kettlebells, set dumbbells, medicine balls, C2 rower, battling ropes, etc etc. 2) Large matted … Continue reading


I’m going to introduce you to new word, Fremdscham. No, I didn’t make it up. It’s German. Essentially it’s the awful feeling that you get when you begin to see the Dunning-Kruger effect in action. For those of you who don’t know what the Dunning-Kruger effect is, there’s a pretty good description here I thought … Continue reading

On receiving a black belt

On Tuesday night I was surprised and proud to receive my black belt from Robert Drysdale. People often say things like “The journey only begins now” and so on when things like this occur, and they’re right, after a fashion. But the truth is you just get on the mat the next day and the same guys … Continue reading

Some Jiu Jitsu Musings

Seems like a long time since I’ve written about Jiu Jitsu, which is strange because apart from sleeping, Jiu Jitsu is the thing I do the most in life. Anyway, here are some random thoughts on training and maybe some advice (if I may be so bold) It is what it is. The better you … Continue reading

Las Vegas- July 2013

I was just hunting through my drafts for the blog when I discovered this, written in Pearson Airport, Toronto, last July. I don’t know why I didn’t publish it before, but anyway here it is now. “America’s playground” I’m just sitting in Toronto airport waiting on a distant connecting flight to Dublin after spending a … Continue reading