Fear of Failure

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FEAR OF FAILURE

Find yourself putting off things, refuse to set goals or deadlines, avoid committing to things publicly, find the most bizarre excuses why you cant do a thing?

Martial arts for weight loss

James conquered huge fears and what an inspiration

Maybe your just scared..

And thats ok, we are here to change that.

Martial arts and especially the BJJ/grappling/wrestling competitive styles (i personally believe) offer a great way out of this mindset. Others to but in a much harder way such a Muay Thai and the striking arts (but im not at an age for that craziness now) Respect to those who do.

Through friendly competitive training, winning and losing your ego takes a rinsing, your humility takes a polishing and your team comradeship takes a boost.

All in all these things elevate you from that place of fear, that place that will hold you back unless conquered or at least taken on and challenged. Deep down you know who you want to be, what you want to achieve but fear of failure manifests in the subconscious and can appear to be many other things with a range of excuses and answers and automatic responses developed to protect oneself from that dreaded FAILURE

YOU ONLY HAVE YOURSELF TO BEAT THE REST IS JUST TRAINING

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Master Pad Handlers at Function First

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Mitt Master Level 2 Today

Great morning Recap of Mitt Master Level 2 training with Matt Chapman from Masters academy in Loughton

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By the end of this year all our coaches will be certified Master pad handlers by one of the best in the UK with a very intelligent approach to pad handling to get the best from our students.

Raising the level and constant improvement of all Function First Coaches is our number 1 company value.

We work tirelessly full time on nothing but martial arts and fitness, developing programs and structured classes for faster fun learning. Five full time staff in Lincoln and one in Louth with 5 part time going full time soon.

We wake up, train, study, coach, live and breath this stuff.

This means we can deliver you our best. This is what you pay for, not just amazing facilities 7 days a week classes from noon to 10pm

But constant new information, constant learning and improvement 7 days a week all day long is all we do.

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You Are What You Think

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Self Fulfilling Prophecy. 

Think Smart

You are what you think and you get what you ask for.

Banana dog, he think good things

Banana dog, he think good things

One of the greatest gifts or skills i have personally developed over the years is this

TO FORGIVE and move on, be it myself or others.

Through some pretty bad experiences, huge financial losses through corrupt lying thieving folk, from physical harm and just some down right nasty people out to get ya i have developed a mindset which enables me to put things in perspective and move on very quickly.

It pains me to see others get caught up in their thoughts that start to bury them in depression and doubt. We all know it logically, that we need to put down the glass of water as although only light at first will soon burn out the muscles in the arm. But putting it into practice in daily life seems to elude most regardless of intelligence.

Something so trivial in the workplace or at home keeps churning or dripping like a tap and it becomes huge and then the knock on effect is out of control.

Sometimes it can be a big issue that needs addressing but often its the tinniest or a collection of tiny little things that some just cant let go of and take so personally it tortures them and in the end their fears are manifested like a self fulfilling prophecy. And then they can hand on heart say “I told you so”

Anyone who’s been around a very messy relationship break up or around extreme paranoid people may have at some time been drawn into a weird reality thats like an hallucination and although you know its not real you can see it through their eyes, see it happening actually physically happening. But then sense and logic re appears and you see it for what it really is without the years or months of self destructive affirmations we call thought, thats controlling us.

Johhny was walking to school, he was worried about an exam.
The kids in his class he felt were not ready for it
Why am i worried he thought? Im the cleaner and its not my job to do the exam

Your pre conceived ideas and thoughts need to be constantly updated as your life script floats by, dont let johnny get to school as a kid skipping along.

MEDITATE – TRAIN – LOVE

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A Better Attitude Can Greatly Help Improve Martial Arts Training

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Improve your martial arts, improve  your attitude

It is not physical limitations that can undermine a person’s ability to get the most out of martial arts training. The problems people run into are psychological or attitude based.

Physical limitations can often be overcome or worked around. Strength can be enhanced and so can cardio. Really, there are no serious physical limitations present when training for fun and hobby. Yes, a student will want to get better and might become frustrated with the experience. However, a dose of reality can help someone get right back on track and capable of succeeding with training.

However, if a person is not able to get his mind in the right direction, the person will completely damage his or her ability to succeed. If someone is suffering from any level of self-doubt, solace can be taken from the notion others suffer from similar feelings and do overcome them.

One common reason why people do not succeed in their martial arts training is they get the feeling they should be somewhere else doing something more important. It could be said that the attitude a person gets about training is that too much time is being spent on things that are not important. Such an attitude might be a very unfair one to take. Yes, there will be times when martial arts training does need to take a background role to other important pursuits in life.

That said, to have such an overarching attitude towards martial arts training would be a very unwise approach. All you might be doing with such an attitude would be drawing yourself out of the training that might be vital to your life.

Another common error many make is they get the notion in their head they just are not good enough or do not really belong. Such an attitude is the result of simply being too hard on oneself. There really is not reason to allow subconscious feelings about how skilled on as to be to totally undermine the ability to succeed at martial arts training.

Boredom might not the most common of all negative states of mind a person might have about the arts. Training the same way with the same goals all the time can create a sense of boredom. Making a few changes, even minor ones, can have an overall positive change on one’s martial arts training sessions.

You really have to be careful about how you perceive your training. The wrong attitude might undermine the outlook towards martial arts training. If you change your attitude in a positive manner, your approach towards your training just might improve immensely.

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Bootcamp Sessions Are Perfect for High Intensity Martial Arts Training

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Improve your martial fitness with our Bootcamp sessions

While some do enjoy a more low intensity martial arts training experience, others are more interested in testing themselves to the limit. Whether they wish to do so in the dojo or in competition is irrelevant. Their ultimate goal is to prove they are up to th challenge of striving for greatness. This is where bootcamp training can prove to be enormously helpful. Basically, a solid bootcamp training program will ensure the body is in the right shape and condition to handle a higher level of intensity in martial arts training.

Bootcamp sledgehammer and tyres

Bootcamp training is commonly thought of as a means of losing weight in as quick of a manner possible thanks to high level intensity workouts. This is definitely true and among the main reasons why so many people will be interested in signing up for bootcamp classes. This was not the original reason why these workouts were designed. Their original revolves around getting athletes into perfect shape for an athletic contest. For those interested in getting into perfect physical condition, a bootcamp session can definitely help you get into perfect shape.

There are quite a number of benefits a bootcamp session can deliver that a standard cardio and strength training workout cannot. This is why it is best for performance athletes to enroll in bootcamp sessions.

One of the best outcomes of a bootcamp session would be resiliency. This means the body would be able to handle the harder workout sessions associated with more serious fight training sessions. The human body can handle quite a bit of physical exertion, but only when it has been sufficiently prepared to do so. This is not to suggest that bootcamp workouts are brutal, but they are challenging. It is the challenging nature of the workouts that allows them to make the body so physically resilient.

The workouts also do wonders for improving conditioning. The aerobic component of the exercises aid in ensuring cardio conditioning is improved immensely. Without the proper level of aerobic conditioning, higher levels of training become difficult if not impossible.

Muscular endurance becomes another major component of training. When the muscles fatigue, they are not able to perform in the desired manner. The bodyweight training component of workouts will definitely improve and enhance muscular endurance immensely. Bootcamp training puts a great deal of emphasis on the goal of increased muscular endurance.

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The Study of the Weapons of Antiquity Still Has Value in the Modern World

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Old school weapons in our modern world

You could thank the Kill Bill movies for reinvigorating the study of weapons in the martial arts. In particular, Samurai sword training has become popular. In recent years, the Game of Thrones television series has raised interest in learning about the western sword and weapon arts. While many take up such study, most assume this is solely for fun and personal enjoyment instead of any actual real practical application.

The truth here is there are quite a number of modern applications drawn from weapons training.

Weapons training has a bit more use than many realize. By weapons training, it is meant the student studies some of the older weapons fighting methods from antiquity. It does not refer to the use of the modern knife as an offensive tool. There might be some very old systems of weapons fighting that have been lost mostly to the ages. In the modern world, people do not know the proper way swords work. Barring Olympic fencing, knowledge about weapons training is limited to those who learned the intricacies of older weapons via the traditional martial arts.

Is the study of these older weapons solely for entertainment and personal education purposes? To a degree, there are those that just enjoy weapons training because it is something different and unique to do. So be it. Let them enjoy their training!

Others will simply take on weapons training because, well, you do have to move a lot and this means calories are burned. Also, the constant movement of the upper limbs contributes to muscle development in the arms and shoulders. Certainly, there is nothing wrong with that. DVDs have been released promoting workouts based on weapons systems and the content of the material is almost exclusively rooted in a unique means of getting toned. Again, there is nothing wrong with that.

The true beauty of training with older weapons is, however, there are a lot of unique empty hand applications that come from weapons training. Bareknuckle boxing, karate and systems of Chinese martial arts can trace their origins to the old weapons systems of previous generations. Investing a little time in learning these older systems can lead to unlocking a number of empty hand secrets that may have been lost to time. Upon learning some of these older techniques, the modern application of these moves begins to make much more sense.

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Always Be Respectful of Your Grappling Training Partners

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Respect your grappling partner

The grappling component to mixed martial arts contributes to the accessibility of the arts. Grappling, unlike the striking end of the art, can be trained by everyone regardless of size, shape, age or athletic ability. At its core, the leverage based aspect of grappling contributes to it being more accessible to a larger number of people. The ability to roll (grappling spar) is also appealing to many because it comes with much lower of a risk of injury and can be done at a relatively slow pace. This means more time can be spent rolling for fun and enjoyment.

Respect your grappling partnerTherefore, partners need to do whats required of them to be good training partners. When the time comes to roll, it is really not a good idea to simply steamroll through a training partner. In other words, you do not want to beat him or her over and over and over again….not unless you want your training partners to not come back the next day.

Keep a few things in mind when grappling sparring, you are not taking part in a competition. You are trying to hone your skills. The same can be said of your training partner. In some cases, your training partner may be more interested in following a slower path to improvement. He or she just might be trying to get a nice workout in before going home or just wants to hang out with like-minded people who share the same hobbyist pursuits. What the person may not be interested in is seeing each and every rolling session seem like an Olympic training session. It is not. Nor is it even a local submission grappling tournament. It is simply a class session.

What would be the value in tapping someone out once, twice, three times, and fourth…and so on? Doing so might be an ego boost, but what would you really be gaining? Such an attitude is also a selfish one because it utterly dismisses the feelings of the less experienced training partner.

And that training partner will not likely stay around forever or even for another class. A lot of the fun goes out of the class when you are treated like a ragdoll. The overall mood of the gym becomes too competitive and all the fun is suctioned out. Ironically, this can make for a bad training environment when your goal is to win tournaments.

The moral of the story here: use common sense and a bit of a good attitude when rolling in a grappling class.

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Breakfalling: Saving Yourself When You Hit The Ground

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Hitting the ground – How to save yourself

Grappling arts like Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Submission Wrestling offer many excellent options for dealing with the ground in a self-defence scenario. It would be wise though to learn some Judo and wrestling as well, but not for the reasons most assume. These are are associated with takedowns mostly from an offensive perspective. They should also be looked at from defensive and even worst case scenario perspectives. Hitting the ground too hard would be one of the worst results that could occur.

Breakfall - Learn how to hit the groundBreakfalling is a critical area of learning in the art of Judo. Breakfalls basically teach people to not do the dangerous gut reactions when heading to the ground. Whether you are thrown or trip, your gut reaction may be to put your hand out to brace your fall. It might very well do this, but the impact could dislocate the elbow. In a street self-defence situation, an assault will continue while you have no means of being able to use one of your arms to stop it.

Worse yet, people are not in the habit of tucking their chin when they fall. As a result, the back of their skull can make contact with the ground. Not to be morose, but this is a common cause of fatalities in self-defence situations. When learning to breakfall, students are taught to tuck the chin to prevent such an injury.

This is not to suggest breakfall lessons alone will eliminate the chances of being injured by a throw or a fall. Getting hit by surprise and being knocked out standing can eliminate the cognitive or even subconscious ability to break a fall on the way down. Surprise and quick knockouts from a standing position often lead to severe injuries not from the strike itself, but from the impact when the body hits the ground.

Breakfalling may lead to the subconscious and muscle memory/response stimulus action that protects the body when falling. Hence, the name…breaking a fall. Students do invest quite a bit of time working on the ground, which is definitely wise. However, it would be equally wise to learn about the unfortunate particulars and dangers of how the body actually hits the ground. This way, the potential for serious injury can be reduced or eliminated.

Learning how to breakfall does not eliminate the full potential for injury, but it can reduce it quite a bit. That alone can have a huge impact on how a fight goes down.

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How Martial Arts Sports Can Help Improve a Young Child’s Character

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Improve your child’s character with Martial Arts

Martial arts training for kids is not just about self-defence. There is also a sportive component and this is a good thing. There are quite a number of benefits that can be gained from taking part in martial arts tournaments. A child that succeeds in safe point sparring competition and forms performance may gain a huge confidence boost that can carry over elsewhere in life.

Improve your kids character with martial artsOne issue here that concerns parents is the solo nature of martial arts competition can lead to the onset of a potentially unhealthy ego in the child. Such concerns do make sense. Of course, these problems are not solely found in martial arts. Tennis and dance would both be solo endeavours that can create a swelled head in a young person. The question that arises would be whether or not there is a way to curb any boosted ego.

Actually, there is a huge misconception about the martial arts training and this would be the study of the arts is a solo pursuit. Martial arts training always requires a team. No one can become a great martial artist on his or her own. Working with training partners is how you develop your skills. Kids will quickly learn they cannot succeed in their path to martial arts excellence unless they get along well with their fellow students. This might seem like a quaint notion, but it is not. Not very many people can get along in life unless they can work well with others. Training for martial arts events does help teach young ones how to work well with others in the pursuit of their own achievements.

The environment of a kids martial arts class can also contribute to a positive attitude. Martial arts schools do put great value on developing character and virtues. Sadly, such traits can unnecessarily be missing from traditional sportive environments.

Because martial arts training also tries to develop the character of a young one, the potential to develop egotistical traits becomes less likely. This is not to suggest a martial arts training environment will be without any flaws, but it definitely is free of common troubling attitudes found in some of the more traditional sportive environments.

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Grey Areas, Self-Defence and Deescalation in the Martial Arts

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Self-Defence, is knowing how to fight… right?!?!!?

In self-defence, deescalation can be among the best ways to deal with a potential threat. For those not familiar with deescalation, this refers to calming down someone that may be ranting, raving, causing a scene, or acting in a threatening manner. Automatically lashing out or performing your self-defence techniques at someone that is behaving in such a way is not the best approach to take. The reason is there will always be consequences to any actions involving physical violence. This is even true when you are defending yourself and it is especially true if your defensive actions cause injury or harm in an unwarranted way.

That said, there can be times when trying to deescalate can be a very wrong decision. This might seem more than a bit complicated so let’s flesh the scenarios out.

Is it always right to use your self-defence techniques?

There are quite a number of oversimplified discussions of violence and self-defence that give false impressions of what constitutes legally acceptable means of being able to defend yourself.

A person yelling and screaming and insulting you may be obnoxious. They might even be very scary. What they might not be is a threat. If you are not physically harmed or directly threatened by someone and that person walks away and you give chase and hit him, that is no way self-defence. Hitting likely would constitute assault on any jurisdiction on the globe. This would not even require deescalation since the person has walked away from the situation.

On the other hand, trying to calm someone down who is in the act of striking you or, worse, using a weapon, can be very hazardous. The harm being perpetrated on you could lead to a severe injury or even a fatality. There are reports of people believing someone was hitting them and then, when the adrenaline of the attack wore off, they realized they were being stabbed.

As you can see, there are a lot of grey areas and question marks surrounding the martial arts. Unfortunately, most martial arts training programs solely teach the fighting side of the martial arts and do not delve into other serious issues surrounding self-defence. Now, the fighting aspect is important from a self-preservation perspective but this only comes into play when there are no other options. Again, trying to avoid or deescalate violence is always preferred. However, there may come a time when you have to act and act accordingly. And yes, you would have to do so within the law.

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