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Brainy Black Belts

Written by bryan. Posted in Health and Fitness

According to the BBC a Martial Arts Black Belt’s skill in punching has more to do with his brains rather than his brawn. This is what the article had to say on the subject.  

Karate punching power ‘all in the brain’

By Jonathan Ball BBC News

Brain images Black belts show structural differences in specific parts of their brains (in white)
Packing an impressive karate punch has more to do with brain power than muscle power, according to research.

In a close-range punching contest described in Cerebral Cortex, experts consistently out-hit novices. Scientists peered deep into the brains of the experts to reveal alterations in regions controlling movement. These changes were linked with better coordination and speed of punch, a team from Imperial College London and University College London concluded.

Karate punch The research shows that experts consistently out-punch novices

Ed Roberts from Imperial College London, who led the study, said: “The karate black belts were able to repeatedly coordinate their punching action with a level of coordination that novices can’t produce. We think that ability might be related to fine tuning of neural connections in the cerebellum.” To determine the speed of the punch, the researchers filmed and timed the movement of the infrared sensors attached to shoulders, elbows, wrists and hips of the people. The study of brain structure and function has been accelerated by the development of new medical imaging techniques, such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). The current study used a special MRI technique called Diffusion Tensor Imaging. This is useful in the investigation pharmacy of a variety of brain disorders such as multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, brain abscesses and brain tumors.

Brain image The brain’s grey matter stains more darkly than white matter

The brain contains two main types of tissue – grey and white matter. The regions controlling and coordinating movement are known as the cerebellum and the primary motor cortex and are composed of both. However, the study showed that changes in the structure of the white matter were associated with improved coordination. Changes in white matter structure have been observed in other individuals engaged in repetitive physical activity – pianists for example – and can also be induced simply by thought. In a study published in the journal PNAS, the authors showed that regular meditation resulted in white matter changes in regions of the brain associated with emotion. Commenting on his findings, Dr Roberts said: “Most research on how the brain controls movement has been based on examining how diseases can impair motor skills. “We took a different approach, by looking at what enables experts to perform better than novices in tests of physical skill.” Also, by looking at healthy subjects, it is hoped that scientists will gain a better understanding of how movement is controlled. One of the main diseases affecting white matter is multiple sclerosis (MS). This is a chronic degenerative disease that affects millions of people around the world. But the cause of MS remains unknown.


The Internet Bully! (Self Defence 101)

Written by bryan. Posted in Self Defence

Cyber Bullying, Self Defence Basingstoke, Hampshire Self Protection, Hampshire Self Defence, Law, Internet Crime, Harassment, In  today’s society most of us have a real reliance on the Internet in it’s various guises. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Linkedin, MySpace et al are here to stay, maybe not in their current forms because they’ll morph and merge over time. With the explosion in good quality internet connection from our Mobile phones, more and more of us are online.

I know they’ve got a vested interest, but Google’s Senior Vice President recently predicted that 50% of all adverts will be online in five years time, guess where their R&D investment will be going. Big players like Google, Facebook and our own mobile phone providers will continue to drive both traffic and our habits.

In most cases people use the internet appropriately to swap gossip, make plans for the weekend, discuss outfits or talk about their favourite sports teams. However there is a dark side, when the technology is abused, or used to harass or threaten others, there can be consequences legally that the perpetrator can face.

In late December 2012 both The Times and The Daily Mail carried stories talking about the massive increase in Internet crime.

  • 5,000 reported cases to 29 Police forces on Facebook or Twitter (556 in 2008, 4909 in 2011)
  • 650 people charged with offences
  • High profile crimes raised awareness in the media, included claims made about Tom Daley’s (the Diver) dead Father and comments about missing children such as Madeleine McCann, which resulted in a 12 week jail sentence.

There are four UK statute laws that are relevant to the use of IT in relation to bullying.  These are:

How these Acts can be related to bullying, and specifically to cyberbullying, is outlined below. If the bullying is based on sexual, racial or religious grounds, prosecution could be sought through anti-discriminatory laws. See the case of footballer Stan Collymore, who was racially abused on Twitter and the instigator was arrested by the Police


Protection from Harassment Act 1997

This Act was passed following concerns that stalking was not dealt with effectively under the existing legislation.  The Act does not refer solely to stalking but also covers harassment in a wider sense.  The Act states that it is unlawful to cause harassment, alarm or distress by a course of conduct and states that:-

A person must not pursue a course of conduct, which:

    • Equates to harassment of another person
    • They know or should to know, amounts to harassment of another person.

There is some anecdotal evidence that the police are more comfortable in bringing forward this law when dealing with issues of Cyberbullying. The police have successfully used the Protection from Harassment Act to prosecute for the sending of offensive e-mails through the internet.  Such messages (as well as Text messages) will also constitute an offence under the Malicious Communications Act. Facebook was in 2012 forced by the courts to reveal personal details of people who had harassed a woman.


Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994

This Act defines a criminal offence of intentional harassment, which covers all forms, including sexual harassment.  A person is guilty of an offence if, with intent to cause a person harassment, alarm or distress, he/she

  • uses threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour or disorderly behaviour; or
  • displays any writing, sign or other visible representation which is threatening, abusive or insulting, thereby causing that or another person harassment, alarm or distress.


Malicious Communications Act 1998/Telecommunications Act 1984

Under this Act it is an offence to send an indecent, offensive or threatening letter, electronic communication or other article to another person.  Under section 43 of the Telecommunications Act 1984 it is a similar offence to send a telephone message which is indecent, offensive or threatening.

Both these offences are punishable with up to six months imprisonment and/or a fine.
The Malicious Communications offences are wider ranging, but under the Telecommunications offences, it is likely that the Police will use the former Act to bring a charge.


The Communications Act 2003

The Communications Act 2003 is by far the most recent Act to be passed.  Section 127 states that a person is guilty of an offence if he/she

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  • (1) A person is guilty of an offence if he—

(a) sends by means of a public electronic communications network a message or other matter that is grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character; or

(b) causes any such message or matter to be so sent.

  • (2) A person is guilty of an offence if, for the purpose of causing annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety to another, he—

(a) sends by means of a public electronic communications network, a message that he knows to be false,

(b) causes such a message to be sent; or

(c) persistently makes use of a public electronic communications network.

  • (3) A person guilty of an offence under this section shall be liable, on summary conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale, or to both


 4,500 young people talked to ChildLine about online bullying last year.


Do you make excuses? (Self Defence 101)

Written by bryan. Posted in Self Defence

Martial Arts isn’t all about fighting, far from it.

Martial Arts is all about setting yourself up for challenges, meeting them and overcoming them. Physically and Emotionally this is the case whether it’s just turning up for your first class, being examined for your first belt, sparring for the first time, entering a competition etc.

Many people makes excuses for not doing things. They predetermine that whatever activity they are about to undertake is too difficult for them or that they are too old, too tall, too small, too soon, too late or more often, just too lazy with a penchant for excuses.

Watch this video and then try to find an excuse.


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