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Ladies Only Self Defence and Free Fitness Classes

Written by bryan. Posted in Self Defence

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Self Defence is an emotive topic with  many people thinking they don’t need it. Hopefully they are correct. We’ve covered a number of the key points to consider when looking at one’s own self protection. They are available on the following page:- http://www.basingstokekarate.com/self-protection-self-defence-and-anti-bullying/

 

In our Self Defence course held at our Martial Arts club in Basingstoke:-

Our experienced female coaches will during the 8 week LADIES ONLY SELF DEFENCE course take you through a number of important areas so that by the end of the course, you will understand:-

– What self defence actually is
– The soft skills necessary for self protection
– The physical skills necessary for self protection

Learn how to…

– Assess and avoid danger
– Read the signs of an imminent attack
– Understand The Law and Self Protection
– Know how your attitude affects self protection
– Recognise and Protect your danger zones
– Defend against the most common methods of assault against women
– Defend against weapons

 

The cost of the course is £39 and includes free fitness classes for the duration of the course. These classes are http://www.basingstokekarate.com/body-combat/ and http://www.basingstokekarate.com/zumba/

 

For further information please call 01256 364104 or if you would like to book to go onto the course, please use this link http://www.basingstokekarate.com/store/#!/~/product/category=3924156&id=32815890

 

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New Year’s Resolution – Get Fit. (Self Defence 101)

Written by bryan. Posted in Health and Fitness, Self Defence

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You can just hear it can’t you……”Well it’s a new Year and I’m going to get fit and lose weight.”

 

So what will it be this year? Gyms, Bootcamps, Personal Trainers, Swimming, Jogging, Dancing or Martial Arts? The Government are doing a good job of telling us that a sedentary life style will kill you. So maybe you’ve decided to listen, at last.

 

Oh and lets not forget after the excesses of Christmas it’s time to lose some weight as well. If you go out and pick up any of the women’s health or men’s fitness magazines at this time of the year. You’ll find the typical headlines “Loose 7lb in a week,” “Lose weight fast” and the list goes on and on. It must be an important topic, Government Ministers are getting into the act now and suggesting to the magazines what they should be saying

Anyway enough about all that fitness mullarky and losing weight. Let’s get back into the Martial Arts and give you the biggest most important Self Defence tips of all time.

 

Are you ready to slay your demons? Well let’s start then at Self Defence 101.

  1. Eat moderately and sensibly
  2. Exercise
  3. Don’t eat more calories than you expend during the day

Surprised, Yes? Well Martial Arts is about self defence and self protection and practiced well is meant to be holistic as well. (Your know holistic derived from the Greek word holos, meaning that the bodies natural systems should be considered a whole entity rather than a collection of separate parts – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holism)

 

Eat Moderately and Sensibly

eat well, diet, food, healthy diet, good food, calories, calorie control, Do you know that as a rule of thumb, the guidelines indicate that following intake of calories is necessary to maintain a healthy body weight.  A man needs around 2,500 calories a day a  woman needs around 2,000 calories a day.

Any idea what you actually consume? There are plenty of Android and Apple phone applications that will help you to keep track of what you are eating.

Bottle of Cola and bar of Chocolate for breakfast? At 139 calories for a tin or 210 calories for a 500ml bottle and a bar of Chocolate being upto 255 calories, you really won’t do yourself any favours, if you carry on like that all day.

The NHS offer some good tips for healthy eating. If you really want to scare yourself, look at the calorie lables on the foods you buy, yes even the so called ‘low fat’ options

 

Exercise

Do you know what the NHS’s guidelines are for adults aged 19-64?

To stay healthy, adults aged 19-64 should try to be active daily and should do:

At least 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) of moderate-intensity aerobic activity such as cycling or fast walking every week, and

             muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a
week that work all major muscle groups (legs,
hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms).

75 minutes (1 hour and 15 minutes) of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity such as running or a game of singles tennis every week, and

             muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a
week that work all major muscle groups (legs,
hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms).

An equivalent mix of moderate- and vigorous-intensity aerobic activity every week (for example 2 30-minute runs plus 30 minutes of fast walking), and

muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms).

 

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The ‘magic numbers’ seem to be that to lose 1lb of fat, you need to burn 3500 calories. The recommended guideline is to aim to lose 2lb of fat per week, so you need to make sure that you are burning another 7000 calories in a week. You could eat 500 less calories a day and that will lose you 1lb. You can also add more exercise.  What does that equate to, have a look at the table to the left and work out how the figures impact you.

We often use a calories counting watch, one of our members holds the current record with 1046 calories burned off during one 1 hour class.  That kind of consistent result will see some good things happen, but it’s down to you to make it happen.

 

 

So the first and golden rule of Self Defence has to be to look after your health.

 

The second golden rule is to learn a Martial Art 😉 Details of our classes are here http://www.basingstokekarate.com/basingstoke-adult-martial-arts-classes

 

 

 

 

 

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You’ve got real potential!

Written by bryan. Posted in Coaching

Karate, Kung Fu, Basingstoke, Martial ArtsYou’ve got real potential!

How many time do we hear this said of ourselves and then then start to feel really proud of our accomplishments because someone has said this to us. For most of us this would be the norm. Why? Because it makes us feel good about ourselves, doesn’t it. Be truthful, we all like to have nice things said about us.

Not many of us have thought what may be implied with the comment “You’ve got real potential.” What do I mean, well for example, someone saying this could also mean:-

1 – “You’ve got real potential” – Why don’t you start working hard and get good.

2 – “You’ve got real potential” – You’re not very good because you don’t have the discipline.

3 – “You’ve got real potential” – If only you’d bother to try and achieve your potential

4 – “You’ve got real potential” – You’ve got real potential, sadly you are never going to reach it.

5 – “You’ve got real potential” – Umm, I can’t think of anything nicer to say

6 – “You’ve got real potential” – Keep practicing hard and correctly and you’ll stay on the path to achieving that potential.

So the next time you get told “You’ve got real potential”  be honest with yourself and ask yourself what it really means for you. We all hope it’s number 6, but it’s up to you, to make sure it is #6 rather than one of the others.

Look at some of the sports stars, who had potential, Paul Gascoigne from Football, you could even argue Johnny Wilkinson from Rugby, although a superb Rugby player never reached his full potential due to injuries, Tim Henman, great for British Morale and bringing the country together at Wimbledon’s Tennis week but again never achieved his full potential and lets not forget about Iron Mike Tyson, one of the best boxers ever and he threw it all away whilst still in his prime. All of these stars were in their own right very talented (much better at something than most of us can hope to achieve) and very good, having had some great successes, but they never really nailed it, so they are unlikely to be remembered in the same way as Bobby Charlton, Gareth Edwards, Roger Federer or Muhammed Ali, who all ‘made it’ and are remembered, revered and respected because of it.

What was the difference? Maybe a little luck and certainly a lot of skill, but not to forget the words of Gary Player when asked about his ‘lucky streak.’ “It’s funny, the harder I practice, the luckier I seem to get.”

If you want something badly enough, then work hard enough to achieve it and depending upon how important it is to you, decide what you are prepared to sacrifice to get it. Be prepared for setbacks and knock-backs along the way. Sometimes your short term plan won’t work out, don’t get despondent, keep working on the plan, make corrections, make improvements. Analyse what you do and why and how it’s working for you. That is of course if you want any chance of reaching your full potential.

 

Remember the only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.

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Women can’t learn a Martial Art! Can they?

Written by bryan. Posted in Martial Arts skills

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The Martial Arts are primarily feminine.

Many would think this a strange statement until they start to look a bit deeper.

By nature men are linked to the sun (yang) and women to the moon (yin). Women have a 28 day biorhythmic cycle and their emotions change to reflect where they are on it, their range of emotions tends to be on a far wider spectrum than men. Some say that this would make them unsuitable for martial arts, but if they can use this range of emotions in a positive way they have the ability to become better martial artists than men.

Men are on a 24hour biorhythmic cycle. It’s often said that men are like dogs and women like cats. Dogs are generally the same each day, as long as their basic needs are looked after on a daily basis, they are usually happy. Cats can be moody, one day they respond to you with love and affection, others they are aloof and on some days will hiss at you and are liable to scratch you.

Working or training with a group of men is much the same on a day to day basis the usual banter, jokes and conversation doesn’t change much, working or training with a group of women is not, the moods and conversation can be very diverse depending on the emotional level, it’s also said that when women are together on a day to day basis their ‘moon cycles’ will gradually harmonise. So women are capable of greater emotional depth and if that can be tapped in to and controlled, it will increase martial ability.

The Martial Arts require empathy, they also require the ability to yield, blend, stick, follow and subtly redirect the opponent, these are all feminine qualities. They call for a low centre of balance, which is more common in women, they require grace, fluidity and a natural ‘ease’ of movement and as women tend not rely on strength, technique comes more easily to them

Men enjoy martial arts ‘sparring’ it’s much like the sexual preening that goes on throughout the animal kingdom, where the males of the species lock horns to show females that they are the ones that they should mate with, these shows rarely result in death or permanent damage and the human male enjoys flamboyant shows and techniques that go with Dojo sparring and competition.

The female of most species is deadly. Their role is to protect the family and the young. Threaten any woman’s’ child and watch them turn into a venomous avenger! There is no time to ‘play’ – the female job is to kill and do it fast. Women are also great strategists with the ability to use guile, the weapon of choice is more likely to be poison or a pair of scissors in the back whilst you were asleep or have your back turned than it is to have a toe to toe stand up fight. Traditional martial arts techniques are more designed to suit the female purpose than the male, it’s only as the sporting aspect has come to the fore that the male way of ‘sparring’ has become more popular.

Women are also more intuitive. This comes from the 28 day cycle and their wider emotional range, it makes women function more heavily from the right brain than the left. The ability to read the subliminal body language of a prospective opponent and to read a situation more spatially is a feminine skill.

Women have a greater capacity to accept and deal with pain using emotional strategies than men and once committed, are more likely to maintain their training schedule.

There are many records of female warriors throughout history, the Rig-Veda, an ancient sacred poem of India, written between 3500 and 1800 BC recounts the story of a warrior, Queen Vishpla, who lost her leg in battle, was fitted with an iron prosthesis, and returned to battle. On the walls of Hittite fortresses dating to 1300 BC there were paintings of woman warriors carrying axes and swords.

There are also legends of the Greek Amazon women warriors who may have been based on Scythian women of the 4th and 5th Centuries BC in what is now called Iran.

In 39AD two Vietnamese women named Trung Trac and Trung Nhi led a Vietnamese uprising against the Chinese. They gained control of 65 citadels and reigned as queens until 43 AD.

Even Japan was ruled in 200AD, by a warrior priestess queen called Himoko.

One of the most famous British female warriors was Bouddicca, who was the widow of King Prasutagus of the Iceni tribe. She was regent for her two daughters who inherited half of the kingdom, while the other half was given to Rome. The Romans objected to being given only half of the kingdom and provoked a revolt in 61AD. It was said that in the ranks of her soldiers there were more women than men fighting.

Women have always been fighting alongside men at war or keeping the home and economy safe whilst the men were away and often doing it with deadly efficacy.

More and more women are attending martial arts classes nowadays because they want more than just exercise. Health and fitness play a large part of the training, but self-defence, prevention of abuse and the mental and emotional aspects also play a large part.

In my Dojo 50% of both the adult and children participants are female. This is also reflected in the senior grade classes and the females easily show as much determination and resolve as the male participants.

There are still misogynist instructors around, but they are rapidly becoming a feature of the past as women prove themselves in class and become instructors and chief instructors in their own groups.

The way was paved in karate by people like Pauline Bindra, the first karate black belt in England and now 8th Dan and Chief Instructor of her own Shotokan association. Pauline has been followed by hundreds of female karateka rapidly climbing the black belt ladder. England has had many top world class sport karateka like Tricia Duggin who has proved herself on the world scene time and time again to be a very powerful person and able to knock out most of the male karateka around!

Any good technical martial art will suit women, they can still train in those that rely on strength and size, but will have to compete in their own category and the art will not be so suitable for self-defence. Joining an all female club or class defeats the object if you want self defence and mixed classes certainly seem to spur everyone on to train harder.

The standards for men and women should be equal with women making up with skill what they may lack in size or strength.

When looking to join a new club a woman should look for other females in the club, what their grades are, what their standard is and how many are there, as I said earlier it’s not uncommon nowadays for there to be 50% split between male and females in hard working classes and in the higher grades. It’s good to have people of the same gender in the club to aspire to.

She should look to ensure that the coaches are properly qualified and that they have an equal opportunities policy in practice and not just stuck on the wall.

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Joining a good martial arts club gives the opportunity to take advantage of the feminine qualities that a woman has. Most clubs have a good training policy for women and treat them equal to men. The training will hone the mind, emotions and body in a progressive way for the rest of her life, something that most gyms lack with mindless repetitions of whatever the latest exercise fad is.


It’s also a great holistic lifestyle, giving new friends, new opportunities for travel and many related ways of training, exercise and the fun of investigating the orient and related cultures.

We at Shin Gi Tai positively encourage equal opportunities in the Martial Arts, there are many fine examples of women training in the Martial Arts including our own Lindsey Andrews, who is currently ranked by Karate England as the British #1 for Kata. If you are interested in learning something like Karate, Taekwondo or Kickboxing. Come and see what our ladies can teach you.

This article was written be Steve Rowe www.shikon.com

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