Without Writing

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Monthly Archives: December 2010

Martial Arts in the News – December 2010

Several stories of interest appear in the news today. Here’s a quick rundown:

1. Elderly Karate Man Receives OBE for Half a Century of Teaching Impractical Fantasies to the Gullible

My headline may appear disrespectful, but to be perfectly honest, I don’t have any respect for fiction being sold as fact. The fact that he’s elderly- rather than protecting him from criticism- merely means he’s had more than sufficient time to realise the truth, and has either blocked it out of his mind, or knows the truth and continues to teach nonsense to his students. Either way, not very deserving of deference. Read more of this post

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On Confidence

Belief in one’s skills is a necessity for any combatant. Lack of belief in one’s capabilities can lead to hesitation, fear and panic during a stressful situation, and having no confidence in a particular course of action can lead to one’s brain treating that course of action as if it doesn’t exist; One can enter the state of hyper-vigilance, which has been likened to the “deer in the headlights” syndrome, in which one’s mind frantically searches through its databanks for a suitable action to take in the face of new and stressful stimuli, while one is frozen immobile and vulnerable. Read more of this post

Falling Down

The following is a guest article by the inimitable Man in a Bottle, as part of our blog-exchange programme; this is on the topic of his experiences with motivation for physical training. My heartfelt thanks go to the bottle-dweller for this material! Without further ado…

Falling Down

By Maninabottle

First I’ve got to say (and not because I was paid to say it, I wasn’t) I admire WithoutWriting and his dedication to his craft of martial arts. The man is exemplary in this dedication to honing his body and skills to make sure he is at the peak of physical fitness, and though I will never openly admit it, I am jealous. He’s definitely a go-getter; someone to whom you can give a task and know that he will do it to the best of his ability leaving no stone unturned. He pays attention to the details and it shows in his work and his training. Consequently he has one of those bodies where anything athletic looks good on him.

I on the other hand, I’m a different story. I can start a project and visualise the finished results. It’s perfect, in my mind I can seeing it happening….then reality hits. I didn’t look at the fine print. It’s my flaw that I’m a “forest not the trees” guy. Read more of this post

Positive Thinking in Skill Acquisition and in Life

Recently, I wrote a two-part guest article for the blog of a friend of mine, who- to protect the innocent- shall remain nameless except for his nom de plume: Man in a Bottle.

Here is a link to said article:

Part 1.

Part 2.

I urge any readers to visit the blog in question, it’s a fascinating read.