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You the trainee

You the trainee

While my approach to self defense is from a JKD perspective, hopefully it will give you some insight into how to develop your own self defense techniques. Remember learning martial arts is a two way approach, learn from your instructor, and at all times be honest with him. If a technique does not work, say it and move on and… Read more →

Real and practical self defence for a person with a disability

Real and practical self defence for a person with a disability

Look at you, the instructor, sitting down for some of the focus mitts work, but in general I would be recommending that you work from a standing position. It is important that you look at the height you hold the mitts. Unlike holding the mitts for someone who is standing, the height you hold it will have to be adapted…. Read more →

A Sifu’s observation on introducing wheelchair users to Jeet Kune Do

A Sifu’s observation on introducing wheelchair users to Jeet Kune Do

My initial thoughts were to question how JKD could be relevant to people with a spinal cord injury? JKD is a very dynamic martial art which emphasizes fast foot work and elusive body mechanics. This part of JKD clearly does not apply to wheelchair users. There are probably some in the martial arts community who think that because someone has… Read more →

Message to Instructors and Sifu's

Message to Instructors and Sifu’s

The first thing to establish is the extent of the person’s disability  Have they full use of their hands and arms?  How good is their balance in their wheelchair?  What levels of control have they of their wheelchair? “How do you find these things out? Real simple, ASK!” I want to do away with some of the mystique that surrounds… Read more →

My Jeet Kune Do journey

Firstly let me give you a little background on where I am coming from. 32 years ago while travelling home from work on my motorcycle I had a disagreement with the road and broke my back. This resulted in me sustaining a spinal cord injury and being paralyzed from the waist down. i.e. to use the correct medical term I… Read more →