Book Discussion: MMA Special – John McCarthy and Uriah Faber

This week as a fan of the UFC and mixed martial arts, I read two books from MMA insiders. Yes, these are ghost-written moneymakers destined mostly for bargain bins but damn, I just wrote about Solzhenitsyn – do I really need to prove my cred? Yep, this is a pretty trashy genre but it is […]

Ethical Rules for Selling Martial Arts Tuition

Let’s not pretend that making money from teaching martial arts is a bad thing. If someone can be paid as a sports coach, a yoga teacher or any other type of teacher then it stands to reason that being able to be a professional martial artist relies on being paid for teaching. If that is […]

Training Diary: Week 4

Only one session this week but what a session! Only myself and a tall athletic guy attended so the instructor really seemed to pick up the pace. A decent warm up went straight into teaching wrestling-style take-downs. We went from practise straight into drills whereby someone keeps having to get up despite being taken down […]

Web Promotion and Over Promotion: Instructors’ pitfalls on the internet

There is a youtube video doing the rounds at the moment of an instructor who does a Taekwon-do demonstration where everything that can go wrong does go wrong. The instructor fails to break with almost every technique, despite a variety of excuses and finally when he does perform one break, a piece of wood strikes […]