Upskill: Real First Aid skills for the real world

Andrew Raynor   Andrew Raynor Founder and head trainer of Real First Aid Ben Krynski explains how he teaches these very skills — and why a good dose of gore makes them more effective in practice. Within the world of martial arts instruction, teaching students how to deal with the obvious aftermath of a violent […]

Upskill: Real First Aid skills for the real world

Andrew Raynor   Andrew Raynor Founder and head trainer of Real First Aid Ben Krynski explains how he teaches these very skills — and why a good dose of gore makes them more effective in practice. Within the world of martial arts instruction, teaching students how to deal with the obvious aftermath of a violent […]

How to get back into the game after a lay-off from training

Andrew Raynor   Andrew Raynor Hapkido Black-belt and founder of the KYUP! Project Mel Thomas A lay-off from training can give a new perspective on what’s important, and an opportunity to try new things — or to realise the value of what was left behind. Hapkido Black-belt and founder of the KYUP! Project Mel Thomas […]

How to get back into the game after a lay-off from training

Andrew Raynor   Andrew Raynor Hapkido Black-belt and founder of the KYUP! Project Mel Thomas A lay-off from training can give a new perspective on what’s important, and an opportunity to try new things — or to realise the value of what was left behind. Hapkido Black-belt and founder of the KYUP! Project Mel Thomas […]

Principles of Martial Arts – Pre-emptive Striking for BJJ and Aikido

Andrew Raynor   Andrew Raynor Australia’s top Yoshinkan aikido instructor, Shihan Joe Thambu, 8th Dan, and Gracie jiu-jitsu Professor David Krstic, 3rd Degree Black-belt, compare each art’s approach to a combat principle that is widely used, but not usually associated with either art: striking pre-emptively before the aggressor can attack. While every martial art or […]

Principles of Martial Arts – Pre-emptive Striking for BJJ and Aikido

Andrew Raynor   Andrew Raynor Australia’s top Yoshinkan aikido instructor, Shihan Joe Thambu, 8th Dan, and Gracie jiu-jitsu Professor David Krstic, 3rd Degree Black-belt, compare each art’s approach to a combat principle that is widely used, but not usually associated with either art: striking pre-emptively before the aggressor can attack. While every martial art or […]

Yoga & its place in martial arts

Andrew Raynor   Andrew Raynor Yoga has become a go-to method of rehab for injured martial artists from many disciplines, including professional fight veterans such as ex-UFC champ Frank Shamrock and founder of DPP Yoga wrestler ‘Diamond’ Dallas Page. Yoga has become a go-to method of rehab for injured martial artists from many disciplines, including […]

Yoga & its place in martial arts

Andrew Raynor   Andrew Raynor Yoga has become a go-to method of rehab for injured martial artists from many disciplines, including professional fight veterans such as ex-UFC champ Frank Shamrock and founder of DPP Yoga wrestler ‘Diamond’ Dallas Page. Yoga has become a go-to method of rehab for injured martial artists from many disciplines, including […]

Helio Gracie’s Perspective on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Andrew Raynor Jiu-Jitsu is for the protection of the individual: the older man, the weak, the child, the lady, and the young woman; anyone who doesn’t have the physical attributes to defend themselves. — Helio Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is for the protection of the individual: the older man, the weak, the child, the lady, and the […]

Roger Gracie Quote on Fighting

Andrew Raynor People perceive fighting in different ways.  One may see the primal nature of fighting, and another the artistic nature of fighting.  I see it as a pure artistic way that a true martial artist can display his art. — Roger Gracie People perceive fighting in different ways. One may see the primal nature […]