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Teenage Mutant Ninja Hurdles – How Martial Arts Have Taught Me Persistence Pays And Good Things Come To Those Who Wait

Back in 1983, when I was 14, I started practising martial arts. Like many people who become martial artists, I started off with karate. Shotokan karate, to be precise. And like many people who start fight training, I became absolutely obsessed with it. Here is a photo of me taken at Christmas that year: Read More…

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Exploring Your Inner Shelf – Why Every Straight Man Harbours A Secret Gay Refugee And How To Harness His Awesome Secret Powers

Exploring Your Inner Shelf – Why Every Straight Man Harbours A Secret Gay Refugee And How To Harness His Awesome Secret Powers

There is an increasing amount of credence given to the idea that a man can improve himself by getting in touch with his inner child, or worse still, his feminine side. Read More…

The Black Dragon – Fakes, Frauds and Kentucky Fried Chicken

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That is a photo of one of my childhood heroes. Count Juan Raphael Dante. Martial arts master, founder of The Black Dragon Fighting Society, voodoo priest and alleged bank robber. He came to fame in the 1960s by posting adverts like this in the back of American comic books : Read More…

Enter The Braggin’ – At Last, A Definitive Answer To The Question “Which Is The Best Martial Art?”

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 If you took a roomful of very religious people of all denominations and posed the following question “Which is the One True God?” the ensuing debate would probably be quite lively. If you let the debate go on for long enough, there’d probably be a fistfight. Even the Buddhists’ knuckles would start itching eventually. Read More…

Pow! Right In The Kisser – An Important Lesson In Self Defence Brought To You By Glenn Danzig

Glenn Danzig is a rock musician. Here he is talking about his martial arts training: Read More…

Coconuts! – Why Life Doesn’t Always Hand You Lemons And What To Do With The Things It Does Give You

 

A Supermarket In The 70s. The Word

A Supermarket In The 70s. The Word “Super” Must Have Had A Different Meaning Back Then

Coconuts have followed me around all my life. Read More…

The Horror of Hogmanay – Why The Night I Used To Look Forward To All Year Now Fills Me With Dread

 

I didn’t go out last night. Nothing unusual in that. I don’t go out most nights Read More…