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Mentally Prepared?

Today I considered a familiar statement, I hear often from students: “I don't feel mentally prepared for this competition. So, I won't do this one, because I want to win, I will do the next one.” I wondered "Can you be mentally prepared, if you are not regularly...

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Assistant Instructor – Pete Jardine 2nd Dan

Spotlight on Pete Jardine, Assistant Instructor I started training in Martial Arts at age 11, Lau Gar Kung Fu. I trained for 2 years but gave up when I started secondary school. I started ECKA in January 2010. My goal was to achieve my first Dan black belt by age 40...

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Competitions…Let it go, let it go!

After giving a poor performance at my last competition, I spent the rest of that evening and next day going over the disappointment and dare I say it, embarrassment. It is very easy to go over and over what happened, however, getting stuck there is a complete waste of...

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Student Profile – Pete, 1st Dan Black Belt

Meet Pete Jardine, current 1st Dan Black Belt 1 How old were you when you started training and why did you choose martial arts? About 11 years old, It was the mid 80’s and it was very popular at the time, lots of kung fu movies etc.. Regrettably, the club I joined...

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Feeling the Fear? Are you sure?

How do you feel before a karate competition or grading? Stomach tense, heart beating fast, anxious anticipation of what’s about to happen?  Typically, the answer would be nerves or fear. However, which other emotion shares the same bodily symptoms of pounding heart,...

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Self Defence; Body or Mind?

So what would you do if….? Anyone who learns martial arts will be familiar with the above question. “So what would you do if someone held a knife to your throat and asked for your money?” “So what would you do if someone pulled out a gun on you?” You get the idea? ...

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Do I have to compete?

To compete or not compete? I have a great appreciation for the benefits of competition. However, I also completely understand why someone may not want to compete or have their own child do so. With such an exceptionally small percentage becoming elite level...

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Competitions – What you thinking?

What type of fighter are you? Are you fighting and competing at the level that you’re capable of?  Do you regularly perform better in class than at tournaments? Are you losing to people you shouldn't be? Do fears and self-doubts paralise you and prevent you from...

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Water: Are you getting enough?

Another blog about DRINKING MORE WATER….yes yes I know…. There’s a lot of debate surrounding recommended daily water intake. For years, the general rule of thumb was to drink between six and eight glasses a day, but this theory was dismissed as “thoroughly debunked...

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Free Class Terms and Conditions

Only one free class per person permitted Must be pre-booked, no drop in free classes permitted. To prebook please email Sensei jo: jokarate@hotmail.co.uk or call 07539 873858 Valid for any class on our timetable - please refer to timetable section for days and times...

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PNF Stretching for Martial Arts

Flexibility is key to allow us to move freely and comfortably, and can also help prevent injury during exercise. Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) stretching relies on reflexes to produce deeper stretches that increase flexibility. What is PNF...

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Student Profile – Gethin

How old were you when you started training and why did you choose martial arts? 38. The focus and mindfulness of martial arts appealed to me and I wanted something that would help me train in a varied way.   Why did you choose ECKA? My children inspired me to...

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