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It is a lesson learnt over and over again. We can prepare for an emergency, prepare for a possible street fight by training and honing our technique, and find that the real problem is the panic and stress in the moment of crisis. All the technique in the world is wasted if we freeze up at the moment we need to fight.


Individuals react differently to the adrenaline we experience in a crisis. Literature has been referring to the fight or flight response for generations, these being two completely different ways to handle a threat – escape of fight. Yet there are also individuals who physically faint, become emotional and burst out laughing, or who fight competently for 30 seconds before collapsing. This reaction is unpredictable; mentally strong people sometimes handle a sudden crisis poorly. How we deal with long term issues and a sudden surprise attack are very different things. Some individuals can master one without being able to deal with another.


Military warriors from all traditions had rituals that helped them prepare for battle. These were largely to deal with adrenaline issues. Meditation and other practices would not stop the adrenaline hit, but they helped the individuals deal with it positively. We can use the strength from adrenaline; it is part of our biology for a reason.


Of course, this only works when we know we are preparing for battle or competition. We are unlikely to anticipate a street confrontation, and will not be given time to practice deep breathing. So how do we prepare for the unexpected?


Self defence

Martial arts training need to include competition. There is a certain amount of adrenaline in competition, and this steadily teaches us to deal with the physiological and psychological aspects of adrenaline episodes. Some sports, like abseiling, can have a similar positive influence.

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Those who do not compete, or at least expose themselves to some adrenaline inducing situations, are only receiving part of the training they need. Being able to handle ourselves means being able to handle the emotions of a crisis. Regular competition is a step in the right direction.








Taekwondo training doesn’t entail buying weapons or armour like some martial arts. Indeed, part of the point is that you are always ready with the sills you possess. Yet there is still some basic equipment that is useful for Taekwondo Training.


Martial Art Mat.

The training centre should be well stocked with these. They are made of high density foam, usually about an inch thick. Larger surfaces may have the mats fitting together is a jigsaw pattern.

The better mats have a vinyl seal on them. This is an advantage as it is far easier to turn your foot on this surface.


Kick Bag

We don’t want to actually inflict pain on other people any more than we want to be receiving end when they do the inflicting. But we do want to practice our kicking, and condition out shins and feet well. A Kick bag is idea for this.

A kick bag should be heavy and tall. You need the weight to absorb the energy of the kick, and tall so you can hit it high and low.


Paddles & Pads

Energy is one thing, accuracy is another. We train to hit the target, and hit it hard. Paddles provide the smaller target for us to practice the accuracy or our kicks.


Chest Protector (Hogu)

For sparring. The name describes the function. It should include shoulder pads. Find something WTF approved



This is mainly for actual competition rather than training, but if you intend to compete it help to be used to wearing the helmet.

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Whether is Karate Epping, Martial arts Glenwood or Taekwondo north Parramatta, we can all benefit from the mental and physical discipline of martial arts.

Martial Arts Advice I Heard from Long Term Players

  • Keep your mouth Open, or at least don’t clench your teeth. The correct way to breath is through the nose, and we don’t want people to look like stunned fish by mouth breathing. But clenching your teeth will make you tense. Breathe normally and be naturally relaxed.
  • There are diminishing returns for any endeavour. Putting in effort will reap results, but after you reach a certain effort threshold there is less improvement. Three classes a week of two hours duration seems the most effective amount of tuition. A forth class per week will not help much beyond this.
  • Shoulders should be in front of the chest.
  • People emphasis balance, but this can backfire. If you never have trouble with balance, don’t distract yourself. But if balance is sometime an issue, learn to balance yourself intuitively.
  • Listen first, ask questions later. Asking questions lets you clear up your perspective on the situation. But never interrupt a class; wait till the right moment.
  • Many people instruct to pivot on the heel. This has been questioned in the last few years because the physics of the body suggest there might be better alternatives. The front of the foot might be better, or sometime the centre of the foot. It might depend on the move you are executing.


Martial Arts have not remained static. Situations change (we rarely attack people on horses anymore), phases come and go, better ideas develop over time, and tall people find that they have to change the techniques that were developed by shorter masters. Any specific advice might prove invaluable, or it might end up being discredited. But being open minded, flexible, yet still not carried away foolish ideas, is always a good approach

Why Try an Escape Room

Those who have not tried an escape room have undoubtedly heard about them. They seem to pop up in sitcoms, films and on countless internet sources. Of course, taking about them is not the same as actually participating in one of them. If it were, people would just settle for talking. So what makes the experience worthwhile?


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The experience is visceral. The difference between hearing about something and actually being part of it are worlds apart. Do you want to read about a roller coaster or ride on one?


It’s better than TV and alcohol.

Many of us think we need the time to unwind. There is something to be said for this. But what we are unwinding from is not exertion, it is lack of satisfaction. A monotonous job is more stressful than deadlines or important decisions. A monotonous job with deadlines on important decisions is even worse. We might get in the habit of dealing with this stress by doing nothing, or doing nothing except drinking and watching cheap TV. Forget this! It’s fighting stressful monotony with quite monotony.


What we need is tension and resolution. Escape rooms provide this this. Spend your Saturday rescuing the goblin from the monster. Be immersed in the experience, but still know that nobody really dies if you miss the deadline.


Get Out of the Routine

This works at some many levels. You might use parts of your mindset that should have died from neglect; you might find that the article you recently read online provided the missing clue. This is not number crunching or simple perseverance. This is your creative human mind solving the problems created by another creative human mind. Untangle the puzzle.


See Other sides of Others you Know.

Your friends get lock into routines too. People seem more interesting when you first meet them, or when they are in new situations. Who knew that your close friends could open a combination lock or find a clue from an Italian Opera?


They Prove Popular.

If the escape room phenomena disappeared after a few years we would dismiss it as a novelty. But people keep looking for new escape rooms. There’ something appealing in them, and people want more. Find out why.


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Book and escape room with a few friends, and see why popular media keeps talking about the escape room experience.


Convenience with Golf Simulators


What is it that we want when we see a sign that says: golf simulator for sale?


An indoor golf simulator should encourage us to play more, so convenience is part of the attraction. Marital partners might complain that we spend too much time perusing our hobbies and don’t need the encouragement. But the whole point of the simulator is to make the process easier.


A good simulator can be ready to go as the flip of a switch. We are encouraged because the golf game is there and waiting. This is different to spending 10 minutes setting up. Even though 10 minutes is brief, is it somehow discouraging. Perhaps is it an odd quirk of human nature, but it seems less of a problem to drive for half an hour and visit a real golf course that it is to spend far less time setting up the simulator. This simulator needs to be like the coffee pot, it’s there whenever we feel like coffee.


Of course attitudes vary. I remember generations ago when families had slide night. The slide projector only came out on special occasions, and it was a big deal; everybody participated. Occasionally this also happened with home movies. But few things work like that now. We are very use to having everything at the push of a button. It’s all like television- there’s always something on, and we watch it when we are in the mood. But which way do we want our golf simulators? Does it come out for special occasions or stay there like the TV to be used after dinner? I favour the second option.