How martial arts changed my life

"There's more to martial arts than just the belt" is something many of us have heard (and even said!) before. In this article, Simon Hall - Instructor at Essex Soo Bahk Do, shares his incredible journey of how he went from personal challenges that included the loss of family members and being very unfit; to getting into shape, achieving his black belt, bonding with his son, and now launching his very own dojang!


What’s the significance behind your martial arts belt?

Bring a deeper meaning to your martial arts journey by thinking about the people who have helped support you to get to where you are today. Whilst it's common to think about the martial arts family, we tend to take for granted the significance of those non-martial artists who support us too. This vlog is a nod towards their efforts that have been influential on our journey.


Martial arts training: Two dimensions of time

Inspired by the Ancient Greeks two dimensions of time, this article shares how I have explored these concepts to my martial arts training to obtain a deeper meaning to my journey - especially now as a black belt. If you are looking to find a deeper meaning to your training journey, I encourage you to reflect on these concepts too.


How I made my martial arts instructing unique

Instructing martial arts can be a rewarding opportunity for both the teacher and those taught. The ability to communicate who you are through your teaching gives additional value and enjoyment. It also makes your efforts memorable. This article explores how I've made my martial arts instructing unique, so that you have a better idea to use this process when reflecting on how you teach, for self-development.


Are you training within your comfort zone?

Inspired by the film King Fu Panda 3, this article explains how someone who consistently trains may still actually be training within their comfort zone. The article offers some suggestions about how to surpass your comfort zone more often, to excel at your abilities as a martial artist.


How I went from unfit to become a black belt

I had always been overweight and unfit as a child and young person. A few factors during my school days escalated this issue. At the age of 18 I had a defining moment to make a change and turn my life around. This article shares with you where my journey towards health and fitness all began, and how I went from unfit to becoming a black belt. I share this in the hope it would inspire you to continue your journey when you experience dips. If I can make it, you can too.


Why I keep training after black belt

For many who start their martial arts journey, they are led by a material goal: to obtain a black belt. I was no different. Now, as a black belt who continues to train, I've frequently been asked 'why?'. In this article, I share with you my main reasons. These point to more deeper reasons that merge with one's journey in life.

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Power of the two minds for training: Part One

This article shares an exercise witnessed by the author about the power of the two minds, as demonstrated by author and coach Olivia Stefanino. The two minds: conscious and subconscious, are vital towards enhancing your performance as a martial arts practitioner. Reflection is then given about how the author used this learning point towards furthering her martial arts journey, and how you can apply this too.