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Conversation with Dan Trailescu: Aikidoka and Reality Based Self-Defence Instructor

In this podcast I chat with Dan Trailescu (Aikidoka and Reality Based Self-Defence Instructor). It’s a great conversation and I am sure you will enjoy it! Dan has 15 years of martial arts experience, focused on Aikido and reality-based self-defence. He teaches communication, conflict resolution, and self-defence to university students, martial artists and business professionals. He holds a 3rd degree black belt in Aikido and is a certified instructor for Conflict Communications. He also has a postgraduate degree in Counselling Studies, with a focus on the psychology of self-defence instruction, and runs Luceo Training Ltd, a communication skills training company, as well as harmandharmony.com, a website dedicated to practical martial arts training.

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Randy Brown and Iain Abernethy Part 3 (podcast)

PART 3: In this podcast Randy Brown (Mantis Boxing & BJJ Coach) and I talk about the evolution of traditional martial arts, the role of forms, martial arts dogma, pseudo-history vs real history, and a whole host of other topics!

For quite some time, people had been telling me that I should talk to Randy because our approaches had much in common. Apparently, Randy was getting told the same. It turns out people were right! We originally planned to chat for around 1 hour, but after 2.5 hours we were still going strong (which is why I have split this podcast into three parts!).

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Randy Brown and Iain Abernethy Part 2 (podcast)

PART 2: In this podcast Randy Brown (Mantis Boxing & BJJ Coach) and I talk about the evolution of traditional martial arts, the role of forms, martial arts dogma, pseudo-history vs real history, and a whole host of other topics!

For quite some time, people had been telling me that I should talk to Randy because our approaches had much in common. Apparently, Randy was getting told the same. It turns out people were right! We originally planned to chat for around 1 hour, but after 2.5 hours we were still going strong (which is why I have split this podcast into three parts!).

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Randy Brown and Iain Abernethy Part 1 (podcast)

PART 1: In this podcast Randy Brown (Mantis Boxing & BJJ Coach) and I talk about the evolution of traditional martial arts, the role of forms, martial arts dogma, pseudo-history vs real history, and a whole host of other topics!

For quite some time, people had been telling me that I should talk to Randy because our approaches had much in common. Apparently, Randy was getting told the same. It turns out people were right! We originally planned to chat for around 1 hour, but after 2.5 hours we were still going strong (which is why I have split this podcast into three parts!).

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Teaching Children with Mike Turbitt (podcast)

In this podcast I chat with Mike Turbitt about his 10 precepts for teaching children. Mike runs a very successful school and the quality of the karateka he produces speaks for itself. It was also Mike who convinced me to start teaching children again. This is a fascinating and information packed discussion that is sure to be of interest to all instructors! Enjoy!

All the best,

Iain

Mike’s 10 Precepts for Teaching Children

Precept 1: The aim of Karate is to the improve lives of its practitioners. You have a responsibility to your students and child welfare, which far exceeds your responsibility to your style, system, sensei or tradition.

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End of 2020 Podcast Part 3

Welcome to third and final part of the 2020 end of year podcast! I’ve answered as many of your questions as I can on a wide range of topics! Thanks to everyone who submitted them! I’ve also included the usual messages from our “sponsors” and “advertisers” (if you are new to this tradition, you’ll quickly understand!).

2020 has been a terrible year and you deserve a well-earned break from it all! Listen to this festive podcast while doing something you enjoy! Immerse yourself in a martial oasis as we share information, stories and jokes!

This final part covers the miscellaneous questions!

Thanks for all your support!

All the best,

Iain

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End of 2020 Podcast Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of the 2020 end of year podcast! I’ve answered as many of your questions as I can on a wide range of topics! Thanks to everyone who submitted them! I’ve also included the usual messages from our “sponsors” and “advertisers” (if you are new to this tradition, you’ll quickly understand!).

2020 has been a terrible year and you deserve a well-earned break from it all! Listen to this festive podcast while doing something you enjoy! Immerse yourself in a martial oasis as we share information, stories and jokes!

This second part covers questions related to Kata, bunkai and Training.

Part 3 coming very soon!

All the best,

Iain

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End of 2020 Podcast Part 1

Welcome to Part 1 of the 2020 end of year podcast! I’ve answered as many of your questions as I can on a wide range of topics! Thanks to everyone who submitted them! I’ve also included the usual messages from our “sponsors” and “advertisers” (if you are new to this tradition, you’ll quickly understand!).

2020 has been a terrible year and you deserve a well-earned break from it all! Listen to this festive podcast while doing something you enjoy! Immerse yourself in a martial oasis as we share information, stories and jokes!

This first part covers questions related to Self-Protection, Martial Arts and the Pandemic and Teaching!

Part 2 coming very soon!

All the best,

Iain

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Iain talks with Josh Peacock of the Combat Learning Podcast!

INFO: Combat Learning Podcast is about applying scientific research and practical experience to better teach and learn martial arts. It's a deep dive into the most cutting-edge methodologies underlying effective training today, discovered through the lens of some of the best thinkers inside and outside of the martial arts community.

My guest today is Iain Abernethy, a well-known expert on practical karate training and kata application, and an advocate of traditional martial arts practice.

In this episode, Iain presents his own view of kata as a process of 4 inextricable stages:

1. Solo Practice

2. Functional Application

3. Principle-based Partner Practice

4. Live Partner Practice or "Kata-based" Sparring

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Q and A Podcast 2019 Part 3

Welcome to the third and final part of this year’s Q&A end of year podcast! Thanks to everyone who submitted questions and topics!

In this third part (66 mins) we cover the questions on the future of practical karate, teaching and miscellaneous questions!

If you missed it, the first part covered self-defence, kata history and general training! The second part covered bunkai and my personal like and dislikes!

So that’s a total of 212 minutes of podcast! Be sure to listen in manageable chunks!

Unfortunately, the length of the combined podcasts means I ran out of “adverts” for this one! I hope you enjoyed the ones in the previous parts and that the content makes up for the lack of them in this instalment!

Thanks for the support of the podcasts! Have a great Christmas!

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