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Stephan Kesting & Iain: Thoughts on the Value of Kata

In this podcast, Stephan Kesting & I discuss our thoughts on the value of kata. I really enjoyed this conversation for two main reasons: Firstly, Stephan is a really nice and genuine guy.  He was fun to talk to. Secondly, we disagree on the nature and value of kata; and that made for an interesting conversation. Neither of us changed our viewpoint as a result of the conversation, but we both enjoyed having it. Whatever your own view, we hope you will enjoy listening too.

The conversation came about as a result of a YouTube video Stephan put out in the summer called, “Why Kung Fu Forms and Karate Kata are (Mostly) Pretty Useless!” You can view the video here: https://youtu.be/Zc3rkmaoSi0

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Iain and Wim Crossover Podcast!

Welcome to this special cross cover podcast with myself and Wim Demeere! As some of you will know, I was a guest on Wim’s podcast a few months ago. I’m a big fan of Wim’s work and I was keen to get him back on my own podcast. We chatted through the options and thought it may be fun to do a crossover podcast with questions from listeners! Thanks to everyone who submitted them!

While both Wim and I share a strong practical bias, I have a background in traditional Japanese / Okinawan systems and Wim has a background in traditional Chinese systems. It was our hope that our respective viewpoints would make for an interesting discussion … and I think it did! Lots of good information in this podcast!

Topics covered include:

• Differences in Chinese and Japanese forms.

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Mental Strength on Radio Anatolia

On this podcast I discuss Mental Strength with Türel Süt of Radio Anatolia! We look at dealing with negative thoughts, true positive thinking, developing our talents, how to effectively leave the comfort zone, etc. This conversation was first broadcast on Radio Anatolia and is shared here with the permission of both the host and the radio station. It’s a light and entertaining chat which I hope you will enjoy.  

Türel is a regular attendee at my seminars in Germany and I always enjoy talking with him. He is an artist and radio DJ who presents the nostalgia show (music from 70s, 80s and 90s) on Radio Anatolia in Los Angeles. I therefore also got to pick a few of my favourite songs during our conversation too!

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Iain and Jamie Clubb Part 2

Iain and Jamie Part 2

Jamie Clubb joins me on this podcast! You’re going to love it! Jamie is someone I always enjoy talking to! The combination of his deep knowledge and critical thinking always make for fascinating conversations. I’ve been wanting to capture one of them for a while! This did not disappoint!

Jamie and I can both talk! So our conversations are always lengthy. Our original plan was to talk for around an hour in this podcast, but it ballooned to two and a half hours! The topics covered were wide ranging and the conversation fascinating!  Over the two and a half hours we cover:

• Historical Martial Myths

• Training Flaws

• Critical Thinking

• Solo Training: Shadow Boxing and Kata

• Self-Defence vs. Martial Arts

• Self-Protection for Children

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Iain and Jamie Clubb Part 1

Iain and Jamie Part 1

Jamie Clubb joins me on this podcast! You’re going to love it! Jamie is someone I always enjoy talking to! The combination of his deep knowledge and critical thinking always make for fascinating conversations. I’ve been wanting to capture one of them for a while! This did not disappoint!

Jamie and I can both talk! So our conversations are always lengthy. Our original plan was to talk for around an hour in this podcast, but it ballooned to two and a half hours! The topics covered were wide ranging and the conversation fascinating!  Over the two and a half hours we cover:

• Historical Martial Myths

• Training Flaws

• Critical Thinking

• Solo Training: Shadow Boxing and Kata

• Self-Defence vs. Martial Arts

• Self-Protection for Children

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Iain on The Wim Demeere Podcast!

Lots of new podcasts coming soon! To tide you over, here is my recent interview on The Wim Demeere Podcast! I’m a big fan of Wim and this was a fun and wide-ranging conversation! If you’re not a regular listener to The Wim Demeere Podcast, you need to be!

My introduction to this podcast also contains some recommendations for other great podcasts that you may have missed. There’s so much good material out there now if you know where to find it.

I hope you enjoy and I’ll be back with new podcasts soon!

All the best,

Iain

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The Comfort Zone: Iain on the Samotivation Podcast!

This is NOT the latest edition of the podcast. This is an interview I did with Sami Wehbe of the Samotivation Podcast! As you have probably worked out from the name, the Samotivation Podcast is all about motivation and self-improvement. Sami read my “Mental Strength” book a few years ago and reached out to interview me for his podcast. It was a fun conversation where we discussed the importance of stepping out side the comfort zone, dealing with fear and doubt, dealing with difficult people, and loads more besides. Sami has been kind enough to permit me to post the podcast in my own feed and I hope you enjoy it!

Learn more about Sami’s podcast and check out other episodes here: http://www.samotivation.com/

All the best,

Iain

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Jesse Enkamp!

In this episode I’m joined by self-identified “karate nerd” Jesse Enkamp! I think Jesse does a great deal of good for the karate community. His panoramic view of karate, his prolific work rate, his eloquence, and his infectious enthusiasm combine to make him someone with much to offer. I’m really grateful to Jesse for joining me on the podcast.

Jesse and I discuss: the role of styles, trends in modern karate, the Shuhari concept, kata training, critical thinking, how karateka can use social media to share information, money in the martial arts, remaining motivated, and more! It’s a wide-ranging conversation that I’m sure you will find interesting. If you listen to the very end of the podcast, I have also included some of the “off-air” chatting :-)

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Q and A Podcast 2017 Part 3

Welcome to the final part of this year’s Q&A podcast! In part 3 we cover General Karate Questions, Cross-Training, Pressure-Points and Miscellaneous Questions!

In part 1 we covered Teaching, Kata & Bunkai, and Impact Training. And in Part 2 we covered Self-Defence, Training, Teaching Children, and Female Self-Defence.

I hope you enjoy this final part and a huge thanks to all those who submitted questions and topics.

Have a great Christmas and thank you for listening!

All the best,

Iain

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Q and A Podcast 2017 Part 2

Welcome to part 2 of this year’s Q & A end of year podcast! In this part, we cover questions relating to Self-Defence, Training, Teaching Children, and Female Self-Defence!

The third and final part will be out tomorrow and that will cover General Karate Questions, Cross-Training, Pressure-Points and Miscellaneous Questions!

As with part 1, I have also included some “Martial Arts Fun Facts”! They are meant to be jokes … so please don’t take them seriously! The jokes about given styles do NOT reflect my views on that style! I only joke about that which I admire. I hope they raise a smile :-)

Thanks for your support of the podcasts!

All the best,

Iain

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