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A Return to Practicality: Karate & Aikido

In this podcast I have a conversation with Oliver Martinez (Aikido, Karate, Filipino Martial Arts & JKD) about what a practical syllabus should contain and the parallels between the karate and aikido communities!

This was initially a personal conversation, but we enjoyed it so much, and thought it covered so much, that had the same chat again and recorded it for you!

I hope that you enjoy it!

All the best,

Iain

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Jesse Enkamp and Iain Abernethy Chat (podcast)

In this podcast I talk with Jesse Enkamp! We recorded this impromptu conversation at the Karate Nerd Experience in Sweden in 2019. Jesse and I had just finished recorded some YouTube videos together and Jesse suggested doing a podcast. I said that I didn’t have my recoding equipment and Jesse suggested using the voice recording function on my phone … which worked incredibly well!

With no plan, we sat down in the reception of the venue, hit record, and had the conversation you are about to hear! I thoroughly enjoyed our chat, and we covered a wide range of topics! The key theme that seemed to develop was the benefits of taking a broad approach to karate. We also cover improving kata, bunkai, self-defence, training methods, karate’s evolution, shuhari, and loads more!

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Christian Wedewardt and Iain Abernethy (podcast)

In this podcast I talk to my friend and fellow practical karateka Christian Wedewardt! I have known Christian for many years, he is a fellow member of the World Combat Association (WCA) and we have taught together many times in the UK and Germany. Christian has a great approach to karate. His material is functional and well structured. In addition, Christian’s infectious enthusiasm and clear communication style makes him a joy to train with and teach alongside!

You will no doubt be aware of Christian’s Karate Praxis organisation, his popular book, “The Heian Kata Bunkai Phenomenon: A Systematical Kata Workbook” (available in both English and German), his YouTube videos, and his appearances with the one and only Master Ken!

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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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