Neurodivergence And Martial Arts

In hindsight I realise that I’m neurodivergent. To anyone that knows me or learns from it’s probably quite obvious. I’m not on any recognised ‘spectrum’ but as a child I didn’t get on with my family, couldn’t get on at school, couldn’t learn in the way I was taught, failed all my exams was always unhappy and was generally thought of as ‘stupid’. I hate crowds, bright lights and loud noise. I feel sick in cars, with flashing lights and with a lot of different smells and foods. I’m highly empathic and sensitive. It was only when I encountered martial … Continue reading Neurodivergence And Martial Arts

Paper Tgers

I’m constantly unsubscribing to martial art pages, people and groups that ridicule others. Often someone will post a video of karate ‘bunkai’ application to a kata from up to 40 years ago and then ridicule it. I was practising Karate (that’s me in the photo with Takimazawa Sensei) and working security in the 70’s and knew that the kata had to be studied and what was demonstrated was not practical and only a demonstration for shows. Pairs work was to drill practical skills safely and was not exactly how it would be applied in the street. We practised the ‘art’ … Continue reading Paper Tgers

Insight

Insight is an important skill and can be trained. Most senior martial artists rely on it in many areas of their life and particularly in their martial art studies. Insight is the ability to pierce to the heart of any subject or problem without having to go through a laborious process. How do we gain this skill? The first step is to develop mindfulness, by calming the body, emotions and thoughts, without the mental and emotional clutter, clarity can arise. Mindfulness arises from a combination of posture and deep breathing until everything calms down and an appreciation that we are … Continue reading Insight

Martial Arts Biggest Secret

I wish my martial arts study had started with this information. The ‘bodycore’ is the most important aspect of all training and study. It consists of: The Spine The Deep Front Line The Vagus Nerve The spine is the ‘main mast’ of the body and everything grows out from it. It will bow backwards, forwards, sideways and twist. The deep front line is the soft tissue core that runs connected from behind the ears to the arches of the feet and manipulates the spine in all the above movements. The vagus nerve runs from behind the ears to the stomach, … Continue reading Martial Arts Biggest Secret

‘Spiritual’ People Don’t Like Me

Most of the time ‘spiritual’ people don’t like me.They make up so much shit to suit their flawed logic.They also tend to be very narcissistic.Somehow they’re always on a ‘higher plane’ than you.Can see your ‘spiritual guides’ and ‘aura’,And were often your ‘teacher’ in a former life.They can’t see that they’re like a computer chip trying to understand a computer, then the user and then the universe.Trying comprehend it with a thinking mind is crazy.Then the ego and easy money come into it when they realise how gullible others can be.You can’t define the infinite.But you can experience it.When you … Continue reading ‘Spiritual’ People Don’t Like Me

Suck Don’t Blow

‘Suck Don’t Blow…’When your opponent gives you a body part they don’t get it back.‘Nei Jin’ means they when touching they can’t find your bones.There’s nothing to strike, lock or grasp.You stick, follow and redirect their energy.Until they become weak and their balance is broken.‘When a tiger comes to your village you don’t feed it.’Meaning that you ‘suck’ their energy and don’t feed it by collision or giving them your bones.A strategy for both combat and life.Steve Rowe Continue reading Suck Don’t Blow

Stages Of Tai Chi

In the beginning we have to learn about our mind, emotions and body and harmonise them.Then we have to make them all more intelligent and skilful.Then we have to stop thinking so much and watch them, allowing insight and wisdom to arise.Then we have to be able to recognise energy in all its stages, nurture and alchemise it.90% of this work is done in the unworded mind.When all of this work is harmonised we can enjoy Tai Chi at the highest level. Continue reading Stages Of Tai Chi

Feedback On The 2022 Tai Chi Programme

From Aaron Davis MKG Southampton: “I’m really enjoying my Tai Chi journey with the Shi Kon Martial Arts team. As someone who has never done Tai Chi before I have still made great progress in the past 3 months due to how Steve and Mikey present the material, the online platform being so good and the other students in the group who have all had experience in the art being so helpful. I read about Steve in martial arts publications as a teenager so I’ve wanted to train with him for a while and I’ve got to say that I’m … Continue reading Feedback On The 2022 Tai Chi Programme

Finding The Depth

I’ve never understood people with a romantic or joyous view of life. When I was young I hated life, didn’t get on at school or with my family. It was only when I discovered martial arts and Asian philosophy that I found peace and balance. Life is suffering and learning how to see it in the right perspective and deal with it emotionally are good tools to have in your emotional toolbox. It’s always struck me that the people that have the mask of a romantic and joyous view of life also tend to be the most needy and emotionally … Continue reading Finding The Depth

International Men’s Day and Mental Health

Today is ‘International Men’s Day’ and an opportunity to look at and understand men’s mental health from a man’s point of view. It’s all very well telling them what they’re supposed to do by people that don’t understand why they are the way they are, but the natural and powerful urges and the social indoctrination from a young age is very powerful. Most fighters understand that it’s not death or pain that they fear but humiliation. Therefore they would rather die than display or discuss their weaknesses. So the advice to talk about their vulnerabilities with others may catch a … Continue reading International Men’s Day and Mental Health