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ORGANISERS of MMA continually have to fight for the right to hold events in council-run sports centres.

This is because the perception is that MMA is a brutal form of combat competition devoid of skill and only done by knuckle-dragging Neanderthals.

Of course this utter rubbish and is a common false perception by those who have usually never even seen a competition, or do not understand what actually is happening.

A MARTIAL artist I know recently told me that he wasn't going to bother taking his second dan black belt because he didn't see much point.

His argument was that dan grades are just for those who feel the need to have 'letters after their names'.

I fundamentally disagree (sounds like he is suffering the black belt blues!) because in most martial arts the real training and understanding comes AFTER taking your first black belt.

And to get that true and deeper understanding you have to advance through the upper parts of the system.

A black belt first dan is the BEGINNER grade of black belts. This is why the Japanese systems clearly make a difference in terminology between Kyu (Boy) grades and Dan (Man) grades.


"JUST hold it there," said Chris Crudelli with a broad smile. "Its about the mind having control over the body..."
Of course that was easy for Chris to say - he was standing upright!

The rest of us were crouched over, legs spread wide apart, knees bent at right angles, groaning, sweating and jibbering as we held the infamous horse stance for what seemed a life time.

There I was, deep in horse stance with every muscle in my legs screaming "Stop! Now!" and thinking "Why I'm I doing this?"

But of course Chris is right - the mind is such a powerful thing that it really can kick the proverbial ass of the body any day if you believe it can.

He also had us practising developing Chi, or Ki if you follow the Japanese arts.

Question is - what is the force that you can feel in your hands when you practise the Qi Quong techniques?

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