Anxiety and Depression

My grandfather used to pack parachutes for the Royal Air Force at one stage in his service during the Second World War. I think I may have inherited my dry sense of humour from him. He used to leave little messages written on rolled-up bits…
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End of an era

At the end of this month, my time as a consulting engineer working in the building industry is coming to a close. Nearly nine years ago now, I came out of a lengthy hiatus from my work as an engineer and project manager and joined the team…

Self-Defence is not easy

I want to remind you first of my over-arching disclaimer to all of my discussions about self-defence. The goal of self-defence is to make yourself and those around you safe. If you can accomplish that without physical intervention, then this…
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Am I too old to practice Kung Fu?

Over the years that we have run our martial arts centre here in Australia, we’ve had inquiries from various people who have expressed concern about whether they were actually too old to do Kung Fu. ​ Well… You got me started. I’m 44…

Relative Lethality

​I wanted to call this article: “Is an unarmed, trained martial arts master/combat professional/self-defence expert as lethal as an average person with a knife?”, but this is a rather long and ponderous title and is a bit too click-baitey…
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I've got a bad feeling about this...

The hero of the story suddenly stops in his tracks. He lowers his fully-automatic rifle, his usually stoic emotionless face creases with momentary concern. “Hang on… I’ve got a bad feeling about this…” This is usually the point…