Month: Aug 2016

Leaving the NHA Party

I am no longer a member. The party is unrecognisable from the one I joined a few years ago. There are several reasons – including standing an NHA candidate against a brilliant health campaigner with claims that NHA would do much better. They didn’t…

Squats

Essential part of any taekwondo training. Previous training included squats repetition at mid level with front kicks from mid level squat in between. Will be returning to those in autumn bit recently doing low level squats with a longer hold (previous back/hip injuries) and…

Interval Study on blood donation frequencies success

Well done to the NHS. In the UK currently less than 4% of the eligible population donate blood and that is likely to decrease with aging population. A large study (n=50k approx) of this kind is helpful not just in England but for other…

Banning clean athletes is cruel especially vulnerable athletes

I’m currently in the middle of compiling a series of different blogs and articles which have made legitimate scientific, ethical criticism of WADA & McLaren report – some of which have made it into some mainstream media but not all. The ethics of deciding…

Aaron Cook – always a legend

Gutted today. Hope to see Aaron competing again soon. Fantastic fighter.

Martial Arts Summer Camp 2016

I visited over the weekend – it didn’t really get going until today but they are running tai chi, taekwondo, hapkido, aikido, kungfu, broadsword sessions as a minimum and whatever else anyone who turns up wants to do. This video has terrible sound quality…

Russia, part 2

Prior to finding out about the Olympics, I think I had a mostly positive but limited opinion about Russia. I read Cancer Ward by Alexander Solzhenitsyn which was very moving and I was equally deeply moved by a video of his Harvard speech and…

Russia, Olympics part1

I like others are furious at the treatment of Russian athletes before and during the Olympics. I first became aware of what was happening a couple of weeks before Brexit I think. As someone who helps coach young martial artists from time to time…