Carenza – Filipino martial arts

kali - Arnis - Fma melbourne

This is what they call Carenza in Filipino martial arts. (Kali/Arnis). It’s another form of shadow boxing, or Kata if you like. I don’t get caught up in the names. To me, it all means one thing…Self-practice! Carenza is used for solo training in Kali/Arnis and requires self-discipline, visualization, and creation. I am using real … Continue reading


women's self defense

Our 4-week women’s only BJJ program kicked off 16th April and runs every Tuesday 6 – 7 pm. This 4-week Self-defense program focuses on teaching women how to conserve their energy while forcing the attacker to use up all of theirs in the process, develop reflexes that will enable them to react instinctually and defend … Continue reading

Watch “80 Helio Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Self Defense Techniques by the Migliarese Brothers” on YouTube

There are many people who have a perception that there are no strikes in Brazilian jiu jitsu…unfortunately Brazilian jiu jitsu has been divided now into sports and self defence aka Gracie jiu jitsu and Brazilian jiu jitsu…and there is a difference if you break it down. Though, like many arts that don’t focus on grappling, … Continue reading


Some awsome footage of some of the legends in boxing.


People who train in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or any other physical contact martial arts knows about being aware in combat or even sparring. We must be aware of our bodies and positions while sparring,fighting or competing, I use awareness in my everyday life it has become apart of me,when i work security,train or even just walking through a shopping centre,which brings me to injuries in training,when we grapple we become aware of what we are doing and also what the opponent is doing,therefore we must be aware of our own body positions while training or fighting,and also common sense!!
In this video you will see the position the opponent gets into and how severe the injury is….to me it is common sense to have open his guard and let go,but the other guy just did his escape as you would. This is an example of being aware of the the positions you put yourself and when to let go or suffer the consequence!
Also to add to this just shows the severity of BJJ and how a mistake can end your career, Train smart,be aware and have common sense. around for the long run


This is an interesting short doco about the history of martial arts,and especially about jiu jitsu and judo,how and why it was developed. As clearly stated martial arts was eventually trained and taught to make better people added to the self defence aspect. You can see how much it has evolved in the present time compared to then,as most of the styles names ended with the “ART”. I think these days the word art is losing its value in “martial art” it has become more sport orientated and attracting aggresive, egotistics punks that don’t see any of it as an art,only about fighting, A sport,a hobby etc…and not a “way of life” or to better yourself and help others.
I see more to boxing then knowing how to fight,to me it is an art form…how to move the body,developing power,speed,body mechanics,timing,gracefulness,balance,weight transfer,reaction,reflex,defending,discipline mentally and physically. It’s more than just punching,same goes with any other styles. People are quick to jump in and say “I wanna fight” but don’t want to learn the “ART”. That is why i respect all the ancient masters who developed the martial arts,regardless of their style being effective or ineffective,that is a personal preference,but one thing we must remember is they commited their lives to their art to better us as human beings and help others by giving back…That is why we still have martial arts today.


Here’s a perfect description of the difference between street vs sport jiu jitsu explained by Ryron and Rener Gracie regarding how much different the two versions are,and by saying that how many schools actually teach a street defence version???
I know i have gone on about this for a while,but i will continue to put it out there as i feel strongly for my point of view and don’t want any of my students or people i train with to have a false sense of security,even though i know jiu jitsu is the most effective self defence in the world!


I’ve always looked at martial arts as a self defence,never a sport! My view on brazilian jiu jitsu has changed over the last couple of years in regards to competition jiu jiutsu vs self defence jiu jitsu,to me there is a big difference between controlling a person and stalling,which seems to be the case nowadays regarding points etc..It has started to turn me away from competition,believing that it limits real jiu jitsu due to the points system and restrictions…while i don’t disagree with competing or take nothing away from competitors and have competed many times myself,it is a good test to grapple under pressure and see where your at a competition level.
I see alot of people stalling and just holding while on top with points to win the fight,while i know that’s how the game works….but that’s how i see it a game and not reality so to speak. I would never consider myself a winner if i won on points,i would only consider a win if it was a finish.When i grapple now i defend as if someone is punching me,im cautious of strikes while i roll,i always consider biting,hair pulling and eye gouging,i think to myself i would be trying de la riva while someone is trying to stomp on my head as it would happen in reality,or someone biting or putting their thumb deep in your eye while your just trying to stall and just hold them,i have always been a dynamic and explosive grappler and never just held someone i am a constant mover and risked positions to gain a submission or a more dominant position,i always try to finish with a submission…that’s the aim isnt it? By saying that i think your game improves by constant moving and risking positions!! I just tend to now think what if it was on the street.But i guess everyone does it for different reasons.


It doesn’t matter how talented a person is,it’s those who are always trying and working hard to achieve their goals,who’s mind set is focused on what they want to achieve,It is not only for training but have the mind set in every aspect of your life…If you want something bad enough you must be willing to sacrifice a shit load of things,things like losing sleep,money,relationships,not going out,working while everyone else is partying,going away etc..sometimes you have to accept a bit less then you deserve,but one thing is for sure..Is you can’t give up,you must have the will and drive to want it bad enough.
I have heard many people say they want to / or will start this and that,but have never seen it,i believe things when i see them,even better..when i do them myself! I have always tried to be a motivator in some way or at least try to inspire people that they can do anything they want as long as they put it hard work,and be consistent with “i can do”attitude. If you don’t risk anything,you don’t gain anything, Nothing worth gaining should be easy…Never!!


When you want something real bad or want to learn something real nothing compensates for HARD WORK and WORK ETHIC,Im a big believer in what you put in is what you get out. I say this to everyone at my gym,if you train slowly or take it easy,take your time to grab a drink,adjust your gi ,shadow box with no effort…thats how you will become!! when i shadow box with weights,skip,hit the bag,wrestle etc…i do so with intensity and i do not waste time when the bell goes,i get straight into it. So here’s some small advice from me when you train and want to achieve a result you must put in HARD one else can give it to you,it’s up to the individual and as the saying goes PRACTICE MAKE PERFECT and can’t be said any better then that.

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