Street Fighting, Martial Arts and The Urban Warrior!

How do you break the trance of what is and what is not perceived as 21st century self-defence?

As a teacher of both karate and military combative type training I know better than to take myself too seriously. But I am very serious when I’m training myself or others to survive a vicious violent attack because that is the ultimate aim of self-defence, survival right?

However, for most people outside the martial arts the name represents a great mysterious violent art that involves punching and kicking each other. On the inside it is known as the ultimate way and for some the start of a great adventure along a lifelong path of hard work and dedication.

You see, by following the martial way you not only grow physically but also expand your mind as well. It grows like a great tree from a tiny seed gradually drawing limitless energy and liberating all your strength.

Let me put it this way, if you were to visualise in your mind an event such as: a sudden vicious attack on your person in a way that it actually makes you believe it’s happening and to do this you have to give yourself commands from deep inside the centre of your mind until you feel focused and powerful. Yes, you do have to practise a few times to make it work sorry.

Then manifest it into realty by bringing it into your consciousness and the centre of your mind. Actually see the person who wants to hurt you, the surroundings, the smells everything to make it seem real. Then deal with the situation using techniques you have learned see a picture of yourself like a movie beating the attacker and then you walking away victorious.

What you have just done is taught yourself to visualise a situation or scenario and how to deal with it without making any actual physical body movement. It’s called visualisation.

Best of all, if you keep practising visualisation you’ll become relaxed and harmonious master of your own mind in other words, become one both physically and mentally. Remember this imagination is your best tool. I know I’ve mentioned this before but believe me it works.

In short, the range of situations you can imagine yourself in is only governed by your own imagination not only that but it allows you to be able to train anywhere you like, your mind can find you in the street the dojo you can train even if your sick and lying in bed.

But you are not just going to learn to us e your mind for visualising your also going to find out exactly how you can use it in your daily 21st century life to become an urban warrior?

You’re going to discover about real self-defence and how by flowing and flying with its power you can go beyond mind imaging. Over the last 40 years I have been extremely fortunate to study several different martial arts under some of the world’s top people.

As a result I’m bursting with information I want to share with you so you operate with maximum effectiveness in this violent modern world. A generation ago most of what you are learning today was kept absolutely secret and passed on strictly to the chosen few. But know the time for security is past.

It’s been no secret among experienced people involved in combat of any kind that simple techniques are the only ones that have any chance of working in a real fight. By simple, I do mean basic gross motor moves no flashy Hollywood type actions at all.

Moreover, it’s the same with your thoughts and actions simple works, reaction time is quicker when you have less choice. For example, if you have only one way to walk from A to B you will do it much faster than if I gave you three different ways of doing the same thing.

Because your minds database will search for an answer thus, delaying your decision it will say OOh! Which way should I go this or that way this delay in combat can cost you dear. With only one way to go you have no choice to make. Get my point?

If you combine this principle called Hicks law by way, with simple combative techniques then your whole body and mind will move and act as one unit mind, body and spirit making you utterly unstoppable. Understand these principles of combat and you’ll understand the basis of self-defence.

To emphasis my point, in combat what is the single most damaging and dangerous thing you can do? Hesitate.

As an urban warrior if attacked you must use your flinch reflexes and counter attack immediately in order to reverse the situation form prey to predator otherwise your demise end, may be closer than you think.

That’s why I advocate using simple self-defence tactics so much.

Having 100s of different techniques in your database is not necessarily going to help you because as I have pointed out earlier it will actually slow your reaction time down as your mind trawls through to find the right response to the attack.

So if there is a secret to surviving a physical attack it is to learn only what you need to know to ward of trouble. Briefly, when your mind is focused it becomes all-powerful allowing you to move easily and effortlessly and that’s what works best in self-defence you’ll feel invincible.

For the modern martial arts is synthesiser of east and west pre-modern and post-modern seemingly able to encompass strands of combative and martial knowledge but one thing they all agree on is this? Visualisation combined with the physical training is increasingly important in achieving combat success.

All this is provided with a guiding emphasis on visualisation and meditation which increasingly is being held by western psychology as the key to understanding the type of attacks being used and how the body reacts to fear of the same, adrenalin dump fight or flight syndrome to name just a few.

I use the above techniques and principles outlined in this article. It’s kept me safe and head level.

Now all you have to do is just close your eyes and connect with your inner Urban Warrior.

Stay safe.

Buzz Campion.

Herb Gardening For the Urban Cultivator

When we think of starting a garden, the first location to plant that come to mind is the great out doors, usually in a back yard a small plot of land close to where we live. Surprisingly, gardens can also be cultivated indoors in pots or containers of various sizes. Window boxes or hanging baskets provide an excellent place to grow herbs indoors. Growing herbs in this way is just as comfortable as growing them in an outdoor garden.

The same requirements are needed for growing an indoor garden as is for an outdoor garden.

When you get right down to it, all plants need three basic requirements to grow successfully; and they are sunlight, soil and water. Herbs are no different. Sunlight is important to growing any kind of plant, not withstanding herbs, whether they are grown indoors or in an outside garden. When growing herbs indoors, whether in your kitchen or other room, you should place them in a south or west facing window to get the best type of sunlight. Reasonably, various types of herbs will require different lighting, but, for the most part, the sunny location is needed by all. Many home growers make up for the lack of sunlight in their homes by supplementing the source of light with “grow lamps” or fluorescent lamps. This is a must for the city dweller, growing an indoor garden. When planting herbs indoors, you also need soil that is a well drained, but not too rich, to grow in. Blend two parts of sterilized potting soil along with one part coarse sand or perlite for herbs grown in containers. Also, you will need an inch of gravel at the bottom of each pot to make sure the plant has ample drainage. Growing indoors, in pots, also can be supplemented with one teaspoon or 5 milligrams of lime per 5-inch pot to make certain the soil is sweet enough for the herbs. Herbs grown in pots, or “potted” herbs need water as well. Misting the plants with sprayers and moistening the pebbles will assist in keeping the crop in good humid conditions. Herbs grown in containers, will need to have more water then the same type herbs that are grown in an outdoor garden, however, it is important to avoid getting their roots drenched or soggy.

You will find all herbs can be grown in containers, making it convenient to do your gardening indoors or outdoors, like with anything else, some herbs do better then others. An herb that needs to be contained is mint, or it will overtake the garden. It is over all fairly easy to take care of an indoor herb garden. Growing herbs indoors keep the herbs ready and within reach anytime you want them for cooking. With these tips, you will be able to maintain your herbs and ensure a healthy garden whether you choose to plant your herb garden indoors or out. It is recommended you include also periodic light feeding and repot yearly for optimum health of your herbs. Also, don’t forget to replant annuals each year and take perennials outdoors when needed. Use your herbs as much as you like as well as harvest them from time to time. It is no secret, pruning plants promotes new growth. The same also applies to herbs. Use your herbs in your recipes, store them for future use and remember to give some away to friends.

The Urban Style – The Style of Choice for Men in 2011

Lets face it, the last few years in men’s fashion have been somewhat of a roller coaster to say the least. With the year of 2010 behind us we can start to look back at the similarities and differences of the previous years and notice some distinct trends that have evolved. While in the early part of the 2000’s men had somewhat of a conservative viewpoint on fashion and stuck to mainly the essentials. Some men even considered wearing a polo t-shirt and a nice pair of jeans dressing up, however around 2004-2005 something started to change. Men started to become more attentive to their style and appearance and many started to wear items like an expensive pair of jeans with buttons on the pockets, which were probably similar to the same pair that they vowed they would never wear just a year before.

As men began to purchase and wear more expensive and colorful clothing, some designers might have made a mistake in pushing the fashion a little too much on an uncommitted and new audience. With designers like Ed Hardy coming out with outrageous designs that were not doubt masculine, many believe that they might have pushed to envelope a bit. It is important to remember that this trend actually hit right before we experience the financial bubble being popped and being thrown into one of the toughest times economically, the $80 t-shirt just did not seem to be as appealing as it did earlier.

Due to multiple factors men’s style and fashion seems to have slightly started slipping back into a more conservative style the last two years and with the economy recently at one of the lowest spots in the last decade it is only understandable that men have found a wiser and better place for their money.

The good news is that the economy is on the rise and although men are already beginning to purchase nicer clothes and accessories as that money is becoming more available. While every man has it in himself the desire to stand out and feel attractive many do not like to do so in a flaunting way and have no desire to draw a ton of attention to them, especially by the way they dress. There is one thing that is for sure, a more conservative style compared to 2007-08 and a more stylish appearance than the early 2000’s is here. Welcome to the modern and urban style.

The urban style is more of a professional and conservative approach, but that does not mean that it is plain and boring. Men are switching over from the loud and proud bright colored shirts that scream look at me, to a more clean and confident look that is definitely noticeable but does not look like you are trying to prove a point. Item such as men’s shoes are heading back to a manlier and squared toed appearance. While it’s not official just yet, it might be close to the point where can finally kiss those pointed shoes that were pretty much a replica of the girls goodbye.

Without a doubt the demand for stylish and attractive men’s clothing and accessories is on the rise. One thing that is for certain is that men are starting to take charge of their appearance and style. With its masculine attributes minus all the glitter the modern and urban style is already starting to take control of the market and is now sitting on the shelves where the once ever so popular pink t-shirts resided just a couple of years ago.