Duel of Podcasts

Hear ye, hear ye!  Good people of the Interweb.

A despicable lie has been posted against my person by a Machiavellian lady named Gretchen Carlson who runs a scientifically driven podcast, Martial Journeys, she also magically created a YouTube Channel to spread this science witchcraft .

She is skilled in so called science, which we all know is really black magic, trickery and witchcraft.

No self-respecting hikite believer would not pick up the gauntlet once challenged to a duel.  And I shall not avoid this confrontation against the dark forces of science!

In order to defy the Gretchen mumbo jumbo I need your likes and shares. Let’s get the #hikite4ever army together and chase the witch away! Lie this post

You can read her attack on my person here

This war can only have one winner and it will be common sense that will prevail, not science.  The loser will be shamed by being dipped in hot tar and rolled in feathers or will be asked to record an embarrassing clip on the subject of hikite!

Join me now for this crusade!

Kind regards,

Count Bubka.

Accidental Podcast or Something Like That

Hello and welcome to the Accidental podcast or something like that are the words you can hear on my new project, I didn’t plan to have podcast,but life had other plans.

Accidental Podcast or Something Like That.

In this venture I explore martial arts, mental health and interview interesting people, I hope that you will give it a try and hopefully enjoy it.

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Les Bubka is a dedicated practitioner of the way of the empty hand and has been for over twenty years. He is the founder of LB Posture Training, which incorporates the art of Karate with his personal training qualifications in order to help people.

Les has experience in running projects in association with mental health charities and other institutions, introducing Karate as a tool to help build confidence, self-esteem and physical activity to disadvantaged members of the community.

Les runs an inclusive club in Guildford (UK) where everyone is welcome.

Karate Unity Q&A with Les

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I’m sure that some of forum members came across Chris Hanson’s Live Q&A,

Chris does awesome job bringing all sorts of martial arts instructors from wide range of arts and sports to chat about all martial arts related topics.

I find his work entertaining and really helpful in learning what other people do within martial arts, in a humours and energetic way.tarcza2

I was fortunate enough to be invited to one of his sessions where we talked about cross training, mental health and bit about my book.

 

Recording from that session below, hope you will enjoy it.

Kind regards Les

 

Karate For Mental Health Interviews Part Two

At the Karate for Mental Health Seminar a set of interviews were conducted by Richard Barnes. This video represents part two. In this part we hear the thoughts of John Johnston and Marek Mroszczyk about the value of Karate for mental health.

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LES BUBKA IS A DEDICATED PRACTITIONER OF THE WAY OF THE EMPTY HAND AND HAS BEEN FOR OVER TWENTY YEARS.HE IS THE FOUNDER OF LB POSTURE TRAINING, WHICH INCORPORATES THE ART OF KARATE WITH HIS PERSONAL TRAINING QUALIFICATIONS IN ORDER TO HELP PEOPLE.
LES HAS EXPERIENCE IN RUNNING PROJECTS IN ASSOCIATION WITH MENTAL HEALTH CHARITIES AND OTHER INSTITUTIONS, INTRODUCING KARATE AS A TOOL TO HELP BUILD CONFIDENCE, SELF-ESTEEM AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY TO DISADVANTAGED MEMBERS OF COMMUNITY.
LES RUNS AN INCLUSIVE CLUB IN GUILDFORD (UK) WHERE EVERYONE IS WELCOME.

 

Karate For Mental Health – Interviews

At the Karate for Mental Health Seminar a set of interviews were conducted by Richard Barnes.

This video represents part one of two. In part one we hear the thoughts of Iain Abernathy and Les Bubka about the value of Karate for mental health

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LES BUBKA IS A DEDICATED PRACTITIONER OF THE WAY OF THE EMPTY HAND AND HAS BEEN FOR OVER TWENTY YEARS.HE IS THE FOUNDER OF LB POSTURE TRAINING, WHICH INCORPORATES THE ART OF KARATE WITH HIS PERSONAL TRAINING QUALIFICATIONS IN ORDER TO HELP PEOPLE.
LES HAS EXPERIENCE IN RUNNING PROJECTS IN ASSOCIATION WITH MENTAL HEALTH CHARITIES AND OTHER INSTITUTIONS, INTRODUCING KARATE AS A TOOL TO HELP BUILD CONFIDENCE, SELF-ESTEEM AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY TO DISADVANTAGED MEMBERS OF COMMUNITY.
LES RUNS AN INCLUSIVE CLUB IN GUILDFORD (UK) WHERE EVERYONE IS WELCOME.

 

I Challenge You Sir!

At my last seminar I was challenged.  “Sir your stuff doesn’t work! I challenge you to a fight to the death. The winner takes over your school and your students!” No not really, but it sounds great though doesn’t it? Straight from one of those Chinese Kung Fu movies we all love!

What really happened was a very civilised discussion with a great bunch of martial artists. We had been working on a technique from pinan sandan / sono san, which includes a turn with a dropping, extended arm followed by a turn, at least in our version of this kata.

 

My interpretation of this move is a block and body drag around the centre of the defenders body. The block in this case is a knee hold, blocking the leg from making a step while we drag the body, resulting in the opponent losing their balance.

 

At the seminar we had started with the second stage of the technique development (click here to read more about the steps) which is quite static and needs a bit of cooperation from our partner to make it work. The conversation started as a few people were struggling with the technique due to a resisting opponent.

 

This gave me a chance to elaborate more about the steps of technique development. It is natural that techniques don’t work at this stage as our partner knows our intention, technique and timing. Without the element of surprise both trainees can prepare for what’s coming and easily block the action.

 

Then we moved on to the next stage where we added a little pressure testing, starting the technique from pummelling, where only one person performs the technique and the other tries to stop it. We soon all noticed that just by taking the known timing away from the equation it is very hard to block or counter the technique, even when we know what’s coming.

 

This challenge showed us the importance of pressure testing all of our techniques from both perspectives (the attacker and the defender). In particular it’s important to consider when a partner is cooperating and when they are not. Pressure testing verification gives us an idea of changing conditions and “real” techniques as not all techniques will work under all circumstances.

 

It was a great seminar with wonderful people in support of the  Combat Stress Charity.

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Les Bubka is a dedicated practitioner of the way of the empty hand and has been for over twenty years.He is the founder of LB Posture Training, which incorporates the art of karate with his personal training qualifications in order to help people.
Les has experience in running projects in association with mental health charities and other institutions, introducing Karate as a tool to help build confidence, self-esteem and physical activity to disadvantaged members of community.
Les runs an inclusive club in guildford (UK) where everyone is welcome.

 

 

Karate For Mental Health 2019

We’ve done it again!

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This year we managed to raise £900 in support of Combat Stress charity, we had nearly thirty participants, who enjoyed training together. Trying different versions and interpretations of Karate and Kempo under John Johnston, Iain Abernethy, Marek Mroszczyk and myself.

Below you can find few snapshots and a clip from this event, I’m already having conversations about KFMH 2020, hope to see you there!

And a promised clip

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Les Bubka is a dedicated practitioner of the way of the empty hand and has been for over twenty years. He is the founder of LB Posture Training, which incorporates the art of Karate with his personal training qualifications in order to help people.
Les has experience in running projects in association with mental health charities and other institutions, introducing Karate as a tool to help build confidence, self-esteem and physical activity to disadvantaged members of the community.
Les runs an inclusive club in Guildford (UK) where everyone is welcome.

 

Anxious Black Belt

I’m very excited about publishing my book on the subjects of Karate and Anxiety. Below you can find an excerpt from the book. Please let me know what you think.

try.pngI started writing this book as a therapeutic exercise, to find out more about why I was suffering from a fear of the smallest things and to ensure that I not make the same mistakes with raising my own children as my father did with me when I was young. After talking about the idea of writing down my experiences with a few friends, they convinced me that I should write my story down in this book.

I’m not a writer, so forgive me for my lack of beautiful descriptions and poetic sentence. This book is about my fight with anxiety, how martial arts helped me to combat my fears and how it has taught me to become a stronger and more caring person.

It was a tough road. All of these experiences have led me to set up my own company, LB Posture Training, where I try to help other people improve their health and mental wellbeing and part of this business is Karate.

Karate can be used to help people who suffer from mental health issues, loneliness, and isolation. We provide group classes for adults from 18 years old, with our oldest student currently being 87 years young.

I hope that this book will help others to understand how difficult it is to live with anxiety, especially as I have only recently learnt that this is the condition that I have been suffering with.

I would like to show the art of Karate in a different light, not just a mere fighting system, but as a tool for improving one’s quality of life.

Karate has saved my life, and I am grateful for that. That is why I have decided to use it to help people around the world.

“Strong and Caring people are the pillars of society, and Karate helps to cultivate them.” Les Bubka 

For as long as I can remember I have had an overwhelming feeling of fear. I never imagined that this was something that I could change or erase, however I began to learn more about these feelings when I started to teach Karate for the charity, The Welcome Project. Here I met people who suffered from anxiety and other mental health issues.

It has become important to me to describe the ways in which I deal with these feelings. They stem from my childhood and have continued with me through adulthood. They have been with me on my journey to gaining a black belt in Karate and to becoming a person who is fortunate to teach all over the world, using Karate as a way of helping others.

In my opinion, the root of my anxiety can be found in the relationship I had with my father. He was a strict man who never showed signs of love to me or my brother and from whom words such as “I love you” or “I’m proud of you” were never spoken. Everything we did was scrutinised, never good enough or done incorrectly. This behaviour of my father turned the simplest tasks into unpleasant experiences, full of the fear of failure.

I have this clear memory of my mum sending me to a shop to buy some fruits. At that time in Poland it was not so easy to get fruits and other groceries as the communist regime had just fallen and democracy started to settle in.

I distinctly remember my mum telling me to go and get bananas, potatoes, and other groceries for the family. My memory of that event is that feeling of fear of asking people over the counter to buy a few simple Items. I felt paralysed. Luckily I found that a friend of mine was in the same queue and so I managed to convince him to ask a salesperson for my shopping. This type of fear of communicating with strangers has accompanied me to this day, but over the years I have developed coping strategies to deal with it. Now when I recognise this feeling creeping in I can reduce its impact on me via meditation and reasoning.

It doesn’t matter how hard I try, fear never leaves me. It is always lingering in the bottom of my gut making me worry that something bad is going to happen. I hope that my story will go some way to describe what people are experiencing when suffering from anxiety every day.

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Les Bubka

Les Bubka is a dedicated practitioner of the way of the empty hand and has been for over twenty years. He is the founder of LB Posture Training, which incorporates the art of Karate with his personal training qualifications in order to help people.
Les has experience in running projects in association with mental health charities and other institutions, introducing Karate as a tool to help build confidence, self-esteem and physical activity to disadvantaged members of the community.
Les runs an inclusive club in Guildford (UK) where everyone is welcome.

Done Came & Iain Abernethy Seminar

On the 8th of June I had the pleasure of attending a seminar with Don Came Sensei and Iain Abernethy Sensei.

62314619_2319714771421569_2633939679828770816_nI had met Iain before so I kind of knew what to expect from his session and I was glad that at this event he would be teaching applications of Naihanchi. I was a bit anxious about Don though as I had never met him before and I don’t know much about Kissaki Kai Karate.

 

When I arrived I was greeted by Iain and Don and straight away felt very welcome, everyone was friendly.

iain-logo-stamp3We started with Naihanchi where Iain chose me as his uke. It was great for me as I like to feel the technique. I learn more by feeling than watching and so in this way I got some extra sensory information to add to my work on Naihanchi. As there was an odd number of participants Don decided to join in and partner with me. Actually, this is worth mentioning as it’s not often on seminars that teaching instructors jump in to do partner work. Both Iain and Don were kind enough to train with me, making this event one of the best seminars this year.

Don sensei was teaching applications of Rohai kata, which I don’t know and have neverdownload studied. They were very interesting applications and in some way familiar to me in terms of applying techniques. Don’s movements remind me of Artur’s (my teacher) approach which suited me and felt natural. I think because of this familiarity I really enjoyed exploring Rohai and I’m going to add it to my repertoire.

Overall I’m very happy that I decided to go for this seminar and I highly recommend that if you have the chance to train with either Don Came or Iain Abernethy that you go for it – you won’t regret it!

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Moving Club to Guildford

After few good years at the St Mark’s Hall it is time to move to new lactation. Considering all the options I decide that new location have to be closer to home, this decision was dictated by new member of the family arriving in March. New cub will be at the Queen Elizabeth Park on the ground floor of the QE Park Centre. This hall is nearly new with excellent wooden floor and bright light, having a good feel to it. 26952156_1990748001163412_3991770896776039895_o

First class will be held on the 8th of January 2019 at 8pm, everyone is welcome, our club is oriented to include everyone no matter their ability, we are involved in supporting people with mental health problems, autism and other physical disabilities. Our sessions can be modified and adjusted to the individual needs.

Looking forward to starting this new stage in our club, see you at the dojo.