Interview with Mike Turbitt

This week my guest on Accidental Podcast is Mike Turbitt, founder of Team Black Belt, authority on teaching children and author of How to Build Black Belt Business book. I follow Mike’s work for few years now, and admire his passion for teaching children, his enthusiasm is highly infectious. His methodology of teaching children is first class.

Happy New Year 2022 Anxious Black Belt Podcast

Wishing you all the best for new year 2022!
  1. Happy New Year 2022
  2. Reflections on COVID
  3. Slow down
  4. What would you do?
  5. Qualification Hoarder

Who is Les?

Welcome to this corner of the internet, my name is Les and I promote Karate for mental and physical health. I’m really glad that you have joined me. I hope that you will find my content interesting, thought provoking and useful. Thank you for watching.

Who the … is Les?

If you would like to feature in future clips with your story, please drop me an email at info@lesbubka.co.uk or leave a message in the comments section below, perhaps you would like to highlight info about your club or products at the same time.

Books:

Anxious Black Belt https://amzn.to/3lRS43j

Thoughts on Karate https://amzn.to/31gxXT2

Karate Journal here :https://amzn.to/3l9spmt​

If you would like to support the Karate For Mental Health Programme, you can buy our merchandise (links below) or donate via a PayPal link here: https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_…

🥋About: Les Bubka is an author, Karate coach, entrepreneur and creator of the Karate for Mental Health and Hikite4ever​​ T-shirts. Promoting inclusive Karate with a focus on mental health aspects of training. Teaching both nationally and internationally.

📹 Check out my videos https://www.youtube.com/c/ShinaidoKarate

🔔 SUBSCRIBE – so you don’t miss NEW videos 👇

https://www.youtube.com/c/ShinaidoKarate

👕GET ​ T- shirts 👇

https://lesshop.ammhub.com/c/clothing…

👍 CONNECT WITH ME:

👉🏻 Facebook ➡ https://www.facebook.com/lesbubka/​​​​

👉🏻Instagram ➡ https://www.instagram.com/lesbubka/​​​

👉🏻Podcast ➡ https://anchor.fm/lesbubka/​​

Overcoming Obstacles with Tiffany Richards

In this episode I talk with Tiffany Richards from the Peaceful Warrior and Healing Centre. Our conversation revolves around mental health, overcoming obstacles, infuriating martial artists and a female perspective on self-defence for women. You can sense that Tiffany is super passionate about her martial arts. It was very interesting to listen to her martial story from starting in martial arts to becoming a co-owner of the school and working behind the scenes, to running a self-protection programme.

Please check out Tiffany’s work below:

Websites: https://peacefulwarriorphx.com/self-defense/womens-self-defense.htmlhttps://peacefulwarriorwoman.com/

Social Media:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/peacefulwarriorphx/

Facebook: https://fb.me/e/1SH31a3U3

YouTube: https://bit.ly/2XO1yl3

Twitter: https://twitter.com/scottsdalkarate

If you would like to support the show with no cost to you and you shop with Amazon, please feel free to use my affiliate link, for which I get a small commission when you purchase something – note that it is completely free for you!  Please find the link below

.https://amzn.to/3qqfuhy

🥋About: Les Bubka is an author, Karate coach, entrepreneur and creator of the #Hikite4ever T-shirt. Promoting inclusive Karate with a focus on mental health aspects of training. Teaching both nationally and internationally.

📹 Check out my videos👇

My videos

🔔 SUBSCRIBE – so you don’t miss NEW videos 👇

  Les Bubka Karate Jutsu 

👕GET MY #HIKITE4EVER T- shirt 👇

https://lesshop.ammhub.com/c/clothing 

👍 CONNECT WITH ME:

👉🏻 Facebook    ➡ https://www.facebook.com/lesbubka/ 

👉🏻Instagram    ➡ https://www.instagram.com/lesbubka/ 

👉🏻Podcast       ➡ https://anchor.fm/lesbubka/

👉🏻Contact me ➡https://www.lesbubka.co.uk/index.html#about-section 

Practical Taekwondo with Ciaran McDonald

In the world of Karate, the practical Karate movement is a growing in popularity. This phenomenon is not only seen in Karate. In this episode I have the pleasure of talking with Ciaran McDonald, from Old School Perspectives on Taekwon-do, who’s book is creating ripples around traditional Taekwondo circles. Listen to our conversation about the similarities between Taekwondo and Karate and the drama within both groups. 

Check out Ciaran’s work here:  

Book Link: https://www.osperspectives.co.uk/best-new-tkd-book-in-years 

YT channel link :  https://www.youtube.com/c/OldSchoolPerspectivesonTaekwondo 

Courses Link: https://osperspectives.thinkific.com 

Website link: https://www.osperspectives.co.uk

If you would like to support the blog with no cost to you and you shop with Amazon, please feel free to use my affiliate link, for which I get a small commission when you purchase something – note that it is completely free for you!  Please find the link below.

https://amzn.to/3qqfuhy

🥋About: Les Bubka is an author, Karate coach, entrepreneur and creator of the #Hikite4ever T-shirt. Promoting inclusive Karate with a focus on mental health aspects of training. Teaching both nationally and internationally.

📹 Check out my videos

👇 My videos

🔔 SUBSCRIBE – so you don’t miss NEW videos 👇

  Les Bubka Karate Jutsu 

👕GET MY #HIKITE4EVER T- shirt 👇

https://lesshop.ammhub.com/c/clothing

👍 CONNECT WITH ME:

👉🏻 Facebook    ➡ https://www.facebook.com/lesbubka/ 

👉🏻Instagram    ➡ https://www.instagram.com/lesbubka/ 

👉🏻Podcast       ➡ https://anchor.fm/lesbubka/

👉🏻Contact me ➡https://www.lesbubka.co.uk/index.html#about-section 

Karate Lies

For many years I could not find the right approach to my training. What I mean by it? I was not honest with myself, I tried to do things that I’m not too passionate about. Check out video below to learn more, if you like it please share I also would like to know your opinion?

If you would like to support the blog with no cost to you and you shop with Amazon, please feel free to use my affiliate link, for which I get a small commission when you purchase something – note that it is completely free for you!  Please find the link below.

https://amzn.to/3qqfuhy

🥋About: Les Bubka is an author, Karate coach, entrepreneur and creator of the #Hikite4ever T-shirt. Promoting inclusive Karate with a focus on mental health aspects of training. Teaching both nationally and internationally.

📹 Check out my videos

👇 My videos

🔔 SUBSCRIBE – so you don’t miss NEW videos 👇

  Les Bubka Karate Jutsu 

👕GET MY #HIKITE4EVER T- shirt 👇

https://lesshop.ammhub.com/c/clothing

👍 CONNECT WITH ME:

👉🏻 Facebook    ➡ https://www.facebook.com/lesbubka/ 

👉🏻Instagram    ➡ https://www.instagram.com/lesbubka/ 

👉🏻Podcast       ➡ https://anchor.fm/lesbubka/

👉🏻Contact me ➡https://www.lesbubka.co.uk/index.html#about-section 

Interview with Dan Holloway

In this episode I chat with Dan Holloway, owner of the Empower Martial Arts Academy. Dan is also the author of The Martial Masters book. We talk about Dan’s journey in martial arts from Aikido to self-defence.  Dan also discusses his focus on empowering students and his family focussed academy. Dan also shares with me how he ended up interviewing masters for his book.

Happy New Year 2022 Anxious Black Belt Podcast

Wishing you all the best for new year 2022!
  1. Happy New Year 2022
  2. Reflections on COVID
  3. Slow down
  4. What would you do?
  5. Qualification Hoarder

I hope you will enjoy this episode. If you would like to connect with Dan please check out the links below:

https://www.themartialview.com/

https://www.facebook.com/TheMartialView

If you would like to support the show with no cost to you and you shop with Amazon, please feel free to use my affiliate link, for which I get a small commission when you purchase something – note that it is completely free for you!  Please find the link below.

https://amzn.to/3qqfuhy

🥋About: Les Bubka is an author, Karate coach, entrepreneur and creator of the #Hikite4ever T-shirt. Promoting inclusive Karate with a focus on mental health aspects of training. Teaching both nationally and internationally.

📹 Check out my videos

👇 My videos

🔔 SUBSCRIBE – so you don’t miss NEW videos 👇

  Les Bubka Karate Jutsu 

👕GET MY #HIKITE4EVER T- shirt 👇

https://lesshop.ammhub.com/c/clothing

👍 CONNECT WITH ME:

👉🏻 Facebook    ➡ https://www.facebook.com/lesbubka/ 

👉🏻Instagram    ➡ https://www.instagram.com/lesbubka/ 

👉🏻Podcast       ➡ https://anchor.fm/lesbubka/

👉🏻Contact me ➡https://www.lesbubka.co.uk/index.html#about-section 

Walk up the River, by Mary Stevens

I had the pleasure of talking to Mary Stevens from the Athena School of Karate on my podcast a few months ago. After a very interesting conversation I asked Mary if she would like to write a guest article for my blog. Mary said yes. True to her word, here we have her ‘walk up the river’ article, which covers a very important subject that is often overlooked and neglected by male instructors. Enjoy! Please find more information about Mary and her work below the article.

‘There comes a time when you need to stop just pulling people out of the river. You need to go upstream, and find out why they’re falling in’ Desmond Tutu.

Les invited me to write a guest blog here and I’m grateful to him for the chance to share some thoughts. When we spoke on his podcast, his commitment to understanding and supporting women in martial arts was very clear. I started my training in 2002: Wado-ryu karate originally and then several years of BJJ to gain some competence on the ground. I’m a full-time professional now, and I describe what I teach as traditional karate with modern self-protection. We can debate the definitions, by all means, however I’d think the majority of Les’s readers will feel fairly comfortable with those parameters. I love a good shuto uke; I think Iain has led a revolution; I list Gavin de Becker and Rory Miller on my dan grade syllabus; and I’m clear on the varied legalities of pre-emptive striking in the context of different countries. Just so we know where we are.

An unexpected side effect of the pandemic has been an increase in the number of conversations I’ve had with people about the value of karate and, in particular, the ongoing scarcity of female instructors. No one has secure data on this but a broad consensus seems to be that about 75-80% of karate instructors are male. Rather like black footballers, even if they make it as a player, they rarely find their way up to management level. So, while we all might sweep the dojo floor, something goes on to polish the glass ceiling as well. If you raise this question, you’ll get a typical range of answers as follows:

‘Girls quit when they are teenagers because they don’t like fighting.’

‘Women quit when they have children because they’re too tired or busy for hobbies.’

‘Guys in my dojo don’t like to partner with women; they feel uncomfortable hitting a woman.’

‘My dojo is 50/50 anyway so I don’t have a problem.’

If you read those statements and agreed with them instinctively then I’ve got great news for you. You can have an impact on progressing gender equality in martial arts if you want to! There’s room for you to make some changes which will make the dojo a fairer and more welcoming place for everyone, not just women.

The problem is not one person, nor is the solution. It’s a collection of the times when a girl doesn’t feel comfortable leaving the line because she’s worried she might be leaking period blood on her gi trousers. She might get through the class and then rush to the toilet, but another time, she’ll save herself the anxiety and avoid training instead. It’s the assumption that a woman with a baby ought to be at home, and will get the chance to catch up with her training later…when the kids have gone to university. It’s the partner work where women feel second best because if they ask for any consideration they’re seen as weak and worthless. It’s the fact that when presented with these points a lot of senseis will automatically knee jerk into disagreeing and pointing out how inclusive their dojo is, or saying one of their female students trains ‘just like the men’ or ‘it’s the same for small men’. Sure. It’s about individuals and individual situations. ‘Remember that when you are on the mat you are not male or female, your ethnicity does not matter and what you work with is no factor, you’re just a kimono.’ Marit Tyssedal Gabrielsen. That’s how it should be, because everyone kicks differently, is built differently, and interacts differently with the people around them.

If you’re listening to your female students, if you’re offering a comfortable environment which doesn’t have the men owning the dojo as a changing space while the women use a dirty toilet…then you’re making a difference. If you are sensitive to suitable size and power pairings, if you understand that grabbing and grappling might trigger traumatic memories for many women and you know how to deal with that…then you’re creating decent training spaces. If you have the guts to stamp on sexist attitudes from the dojo dudes and set an example of openness and trust … then you are rare.

I don’t think we need men to solve the problem of women in martial arts. We need men to solve the problem of men in martial arts. As in women’s self defence (a much longer blog!) it’s time to look at the causes, not the symptoms. Over to you.

Mary Stevens is a practical martial artist, club owner, writer, and charity worker.  My conversation with Mary focusses on the empowerment of women and her charitable work for the Fair Fight project in India and Africa, where she manages Karate teaching.  We also talked about mental health, inclusion, and story telling.  Mary also gives us some insight into creating a world for her Warrior Monkeys book series.

 Please if you can support Mary’s project at the Fair Fight website below.  

I hope that you find this episode inspiring.

Fair Fight

Warrior Monkeys

Athena Karate Club 

If you would like to support the blog with no cost to you and you shop with Amazon, please feel free to use my affiliate link, for which I get a small commission when you purchase something – note that it is completely free for you!  Please find the link below.

Amazon

🥋About: Les Bubka is an author, Karate coach, entrepreneur and creator of the #Hikite4ever T-shirt. Promoting inclusive Karate with a focus on mental health aspects of training. Teaching both nationally and internationally.

📹 Check out my videos

👇 My videos

🔔 SUBSCRIBE – so you don’t miss NEW videos 👇

  Les Bubka Karate Jutsu 

👕GET MY #HIKITE4EVER T- shirt 👇

https://lesshop.ammhub.com/c/clothing

👍 CONNECT WITH ME:

👉🏻 Facebook    ➡ https://www.facebook.com/lesbubka/ 

👉🏻Instagram    ➡ https://www.instagram.com/lesbubka/ 

👉🏻Podcast       ➡ https://anchor.fm/lesbubka/

👉🏻Contact me ➡https://www.lesbubka.co.uk/index.html#about-section 

Slippery Slopes and Dark Places of Karate

Lengthy conversation with Rob Davis from Red Fish Karate, about all things Karate. Visiting the “dark place” enjoying the ride down the slippery slope of being different, and having ability to think. Exchanging thoughts and experiences about the techniques and our perception of them, exploring fear and our reaction to it. Contemplating lightening the fu.k up. 

Hope you will enjoy this one as much as I did. 

Come along and join us on the engineering side of Karate ( correction I’m only a technician!)

Happy New Year 2022 Anxious Black Belt Podcast

Wishing you all the best for new year 2022!
  1. Happy New Year 2022
  2. Reflections on COVID
  3. Slow down
  4. What would you do?
  5. Qualification Hoarder

More about Robert Davis:

Red Fish Karate

Red Fish Facebook

Bunkai Bastards

If you would like to support the show with no cost to you and you shop with Amazon, please feel free to use my affiliate link, for which I get a small commission when you purchase something – note that it is completely free for you!  Please find the link below.

Amazon

🥋About: Les Bubka is an author, Karate coach, entrepreneur and creator of the #Hikite4ever T-shirt. Promoting inclusive Karate with a focus on mental health aspects of training. Teaching both nationally and internationally.

📹 Check out my videos

👇 My videos

🔔 SUBSCRIBE – so you don’t miss NEW videos 👇

  Les Bubka Karate Jutsu 

👕GET MY #HIKITE4EVER T- shirt 👇

https://lesshop.ammhub.com/c/clothing

👍 CONNECT WITH ME:

👉🏻 Facebook    ➡ https://www.facebook.com/lesbubka/ 

👉🏻Instagram    ➡ https://www.instagram.com/lesbubka/ 

👉🏻Podcast       ➡ https://anchor.fm/lesbubka/

👉🏻Contact me ➡https://www.lesbubka.co.uk/index.html#about-section 

Merry Christmas with Bah Humbug

Retrospection of the year 2020, I’m very proud what I have managed to achieve despite pandemic.

Happy New Year 2022 Anxious Black Belt Podcast

Wishing you all the best for new year 2022!
  1. Happy New Year 2022
  2. Reflections on COVID
  3. Slow down
  4. What would you do?
  5. Qualification Hoarder

If you would like to support the show with no cost to you and you shop with Amazon, please feel free to use my affiliate link, for which I get a small commission when you purchase something – note that it is completely free for you!  Please find the link below.

Amazon

🥋About: Les Bubka is an author, Karate coach, entrepreneur and creator of the #Hikite4ever T-shirt. Promoting inclusive Karate with a focus on mental health aspects of training. Teaching both nationally and internationally.

📹 Check out my videos

👇 My videos

🔔 SUBSCRIBE – so you don’t miss NEW videos 👇

  Les Bubka Karate Jutsu 

👕GET MY #HIKITE4EVER T- shirt 👇

https://lesshop.ammhub.com/c/clothing

👍 CONNECT WITH ME:

👉🏻 Facebook    ➡ https://www.facebook.com/lesbubka/ 

👉🏻Instagram    ➡ https://www.instagram.com/lesbubka/ 

👉🏻Podcast       ➡ https://anchor.fm/lesbubka/

👉🏻Contact me ➡https://www.lesbubka.co.uk/index.html#about-section 

Seasons Greetings from Les

Merry Christmas!

I want to thank you for your support through this difficult year. Without you it would be not have been possible to continue to operate and run classes. In these difficult times I managed to get some of the best martial arts teachers to share their knowledge with you on their rules for success. I hope that you will find this small gift from us of benefit and are able to use some of the suggested rules to support your martial arts development. If not, I hope you at least find it amusing and a nice distraction.
Please use the link to download Rules for Success in Karate.




I am very grateful for your continued support and wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and all the best for 2021.

Best wishes,

Les Bubka.
If you would like to support the show with no cost to you and you shop with Amazon, please feel free to use my affiliate link, for which I get a small commission when you purchase something – note that it is completely free for you!  Please find the link below.
Amazon
🥋About: Les Bubka is an author, Karate coach, entrepreneur and creator of the #Hikite4ever T-shirt. Promoting inclusive Karate with a focus on mental health aspects of training. Teaching both nationally and internationally.
📹 Check out my videos
👇 My videos
🔔 SUBSCRIBE – so you don’t miss NEW videos 👇
  Les Bubka Karate Jutsu 
👕GET MY #HIKITE4EVER T- shirt 👇
https://lesshop.ammhub.com/c/clothing
👍 CONNECT WITH ME:
👉🏻 Facebook    ➡ https://www.facebook.com/lesbubka/ 
👉🏻Instagram    ➡ https://www.instagram.com/lesbubka/ 
👉🏻Podcast       ➡ https://anchor.fm/lesbubka/
👉🏻Contact me ➡https://www.lesbubka.co.uk/index.html#about-section