Are Books Relevant in Training?

In this episode I had the pleasure of chatting with Dr. James Hatch, and our chosen topic was books on training.

As usual in our conversation we drifted over different subjects. I always enjoy talking with James as his depth of knowledge in Karate and many other subjects is just impressive.

We have ventured into some very controversial topics, that might spark up some debate.  I hope you will enjoy this conversation as much as I did.

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

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Celebrating our 50th episode with Jamie Gray

Wow it’s the fiftieth episode of Accidental Podcast!

In this episode I have the pleasure to talk with Jamie Gray. Jamie loves to engage in banter about my height, and I don’t hesitate to give back to him about his.

All round he is a great martial artist and great fun to be around, he is very open and friendly despite his size. Jamie seems to know everyone in Karate, he also has a very focused point of view on his club and who is allowed in. I bet I could sneak in into his dojo unnoticed via cracks in the wood.

I’m envious about Jamie’s new dojo, also Jamie is the only guest who doesn’t want to promote his webpage or Facebook group. If you beg him for long enough he might invite you into his group!

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

Well if Jamie doesn’t want to promote himself, one shorty will.

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Interview with Mike Clerk

What a treat this week I had a pleasure to chat with fellow martial artist and musician Mike Clerk. Mike just realised his new single Keep Moving.

Our conversation focussed on martial arts, music mental health and crowdfunding where Mike manage to raise funds to create his project.

I thoroughly enjoyed talking to this Scot, I’m pleased that I could understand him, hope you will find interesting to listen to a mix of accents. 

Check Out Mike’s social media below.

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Happy Birthday to Anxious Black Belt.

On the 23rd of October 2019 I published my first book, Anxious Black Belt. One year later and I can say that it has been a fantastic journey. Thank you to all who have helped to make this project possible and to those that have made it a success.

I’m very grateful to all of you that have supported me by buying the book, writing reviews, helping to promote it etc. To be honest I really didn’t expect such a good reception of this small book, as I didn’t think that I could write an interesting story. Thanks to those who believed in me!

To celebrate this first birthday I thought that you might be interested to hear how Anxious Black Belt sounds with a Polish accent.

Please let me know how you imagined Anxious Black Belt might sound?

Enjoy this short clip below.

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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.

 

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

If you enjoyed this clip “Karate For Mental Health 2019” and are interested in reading my book about mental health and Karate please check it out on Amazon:

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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.

 

Not all roses

 

As most of you probably know I’m a strong advocate for the benefits of Karate in relation to mental health. As with everything in life there are two sides of the coin and rarely things are black and white.

 

For some individuals or groups Karate might have a negative impact on health both physically and mentally. Whether or not a person benefits positively from training depends on several factors such as:

  • Personal circumstances
  • Instructor
  • Group social setup
  • Training methods

 

Personal Circumstances

In the case of personal circumstances, an individual might have an underlying mental health condition, which Karate training can make worse if not conducted properly. Most people who start a martial art will have to face fear in some form. For example, fear of sparring, public performance or overcoming the fear of breaking stuff. Without positive mentoring the result of these fears might have a negative impact on a person.

Instructor

Sometimes an instructor, or the head of an organisation, might be charismatic but lacking in understanding of the needs of students or is simply unaware of factors impacting their students health.

If training instructions are given in a form that pressurises a student to do tasks this might lead to a negative impact on health.

Often, especially in more “traditional” branches of Karate, there can be a culture of power and bullying. This can create a mental vicious circle where bullied students either quit as they feel not worthy or tough enough to be a part of the group or result in the creation of more bullies who then take revenge on new students. This situation was recognised in the Polish army and is named “the wave”. This situation is very difficult to eradicate.

This culture was very popular in Karate in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. I believe that conditions have improved now, but “the wave” is not completely gone.

Group Social Setup

Karate is an activity that can make people feel that they belong to a group, which can easily turn into a sect or cult like organisation. This is a world wide problem that sports and social clubs face everyday from football, rugby, wrestling and Karate, leading people to feel that they are better than those who don’t belong to the tribe.

Browsing through forums, Facebook pages or YouTube comments we can easily come across conversations or comments about the superiority of a given branch of Karate. Many claim that their style of Karate is the original one, supporting their claims with lineage, or that their system is the strongest as they <…insert whatever you want here…>.

This cult thinking can lead people into developing a delusional view of themselves as the better person. From history we know that this kind of brain washing activity can lead to the abuse of power and abuse in general. Resulting in traumatic experiences for members of that group and/or others.

Training Methods

Another factor to consider in terms of benefit outcomes is training methodology. Here again “traditional” ways can creep in, where people hold the belief that past methods are always superior to modern ones. The problem here is that even just 50 years ago we didn’t know aspects of sport science, mental health and physiology in general. So, as the masters of the past relied on their knowledge at the time, now we know we can train better, safer and more efficiently.

The term traditional can also be used to hide a lack of knowledge of modern methodology, to create an illusion of exclusivity, or be used as an excuse for the barbaric treatment of students in the name of worthiness and commitment to the only true style/system.

In every aspect of life all things can be used in a positive or negative way, Karate is no different. If you pop into a Dojo and would like to start Karate, please have a look first at how the club is set up. Consider asking yourself a few questions. How is the instructor treating the students?

How are the students themselves treating each other? Do the students look happy? How does the instructor refer to the competition?

Search for things that are not said – the body language of people within the dojo, the approachability of the teacher, the overall atmosphere etc.

All of these aspects can give you an appreciation of the feel of the club and I would recommend that you only join it if you feel good about it and you feel welcomed. Your gut instinct is usually a great indicator of things being good or not for you.

I hope that most dojos now have moved on from being cult like and provide motivating and fun classes.

If you enjoyed this chapter of my new book “Karate For Mental Health” and are interested in reading my previous work, the book can be purchased from Amazon:

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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.

Speak Up!- Podcast for Matured Martial Artists

I had a great pleasure to talk with Sensei Matt Jardin about mental health, martial arts and brain.

Matt honoured me to be his first guest, I have thoroughly enjoyed this conversation, Matt has the gift to make you instantly welcomed and comfortable.

Please have a look at our conversation below.

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About the author: Les Bubka is an experienced martial artist, personal trainer and therapist who specialises in posture, mobility and Karate.  Les works with a wide variety of clients including martial artists and athletes as well as those suffering with postural dysfunction or those who wish to improve their fitness and wellbeing