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Preparedness

August 16, 2022

As a martial arts instructor I teach my students self defense which includes not just the fighting techniques but also the mental awareness aka“street smarts”, being prepared and attentive of a situation before actually needing to use those techniques. Self defense also encompasses self preservation. Self preservation goes larger than just oneself but others you […]

GETTING BACK UP

August 12, 2022

七転び八起き(nanakobi ya oki) “fall down seven times, get up eight” is a very famous Japanese proverb.This proverb has a great meaning in my life and probably for others too. We all have a made great promises to oneself and sometimes to others. People make promises like to eat better, get in shape, stop smoking, cut […]

Teacher

August 2, 2018

I’ve been teaching martial arts, specifically Combat Sambo, Submission Wrestling and Kickboxing for over 18 years. Looking at it now, it’s been a long time. Someone asked me once: “Over the years of teaching, has there been a change in the people that train in your dojo?” Ever since MMA has become more mainstream and […]

PEDs in MMA

April 11, 2018

  We have heard over the years of pro MMA fighters accused of using or being caught using PEDs. As with all sports that start having higher and higher pay incomes, the usage of performance enhancing drugs (PED) become increasingly common. In MMA they have become more and more predominant, and some pro fighters have […]

Why Spar?

June 5, 2014

  Many people  have asked  why   do we spar so much, and is it necessary. To answer the last question first, yes. I don’t teach a cardio MMA class where sparring is non-existent. This is a big “in” thing for other gyms, but here at Club Kozak, we teach real training. What defines sparring? […]

Genuine Goals

January 12, 2014

Happy 2014! For some out there, you have decided, as part of one’s new year’s resolution,  to take up some type of martial art. Having been teaching for many years, I have seen many newbies come thru my gym’s doors. As everyone is different, people come in with different expectations. There are those with very […]

It’s not my fault!!

June 20, 2013

This week the American Medical Association has officially recognized obesity as a disease. Looking around and seeing the increasing number of people getting obese in North America (yes, Canada too!! One in four children and youth are obese in Canada) one would think that this would be a disease that someone caught. Declaring it a […]

Bad habits

May 17, 2013

  Bad habits are like an anaconda, once they enwrap you, your bad habits, like the anaconda’s deadly crush, will destroy you. The bad habits I am talking here in this article are not the small petty things like forgetting to put the cap back on the toothpaste, but of bad habits that can destroy […]

Painkiller pill paradise

September 2, 2012

 There are many people out there with serious pain. Yet, there are just as many people abusing painkillers, to the point of being addicted to them. Painkillers are prominent everywhere, from your average person, to the elite athletes. I am writing about this, because a close person has problems with these painkillers. We all have […]

Negativity

January 25, 2012

Several weeks ago I read and article in the Globe&Mail entitled ” It’s time to shed the tyranny of dieting-losing weight is a losing battle” I was quite disappointed in the message that any attempt in trying to lose weight is useless. This message in a national newspaper is what fuels many people in thinking […]