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Stay Connected

We are living in interesting times with all of us staying at home during the quarantine.  The last time our country was shut down like this was over 100 years ago during the Spanish Influenza.  It’s important to stay connected with people to help combat the feelings of isolation and boredom.  We have some amazing tools and resources at our fingertips that can bring the world into your living room with the push of a button.  At Ironside Medieval Combat we are offering discounted online classes with preloaded videos and formats all set up for you covering a wide range of topics.  We are also offering live skype classes for specific one on one instruction.  Check out the links below and stay connected, you are never alone.

Online Classes

Online Classes – https://www.patreon.com/ironsidemc

Currently, we are offering 5 different online courses with more to come!  These courses range from as little as $5 a month to $20 a month.

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We have Nutrition – Meal Prep Recipes: Most meals take 30 minutes or less to cook.  The majority of the meals are low to no carbs and organized for a Macro based diet.  They are tasty, cheap, fast to cook, and really great for you.

Janeal Ironside Belly Dancer

We are offering two different Belly Dancing courses.  The first course is a mini-series called “Dancing: Martial Arts Secret Weapon.”  The second course is “Belly Dancing: Sword Dancing” This dance series will take your dance style to the next level and add a dimension not seen before.  It is a display of deadly grace and beauty where you will learn a variety of ways to wield the dancing sword including spins and mock fighting.

 

img_0591Last we have several sword-fighting courses to choose from.  You can learn the dueling arts of medieval Longsword to more modern techniques of sword and knife.  These classes are great for modern martial arts practitioners and medieval enthusiasts alike.

 

 

 

Individualized Virtual Classes

We cover a wide range of skills from Medieval weapons to empty hand self-defense classes.  We are not a typical martial arts school.  We cover a wide range of weapons and styles.  Students have the power of choice when it comes to what they want to learn.  Contact us now to set up a time to have your first virtual class!

Be Sure to Support us on Social Media! #ironsidemedievalcombat

With all the exciting things happening this year, we would love to share this amazing training with our community to help inspire a love for martial arts.  You can help support these programs by following and sharing our various social media pages.  There is a Facebook Page, Instagram Account, and YouTube Channel dedicated to Ironside Medieval Combat.  Check out these pages, share them, talk about them, and together we can make Martial Arts an inspiration for generations yet to come.

 

Why Women Train in Martial Arts?

I was recently conversing with a fan from Europe who was surveying martial artists on why they train.  He found many of the men he spoke to were enchanted by the idea of the “ultimate” challenge.  Going into a deathmatch and coming out victorious…”Rawr flex”…

He asked me why I train and why I think women train in martial arts.  After careful consideration here are the reasons I think women do and should train in martial arts.

Safety

Women's Self DefenseUnfortunately, with the #metoo movement, unreported rape cases, increased domestic violence, and all those horrible things in the news it’s a scary time we live in.  On the other hand, for the first time in history, we are at an all-time high on empowerment.  Now more than ever women have the opportunities to change their lot in life.

Martial arts training is about equalizing the playing field with hard work and training.  Many people forget self-defense fights don’t have to be Hollywood duels to the death or MMA knockouts.  “Leg ’em and leave ’em” is a valid and effective strategy.  Also, ladies, I’m speaking to you right now, a lot of fighting is about body language and confidence.  Think about the message you are sending.  Are you cowering, twitchy, and nervous as you walk out to your car at night?  Or do you walk with your head held high, aware and ready for anything?  Many times your body language is enough to turn the lurking creeper away to seek out easier prey elsewhere.

Confidence – take charge of your life

Speaking of confidence it is something earned from hard work and training.  There is no easy or quick way to buy confidence.  Your mind will not believe in it without hard work.  I once had a friend tell me the difference between being cocky and confident is experience.  Martial arts training and sports fighting give you a “safe” place to test your self and gain the experience you need.  There is any number of styles and levels of intensity you can train at.  Take medieval sword fighting as an example.  For beginners who don’t have a lot of money to spend LARPing or Live Action Role Playing, is a great place to start.  They often fight with foam weapons, don’t hit hard, and don’t target vital spots like the head.  On the opposite end of the spectrum is full steel fighting like what is done in Battle of the Nations.  This style of fighting is full speed, full power, and fewer safety rules.  It can be brutal, intense, and a ton of fun.  In these sports matches, you can

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“die” and start over as many times as you want.  Just like in a video game.  This allows you to learn a lot about yourself, your pain tolerance, your fitness, endurance, and how well you handle yourself in stressful situations.  The more you train the more confidence you will gain.

Here is the most important aspect of confidence gained through skill and experience, no one can take it away from you.  No matter what type of political drama within a sport, or some keyboard warrior being overly critical on social media your experiences are yours.  You earned them through blood sweat and tears no one can ever take that from you.

No Fear

With an increase in your confidence comes freedom from fear and anxiety. We live in a strange time both the actual concerns in real life and the constant judgment in the virtual world.  To quote one of my favorite anime cartoons, “a sound soul dwells within a sound mind and a sound body” (Soul Eater).  Living a peaceful life isn’t hiding in the mountains as a hermit, that is just running away.  A peaceful mind will always prevail over a distracted mind.  Your environment helps, it is why people go into the mountains to train after all.  However, at the end of the day, it is up to you and your own will.  Are you the kind of person who will rise to the occasion?  Learning how to overcome stress is part of the training.  Believe me, facing two monsters wielding battle axes hunting you down on the competition field is plenty stressful.  After facing something like that dealing with a boss at work yelling at you is no big deal.

Nature vs Nurture

This last part is very tricky because it is vastly different depending on the person.  Going to speak in general terms, you can decide how relevant it is to you.  Women tend to be more gentle-natured. We don’t like hurting people.  That makes us hesitate rather than taking advantage to go on the offensive in a fight.

There are any number of theories on why women behave differently in a fight. First, there are physical differences.  Women are lighter in the frame, less muscle mass, less testosterone, and all those lovely advantages men have to be bigger and stronger. The physical differences have caused us to evolve differently than men.  We approach problems differently.  Take something as simple as opening a jar.  Your typical man has the strength to muscle the lid open.  Women have to use a tool, such as a rag, rubber grip, or banging the lid to loosen it up. There are hundreds of little everyday tasks that are done differently between men and women, so why would fighting be any different?  The second is the mental differences between men and women.  Society treats men and women differently.  Women play with dolls, clothes, makeup, and learning how to be social.  Men play with balls, sports, and learn how to be competitive in sports.  Again this is a generalization, not a set rule.  Looking at the playing habits women are taught to talk things out, manage complex social rules, and never ever hit.  Men are allowed to be physical with other men as they play sports.  They wrestle around, tackle each other in football, get super aggressive in dodge ball and so forth.  That difference in play trains our minds and conflict resolution strategies.  Martial Arts falls into the stereotypical sport to cater to the “male” style of play.  Training, conversation, and open-mindedness can overcome any of these stereotypes. It takes hard work but women can learn to be more aggressive and men can learn to be more caring.  We can overcome the tiny little boxes society would like to shove us inside of.

Modern Farang Mu Sul Creed

A little while ago I made a post discussing what it meant to live a knightly life – “Knightly: creed and way of life.  I have adopted the Farang Mu Sul creed as a symbol and philosophy of what knightly means.  That creed plays a big part in guiding my training and approach to martial arts as well.  There is so much more to training then just kicking and punching.  It is a way of life.

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Correctness in Attitude

Excellence in Training

Directness in Action

Effectiveness in Combat

Humility in Heart

Strength in Character

Freedom in ExpressionTriangle Logo

Thirst in Knowledge

Power in Truth

Respect in Wisdom

 

img_1040A warrior does not live in fear.  A warrior is wise in their choices.  Keeps their mind and body healthy.  They are the trailblazers of our world.  We lead others through our examples.  Be the light in the storm,  the oasis in the desert, and help our frightened neighbors stay calm during this stressful time.

Be sure to Support us on Social Media! #ironsidemedievalcombat

With all the exciting things happening this year, we would love to share this amazing training with our community to help inspire a love for martial arts.  You can help support these programs by following and sharing our various social media pages.  There is a Facebook Page, Instagram Account, and YouTube Channel dedicated to Ironside Medieval Combat.  Check out these pages, share them, talk about them, and together we can make Martial Arts an inspiration for generations yet to come.

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Disclaimer

This website contains material derived in whole or in part from the teachings of Grand Master Michael De Alba, the International De Alba System Confederation™, Modern Farang Mu Sul ® and their students, instructors, and associates. International copyright, trademark and other intellectual property laws protect these materials. Users, guests and visitors may not modify, copy, reproduce, republish, upload, post, transmit or distribute in any way or in any form, any material from the Service including code and software. Users, visitors and guests may download material from the Service for personal, non-commercial use only, provided all copyright and other proprietary notices are clearly visible and intact. Commercial use, reference or linkage to the Service site, without the express written permission, of Michael De Alba or his assigns, by registered letter, is prohibited.Copyright 2001® DeAlba Productions

Laughter is the best Bulk Item

With the world falling apart the best thing we can do is stay calm, laugh when we can, and do our best to stick together.  With that in mind here is a mixture of helpful tips, satire, and random historical facts to get you through the apocalypse.

Home Protection “Practice Swords”

Practicing with rattan sticks can be misleading.  We get too comfortable with the safety of a blunt round weapon and forget that it is a representation of a sword.  Steel swords are expensive and you want to save them for competitions.  Machetes, on the other hand, are cheap, good quality steel, and are usually less than $20.  When you go to the gardening section of hardware stores you can get all kinds of crazy looking machete type tools from really cool looking axes to falchions, to “swords.”  Take these blades to a grinder and remove the edge giving you a great practice sword.

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The benefit of using a sword for home protection instead of guns, you can’t run out of bullets with a sword.  Don’t believe me? Modern media to the rescue!  “Mythbusters” did an experiment on this very topic.  Check it out.

 

“When the Apocalypse comes ax does beat the gun, and then some” – Mythbusters

No Toilet Paper? No Problem – Rotten Romans

Ever ask yourself what the world did before the invention of toilet paper?  The Romans used to tie a sponge to the end of a stick to clean themselves.  It doesn’t sound too horrible until you realize their public bathrooms were communal and they all shared the same stick…

 

Ah civilization! How grand.  Just think these are the same people that conquered half the known world.  The next time someone asks me if I think I was born in the wrong century my answer is definitely NO.  I very much enjoy indoor plumbing and our other modern conveniences like basic hygiene.

Stick around for more

Stay tuned for more funny and random history facts and tips on how to survive to apocalypse!  I can’t go outside or to work for the next few weeks due to all the quarantine regulations.  Means I have time to make great training videos, and research ways of amusing myself.  Hope this brings a smile to your face during these trying times.

Be Sure to Support us on Social Media! #ironsidemedievalcombat

With all the exciting things happening this year, we would love to share this amazing training with our community to help inspire a love for martial arts.  You can help support these programs by following and sharing our various social media pages.  There is a Facebook Page, Instagram Account, and YouTube Channel dedicated to Ironside Medieval Combat.  Check out these pages, share them, talk about them, and together we can make Martial Arts an inspiration for generations yet to come.

Running and Living Without Fear

img_1050I often go running when the weather is good.  There is this amazing lake a few miles from my house that I love to visit.  This past week the weather has been gorgeous.  Often when I run I have head phones in listening to music, my favorite book reading to me, and my running app tracking my progress.  I am completely at home running alone through my neighborhood and various mountain trails.  As I was jogging  I contemplated why and thought about many of my friends hiding in their homes with the news announcement the Coronavirus has reached my area.  I refuse to live my life in fear.  It’s not that I am arrogant enough to think I am invincible.  It’s a mindset.

Martial Arts has trained my mind to be strong, and my life experiences have taught me I f941efed-4de3-4374-bd9e-82b6fd6ab019am strong.  Peace of mind is a mindset not a condition of our environment.  The environment helps, it is why it is so important to surround yourself with the right people who support and lift you instead of breaking you down.  However, at the end of the day, it is up to you and your own will.  Are you the kind of person who will rise to the occasion?  Are you the kind of person who will rise to the occasion?  Are you the kind of person who puts others first?  Do you shoulder the burden to be the person your friends and family need you to be?  We all have that strength within ourselves.  We are all capable of standing up for our beliefs and being a force for good.  It isn’t easy, but the more you believe in yourself, the more you take a stand, the easier it will become.  It takes 21 days to form a new habit.  Start small, do the dishes, pick up after yourself, do a random act of kindness for someone in your life.  As you start to change your habits you will think more positively and walk into the light of your ideal life.

895c8e76-b9e9-4a48-9254-8488f8e51e55-1949-0000011de3e75988_dvd.originalA lot of people are getting scared about this whole Coronavirus thing, causing stress levels to climb.  Don’t live your life in fear.  A peaceful mind will always prevail over a distracted mind.  Take whatever precautions you think necessary, but don’t let this current problem have control over you.  Go outside, eat right, exercise, get plenty of sleep, keep your mind and body strong.  Today I was able to shave 40 seconds off my average mile run times.  I stayed focused on my task and left my worries behind me.  That focus allowed me to enjoy my run, relax, and excel.  You can bloom and overcome any obstacle in your path.  Believe in yourself!

A little while ago I made a post discussing what it meant to live a knightly life – “Knightly: creed and way of life.  I have adopted the Farang Mu Sul creed as a symbol and philosophy of what knightly means:

Modern Farang Mu Sul Creed:

FMS-Int

Correctness in Attitude

Excellence in Training

Directness in Action

Effectiveness in Combat

Humility in Heart

Strength in Character

Freedom in ExpressionTriangle Logo

Thirst in Knowledge

Power in Truth

Respect in Wisdom

 

img_1040A warrior does not live in fear.  A warrior is wise in their choices.  Keeps their mind and body healthy.  They are the trailblazers of our world.  We lead others through our examples.  Be the light in the storm,  the oasis in the desert, and help our frightened neighbors stay calm during this stressful time.

Be sure to Support us on Social Media! #ironsidemedievalcombat

With all the exciting things happening this year, we would love to share this amazing training with our community to help inspire a love for martial arts.  You can help support these programs by following and sharing our various social media pages.  There is a Facebook Page, Instagram Account, and YouTube Channel dedicated to Ironside Medieval Combat.  Check out these pages, share them, talk about them, and together we can make Martial Arts an inspiration for generations yet to come.

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Disclaimer

This website contains material derived in whole or in part from the teachings of Grand Master Michael De Alba, the International De Alba System Confederation™, Modern Farang Mu Sul ® and their students, instructors, and associates. International copyright, trademark and other intellectual property laws protect these materials. Users, guests and visitors may not modify, copy, reproduce, republish, upload, post, transmit or distribute in any way or in any form, any material from the Service including code and software. Users, visitors and guests may download material from the Service for personal, non-commercial use only, provided all copyright and other proprietary notices are clearly visible and intact. Commercial use, reference or linkage to the Service site, without the express written permission, of Michael De Alba or his assigns, by registered letter, is prohibited.Copyright 2001® DeAlba Productions

Open Mind vs Ego

I am a school teacher by day and a martial artist by night. The other day I was working at my desk as another teacher had a small group of students in my classroom. She had pulled them aside because they were struggling with math and needed extra help. The students were all working on the same problems from their math books. The teacher asked them to share out the answer. She got 8 different answers from her 8 different students. None of them gave her the right answer, so she proceeds to break down the problem and teach them the steps to solving the math problem. Halfway through her explanation one of the students asks if he can work ahead because all of the current problems are too easy…..Think about it, none of them were able to give the teacher the right answer. The teacher tells him no because he got all of his problems wrong, which means they are not too easy for him. The student proceeds to argue about how amazing his math skills are, dispute the obvious evidence, he could benefit from learning a few things. This is a great example of an ego getting in the way and preventing him from learning. Instead as a student, no matter what you are trying to learn, open-mindedness will get you a significantly higher rate of success.

That technique doesn’t work….on the street

There are many times I am working on a technique, and I like to share my training videos, just to get a comment that what I am working on would never work in a “real” street fight. There is any number of responses to that comment, but before going into the responses that comment is a classic indicator the person has a closed mind and their ego is speaking. When you are first learning a technique most people will make decisions about the technique within the first 30 seconds. That decision is heavily influenced by how fast a person can grasp the concept of the technique. If after being shown the technique a person is immediately claiming it will “never” work they are speaking from ego and ignorance. If instead, they tried setting that ego aside and learn the technique first, the applications of the technique will become much more clear.  Keep in mind martial arts techniques are like pieces to a much more complex puzzle.  One-piece by itself will never give you a clear image of the overall picture.  Here are a few reasons to consider keeping an open mind.

Teaching Perspective

Why learn a technique that doesn’t work for you? If you plan on being, or currently are, a martial arts instructor learning techniques could be beneficial for your future students. Different body types and personality types can influence how appealing a technique can be. For example, Master Pinto is shorter than me. Master Pinto loves using head butts. He gets lower than his opponent and rises up to execute a very effective head butt. I, on the other hand, am 6 feet tall. It’s rare for me to find someone taller than me. Due to my height, it is awkward to get lower than an opponent to execute a rising head butt. I still learned the technique, and strive to understand the application of this technique. One day I may have a shorter student whom this technique will be a perfect match.

Expect the Unexpected

No matter how hard we train and try, age catches up with us all.  You won’t always be young and strong.  As you age you will lose speed, strength, and reaction time.  Your body will change in ways you could never hope to imagine.  A technique that doesn’t suit you now may be better for you in the future.  Softness can replace strength.  Learning how to flow, use your opponent’s momentum against them, the efficiency of your movements will be super handy as you age.  Even the “soft” skills of meditation, concentration, and having a peaceful mind will one day be the most important lessons of your life.  We don’t always appreciate the lessons we learn at the moment.  Sometimes it takes years before the light turns on and we understand what our teachers were trying to tell us.

Of course, time doesn’t always need to thump us on the head.  You might find yourself in a situation you never expected even while you are young and fearless.  Take the head butt example from earlier.  I am tall, so I don’t run across opponents who are bigger than me very often.  That doesn’t mean it never happens.  There is a good chance I will one day face an opponent who towers over me, then a head butt might be a perfect solution.

Be sure to Support us on Social Media! #ironsidemedievalcombat

With all the exciting things happening this year, we would love to share this amazing training with our community to help inspire a love for martial arts.  You can help support these programs by following and sharing our various social media pages.  There is a Facebook Page, Instagram Account, and YouTube Channel dedicated to Ironside Medieval Combat.  Check out these pages, share them, talk about them, and together we can make Martial Arts an inspiration for generations yet to come.