Welcome to the latest Combat Corner! I hope you are all doing as well as can be expected in these strange times?
There’s lots of information in this newsletter that we hope you’ll find useful! Please be sure to listen to the special podcast that Peter and myself put together this week (section 1). Peter has also made Fit to Fight Volumes 1 & 2 (solo training) available for all members too (section 2).
We also have Jamie Clubb’s latest solo training material, Jon Ryley’s Global Virus Tracker, Geoff Thompson’s new book and the next virtual pub quiz!
Anything you need, please don’t hesitate to let us know.
All the best,
1) SPECIAL COMBAT GROUP PODCAST & FREE FIT TO FIGHT VIDEOS!
A couple of days ago Peter and Iain recorded a special podcast for members of the WCA, BCA and BCKA. The podcast is entirely dedicated to the current situation and covers:
A) Solo training at this time
B) Teaching online at this time
C) Ensuring you are ready for what comes next
You can download it here:
Peter has also made both volumes of Fit to Fight available for free! These videos will give you loads of good ideas for your solo training and online teaching! You can download them via these links:
Fit to Fight 1 (Pavement Arena 4):
Fit to Fight 2:
2) GEOFF THOMPSON NEW BOOK AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER:
Notes From A Factory Floor: How I got from there to here
'The vulnerability, passion and impact of Geoff Thompson's writing is an exciting and dangerous tightrope. A gift.' - ORLANDO BLOOM
A BAFTA winning screenwriter, penning multi-award-winning films for luminaries such as Ray Winstone, Paddy Considine, Orlando Bloom, Maxine Peake, Anne Reid, Alison Steadman and James Cosmo, Geoff Thompson is also one of the world's highest ranking (8th dan) martial arts teachers. The prestigious Black Belt Magazine USA polled him as the most influential martial artist in the world since Bruce Lee.
Further to his bestselling first memoir, Watch My Back, Geoff is often asked to fill in the gaps of his fascinating and inspirational life story by eager fans.
How did he manoeuvre himself from a tiny room in a Coventry bedsit to the hallowed halls of BAFTA Piccadilly? How did he transcend his designated class and matriculate into a reality where class holds no relevance? What was the trajectory, and who did he meet along the way - who were the angels and demons of destiny? And what can we learn from his incredible journey?
Ultimately people want to know the real Geoff, the inner thoughts, the essentials of his pilgrimage, the lessons of his unique experiences. Or more succinctly, now that he's made it this far, `what does he actually know?'.
Notes From A Factory Floor has the answers and is the ideal read for anyone who feels there is more to life. Geoff is the proof.
3) GLOBAL VIRUS TRACKER
Global Virus Tracker developed by BCA Senior Instructor Jon Ryley! Stay up-to-date with valuable coronavirus (COVID-19) data summarized by confirmed cases, geography, testing and treatment, projections, and economic impact: https://www.domo.com/covid19/daily-pulse/
4) LATEST SOLO TRAINING DRILLS FROM JAMIE CLUBB!
The latest training videos from Jamie Clubb!
Intro to the full training video
Full train along video
Jamie’s discussion with fellow Combat Group teacher, Leigh Simms:
5) VIRTUAL KARATE PUB QUIZ UPDATE
Firstly, the Virtual Karate Pub Quiz was a lot of fun and seem to have been very popular! We had over 250 players from all over the globe! As you know, I asked for “team photos” at the end. Here are some of the ones I’ve got so far. I thought it would be fun to see who you had been playing with! It was a great community get together! I’m delighted you all had fun and enjoyed it! For my part, thank you all for a much-needed laugh with my fellow martial artists!
You can watch the “rerun” here: https://www.facebook.com/iainabernethy/videos/1081188252255333/
Team Photos 1: https://www.instagram.com/p/B-4i6ZrJxBv/
Team Photos 2: https://www.instagram.com/p/B-4jH0HJsbR/
Team Photos 3: https://www.instagram.com/p/B-_m0-Xpgfr/
6) THE NEXT PUB QUIZ
Many of you asked for another and your wish is my command :-)
SATURDAY THE 25TH OF APRIL!
TIME: 7PM UK / 8PM CET / 2PM US Eastern / 11AM US Pacific!
More Info Here: https://www.facebook.com/iainabernethy/videos/3031360303619926/
That’s all for now! Stay safe! We will be back with more soon!