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Did anyone see the “Gladiators: the Legends” on sky one yesterday?

It was a Gladiators soecial where they brought some of the original Gladiators back to face down the new ones.

Now I was a fan of the original series and remember watching Lightning, Wolf and the others week in week out. We all had our favorites and quite often we’d cheer for the Glads, not the contendors.

However this new series has been a bit poor. Not one of the new Glads has a personality to speak of, incredible physiques and athleticism maybe, but character, no.

Now this special, old vs new. It was fun, best episode in the new series. Why? Cos it showed that experience counts. Now I missed the end, but the “Old girls” were destroying the new girls. The lads, well they were mainly mucking about.

But lets really look at it. The old gladiators are all in the age range of 36 (lightning) to 50something (wolf).
Did you see Lightning’s 6 pack?
Did Wolf quit when out muscled by a guy half his age?
Did Trojan look or move like any 40year old you know?
They are an inspiration to any of us.

How many times do you hear women saying “I don’t want to lift weights incase I get bulky”, Ladies, i ask you this did Lightning or Flame look bulky?
Guys complaining about their age and how they’re too old to train. Lads in the original series, Wolf was in his 40’s and he regularly took out opponents much younger than himself. In the special he’s 50+, does he look like he’s about to retire?

A primetime entertainment show has shown us that age only beats us if we let it. Those Gladiators haven’t given in, why should the rest of us?

Paul Cox (aka the Phoenix) is the Chief Instructor at the Wild Geese HQ, he’s 43 and can out train any one of his students.

Steve Maxwell ( in his 50’s, when he is in Ireland this October I’m sure he’ll pass on some of the secrets that he uses to keep himself in the kind of shape that defies most 25yr olds these days.

I’m always inspired by these older warriors, I’m currently 31, I’ve no intentions of slowing down.

Have you?


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“kenpo is taught weird, like you cant really use it!”

That is a quote from one of my students today.

A little explanation needed. In the previous incarnation of the martial arts academy, I was bound by the syllabus and had to teach Kenpo in a certain way. Now as Paul and I have taken over the academy, we can teach it as we see fit.

Today I based the Kenpo class around a Filipino Martial Arts drill, and then brought various strikes into it. Then I told them to do whatever they wanted.

Interestingly enough they started using simplified kenpo techniques, naturally and finding the combos that worked for them.

It was after the class that a normally nervous and quiet kenpo student came up to me and said how much they enjoyed it and asked why they’d never been shown kenpo in such a manner before. It was then they said the immortal line:

“Kenpo is wierd, it’s lke you can’t really use it, I already feel more confident”

Is this the general view amongst the student? Has kenpo become just another art already? Parker hasn’t been dead that long, there’s no way his art has gone the way of the karate’s and kung fu’s.

Well in the martial arts academy it’s back, the syllabus is under serious review and the martial is being put back in the art.

Ed Parker would turn in his grave if he could see some of the kenpo I’ve seen, if he could hear some of the things students get told.

It is my intention to bring the art back in line with the way Parker intended it to be when he developed it.

An effective street self defence system

NOT an endless succession of techniques and forms.

Wild Geese
any cause but our own

New Wild Geese Martial Arts Website

A new version of the site went live today, it’s still far from finished, but I’d appreciate it if you would pop over and have a look.

As we are now the proud leaseholders of The Martial Arts Academy (14-16 Magennis Place, Pearse St, Dublin 2), I thought our site should reflect that, so while some of the info on the previous site is missing (it will be back) it gives a better overview of the academy as a whole not just on what Paul and I are doing.

I do, of course, look forward to hearing criticisms/comments/questions and suggestions with regards to the new site and it’s content.



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