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THROUGH THE EYES OF THE


DRAGON: GRAND MASTER THOMAS
DAW.

MARTIAL ARTS AND THE MFMA


SOCIETY.

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Introduction.
Hello and thank you for buying this book. I am
Grand Master Thomas Daw, President of the
MFMA Society.
In this book I am going to touch on several
topics in martial arts. I must start by stating
that I am not searching for acceptance or
writing what I think would sell millions of
copies. Many great martial artists understand
that if we were in martial arts for the money,
we would have given up long ago.
I am not intending to offend anyone with this
book, but rather offer my perspective on
martial arts, and topics associated with it. I
would like to thank all MFMA members for

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being a part of what I do, my family and the


friends I have scattered around the world.

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Contents.
Grand Master Thomas Daw: My Martial Arts
History. Page 6.
Why Do People Fight?Page19.
What Is The Best Style Of Martial Arts?
Page 23
Fighting Tips. Page 28.
Why Martial Arts? Page 41.
Types Of Martial Artist. Page 45.
Troll Fighters Are Not Real Fighters. Page 55.
A Fighter Vs. A Martial Artist. Page 58.
Staying The Course. Page 61.
Learning Martial Arts From Home. Page 68.
How To Choose The Right Martial Art Style
For You. Page 74.
Martial Arts Quiz. Page 78.

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Do The Right Thing. Page 87.


Conclusion. Page 92
Photos. Page 93.

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Grand Master Thomas Daw: My martial arts


history.
This section is all in capital letters so everyone
can see it clearly. It is ALL TRUE. I admit I
never had many friends or much social life,
but I did NOT feel sorry for myself and go all
introverted. Instead, I made martial arts
history.
ABOUT ME.
I LIVE IN CORNWALL IN THE UK AND AT THE
TIME OF WRITING THIS I AM 33 YEARS OLD. I
HAVE 20 YEARS EXPERIENCE IN MANY
DIFFERENT MARTIAL ARTS STYLES, STARTING
WITH TAEKWONDO. I SPECIALISE IN RARE
STYLES THAT ARE NOT EVEN HEARD OF IN MY
AREA, IF ANYWHERE.MARTIAL ARTS HAS
ALWAYS BEEN ONE OF MY MAIN HOBBIES.
UNLIKE TEAM SPORTS, WITH MARTIAL ARTS
YOU GET WHAT YOU PUT IN. PERSONALLY, I

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BELIEVE THAT NOWADAYS ALL MARTIAL ARTS


ARE PRIMARILY ALL ABOUT SELF DEFENSE.
MOST OF THE STYLES WE KNOW OF TODAY
WERE DESIGNED TO KILL AND SERIOUSLY
INJURE PEOPLE, NOT FOR SPORT OR
COMPETITION.
VERY YOUNG FOR GRAND MASTER.
I ADMIT I AM YOUNG FOR GRAND MASTER,
BUT I HAVE WORKED INCREDIBLY HARD AND
SO HAVE REAPED THE REWARDS.
UNFORTUNATELY MOST OF MY FRIENDS
TURNED OUT TO BE NO GOOD, AND I WAS
ALONE FOR MANY, MANY HOURS. YET I DID
NOT GO INTROVERTED AND FEEL SORRY FOR
MYSELF. INSTEAD I PUT YEARS OF EFFORT
INTO MARTIAL ARTS AND WAS ALWAYS BUSY,
AND NEVER BORED. I HAVE DEFINITELY
EARNED MY RANKS IF ANYONE ALIVE EVER
HAS. SOME STYLES I MADE MORE DIFFICULT
BY ADDING MOVES.THINGS WERE MODIFIED,

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TRIED AND TESTED. IT WAS HARD WORK, BUT


FUN AS WELL. IN MY OPINION, GRAND
MASTER IS JUST TWO WORDS. I WILL ALWAYS
BE A STUDENT, LEARNING AND
APPRECIATING OTHER STYLES. I DO BELIEVE
THAT MANY ARE PREOCCUPIED WITH RANK
RATHER THAN THE FUN OF SIMPLY PUTTING
ON THE CLOTHES AND TRAINING.
TO SHOW JUST HOW HARD I HAVE WORKED
IN MARTIAL ARTS, I HAVE COMPILED A LIST
OF SOME OF MY GRADES. I MADE THIS LIST
TO PROOVE TO ALL THAT THIS IS THE REAL
DEAL HERE.
GRADES AND STYLES- GRAND MASTER
THOMAS DAW.
STARTED ATLANTIC TAEKWONDO IN 1994NO GRADE.NOT GOOD ENOUGH FOR ME, SO I
LEFT.

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STARTED LEARNING NUNCHUCKU AT AGE 12,


AND LATER, TONFA AND MORE WEAPONS.
GTF TAEKWONDO 1996- 1999.
YELLOW TAG 24TH JUNE 1996.
YELLOW BELT 20TH SEPTEMBER 1996.
GREEN TAG 19TH DECEMBER 1996.
GREEN BELT 27TH FEBRUARY 1997.
BLUE TAG 31ST MAY 1997.
BLUE BELT 13TH AUGUST 1997.
RED TAG 2ND NOVEMBER 1997.
RED BELT 1ST MARCH 1998.
BLACK TAG 28TH AUGUST 1998.
1ST DAN BLACK BELT SENIOR 21ST FEBRUARY
1999.
DURING MY TIME IN GTF I WAS ASSISTANT
INSTRUCTOR, DEMO TEAM MEMBER,
STUDENT OF THE YEAR 1997 AND WON GOLD

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MEDALS IN SPARRING IN 96, 97 AND 98. MY


INSTRUCTOR SAT ME DOWN IN 98 AND TOLD
ME I SHOULD BE STUDENT OF THE YEAR
AGAIN, BUT HE THOUGHT THE OTHERS
WOULD COMPLAIN AS I WON IT LAST YEAR,
SO I NOMINATED SOMEONE.
LAU GAR KUNG FU.
WHITE, YELLOW AND ORANGE SASH- 1997.
I RETURNED TO LAU GAR IN A DIFFERENT
CLUB IN 2002.
GREEN SASH- 17/08/2003.
BLUE SASH- 15/ 02/ 2004.
PURPLE SASH- 21/ 08/ 2005.
WING CHUN KUNG FU WHITE SASH- 29/05/
2003.
TAI CHI IN EXMOUTH UNIVERSITY- 2003. I
FORGET THE STYLE.I WAS ONLY 21 BUT I

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NOTICED MY POSTURE WAS TERRIBLE, SO I


DID TAI CHI TO RELAX.
KUANG PING YANG TAI CHI- STARTED
LEARNING IN 2005. IT TOOK ME ABOUT 6
MONTHS TO LEARN THE ENTIRE FORM, AND
ABOUT A YEAR TO GET IT DOWN PERFECTLY.
UNOFFICIALLY I HAVE ALSO DONE A SMALL
AMOUNT OF YANG AND CHEN TAI CHI.
2006/2007 AMERICAN KENPO KARATE. I GOT
TO NEAR THE END OF GREEN BELT. AT THIS
TIME I MEMORISED ALMOST 100 SELF
DEFENSE TECHNIQUES FROM A SYLLABUS
THEY ARE TEACHING FROM IN DERBY.
LEARNED A LITTLE ABOUT JEET KUNE DO AND
OTHER STYLES AROUND 2005- 2007 ALSO.
I JOINED THE VKA IN 2008 AND SKKA AND
IMMAA.
TOTAL PROTECTION SYSTEM.

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THE CERTIFICATE SAYS JANUARY 2008. I DID


IT 3 TIMES A WEEK AND SNAKE FIST TWICE A
WEEK.
EARNED MY FIRST DAN AT THE END OF JUNE
2008.
SNAKE FIST KARATE.
1ST DAN MID FEBRUARY 2008.
2ND DAN 30TH OCTOBER 2008.
3RD DAN 5TH AUGUST 2009.
4TH DAN 21ST FEBRUARY 2010.
5TH DAN 22ND AUGUST 2010.
6TH DAN 20TH FEBRUARY 2011.
7TH DAN 31ST OCTOBER 2011.
8TH DAN 25TH DECEMBER 2011. I WAS GIVEN
8TH DAN IN 2010 (JANUARY) BY BRETT
ERNEST. THERE ARE NO MOVES FOR 8TH DAN,
SO I MOVED UP FOR XMAS. AS YOU CAN SEE,

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MY TRAINING IN SNAKE FIST HAS BEEN VERY


INTENSE, BUT I DO LOVE THE STYLE.
SHORINKENJITSU.
1ST DAN 30TH SEPTEMBER 2010.
2ND DAN 27TH MARCH 2011.
3RD DAN 31ST AUGUST 2011.
4TH DAN 24TH FEBRUARY 2012.
5TH DAN OCTOBER 3RD 2012.
6TH DAN 28TH JUNE 2013.
7TH DAN 6TH JUNE 2014.
I LIKED SNAKE FIST SO MUCH I DECIDED TO
DO SHORINKENJITSU AS WELL. LOVE THIS
STYLE TOO.
BEING VERY BUSY WITH ALL THESE STYLES, I
DID HAVE OTHER COURSES TOO, BUT
SCATTERED THE LEARNING TO PRIORITISE ON
MY FAVOURITES.

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LACSON PRAYING MANTIS KUNG FU.


I WAS 1ST DAN BY THE END OF 2009. I
COMPLETED THE 3RD DAN COURSE BY THE
END OF 2012 AND ADDED COMBOS TO MAKE
IT BETTER.
VKA KENPO COMBAT- 1ST DAN. MY
CERTIFICATE SAYS 2008, AUGUST 14TH. I HAVE
BEEN THROUGH THE COURSE AND EARNED
THE GRADE IN 2012, BUT DONT LIKE THIS
STYLE MUCH, SO I DONT STUDY IT.
VKA STICK FIGHTING INSTRUCTOR- EARNED
BY END OF 2008.
VKA KNIFE FIGHTING MASTER 2014.
MY CERTIFICATE SAYS 2008, 20TH JUNE. I
LEARNED THE BASICS IN 2008 BUT
ABANDONED THE COURSE TO FOCUS ON
OTHER STYLES. IN 2014 I WENT THROUGH
THE ENTIRE COURSE. THIS COURSE WAS IN
NO ORDER AT ALL, SO I DESIGNED A DECENT

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STRUCTURE AND COMPETED THE COURSE IN


2014.
KAN BALAM KUNG FU.
STARTED KAN BALAM IN 2009- 17TH
NOVEMBER.
EARNED 1ST DAN 11TH MAY 2010.
I ADDED MOVES TO THE SYLLABUS FOR MY
OWN PERSONAL TRAINING.
2ND DAN- I AM CERTIFIED 2ND DAN BUT HAVE
BEEN SO BUSY I HAVE YET TO EARN IT. I ONLY
PUT UP GRADES ON MY WALL THAT I HAVE
EARNED.
IN 2010, I DESIGNED DAW RYU, ORANGE
DRAGON KARATE AND UNIVERSAL KARATE.
MY CERTIFICATE FOR UNIVERSAL KARATE
SAYS 2011 BECAUSE I HAD TO WAIT FOR
MONTHS JUST TO GET HOLD OF SENSEI
BRETT ERNEST. I DESIGNED UK KARATE IN
2011, BUT MY CERTIFICATE SAYS 2012.

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I ALSO LEARNED THE SKKA KAMAS AND HAVE


TRAINED AT LEAST TO BEGINNER LEVEL WITH
OTHER WEAPONS TOO.
2013.
THE MFMA IS BORN. BRETT ERNEST ASKS ME
TO TEAM UP WITH HIM AND I JUMP AT THE
CHANCE. I SEND HIM DAW RYU AND
UNIVERSAL KARATE, THEN NO WORD FROM
HIM. AFTER A YEAR OF IGNORING MY
EMAILS, IN 2014 I KICKED BRETT OUT OF
MFMA AND TOOK OVER.
2013- DESIGNED 3 ANIMAL KUNG FU.
VERIFIED BY THE BLACK LOTUS MARTIAL ARTS
ASSOCIATION ON 22ND APRIL 2015. I ALSO
LEARNED CHI KUNG FOR HEALTH.
2014- I DESIGNED GLOBAL COMBAT SYSTEM,
THE MFMA WEAPONS COURSE AND AN EASY
MARTIAL ARTS COURSE. FILMED THEM ALL
AND THEY ARE FOR SALE. ALSO LEARNED

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SOME SAMURAI SWORD SKILLS, AND OTHER


NON-OFFICIAL STYLE TECHNIQUES.I LEARNED
TAI CHI FOR BEGINNERS (YANG) AND CAN
TEACH THIS.
2015.
VERY BUSY IN MARTIAL ARTS THIS YEAR.
DESIGNED, FILMED, EDITED AND PRODUCED
THE FOLLOWING.
MFMA SAI.
MFMA NUNCHUCKU.
MFMA TONFA.
MFMA COMBAT BOXING.
MFMA TAEKWONDO.
I HAVE ALSO FILMED SEMINAR COURSES FOR
DAW RYU, UNIVERSAL KARATE AND GLOBAL
COMBAT SYSTEM.
AFTER DOING ALL OF THIS WORK ON
MARTIAL ARTS, WHO WOULDNT BE A GRAND

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MASTER?? I AM NOT THE TYPE OF PERSON


WHO MAKES UP LIES, SO I FELT IT
IMPORTANT TO PUT ALL MY GRADES DOWN
IN BLACK AND WHITE FOR ALL TO SEE. THERE
IS NO FRAUD OR NONSENSE IN MFMA. ONLY
A REAL EXPERT COULD DESIGN SO MANY
COURSES WITHOUT HELP FROM ANYONE
ELSE, IN LESS THAN 3 YEARS.

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Why Do People Fight?


There are many reasons why people fight
each other on planet Earth. I will elaborate on
why people fight, and offer examples to
illustrate my points.
Survival.
As in the animal kingdom, only the strong
survive. For many people, fighting is a way of
life. Millions in the armed forces fight for a
job and to put food on the table.
Money.
Many people fight in Boxing and combat
sports as full time professionals. Others fight
on the streets in gangs or participate in illegal
fights for quick cash.
Fun.
Unfortunately, there will always be those who
only understand the language of violence.

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Some sick individuals take pleasure in


inflicting pain on others purely because they
can do so. Luckily, many people like this are
soon locked up, but not all of them.
To Belong.
Some people live in such violent surroundings
that joining a gang is the only protection they
can get. Naturally, gangs are rivals and
frequently kill their own as well as the rivals
too.
For Their Beliefs.
Many people are so brainwashed by their
religion that they will fight anyone who
opposes it. Unfortunately, the truth is that
every religion on Earth has caused war and
bloodshed. Read the Bible and become
Christian or we will kill you. It has happened
with all religions.

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Personally, I only fight when I have to. I am


fully aware that I could defeat most people
with one hand behind my back. Yet having
skill does not mean you should lower yourself
to the mind-set of the common street punk.
As a martial artist, living to fight is not living.
Many people do incorrectly assume that
because you like martial arts, you always
want to fight. It is nonsense.
You can tell a real expert from a pretender
easily. A pretender wants to be better than
others in martial arts, or indeed any subject. I
have a black belt therefore I am better than
you. This mentality gets you nowhere.
An expert martial artist will only fight when
they have to ,and when they do, watch out.
An expert will not discriminate or be bought.
Experts already have the knowledge, and so
have nothing to prove to anyone. Pretenders
struggle with themselves, and are only really

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doing martial arts to look down their nose at


others, or to compete. Fighting to compete is
a dead end, as in all competition, you will
never always win. People who just do martial
arts for sport are not martial artists at all.
Martial arts are in fact all about selfimprovement and personal development, not
endless tournaments and medal chasing. All
the best schools are non-competitive. How
good you will become is up to you, not only in
martial arts, but in anything in life.

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What Is The Best Style Of Martial Arts?


As far as martial artists go I consider myself to
be very experienced considering only being
33 at this time of writing. I have done styles
that focus on fighting, arts that revolve
around kata, weapons styles, Tai chi and
more. Without waffling on and straying from
the subject, there is not one single best style
of martial arts on the planet.
Some individuals dedicate their lives to one
style and die happy. There are those that go
through life and try everything and learn
nothing. Martial arts are unique because you
get out what you put into them. If your heart
is not really in it, you will never excel in any
martial art, as in any subject on Earth.
All the competitive types are missing the
point with martial arts training. Several world
champion fighters have been knocked

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senseless on the street, because they do not


know how to fight without rules and
regulations. The same is true for many styles
and MMA as well. There are no cages, rounds,
referees or rules on the street.
All martial arts are used for self-defence only
nowadays, yet they were designed to kill or
severely injure any opponent. Not all styles
are based on fighting, as with Tai Chi. There
are many fighting applications in any Tai Chi
form, but as with most styles, only a good
teacher will take students through every step
and what it can be used for.
Any style of martial art is only as good as its
teachers and students. Martial arts are
eternal, they are learned, studied, forgotten
and rediscovered. Take two serious martial
arts experts, one trains twice a week for an
hour and one trains four times a week for an
hour. You might expect me to say that the

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one who trains the most wins. It is not always


the artist who trains the most who wins, but
the ones who completely understand why
they do every single movement normally
wins.
Of course, many people were black belt ten
years ago and gave up, but in their mind they
are still black belt; in reality far from it. You
have to train very hard and completely
understand what you are doing to succeed.
Some believe that the highest grade always
wins, yet not even this is true. A brown belt
could defeat a Grand Master if said Grand
Master does not train at all anymore. It is not
enough to know more moves than anyone
else, or to know a bit and train twenty hours a
week. People go on about muscle memory,
weight, age and other factors in determining
how good someone is; all meaningless to the
true artist. Millions of people think they are

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expert martial artists because they can do lots


of push ups and know a few kata; nonsense. If
you want to do cardio, go to the gym. I also
have a huge problem with people who let
their students figure out how to fight for
themselves. If you have a class you need to
teach them how to fight, or you are not a
martial arts expert. If you dont practice
sparring at least once every week of your life,
even shadow boxing, you are not a martial
artist. Wake up. Crap teachers have crap
students. Unfortunately, many crap schools
have capitalised on the fact that their
students know no better.
You have to do a style that you want to do
and try your absolute best. The best style
does not exist, and this is true. Even the best
fighters alive can get stabbed in the back one
day, just out minding their own business. We
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martial arts training. Only you can make


yourself a great martial artist, regardless of
the style studied.

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Fighting Tips.
This book is aimed at people interested in
martial arts, yet even an unskilled person can
learn from my tips in this section. As a Grand
Master, I have had a few scuffles but always
came out relatively unscathed. I hope these
tips help. Enough waffle, now onto the tips.
1. Practice, practice, practice. Without
regular training your skills will soon become
rusty and not the perfection you remember.
Even when training alone, set a timer and
imagine fighting opponents for a couple
minutes. Without sparring practice at least
once a week, you are fooling nobody.
2. Keep your guard up. Most important,
protect yourself at all costs. Without a
confident guard you will get whooped
quickly.
3. Step to the sides. Most fighters only move
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rushes in, side step and counter, and that is


it. Choose the right targets and the fight can
be over almost as quickly as it began.
4. Only fight if you have to. Lets face it,
everywhere there are people who love a
good scrap but are not used to being
spoken to properly. If you can talk your way
out of a fight then do it. Better to apologise
and walk away, even if you are not in the
wrong. Playing pussy can get you out of
much trouble, but also, letting them think
they have won can be devastating if you
attack straight after.
5. Walk tall and like you own the place. No
matter where you are, if people think they
dont see you as a target they wont aim for
you.
6. Ignore the hot air. Lots of mouthy men
love to blab on about crap and try to
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too close and starts flapping their mouth,


shut it for them. If you detect any negative
tones, react with extreme force before they
finish their sentence. This will serve as a
warning that their friends can expect the
same.
7. Only fight one person at a time. If you
have to fight multiple opponents, keep that
guard up and move around. Trying to fight
everyone at once will get you knocked out.
8. Hurt- dont tickle. If a situation has got
that far, make sure it hurts and bad.
Throwing a few punches and running off
can get a whole group chasing you. Breaking
an arm, a knee or a nose is harsh, but sends
a clear message to all concerned. These
breaks all hurt tremendously, but do not kill
anyone.
9. Avoid the ground. The last place you want
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down or out, stamp anywhere except the


head and run off. Unless you are in a cage
fight, most fights do not go to the ground.
Dont believe the bullshit.
10. Dont hang around after a fight. If
anything, leg it off somewhere safe and stay
there. You might want to call the Police to
let them know what happened and to stop
any reprisals before they start. If you hang
around after knocking somebody about,
they could get up and do worse to you, or
they could have mates on the way.
11. Know the level of danger. For example,
some kid calls me a fat wanker and I crack
his skull- I am in the wrong and I go to
Prison. Someone saying something does not
deserve any attention. As soon as someone
gets in your space or pushes you- the fight is
on. Again, be vicious as hell but not a
murderer, and the law will be on your side.

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12. Use moves you can do well. It is no good


trying a scorpion kick if you never did one
before. Jumping and flashy moves will work,
but only if you have done them a million
times before, AND if your opponent is
practically dead on his feet to begin with.
How you fight is up to you, but trying to be
better than you are can have disastrous
consequences.
13. Dont fight fair- ever. Use a bat, a chair,
anything you can to stop your opponent,
but not kill them. However, if you know for
sure it is life and death, kill kill kill.
Fortunately most of us will never be in a
situation of life and death.
14. Fight fast. It is no good doing a few moves
and bouncing up and down like Bruce Leethis is not real life. You want to suffocate
your opponent with so many blows they can
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two minute rounds.In real life, If you cannot


beat a person in two minutes, you need
more practice.
15. Get a heavy bag. Many argue that punch
bags are no good because they dont move
like a real person- they are fools. The bag is
there to absorb your most powerful blows.
Every time you hit it, hit hard, with kicks and
punches too. Any serious martial artist
needs to know how it feels to hit something
as hard as possible. A light bag will fly all
over the place with the slightest force. A
good 4ft bag is perfect, and will take some
serious punishment. It is vital to practice
moves on a bag and in thin air also. If you
dont have a bag or room for one, get a
friend and some focus mitts or kick shields
to strike, and take in turns. Bag work should
be at least once a week, it is very tiring but
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Bag work is essential, as who can really


call themselves a martial arts expert if
they are not used to hitting anything? You
would be simply amazed at how many
people think they are solid fighters, yet
never hit anything.
16. Avoid false masters and people living in
the past. There are many people who were
2nd Dan 20 years ago and still think they are
Bruce Lee; they are not. You need to train
with good people or alone. The problem
with many people who were good twenty
years ago is they still think they are the shit,
but their technique will now be seriously
poor compared to back in the day. Poor
technique can harm you more than the
opponent. If you want to be good then find
a good school. If you want to be hard as
nails then the MFMA courses are the best, if
followed properly.

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17. Have days off. Some people train every


day and are always tired. The best fighters
have rest days and so their body can
recuperate from the hard training. Take it
from me, if you train every day, seriously
hard, you will soon run yourself ragged and
be weak as a kitten. Worse still, you will
become addicted to exercise and be moody
when you finally have those days off, as you
wont be getting the endorphin rushes you
get from training.
18. Follow a realistic routine. Every January
millions of people make these insane
workout timetables and give up by
February. You need willpower to succeed as
a martial artist, but you also have to start at
the beginning. Trying to do three hours a
day or something is not practical, and will
just make you give up sooner rather than
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three hours of moderate crap. All or nothing


is the only way, but you can still have plenty
of 1 minute rests in between kicking or
punching drills.
19. Follow your own path. If you want to kick
like a demon, try Taekwondo like I did as a
kid. Find what you want to do and try it. We
are lucky we now have the internet so we
all have the option of being able to research
any styles. I didnt have the internet when I
was young, because nobody did. Dont do
Karate because your friend does, do what
you want to do. Life is short and your heart
has to be in it if you are going to put the
hours in. I gave up more styles than most
ever did, I was not wrong or bad, I was
just finding my own destiny.
20. Tell people, but dont shove it down their
throats. You know you like martial arts,
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you dont have to tell every single person


you ever meet. There will always be people
that only did martial arts so they could look
down their noses at others. Martial arts are
no excuse for poor behaviour. Martial arts
skills may make me fit and healthier, but
they wont make me better than others. We
are all different yet all the same. I know I
am good, but not everyone has to endure
how many grades I have and all the other
crap too. The same with fighting. As good as
we are, we must never forget that other
people are very good too. Those that
threaten with I am a black belt, dont fuck
with me, are also open to attack without
always realising. What I am getting at is that
I like martial arts, it is what I do, but I dont
walk around fighting people all day with my
Karate suit on. It might be a fun idea, but
not a cool way to live.

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21. Train on your own. Chances are you will


be on your own when you fight. Many
people who call themselves experts simply
cannot train alone. Training alone is
fantastic as it calms the mind and you put
your own pressure on yourself. Knowing
yourself inside out, being honest with
yourself and not putting too much pressure
on yourself will make you a great martial
artist. So many Dojos will have you in all
week if they can, practically brainwashing
you, AND taking your money too. In the
MFMA, you train when you want to. If you
just want to do yellow belt this year, so be
it. No pressure, no bullshit and no time
limits.
22. Be prepared to get hurt, but not to die. It
is a fight, you probably will get hit a few
times. Dont give up as soon as you get hit,
carry on until the job is done. Lots of people

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love to dish it out but cant take it back. If


you feel threatened, attack first and make it
count.
23. Dont get trapped. Stay away from walls
or corners, or anywhere you could get
trapped. Even for the best fighters it is hard
to fight if you are in a tight spot.
24. Fighting against a weapon, go for the
weapon. Sounds crazy doesnt it? In reality,
if he has a knife, my primary focus is to get
that knife out the way, do NOT care what
they do with the rest of their body. If it is
life or death, get the weapon and use it on
them immediately and run off; definitely
report it as soon as it has happened. If it is
not life or death, remove the weapon,
incapacitate the enemy and when you run
off, take the weapon with you. Its not good
enough to kick the knife away and later they

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stab someone else, or you, when you are


not looking; steal it.
25. Tense your stomach muscles. When you
think a fight is going to happen, you will feel
slightly nauseous. By tensing your stomach
muscles tightly, the feelings will go quickly.
Im not saying you have to keep them so
tense you shit yourself, but regular tensing
on and off will help you no end. This is what
they call fight or flight, some people get the
sick feeling and dont know about tensing
the belly, and either run off or get kicked in
because they freeze. By tensing you are
preparing the body and eliminating the
nausea. There is no getting around it, we all
get the sick feeling, but it can be controlled.

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Why Martial Arts?


We all have different reasons why we do
martial arts. Many simply join a martial arts
school so they can learn how to defend
themselves. There will always be those that
just want to go somewhere and fight, but in
my experience the ones with personality
disorders dont last long. Some people go into
karate and other styles purely for fitness and
sporting reasons. There will always be those
that are determined to be a black belt also.
In 1988 I was six years old and I remember
watching boxing sometimes on the TV. Even
at that age I thought they could surely kick
and do more than a few punches? There had
to be more. There used to be a video shop up
the road from me and I was able to get Bruce
Lee films when I was just a kid. It was either

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Fist of Fury or the Big Boss that opened my


eyes. In my mind I thought these people were
doing exactly the kinds of things I thought
were possible, unlike the boxers. I saw many
films over the years and although I was very
heavy as a kid, I was determined to be a black
belt when I was older.
I wanted to kick like most never could, so
Taekwondo was what I wanted. I did find a
friend who did TKD and went with him a few
times but even at 11, I thought the Teaching
was poor quality. Years later I joined GTF TKD
about a month or two before I was 14. I loved
it. The standards were very high and most left
when it got to blue belt, but at the time I
loved it.
I was 16 when I got my first black belt and
gave up TKD, but I knew it was not the end for

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me in terms of martial arts. I wanted to try as


many combat styles as I could in my twenties,
before getting heavily involved in styles at 25.
The rest is history, and the result of a ton of
hard work, the likes of which has not been
equalled by a single person.
I am the type of person who has far too much
energy, most of the time. Growing up, I tried
sports and did not like them much, I even did
athletics for Secondary School. But with team
sports it is not my style at all. Martial arts
often stress teamwork but at the end of the
day it is all about strengthening yourself and
self- improvement. In a team, you can be the
best and everyone is holding you back, or the
worst and everyone hates you; it sucks. In
martial arts, if you put the effort in and you
are willing to learn, you can excel. I have
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patience, than at any three schools locally, all


put together. I have offered seminars locally
but you cannot blame them for not
responding; they have their own agendas and
I have mine.
Some are in martial arts for sport, some for a
belt or a sense of belonging. Quite simply, I
am doing martial arts because it is what I
always wanted to do, and I dont think Ill ever
stop.

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Types of Martial Artist.


Here are different types of martial artist I
have identified along my path up the
mountain.
The Yellow Belt Grand Master.
Always a teachers least favourite, the yellow
belt Grand Master thinks he is better than the
entire association he is a part of. Basically a
know it all who in reality knows very little.
Not necessarily a yellow belt, but any grade
under 1st Dan who thinks they are the best in
the world. When they get proven wrong or
corrected they leave, probably still thinking
they are right and their teacher was wrong.
Hard As Nails In His Head.
Any man or woman who has watched even
more kung fu films than I did, with reality and
fiction becoming increasingly blurred. Sure
they talk the talk but they got their green belt

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by the skin of their teeth. Frequent lies


blended with truth, nod along and then wait a
few months and theyll leave, probably the
teachers fault or it wasnt difficult enough;
more bullshit.
The Sporty Ones.
The sporty ones love anything competitive,
and yearn for the next tournament.
Everything is a competition in the Dojo.
Surprisingly, many of the most physically fit
people do not last in martial arts, because it
gets more difficult as it goes along, and many
realise eventually that martial arts and sport
are completely separate entities.

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The Dead-Keen Leaver.


The person who is most enthusiastic, buys all
the gear and gives up after 2 weeks. We never
know why either.
The Abandoned.
The abandoned are mostly junior members
who drive their folks up the wall and so they
are dumped at the nearest Dojo to give their
parents some peace. They dont even want to
be there themselves, yet sometimes they do
well. Most of the abandoned mess about, fail
a grading or two and are never seen again;
shame.
The Bizarre Groups.
The bizarre groups contain at least five men
or women who get the idea that they should
try martial arts. They turn up a couple times
and never come back. Lets try this next week;
that sheepish sort of mentality; ultimately

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leading to nowhere. Trying everything can be


fun, but not if you want to be good at
something.
The Bully.
The bully thinks they are better than
everyone else because they are maybe one or
two grades higher. Often they get beaten at a
tournament and are never seen again.
The Mental.
Everything is fine for the mental until one
lesson where they start confronting other
members for no reason at all. What have you
been saying about me?, and weird shit like
this, and they are promptly kicked out and
never return; weird. Nobody said or did
anything bad to them in the first place.

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First Place Or Game Over.


A fierce version of the sporty ones. Everything
is fine until they get a silver medal instead of
that gleaming gold. They feel they can never
return, and often do not.
Middle Of The Road.
The middle of the road is a teachers
favourite. Just about average at everything
with no real weakness.
Boner For The Teacher.
There are always people who obsess over a
certain teacher, that teacher leaves and they
leave. The other teacher wasnt as good. The
other teacher was better is the truth, just a
bit stricter. This is not always true, as some
teachers are irreplaceable.

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The Five Minute Grand Master.


They talk as if they are the best in the world,
but have no skills in reality. There are a
million of these people with no ranks, no
skills, no schools and no courses for sale.
Avoid these people, they just lie on the
internet and to others. Eventually, their lies
catch up with them.
The Ones Who Want To Be There.
The ones who want to be there are the best.
No moaning, no bullshit and no bullying at all.
Just turn up and get on with it. Look after
these ones.
All Theory And No Practice.
These types know the history of the entire
style in three languages blindfolded. But
when it comes to practice they never did sod
all. Knowing the history wont help you on the
street, knowing the moves inside out will.

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The Kataphobe.
These people cannot stand kata of any kind.
Without kata we are just self-defence experts,
kick boxers, not martial artists. Kata make the
styles unique, and each is a story. Kata are the
arts of martial arts. This is not to say the
kataphobe cannot fight, but when it gets
technical, they are nowhere to be found.
The Kataholic.
Without Kata, obviously the kataholic cannot
function. It is okay doing kata, and
understanding some kata applications, but if
you do not also train in how to fight, you are a
dancer, not a martial artist. All kata and no
sparring make for some very poor fighters
indeed.
The Board Breaking Pussy.
Any man or woman who can break a million
boards with one hand, but cannot fight for

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toffee, has no rank and no specific style.


Avoid and ignore.
The 5th Dan Shit Belt.
They are a high grade yet are rubbish at just
about every conceivable aspect of the style.
How the fuck they got to that grade is
anybodys guess. They may as well be on
another planet, as they dont belong, or make
much sense as to how they came to be. For
example, a twenty eight stone Taekwondo
expert who never kicked head height in their
life, yet somehow, passed the gradings.
Should Have Been Chinese.
Should have been Chinese is anything other
than Oriental, yet wishes that they were. They
learn the language because they do Kung Fu
or similar, and some will go to China and live
happily ever after too. In my opinion, be
yourself. For example, I love Chinese food,

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martial arts and some oriental women too,


but I am never going to try to be Chinese. I
am about as Chinese as a large steak pasty (a
popular Cornish snack). However, there is
nothing wrong with being in love with a
different culture at all.
Better Than You Because I Am Chinese/
Japanese Etc.
Full of bullshit, these people think because
they are Chinese or something, they are the
best at Kung Fu, better than everyone else.
Its hilarious and yet true how people want to
conform to their own stereotypes. Not
everyone who is Chinese is good at Kung Fu.
Even a Shaolin monk can get their head
kicked in, thats why they started doing kung
Fu, to protect themselves. In truth, we are
only good at the styles we do seriously. There
are thousands of styles I am crap at, and

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being Chinese, or any race, will not help my


kicks or strength in combat.

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Troll Fighters Are NOT Real Fighters.


There are millions of trolls online, slagging
each other off all day. In martial arts, trolls
outnumber real fighters ten to one. Any pussy
can say stuff online, but in reality, Troll
fighters are nowhere to be found.
Unfortunately, MOST of the Facebook groups
and martial arts forums are dominated by
troll fighters. I had it out with John Clark of
Martial arts Illustrated because he couldnt
understand how somebody my age could
whip anyone hed ever met or trained in his
life. I had a pop at Bullshido because they
made up crap about me and nothing
happened. I had a go at Dale Dugas because
he is just a board breaking pussy and calls me
fake when he has never met me. Cowards, all
of them .I admit I probably upset lots of
cowards because they are not used to any
retaliation.

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Basically, I challenged all these people and


nothing happened. Why? Because at the end
of the day, anyone can talk or write bullshit
online, but when it comes to backing up their
words, Troll fighters are nowhere to be found.
In reality, no amount of crap online will take
away the fact that I am Grand Master, own
my own society and have students all over
the world. You cannot change the truth.
If you get harassed by anyone online, report it
and block them from your profiles, then just
ignore them. You might get mad for a while,
but by ignoring them and carrying on about
your business, you are the winner. MFMA is
on Facebook and all are welcome to join
MFMA, but in all fairness I respect less than 1
per-cent of martial arts people and groups
online. There are people pretending to be me
and allsorts online, but please just ignore
them. These people have ten email addresses

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and are pathetic to say the least. All MFMA


members can contact me anytime. All
members are treated equally in MFMA, any
crap at all and I just kick people out; its the
best way.

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A Fighter Versus A Martial Artist.


I could waffle on for endless pages on the
differences between a fighter and a martial
artist, but I wont. I like to keep things to the
point as much as possible.
A fighter normally wants to beat someone
else in an organised match of some kind, say
boxing or MMA. Most fighters are primarily
concerned with money; fight anyone for
enough cash. There are also illegal boxing
matches where people get seriously injured
for quick cash.
A martial artist wants to perfect themselves
and learn how to defend themselves too.
Martial artists usually follow a certain style,
some even dedicate their lives to a style.
Fighters can teach others their ways but if
there is no set style, moves are lost along the
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already in place, martial arts can stay the


same for centuries.
There are obvious similarities with fighters
and martial artists, as we are all only human.
Many martial artists are all about the money
and competition, just like a boxer or similar.
Many fighters follow a system loosely based
on a martial art, such as a freestyle system.
A fighter would not always win and neither
would a martial arts expert. We all have good
and bad days. Whereas a martial arts expert
has skills worth teaching, most fighters only
have a dozen moves at most.
I am not writing this book to offend. There are
good and bad in terms of fighters and martial
artists. Anyone is only as good as their
teacher. In truth, anyone who is unskilled can
be put in a match up and be classed as a
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the language of violence, and have to fight to


eat and survive. Anyone can get in a bad
mood and have a fight, but to learn a skill and
earn grades in a system of combat takes
patience and determination. Martial arts are
not for everyone, and neither is fighting.
Personally, I love martial arts and dont fight
unless I have to. If I had to, I would fight
anyone ,that is just how it is.

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Staying The Course.


Despite owning the MFMA and having
students around the world, I do not just
practice MFMA styles. I practice weapons that
are essentially Kobudo weapons. I do Tai Chi
and Chi Kung and have no rank in either. I do
not agree with rank in Tai Chi, you either
know the form or you do not. What I am
getting at is that I dont believe that anyone
should be loyal to one style and one style
only, all their lives. It is only my opinion, and I
want to make it clear that there is nothing
wrong with only doing one style.
The most important thing is to be happy with
what you are doing, not just in martial arts,
but in life in general. Anyone who tells you
martial arts are easy is a liar. Most people
give up martial arts simply because they get
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By staying the course, I dont mean staying


loyal to one style, but to never fully give up
martial arts entirely. I knew I was going to be
a black belt one day before I was ten years
old. If you train hard and safely, martial arts
will always be there for you, and never let you
down. Martial arts are like best friends for
me.
It is easy to get pissed off with a certain Kata
or set of moves. In GTF Taekwondo, a pattern
called Yul Gok made most give up. In Tai Chi
in Exmouth University in 2003, I enjoyed it but
we never learned much so I gave up. I could
see no future in GTF and was correct to give
up that too. I did Lau Gar Kung Fu in a couple
different schools, but they are just push ups
and patterns classes; not learning much there
either. If you can see no future in your style, if
it progresses too slowly or is not what you
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near to what you want as possible. There is


no point in hanging in there for a black belt or
sash if you are not happy, nor if your teacher
is so bad it will take years to learn anything.
In terms of martial arts, most people do not
know any different, and so join whatever
their mate likes. In TKD I had several mates
who also joined, then gave up half way
through or earlier.
GTF would have had me in the Dojang 24
hours a day if they could, and I was enjoying it
until about red tag, when I realised that most
higher grades could be learned in about 3
months, but you would wait for years to get
anywhere. Also, in black belt training we did
not do very much, so why bother?
One of the only things I hate about martial
arts is the way many people prattle on about
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brainwash other people. I can fully


understand how many people are put off by
these brainwashing clubs. Martial arts are not
a way of life at all.
Life is too short and you dont want to do
Taekwondo all your life, then wake up at 55
and wish you did kung Fu when you were
younger as well. You could still learn Kung Fu
at 55, but my point is not to waste time. It is
possible that you can spread yourself too thin
in martial arts too, but this is not common. It
is easy to try and do too many styles at once
and then you end up a master of nothing.
I deliberately learned styles that were not
available anywhere nearby, to be as different
as possible. In fact, most of the home study
styles I did were not in existence in my Town
or County before I started many years ago. In
reality, it would not be possible to do all the
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year, I try and go through at least ten


different styles. This is a luxury only home
study can provide, as well as masses of
patience, lots of sweating and effort too.
Many Home study Schools of martial arts are
a rip off, this is why I broke the mould with
MFMA. I never paid much for all my
knowledge, but the real payment is the time
invested and therefore acquiring the
knowledge.
Lots of Instructors in martial arts have little
or no social skills at all. I used to hate the way
students would be spoken to like crap if they
missed lessons or similar. In MFMA, you learn
whenever you want. I am teaching on the
MFMA DVDs just as I would teach you in real
life. My styles are as strong as any others
around, make no mistake. I dont need to go
on about all my grades and achievements to

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sell a course. Plenty of big people dont know


how to teach, but I do, so here I am.
If you are not happy, give up and try a
different style. Do some research and find
something you want to do, and learn what
you can. The beauty of the MFMA is that you
dont have any pressure, brainwashing or
bullshit at all.
By learning more than one approach to
martial arts and self-defence, you will have a
definite advantage over even the most skilled
fighters. I have some students that will
probably end up buying most of my courses,
and some that are just happy to be members
and belong. MFMA invites all styles to come
and join, regardless of experience. If you want
to get to 7th Dan, I can make it possible, and if
you want to earn one grade a year, that is
totally acceptable too.

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If you enjoy your training, try and do your


best at all times. I train on my own at home,
and my standards are the highest. In honesty
there would be very few who could meet my
expectations. Even when alone, I do the best I
possibly can. However, If you are hanging in
there for a certain rank, get it and give up.
Dont waste time doing something you dislike,
that is work not a hobby.

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Learning Martial Arts From Home.


To learn martial arts from home you need
space to train, patience and dedication. Many
people cannot learn anything from home,
simply because there is nobody there
screaming at them. I have taught a few
friends martial arts at my home, but nobody
had any dedication. My best student only
lasted about four lessons, so I decided to do
home study courses. The MFMA is the gold
standard for home study martial arts.
If training at home with a friend, make sure
they are someone you can trust not to misuse their skills. When I was in GTF we had a
kid who was bullying other children at school
because he did Taekwondo, and so he was
expelled. The problem with teaching friends is
that if they go out and beat someone up, the
first thing the cops will ask is who did they
learn from. Be careful who you teach.

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Most important is to have a routine when


learning martial arts from home. Without any
routine, it is impossible to progress. There is
no in between in martial arts, you either
practice or you dont. There are many who
were 2nd Dan or something twelve years ago
but they are living in the past. You need to
put in at least two 45 minute sessions every
week to be a serious martial artist. Better to
do sessions of one hour and put in maximum
effort, than to do bugger all for two hours.
Progress only when you feel ready to move
on. I am fully aware that some people will buy
MFMA courses and not bother learning
anything and call themselves black belts.
Those that put in the effort and actually
bother to train regularly will be some of the
strongest martial artists around. I am aware
that there will always be those who cannot be
bothered and their excuse is that my courses

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are at fault. Nonsense .The styles are


faultless, the practitioner needs to put in
more effort. You have to be completely
honest with yourself to be a great martial
artist.
If you find a certain move hard, practice until
it becomes easier. The only way to succeed is
to practice to the best of your ability.
The MFMA styles are ideal for beginners and
experts in other styles too. For beginners, I
would space out a course over 12 months or
longer. Experts could well learn one of my
courses to 1st Dan in 3 to 6 months, but this is
with intense training. I include a very easy to
follow study guide with all courses in MFMA,
to get students used to training in a routine.
When I was younger I thought about having
my own Karate clubs but it is too much hassle
for very little return. Lots of people asked me

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to teach them over a few beers and never


showed up the next week. In reality, most
people have wives and kids and work and
cannot be bothered because they dont have
time. To master any skill, you have to make
time for it. Learning at home is an advantage
but it is still difficult to get good, with no
shortcut to any rank. The only reason I have
been Grand Master since 2010, is that I put
more effort in than anyone else.
In the MFMA, how quickly you wish to
progress is up to you. Many societies make it
so that you have to do so many years before
you can even test for the next Dan etc. In
MFMA it is the honour system, it is up to you
if you put the effort in. Why should you have
to wait 5 years to be 3rd Dan? For example, if
you went to China and trained with the
Shaolin Monks for two years and came back,
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call themselves master in the Western world;


they dont muck about. We dont muck about
in MFMA either. Some people who claim to
be experts have students doing other things
to get that rank, such as yoga etc. Its
nonsense. Its like saying paint my house and
Ill make you a 3rd Dan. However, it is no good
buying a certificate and pretending to be a
master. When you get into trouble, only you
know how good you are, and pretenders get
kicked in.
I set up the MFMA to enable anyone to learn
martial arts, and unify all styles in one society.
Despite some of the online troll fighters,
MFMA continues to grow globally. The styles
in MFMA are not available anywhere else in
the world, so there honestly is zero
competition. Nobody else comes close to
MFMA, and all are welcome to join anytime.
As I have written earlier, no pressure, no

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bullshit, brainwashing or time limits. MFMA is


the elite, and as the years go on, MFMA will
continue to grow.
Train hard, do your best and be honest with
yourself, then you will become a master of
martial arts.

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How To Choose The Right Martial Art Style


For You.
Lots of people love martial arts but dont
know where to start. In this chapter I will
offer my advice on choosing what is best for
you.
One of the first things to do is have a look and
see what styles are available in your local
area. If you see a style you may be interested
in, do some research online to get more
details. If there are no details online, go along
to a class and sit and watch the others. If you
enjoyed it, chat to the Instructors. If the
Instructors seem friendly and approachable,
ask if you can have a free trial to see if you
like it. Hand no money over first- you dont
want to pay for a month if you hate it after
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The internet will be the best help you can get


on finding information related to any martial
art style. Think about what you want before
you start any training. If you want to be a
grappler then try Jujitsu or Judo. If you want
to be able to kick well, do Taekwondo. If you
want something slow and relaxing, try Tai Chi
or Chi Kung. If you have to learn a weapon,
for example the nunchucku, get a foam pair
to train with.
You might have your heart set on something
that is not available in your local area. If the
style does not exist locally, then look for a
DVD home study course on EBay or similar.
Ebay is great value and there are hundreds of
DVD products to choose from.
When you get your DVD set, watch the set
first, then watch it again and make notes in a
pad on every move. If you want you can make
notes on the first viewing, simply rewind the

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techniques until you get it right on paper, and


in your mind.
When it comes to training, take your notes
with you and refer to them with each move.
All Instructors have sheets with them for
reference in real Dojos, so you are doing the
same as they do. Train at least twice a week
until you feel you have achieved the level you
want to reach.
There are many DVD sets that are impossible
to learn from or are difficult from step one.
The MFMA courses come with study sheets
and a study guide too, making learning as
easy as possible.
Make sure you are studying what you want
to, and not what your friend likes. In most
clubs, there will be a few dickheads and
people who think they are the best. Ignore
everyone who is awkward except the chief

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Instructors and their commands. By


concentrating on what you have to do, and
putting your all into each lesson, you will
excel. If you feel you are not learning very
much, give up and try something new. Dont
give your hard-earned money to people who
waste your time as well. You can learn
nothing for free at home.

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Martial Arts Quiz.


Answer each question below either A, B or C
and find out if you are a martial arts master,
or a street punk.
1. A man in a wheelchair is trying to stab
you. Do you
A. Let him attack you. He is disabled, so it
wont amount to anything serious.
B. Treat him as any other enemy. Attack,
defeat him and escape, alerting the
authorities soon after the incident.
C. Stab him to death and ride his wheelchair
down the street.
2. A group of teenagers are blocking your
only route home. You walk past and one of
them shouts abuse at you. Do you
A.Ignore them all and continue on your
journey. Insults dont hurt physically.

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B. Pull out a gun and shoot at the group,


reload and keep shooting until they are
all downed.
C. Call the Police and report the
teenagers.
3. You see a man threatening an old lady.
Do you
A. Wait nearby and let events unfold,
trying not to be seen by anyone.
B. Walk on by, its not your problem, so
ignore it.
C. Confront the man without speaking.
Take him down quickly and tell him to
run off or else.
4. A stranger is threatening you and you
know they are sober. Do you
A. Let him say what he has to say and
then respond.

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B. Attack first because you feel


threatened and he could be carrying a
weapon.
C. Turn your back on the guy and walk off
slowly.
5. A small group of men have you
cornered and you are in fear of your life.
Do you.
A.Try to talk it out and ask them to leave
you alone.
B. Shut your eyes and hope they will go
away.
C. Fight with all your strength, escape and
later notify the authorities.
6. You are in a friendly tournament,
fighting. You know you can defeat your
opponent but they are severely injured.

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One more move could kill them, yet the


fight is not being stopped. Do You.
A. Do what it takes to win the fight, do not
care about your opponent. He would do
it to you.
B. Take your gloves off and walk off the
mat. Why the hell didnt they stop the
fight?
C. Break their kneecap with a low side
kick. Let them know who is boss.
7. A stranger is too close. Do you.
A.Politely ask them to give you some
space, but prepare to fight if you have
to.
B. Threaten them that if it happens again
you will beat them to the ground.
C. Do nothing. It feels good to have
people so close.

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8. A man is calling you by another name


and is quite rude. Do You.
A.Say nothing and just tear his fucking
head off. Who is this guy?
B. Pretend to be this person he thinks you
are and see what happens in a few
minutes.
C. Inform him that you are not who he
thinks you are and that if he continues
talking in this way, you wont be
responsible for your actions.
9. A teenage girl has a gun and says she
wants your wallet. Do you.
A.Give her your wallet and later on inform
the Police as to what happened.
B. Try to fight her despite the gun.
C. Give her your wallet and when she turns
around hit her in the back of the head
and steal everything she has.

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10. A woman is seriously trying to hurt you


with all her power. Do You.
A.Let her carry on, you cant hit a woman.
B. Treat her like anyone else trying to harm
you, and knock her out.
C. Try to take her clothes off, absorbing the
blows.
Answers.
Question 1. B.
No matter what type of ability someone is,
a fight is a fight. Do what you have to and
live.
Question 2. A.
Words may hurt a little but not as much as
getting jumped by a large group. Walk on.

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Question 3. C.
You want to take him out but not kill him, and
not waste time letting events unfold.
Question 4. B.
If you feel threatened, attack first. You dont
have to kill the guy, just let him know who is
in control.
Question 5.C.
Fight with all your strength. Do NOT listen to
what they are saying. Fight dirty, one at a
time and escape.
Question 6. B.
Stop the fight. Nobody deserves severe
punishment in a friendly tournament. Medals
come and go, but a reputation sticks.

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Question 7.A.
Nothing that bad is happening here, give
them a chance to back off a bit, but be
prepared.
Question 8. C.
Mistaken identity can get you killed. Make it
clear that you are not who he thinks you are.
If he is still rude, Knock him about like he
deserves, but do not kill.
Question 9. A.
Dont be a hero when a gun is involved. Give
her your wallet and let the cops know exactly
what went on. She could be wanted by Police
for other offences.
Question 10.B.
When it comes to a fight, women must be
treated the same as men. I wont let anyone

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think they can hit me or push me about. You


hit me I hit back ten times, and ten times as
hard. You dont have to kill the woman, just
stop the fight quickly using your skills.

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Do The Right Thing.


There are many people who abuse martial
arts and use them to rip people off. I started
the MFMA with Brett Ernest, former owner of
the SKKA. Brett ignored me for no reason at
all. To be fair I gave him a year to respond.
After no response, I kicked him out of the
MFMA and took over. I cannot work with
people who behave in a childish manner, so
what I did was the right thing to do. The new
SKKA owners are very rude and I doubt they
actually do any martial arts in real life. I still
practice Snake Fist and Shorinkenjitsu every
year, but am not connected to the SKKA
anymore.
I also have nothing to do with the VKA.
Lawrence Valadez ripped off many of his
students and has a different excuse for each
day of the week. It is not my fault that he rips

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people off, and I refuse to be affiliated with


any poor conduct or thieves in martial arts. In
MFMA, I do not rip people off and I never
shall. I do not respect any VKA affiliated
nonsense anymore. It is the right path to take.
I understand that there are tons of morons
online with 50 black belts and similar, but
how much do they know of all these styles?
MFMA is aware of these people, but we do
not kiss up to anybody.
In martial arts and in life we all know right
from wrong. Choose the right path every time
and you cannot fail. It does not matter what
people think of you. I know people were
upset when I left their clubs in the past, but
they are still in the past, and most of them
have learnt very little over an agonisingly long
period of time. Many of these people who

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could still bear a grudge have probably not


trained in the last ten years or so, so let them
be bitter. I am a Grand Master now, and I
have students all over the world, no amount
of bickering and bullshit online can change
that.
Deep down we are all just human beings. Like
everyone else, there are a few people I would
like to kill with my bare hands. But beating
the crap out of someone makes you just as
bad as them. Trust me, people who I do not
like know to stay away because I practice
what I preach, more than most. Living your
life with grudges and hidden hatred will just
shorten your own lifespan.
Life throws obstacles in your path, and how
you choose to overcome those obstacles is up
to you. Lots of fantastic martial artists and

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fighters are in Prison because they did not


know when to stop.
Do what you think is right and ignore what
others think. Make mistakes and try again.
There is no team mentality in martial arts. At
the end of the day, unless you are in a gang,
you are on your own in a fight. Unless you are
in a job and being paid by the hour, do not let
people boss you about or take advantage of
you. Most people are scum and will try to
boss others about, take advantage and shit on
you from a great height. Dont let anyone
mess with you, but dont kill people for no
reason either.
In martial arts and in life, find a balance, try
and have as much fun as possible and do the
right thing. Better to be a poor man with a

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clear conscience than a rich man living with


guilt.

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Conclusion.
This book is dedicated to my family, the few
friends I have and all MFMA members.
Whatever people think about us, the MFMA
will live on for centuries. All the courses and
everything in the MFMA is the work of me,
Grand Master Thomas Daw. MFMA and all
associated works are Protected by Copyright.
If you enjoyed this book and you want to
join, I welcome you to the MFMA. We have
members worldwide and we are a friendly
bunch who simply love martial arts. We dont
judge you or give you any crap, and we expect
none in return. Come join the elite. MFMA
Society.

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Photos.

My first ever martial arts grade- Yellow Tag,


GTF Taekwondo. 24th June 1996.

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St Austell GTF TaekwonDo. I am 5th from the


left at the back, with hair down to my eyes.
This picture is in 1997.

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Training in 1998, I am 3rd from the left. Most


of the people here gave up by the end of the
year.

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February 1999. The front cover photo of my


1st Dan Thesis.

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Whos ready for a jumping side kick? Another


photo from my 1st Dan thesis.

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If only we could jump like this forever. These


Photos were in the GYM of Penrice School. I
used to go to School, have tea at home and
go back again for Taekwondo. Even now I
have dreams I am at Penrice quite often.

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My student of the year award survived all


these years.

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My first Black belt certificate. I got it in 2001


after my Teachers ex-wife brought it round
for me. I was very grateful.

Sensei Brett Ernest gave me 8th Dan for free in


January 2010. I didnt put it up until I earned
it, in December 2011. I wrote study guides for
Snake Fist and Shorinkenjitsu.

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Daw Ryu is official, 2010. I have certificates


like this for other styles too, including 10th
Dan for United Kingdom Karate. Luckily I got
what I wanted from the SKKA before Brett
Ernest sold the Academy in 2011.The new
SKKA owners put their prices too high and
only care about money. Sensei Ernest
reviewed most of my styles himself before
issuing any certification.

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Note the year is 2011. It took 2 YEARS of


hounding to get this certificate, via email
from the VKA. I dont respect VKA at all now.
How things change.

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The MFMA logo. The only thing Brett Ernest


did for the MFMA. I had to kick Brett out in
2014, for lack of effort. Master Thor Sulland
was a Co-Founder Briefly, but when he
wanted me to put TYGA self defense DVDs on
the MFMA website, his GM expelled him from
TYGA. We are still on good terms, but maybe
that is what I get for my generosity. Israel
Velez also turned down the chance of CoFounding, being too busy. Looking back, I am
better off running things myself.

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End of August 2015. I finally got into the


BDFS/ IFAA. To be a member is an extreme
privilege. To be recognised as a Grand Master
by the elite is a lifetime achievement for me;
especially at 33 years old. The writing is small,
but underneath my name at the top left, it
says Grand Master Of The MFMA. Many
people have been turned away from the
BDFS.

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Still Training Hard. 28/09/2015.


Thirty three years old. Hopefully, many more
years martial arts left.

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Ready For Action.

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Martial arts?
Above all the bickering and nonsense, lots of
sweat, hard work and dedication. But above
all, good exercise and fun. Always ready for a
laugh.

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Thank you for reading this book. Hope to see


you soon in the MFMA.
From Grand Master Daw.
Founder/ President of MFMA Society and 10th
Dan black belt.

This book and anything associated


with MFMA is Copyright Protected.