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August 2009 Newsletter

Don't Think, Do It!

by Rochelle Labuschagne

Are you having a hard time getting motivated to exercise or hit the gym? Did you know that something as simple as not thinking about what you need to do is enough to drastically change the consistency of your training? When having to decide about going to training, whether martial arts, Boxing for Fitness, or the gym, adults should just 'do it', as often people who 'think about it' talk themselves out of it! By keeping thoughts of 'having' to exercise out of your mind and just doing it, your consistency will improve, hence it is more likely that you will achieve your goals.

Common thoughts that are proven motivation-killers include 'thinking' about having to do activities that you can't do very well, don't enjoy, or because of the level of exertion required, you don't actually want to do. Common negative self talk includes "I will do double next time" or "I will skip meals to make up for missing training".

The best way to get over negative self-talk is to do your training first thing in the morning when you wake up, or head straight to the gym after work in the evening. By having your sessions at these times, it prevents gaps where you might sit on the couch, leaving way for negative self-talk to enter your mind. By going straight to the gym before the self-talk starts, half the battle is won. As Woody Allen famously said, "Showing up is 80% of life." If you do find yourself thinking about exercise, train yourself to focus on the benefits such as your health, fitness, or weight loss.

Once you've got the motivation to start training, it is advisable to maintain that motivation by picking activities that you want to do and enjoy doing. Maybe find a companion to train with you if necessary. Most of all, you should have fun doing it!

Need that extra motivational boost? Cobra Martial Arts & Fitness Centres have personal trainers available to help you achieve your goals in weight loss and fitness, all the while ensuring you're enjoying yourself. Call us on 9358 3000 to make a booking today.

Source: Psychology of Sport & Exercise, May 2005

The Art of Eskrima

By Rochelle Labuschagne

Eskrima, also known as Kali or Arnis, is a martial arts style that is native to the Philippines. It is a weapon based system that includes punches, kicks, takedowns and joint lock techniques with stick and sword or knife fighting techniques. Unlike other styles, each technique is created to be used three different ways: empty-hand; with a knife; or with a stick, made from a light weight wood called Rattan. Eskrima fighters can use single-cane, double-cane, and stick-and-dagger techniques as well as use many other weapons.

The martial art is believed to have evolved from Chinese, Malaysian and Indonesian martial arts forms that were brought to the Philippines around the 2nd century. It was first introduced outside the Philippines in 1521 by Ferdinand Magellan and his Spanish explorers when they arrived in the South China Sea to take control of the Philippine islands. With guns and all, Magellan was soon killed in Mactan (a small island in Philippines) by native resisters armed with 'hardened sticks'.

When Spain gained control of the islands, they banned all indigenous martial arts. So over the next few centuries, many fighters continued their practice of the art in secret by disguising them with what became ceremonial dance-like rituals. The ban was lifted in 1898 when the U.S. won control of the Philippines from Spain, but the secrecy remained around Eskrima and those who practiced it. By the 1970s Eskrima was turned from a killing martial art into a 'sport' with rules and regulations.

At Cobra Martial Arts & Fitness Centres, Eskrima is incorporated into the regular Martial Arts program as a combative fighting and self defence system rather than a sport. Eskrima is also taught as a separate course for anyone who is interested in learning the pure art on its own. Students that also participate in the regular Martial Arts program find that what they are taught in Eskrima transfers over and makes them better martial artists all round.

If you are interested in trying out this well-rounded and effective martial art, call us today on (08) 9358 3000 to organise a free trial lesson, or e-mail us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Self Mastery Seminar

Sensei Craig Monie, Cobra Martial Arts & Fitness Centres' Master Instructor recently revealed his secrets when conducting a free life changing seminar for his members.

Apart from being a martial arts instructor and school owner, Sensei is a university graduate, property developer, business coach and motivational speaker.

Sensei began by explaining the term 'Sensei' and it's meaning, and introduced his members to the benefits and technique of Chi Kung Abdominal Breathing.

He then spoke about his life from the beginning, when his parents migrated to Australia, his beginnings in martial arts, experiences at school as a child and the growth of the Cobra empire from age 19. He spoke of his other passions, including overseas travel and property investment, as well as explained to his students about how to leverage their income through other investments and home businesses.

Sensei spoke in detail about discipline, self discipline, motivation and focus in martial arts, the work place and in life. He also took it a step further by explaining the 'failure cycle' as well as how to identify when you are entering it and how to snap yourself out of it. He explained his 97/3 principle, why most people need a boss and why only a small percentage of people are able to control their own lives effectively. He then taught how to become part of that 3% who are self motivated, as well as how to align your goals with your motivations for a happy and rewarding life.

The group was taught how to focus by a breathing meditation, thereby blocking out distractions and self healing stress and tension in the body, which led him onto techniques for improved focus including the time management continuum and how to correctly prioritise daily tasks.

Sensei explained why most people don't achieve their goals and pointed out the missing links which are not explained at goal setting seminars. Later he gave his students the missing pieces he helped them set goals for all areas of their life.

Finally, Sensei taught his group about the power of affirmations and shared his own personal affirmations with the aid of a laptop computer presentation. His students thanked him with a standing ovation and left energised with a renewed mind-set and attitude.

Sensei Craig conducts motivational and character development seminars internationally and can be contacted on (08) 9358 3000, or can be emailed directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Instructor "Top Secret" Event

by Rochelle Labuschagne

Senior Cobra Martial Arts & Fitness Centres Instructors didn't know what to expect when Sensei Craig Monie recently sent out an invitation to his infamous "Cobra Inner Circle" email group, consisting of his top instructors. The invitation was marked "Top Secret" and nothing other than date and meeting place was specified. To thicken the plot, Sensei asked everyone to be at the dojo at 8.30am on a Sunday morning! But 25 of his most diligent instructors trusted his lead, braved the cold, and made the trip to Cobra, armed with hats and sunnies as instructed, as well as hot coffees.

Gathered outside Cobra Cannington, the instructors saw a Hummer Limousine drive up in the distance, soon to be followed by a second. Excitement really started building as they realised that the limos weren't just passing by, but were actually pulling into the Cobra Martial Arts & Fitness Centres parking lot! That still didn't give a hint as to where Sensei was planning on taking them though as everyone piled into the limos, and soon were off to destination unknown.

After 30 minutes, the deluxe limousines pulled into the driveway at Sensei's instructor's training studio where they were taught hand gun disarms that involved fast reaction, timing, and coordination. They were also given a safety briefing by a pistol instructor on how to use a variety of Glock guns.

Back into the limos, the next stop was Whiteman Park Pistol Club. Hats and sunnies firmly in place, the Cobra instructors all had the chance to "get ready", "aim" and "fire" at targets with semi-automatic hand guns.

The excursion was a thank you from Sensei Craig to all the instructors for their dedicated commitment over the years. The Senior Instructors had already have a sound knowledge of close range techniques such as wrestling, elbow and knees, middle range punching and kicking, long range kicking and extreme range stick-fighting, bo staff and nunchuku. The the next step was for them to understand the final range, being projectiles.