Sensei Tom Hill is a 7th Dan in Goju.co.uk and graded in two other Martial Arts styles.
He has instructed for over 35 years. He has been training on a regular basis for almost 40 years.
His full time job is as a self employed Graphic Designer and he holds a first Class Honours Degree in this subject and has been a D&AD award winner (www.tomhill-designer.co.uk). He is 61 years old.
He is also a part time professional Healer, Hypnotist and Fitness instructor.
Tom was born at the end of the year of the Dragon. The Chinese use animals to classify the years and believe the year of birth has a direct influence on your life.
YOUR MOST VALUABLE ASSET IS YOU!
A life skill you should not ignore is Self Defence. It is unfortunate that a drunken, drugged or violent criminal may attempt to take your most valuable asset - your life!
More commonly what these offenders actually take is your self respect, your dignity, your right to freedom, your health and wellbeing and maybe your ability to do your job. Possibly your money, but thats the least of your problems.
If you are an employer, it makes sense to have staff that are more confident and self assured with lower stress levels and a better chance of avoiding hospitalisation.
It is something we don't like to think about. But we should. The Law allows for 'reasonable force' to protect yourself in a violent or potentially violent situation.
Learning to defend yourself does not mean becoming the thing you are trying to avoid. The aggressor.
If you have some confidence, some knowledge and a little skill, many of the problems of violent confrontation can be avoided. If violence is unavoidable, learn how to minimise the damage to yourself and maximize your control of the aggressor.
SELF DEFENCE - THE BASICS
Learn some simple blocks, kicks, punches, strikes, controls. Strategies for self protection, common sense routines. The stuff that works without years of practice. Learn how to protect yourself and gain confidence in confrontational situations. (See Toms book opposite)
HEALING & WELL-BEING
If you don't feel good - you don't work well. If you do feel good you could feel great! A talk and demonstration with self help routines and a try out with a partner. Ask questions, discover some new abilities. Great for self help and stress release with all or any of the following therapies:
MEDITATION & CONTEMPLATION
Many people think they know what meditation is. However, there are many different forms. This particular type of meditation is intended for relaxation and coming to terms with "The Self". The contemplation will be used as a more pro-active form of meditation. Working and improving your most valuable asset - your mind. Without it, all else is meaningless. Take some time to learn how to relax it so that it will work more efficiently. By meditation in this context we will work on emptying the mind and trying to gain access to the void. A totally relaxing experience and a great new skill. By contemplation we will use the mind in a meditative state to be more active. To use affirmation, to visualize, to create the mental picture of that, which we wish to achieve. This is not only extremely practical in the real world but also has several mystical and meta physical implications.
FITNESS ASSESSMENT & POSTURE
A fitness and advice session. No machines, just good old fashioned experience on how to use your body properly. A personal assessment and a light work out. Lets check if you have any weak areas and suggest a short routine that can be very beneficial to any stubborn areas especially that mid section.
The Dan Grade system in Karate (and perhaps in other Martial Arts systems) is in a mess! It is high time someone said so and not just complained about it but offered up a sensible and workable solution that was both fair and intelligent.
A thousand years ago a slave girl becomes a Viking warrior and swordsmith. Raiding far Castille in Dragon ships with her Norse Swordsmith master and friends. A Vike that risks everything but offers secrets that will transform their ancient craft. A life or death journey and a clash of culture and religion.
Swords, combat, ransom, siege, battle, rape, starvation, revenge, bloodshed, justice, honour and death. The life of the famous El Cid as he wages medieval warfare to seize Valencia. A thousand years ago the Christian Knights of the Kings of Leon fight the ruling Muslim Moors and the dreaded Almoravids of the Sahara for the right to rule Spain.
Most of the Jujitsu terminology any student of the Japanese Martial Arts will ever need. In Japanese to English and English to Japanese. By Tom Hill; 40 years Martial Arts experience, 3rd Dan BKA (British Karate Association), 4th Dan Academy of Goju Ryū, 6th Dan Shotokan; Jin Sei Kai, 8th Dan Goju.co.uk & Chief instructor, Special Advisor to; Combat Jujitsu Hellas.
Tom has also produced a DVD ON Goju Goes Cage Rage and another with many of the youtube clips shown on it.
You can order various video's from our library of over 500 techniques at $1 each (75p).