Powerful Strikes: My Top 5 Martial Arts Punches

Martial artists and sport fighters with some level of experience are aware that some punches or kicks are stronger than others; some people just accept that as a fact, some of us try to understand the reasons behind by studying the human anatomy, how the body works and how biomechanics … Continue reading

Depression – What to Do?

1 in 4 British adults experience at least one diagnosable mental health challenge in any one year, according to mentalhealth.org. Furthermore, major depressive disorder affects approximately 14.8 million adults in a given year in America, according to the NIMH. What are the symptoms? Depression will often manifest as a lack of motivation. … Continue reading

The Dilemma Between Technique and Toughness in Fighting Sports

We define combat sport a sport application or expression of a martial art where we set and impose rules to limit and control the amount of damage that can be inflicted to the opponent. Ranging from contactless Karate tournament, via Boxing and all the way to MMA fighting sports usually … Continue reading

Disambiguation About 5 Styles Called Kickboxing

For somebody who has been practicing kickboxing since before it was given this name I find somehow irritating when people confuse it or, worse, deliberately misuse its name for commercial reasons.  Most martial arts, despite attracting some time interesting numbers of keen followers, failed to attract the real interest of … Continue reading

Eggless Banana Muffins

Moist eggless banana muffins with a hint of spice and a surprisingly crunchy nutty crumble topping. Preparation time – 15 minutes Cooking time -25 minutes Makes 12 muffins Ingredients: For muffins 2 cups all purpose flour 3/4 cup sugar 1/2 cup oil 1/4 cup coarsely chopped Brazil nuts (can use … Continue reading

Free Hugs – a Fast Way to Feeling Good

“We need 4 hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth.” Virginia Satir It has taken me many years to simplify the potentially complex subject of wellbeing or wellness. Years of study have taught me some incredible … Continue reading

Chocolate Coins

These simple and delectable little chocolate coins are simple and easy to prepare and make wonderful Easter treats. Ingredients: 8 oz / 220 grams White chocolate 8 oz / 220 grams Milk chocolate Edible coloured sugar or sprinkles to decorate. Method: 1.Break up each type of chocolate into small pieces and place … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Beyoncé Knowles

City Connect proudly celebrates the birthday of Beyoncé Knowles, the beautiful and talented singer, actress and fashionista who recently announced that she is pregnant with her first child by husband Jay-Z. Will this new revelation ruin her career or is this the beginning of an exciting new chapter in Beyoncé’s … Continue reading

Book Review: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life

I recently read the book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, by Barbara Kingsolver.  This book tells the story of the author and her family who, having lived for a long period in Tucson, Arizona, packed up and moved to a rural area in western Virginia where they attempted … Continue reading

Baby corn and Broccoli Rice

  Preparation time-5 minutes Cooking time 10 minutes Serves 2 Delicious Chinese style rice that is easy to make and perfect accompaniment to any curry. Ingredients: 240 g cold boiled rice 6 broccoli florets cut into smaller florets 8 baby corn cut into small one cm rounds 1/4 teaspoon salt … Continue reading

Savile Row in New York

When a Savile Row tailor visits NYC, it’s part of a continuous cycle. I bring a good selection of cloth samples with me, which includes the basics of everything you’d want- classic worsteds, tweeds, lightweights etc. New customers are consulted on their requirements and have their first measuring, so I … Continue reading

There is No Such Things as Completely Safe Food

The goal of government regulation in the area of food and agriculture, at least according to rhetoric, is to ensure that food is safe.  Complete safety is the stated top priority.  But is such a goal possible? Yes, but only by severely compromising nutrition. All of nature is mixture of things that are … Continue reading

Emotional Intelligence at the Work Place

Poor emotional intelligence at work can lead to increased stress and sickness. According to Mind, British businesses lose an estimated £26 billion each year in sickness, absence and lost productivity. With greater awareness and mental health support they said that businesses could save one-third on these costs – ‘a mammoth … Continue reading

The Importance of Proper Warm Up

I am convinced that a proper warm up is an essential part of any martial art session: I see around many clubs that are quite informal about this part of training and they resolve the issue by telling students to “warm up”. People therefore chat away for 10-20 minutes while … Continue reading

Be Grateful Because Walking is Good For You

Gratitude alone has been proven to improve your health and wellbeing and walking can also help to: – reduce excess weight sustainably – lower blood pressure naturally – regulate your blood sugar – strengthen your body – reduce stress Health and fitness are two completely different things. It is possible … Continue reading