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Happy St. Patricks Day! – Irish Martial Arts?

Happy St. Patricks Day everyone!

Did you know that Ireland is the home to several types of martial arts?

Most people are familliar with Irelands reputation for bare-knuckle boxing.  

At this point bare knuckle boxing has become almost a caricature of Irish culture thanks in part to that Notre Dame leprechaun.

Bare knuckle boxing tended to take on some distinctive characteristics from modern boxing, without the gloves to protect your hands both offence and defence have to change a little to keep your hands in tact until the end of the match.

Especially considering that a lot of bare knuckle matches could go on for a very long time…


But Ireland is also the home of a form of wrestling called “Collar and Elbow” which was done both with a jacket similar to Judo and without one.  This style utilized a lot of the same sort of trips, sweeps, submissions and controls as modern Judo and Jiu Jitsu.

Irish wrestling was also very popular in early North America.

Irish collar and elbow wrestling had a influence on other forms of wrestling at the time and it’s influence can still be seen in modern wrestling as well as staged pro-wrestling matches where the collar and elbow tie up is very commonly used to start matches.


In addition to the empty handed boxing and wrestling techniques, Irish martial arts include the use of the Shillelagh, or club.  The Shillelagh has become a bit of a symbol of “Irishness” over the years.

In addition to self-defence purposes Irish stick-fighting ended up becoming associated with gang or faction violence and largely faded away by the turn of the 20th century.



Iceland knows how to stop teen substance abuse but the rest of the world isn’t listening

It’s really basic stuff, but easy to forget. Teens need a place to belong, and something to belong too. And there is a period in there where it’s sometimes hard to fine. If they don’t find it in a productive and healthy place, it’s easy to find in a unhealthy place.

Kids hit a age where they feel they should be more independent then they are able too, where there is a gap in between being a “kid” and being able to work and gain independence. I think the best thing that can be done at this age is to keep them involved in something outside of school and to help them find a way to feel they bring value to something.

I’ll start Monday…

I'll start next Monday...


We humans are natural procrastinators… we like to plan to start things we really don’t want to do later.  Maybe Monday, or the First of the month… or maybe for New Years, after the holidays.

Of course when those days come around we still won’t want to do it. If it was something we wanted to do we’d already be doing it.  So Monday comes around, then it’s Tuesday… then it’s might was well just start Monday as the week is half over already.

The difference between success and failure is action.  Start now, not tomorrow, not next week, not after the holidays.  If you want something start now.  The time will never be perfect, you’re probably never going to run out of reasons not too.  But by starting, even if imperfectly, at least you are moving forward.  And as long as you are moving forward you’ll get somewhere.

Start and stay committed to continuing, even when you might not want to.  That’s the secret to succeeding in so many things.

How to Wrap Your Hands

I did a series of pictures years ago, but figured a video might be more useful.  So here it is, how to wrap your hands for class:

Good wraps are also important, they protect your hands and lengthen the life of your gloves.  The short ones available at big box stores aren’t going to give the same level of comfort and support as a good pair :)

Minecraft Night!

Minecraft Night was a blast!

We completely filled this event and unfortunately had to close registrations… In JULY.

We built, defended, and battled it out with more then 150 boxes to build forts and other creations.

For the first half of the night we where in “survival mode” with the kids having a time limit to build up there defences to deal with various hostile MOB attacks, followed by a pizza break. We then did a build off, where the kids had to build various creations out of the blocks as quickly as they could and then a final battle between two teams and two fortresses.

Here is a video from the event:

Innovative Martial Arts Receives Prestigious Mark of Excellence Award



In recognition of its dedication to quality martial art instruction and community involvement, Innovative Martial Arts has been recognized with the Mark of Excellence Award from Century Martial Arts, one of the most respected organizations in the industry.

Innovative Martial Arts was part of a select few to receive the distinguished Mark of Excellence Award for 2015, the highest honor bestowed by Century Martial Arts. Not only has Innovative Martial Arts served the community as a whole, but they have also had an exceptionally positive impact on individuals by dedicated so much to their students’ development in both martial arts and everyday life. “At Century our core belief is that martial arts has the ability to profoundly change lives,” said Century Martial Arts founder and CEO, Michael Dillard. “And that is exactly what Innovative Martial Arts is doing — changing lives for the betterment of their community.”

Andrew Green accepted the Mark of Excellence Award on behalf of the school at The Gold Event on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at The Lavo Lounge in The Palazzo Resort in Las Vegas. The event was part of the Martial Arts SuperShow, the world’s largest martial art industry tradeshow and educational event hosted by The Martial Arts Industry Association (MAIA). Innovative Martial Arts, as a martial arts leader in the community with the latest trends and staff development instruction, is a regular attendee of the SuperShow.

“I am honored that Century has recognized my school for our commitment to martial arts,” Andrew Green said. “The true test of any instructor is the impact made on students’ lives, and it is incredibly rewarding to receive such positive feedback from the industry.”

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For more information about the Mark of Excellence Award, please contact Century Martial Arts. To learn more about the Martial Arts SuperShow, visit

About Innovative Martial Arts

Innovative Martial Arts is located in Winnipeg, MB at 558 Keenleyside St and teaches martial arts to students of all ages. To learn more about Innovative Martial Arts, call 204-505-2787 or visit 

About Century Martial Arts

Based in Oklahoma City, Century Martial Arts is the world leader in martial art products and the largest manufacturer and distributor of individual contact sports equipment. Century has sold products to support martial arts, mixed martial arts, boxing and kickboxing throughout the world for nearly 40 years. Additionally, Century is the exclusive provider of UFC® (Ultimate Fighting Championship®) fight gear. For more information, visit or call (800) 626-2787.

About Martial Arts Industry Association

Since 2001, the Martial Arts Industry Association (MAIA) has been the world’s most innovative and creative martial arts business association. It was established with one simple mission: Grow the martial art industry, one school at a time. Through their expert business consulting services, MAIA is proudly raising industry standards of professionalism in teaching, curriculum, education, techniques, methods, safety, and communication. For more information, visit or call (866) 626-6226.