On martial arts & fitness

I just finished editing some shots I did for The Box Fit here in Brighton so I thought, what a great opportunity to show them by answering some of the more common questions I get asked on the subject.

The Box Brighton

The Box Brighton

The Box Brighton

What martial arts do you do?

Currently, I’m studying and practicing traditional Japanese martial arts. Ninjutsu and Ju Jutsu to be more precise. At the same time, I do a bit of Tai Chi, Ba Duan Jin and other Chinese body motion exercises and a bit of boxing fitness.

The Box Brighton

The Box Brighton

The Box Brighton

Why do you do martial arts?

I took martial arts at the same time that I became a full time, self-employed, freelance photographer.

The reason I started training after I read an article from a successful business advisor saying how Karate taught him the discipline and mental strength to run a business. I remember studying The Art of War and other old Samurai books in business class at uni so I knew martial arts could be a great way to learn discipline and focus.

The Box Brighton

The Box Brighton

The Box Brighton

When is your next fight and how many wins do you have?

The martial arts that I do are not competitive so I don’t have championships to attend. The principles behind traditional Japanese martial arts are peacekeeping and self-control so I haven’t been in any fights, therefore, I remain undefeated! I’m a peaceful guy anyway.

Now, martial arts are not violent or brutal as many people think. To me and to “true” martial artists, they are an intellectual and spiritual pursuit. They teach you how to overcome any obstacle you may encounter in life and they teach you how to be in total control of your emotions and of your thought process; more importantly, they give you a better understanding of who you really are. Plus, you get to work out while getting your ass kicked by higher-level students.

The Box Brighton

The Box Brighton

The Box Brighton

Are you a fitness junkie?

No, I’m not a fitness junkie, in fact, I’m more like a bear. I really need to drag myself to go training and get active. Occasionally I hit the gym for a boxing fitness class but gym vibe is not my kinda thing, I’m not into big egos and big mirrors. I rather hit the bag at home or do some stretching in the park.

I do martial arts and boxing fitness to keep the body and mind in constant motion. I don’t want to get old and be stiff as a board.

The Box Brighton

The Box Brighton

The Box Brighton

The Box Brighton

Thanks to all the team at The Box for asking me to do these shots.

Gear used: Nikon D810, Sigma 24-35mm f/2 Art, Zeiss 50mm f1.4 Planar, Godox V860II

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