All Posts by Joel Williams

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Husband. Father. University Professor. GMAU Certified Krav Maga Instructor.

Jul 08

How to Reach Your Martial Arts Goals – Part 1: The Behavioral Science Lowdown

By Joel Williams | Food for Thought , Home Study Students

It goes without saying that consistent training is the only way for you to advance up through the ranks of the martial arts system you have invested your hard earned money and precious time into studying. This is the first post in a two-part blog article series where I want to share both science and practical tools for establishing good training habits. In this post I will cover some important background information about the behavioral science around habit formation and maintenance. The second post (look for it next month) in this series is where I will share with you my own personal journey in applying these scientific principles (and a free mobile app) to keep myself on track.

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Jun 20

GMAU Celebrates New Krav Maga Black Belts!

By Joel Williams | Krav Maga

Krav Maga is known worldwide as an effective fighting and self-defense methodology. Global Martial Arts University is proud to offer comprehensive Krav Maga student and instructor certification programs. In this blog post, we celebrate two of our newest black belts: Kurt Plotner and Steve Dearmond, and provide an overview of this fighting system. Continue reading and you will not only get the “low down” on GMAU Krav Maga but see LOTS of pictures and videos (including testing exit interviews) of Kurt and Steve during their two-day black belt test a couple of months ago.

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May 26

The Complete Beginner’s Guide To Nunchaku

By Joel Williams | Nunchaku

The nunchaku, and other flail weapon variations, have been used as self-defense and war weapons by Asian and European cultures alike. Where (and how) the weapon originated has been debated. Regardless, it is a durable, robust and deadly weapon that can be effectively used for simple defensive or offensive maneuvers or practiced as a beautiful expression of artistic movement through complex combinations of spins, strikes and transitions. Want to know more? Then check out this blog post about nunchaku and how you can learn anywhere, at any time!

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Apr 24

The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Muay Thai

By Joel Williams | Muay Thai

Muay Thai is a battlefield and ring proven martial art style from Thailand. It has been practiced for centuries by kings, soldiers, and common folk alike. Known for its simplicity and direct, devastating techniques “Thai Boxing” builds highly fit and tough athletes who can use many weapons to win a fight. It is a combat sport that is celebrated around the world that also allows one to develop a formidable foundation for self-defense. This blog post will give you a thorough introduction to the “Art of 8 Limbs”.

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Mar 26

The Making of the Greatest Online Muay Thai Course

By Joel Williams | Muay Thai

We set out to create the world’s best fully online Muay Thai course. This course authentically represents the art and students can earn accredited certification. The GMAU Muay Thai program recently launched this month. Continue reading to learn more about this exciting, one-of-a-kind program with a behind the scenes look at how the program was created and about the instructor!

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Feb 16

Which Martial Art Should My Child Learn At Home?

By Joel Williams | Common Questions

Participation in martial arts can be a very positive experience for kids. However, with so many options, it can be difficult to know how to choose the right one for your child. Each type of martial art is unique. You will be better able to make an informed decision on how to find the right match if you are aware of the differences between your available options. In this post, I will provide some background information on common martial arts styles (or systems) including “pros” and “cons” of each.

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Feb 04

Inside the Mind of a “Bad Guy”

By Joel Williams | Food for Thought , Krav Maga

Do you really think you can spot someone who means you harm? Most of us cannot, for various reasons. By the time you do figure it out, a would-be attacker is already several steps ahead of you… Gavin de Becker and Rory Miller are widely regarded as thought leaders when it comes to understanding the emotional and psychological nature of violence; how to prevent it, and how to react to it. While there is some overlap in the highly useful information they provide, they also have very unique perspectives and guidance on how to prevent violence, what to do if you find yourself in real danger, and how to deal with the aftermath of an attack. In this article I highlight their individual contributions to this knowledge base and share some of the most important points I have taken away from their writings, lectures and publications.

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Jan 29

Solo Kumite Practice: 5 Keys to Success

By Joel Williams | Shotokan Karate

Shotokan karate uses unique methods to advance students from basic techniques, to combining techniques, then developing more autonomy for utilizing techniques against a partner in progressively unrestricted ways. Kumite practice is an essential tool for gaining skill in karate. Students can most effectively utilize their training time for improvement when they focus on important details proven to maximize that effort. In this blog post, I discuss 5 important concepts that will yield better results from your practice.

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Jan 24

Shotokan Karate vs. Taekwondo … Which Should I Do?

By Joel Williams | Common Questions , Shotokan Karate , Taekwondo

A common question submitted to GMAU is: Should I do Shotokan or Taekwondo? On the surface, what sounds like a simple question is actually difficult to answer. The best answer is highly individualized, and ultimately, can only be determined by the potential student themselves. Our hope is that this article will shed some light on the similarities and differences and give the reader some insights into how to go about making this decision.

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