All Posts by Joel Williams

About the Author

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

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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Jan 21

Muay Thai Solo Training Hacks

By Joel Williams | Muay Thai

One challenge every martial artist faces is how to get in a good workout when they don’t have a partner available to train with them. In this article, you will learn how to tap into what motivates you and the best pieces of training equipment to have handy to burn some calories, get a good sweat, and sharpen your skills!

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Dec 29

Giving Back to the Community – A School Owner/Instructor’s Impact

By Joel Williams | Food for Thought , Instructors , Krav Maga

Dustin Koppel and his wife, Bethany Koppel, own and operate a full-time “brick and mortar” martial arts school (National Martial Arts) in Oak Ridge, TN. Dustin is also a Krav Maga instructor for Global Martial Arts University. They are doing amazing work in their local community while also running a successful business. Are you an owner or instructor at a martial arts school? Would you like to learn more about the essential elements for “doing good” while also promoting your business? If so, then read on!

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Dec 03

Improve Your Footwork NOW (Tips from TKD, Krav Maga, Muay Thai, and Bojutsu)

By Joel Williams | Home Study Students

When beginning any martial art, most of us want to get right to the “good stuff” … you know: Punching … Kicking … Fighting! And that is where we often focus, initially. However, we shouldn’t overlook the foundation of any martial art: Footwork. Lack sound footwork and you’ll literally be stuck and predictable. Want some great tips on footwork essentials? Then keep reading and get sage advice from our GMAU instructors!

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Oct 23

The 3 Most Common Street Attacks & How to Defend Them

By Joel Williams | Krav Maga

You train hard and you practice a lot. But are you actually “ready” for a real life physical confrontation? Maybe so, maybe not… There is really only one way to know for sure, right? Just find yourself in a situation where you have to actually use your knowledge and skills. None of us truly want that – but at the end of the day, if you are serious about using your martial arts skills for self-defense, it’s all about being prepared. One way to train specifically to defend ourselves is to organize your training to ensure you are as prepared as possible to defend yourself against the most probable (or common) attacks. That is exactly what the GMAU Krav Maga program does – it teaches you how to defend yourself against the most common attacks. Want to know more? Then keep reading!

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