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By Sam Laird, former Royal Marines Commando and co-founder of The Green Retreat Ever since I started judo when I was 11, I have loved all martial arts. But in the last few years, my training has taken on a new level of importance, because it has been a vital part of keeping my mental health on track. I joined the Royal Marines at 17 and did three tours of Afghanistan. Losing friends and comrades is never easy, and it definitely took a toll on me. Especially when we lost Sgt John Henry Manuel, who we all called Manny. Manny...

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By Dr Marc Barton, chief instructor at Kingston Jiu Jitsu After more than a year of disruptions, we are finally daring to hope that jiu-jitsu life will get back to normal soon. But with so much time away from the mats, there are many pitfalls to avoid as you start training again. Before leaving the medical profession to teach jiu-jitsu full time, I was a doctor working in the Accident and Emergency department of a busy London hospital. It was an incredibly stressful job, and involved, as you can imagine, a lot of harrowing scenes. While many of my colleagues...

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By Mark Ormrod MBE, REORG Trustee. Shaving off my hair and beard was phase one of my REORG fundraising drive, and I am very grateful to everyone that contributed. Phase two is not going to be quite so easy – I am going to do a 5K run. If you think 5,000 metres sounds easy, I will briefly explain what it is like when you are a triple amputee. When an able-bodied person walks, your toes, ankles, calf muscles, quads and glutes, all work in harmony to propel you down the street. Then if you start running, your whole upper...

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For a lot of people, tackling ocean waves in a small rowing boat for six weeks is the stuff of nightmares. For four Royal Marines – two serving, two Veterans – it was the chance to do what they do best: work as a team and get through it, no matter how tough the task may be. Two injured former Marines, Juniour Mcilhiney and Will Schweppe, joined serving Marines David Bruce and Samuel Edwards on a 3,000-mile unsupported row from Gran Canaria to Barbados. They escaped the UK before they the lockdown and arrived at the end of January after...

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By Mo Morris, Royal Marines Mental Health and Resilience Lead I remember when I stopped doing jiu-jitsu because I wanted to focus on playing rugby.  I wanted to start training again, but as the days ticked past I found myself making excuses as to why I could not do jiu-jitsu – I had a game coming up, or I was too busy.  When I look back at it, I did not want to feel embarrassed and be beaten by people when I thought  I was better than them.  It’s crazy really, considering I had been taught resilience and had a...

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