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By Royal Marines Commando turned magician and adventurer James ‘Steel’ Stott   There is nothing quite like the experience of serving alongside your brothers in the corps. That’s one of the reasons a lot of guys struggle when it’s time to leave. You miss that tight group of people all working together for the same goal.   The other reason of course is that you have to find something else to do with your life. I started doing magic when I was still in the Marines. At first it was just a bit of fun to entertain the lads, but...

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By Lawrence from Rolls and Rehab, injury rehabilitation therapist and mobility specialist   Pain is not always a reliable indicator of tissue damage. It is unique to the individual and there are multiple factors that can play a role in the manifestation of pain in the body. At the end of this read you should be able to further understand why getting assessed by a medical professional is far more robust than guessing. A stretch that worked to reduce your back pain may be detrimental to Bob who has back pain from getting hit by a bus yesterday. Context matters,...

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By three-times world jiu-jitsu champion Braulio Estima The resilience that you learn in jiu-jitsu is a very useful lesson for the rest of your life.I’ve been fortunate enough to have a fair bit of success on the mats, but on the other side I’ve not been without my fair share of injuries, the worst of which was terrifying. I fell on my head during a training session, causing a compression to my spine which left me on the floor unable to move. There was no pain, which was the most frightening part. and I had no idea whether I’d be...

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So I did it, I managed to complete my 1000-metre charity swim in open water. Actually it was 1100m, as we veered a little bit off course. I couldn’t have done it without my amazing coach Ben Wadham, plus a few expert tips from none other than Olympic medal-winner Sharron Davies.     Swimming that far with just one arm was no small task. Particularly when I think back to the first time I got in a pool after my injuries, which really didn’t go so well.     Along with my 5k run, we have now managed to raise...

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I have had my own jiu-jitsu academy for 20 years now and it is a great privilege to see the positive effect that training has on people’s mental as well as physical health. I have seen this in my students, but also in myself as well. Because it is a martial art, a lot of people assume that jiu-jitsu excludes people with certain physical limitations, but this is absolutely not the case. We have students from all different backgrounds, with all different physical abilities. I have a student who is blind, one who is an amputee and another who is...

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