LOYALTY TO YOURSELF

Stay True to Yourself

 

Perhaps the most important person to be loyal to, is yourself. Are you? Chances are good that you are way down on the list of who and what you care for.

What does being loyal to yourself mean? Commitment to the values you deem important. For example, do you think your family’s health is important? If so, your health is important too, because you are an important member of the family. You need to do the things that keep you healthy. You need to eat right. Sure, you are busy at work and taking care of the family, but who is going to do all the work if you get sick? It’s easy to skip lunch and eat junk food instead, but would you allow your children to do that? Then why allow yourself. Take the extra 10 minutes to eat a real meal.

Sifu George Fitzgerald & Bruce LeeIn order to stay healthy, you need to exercise three times a week, or more if possible. Martial arts training is one of the best overall exercises, so attending class regularly, or taking quality private lessons, is good for you and good for your family.

As important as it is to take care of yourself physically, so is taking care of yourself emotionally. You must keep the promises you make to yourself, just as you keep the promises you make to others. Every time you cheat yourself, it is like dripping water on a rock. It does not appear to have any  noticeable effect, but over time it can erode your self-esteem.

 

Commitment and support are the keys to loyalty. Commit to being as good a friend to yourself as you are to your family and friends. Support the good habits that keep you healthy and strong, so that you can continue to serve those you love.

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WARRIOR HAIRSTYLIST

 The Ninja Hairstylist

 

Here I am with my good friend and student, Stuart Phillips. This was December 2013 when Stuart was about to do a blindfolded haircut on former footballer, Neil ‘Razor’ Ruddock. We joked that I was there in the event of anything going wrong, but of course there was no chance of that happening. Stuart is a true master of his craft and a genuine celebrity hairdresser.

He has had some amazing clients, is the official hairdressing writer for on-line OK Magazine and is the recipient of multiple awards. This year alone he won two awards at the English Hair & Beauty Awards‘Best London Salon of the Year‘ and ‘Best UK Salon of the Year’ … he received the award for ‘Best Salon in London’ at the London Lifestyle Awards 2014 … and most recently he was declared the ‘Best Male Hairstylist in the UK’ at the International Achievers Award 2014!!

A true Warrior Spirit can help anyone achieve all of their goals in life and Stuart is a Warrior!!!

 

George Fitzgerald & his student Stuart Phillips, Celebrity Hairdresser.

George Fitzgerald & his student Stuart Phillips, Celebrity Hairdresser.

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REMEMBERING JOE LEWIS

Remembering Another Friend

 

Sunday 31st August 2014 marked the second anniversary of the sad passing of Martial Arts immortal, Joe Lewis. The first heavyweight World Kickboxing Champion, twice elected the Greatest Karate Fighter of All Time … and NUMEROUS other accolades, his genius is truly missed.

I am proud and fortunate that I am among those lucky enough to be one of his Black Belts, his student … and most importantly, a friend. Rest In Peace Joe.

Joe Lewis & George Fitzgerald

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REMEMBERING SIFU LARRY HARTSELL

Rest In Peace My Friend

 

It is incredible to believe that today, the 2oth August 2014, marks seven years since the sad passing of my friend and teacher, Sifu Larry Hartsell.

Sifu Larry was widely regarded as the premier fighter of those fortunate to be classed as original students of Bruce Lee. It is well known to the students of Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do that Bruce Lee broke combat down into the four ranges of Kicking, Boxing, Trapping and Grappling. The serious students of Jeet Kune Do are also aware that the development of the grappling range techniques in this system were assigned to Larry Hartsell. 

Larry Hartsell authored several books on the subject of Jeet Kune Do Grappling. “Entering to Trapping To Grappling and takedowns, Counters, and Reversals.” In addition he nine internationally distributed videotapes on the grappling arts. These books, videos and his skill in the grappling arts have resulted in Larry Hartsell being listed in the “Who’s Who in Martial Arts” and cover shots with numerous feature articles in Inside Kung Fu, Black Belt, Martial Arts Training, Inside Karate, Australasian Fighting Arts, and many others.

Larry Hartsell’s skill in hand-to-hand combat, his weapons training and his development of techniques in the grappling range led to a wide and varied range of professional experiences. With his training under Bruce Lee, his degree in criminology, his ten years of law enforcement experience, and his training under Dan Inosanto, Larry Hartsell was in wide demand as a professional bodyguard for celebrities like Mr. T of the A-Team fame, and as a trainer for both the Dallas Cowboys and the San Francisco 49ers.

Sifu Larry conducted two outstanding seminars in 2004 at my former school, the Tang Lung Combat Academy, and I felt immensely proud and privileged to be his seminar assistant in Los Angeles 2005 at Black Belt magazine’s first Festival of Martial Arts.

Sifu Larry Hartsell & Sifu George Fitzgerald

Sifu Larry Hartsell & Sifu George Fitzgerald

Not only was he a legendary Martial Artist, but also a genuinely warm-hearted person who is missed by countless people all over the world. Sifu Larry, God Bless You.

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WHO WAS THE FITTEST MAN EVER?

Men’s Fitness Magazine

100 Fittest Men Ever

 

Probably the greatest influence in my life as a Martial Artist was the legendary Bruce Lee. I started my Martial Arts journey in the same year that Bruce died, back in 1973. For those of you not of the right age to know this time, it would be hard for you to understand the Kung Fu and Bruce Lee boom of the 70’s. Of course nowadays, martial arts are to be seen in every blockbuster action movie; but back in the early 1970s and earlier, fight scenes looked very different!! It was the explosion of Kung Fu movies, spear-headed by Bruce Lee that changed the movie scene forever. It was after sneaking into one of the late night cinemas (because you had to be 18) to see my first Bruce Lee movie, Fist of Fury … that my path in life was firmly set.

So, I was very happy that in a list of the 100 Fittest Men Ever, published by Men’s Fitness magazine, Bruce Lee came in at Number Two, beaten only by Olympic swimming legend, Michael Phelps. Of course I think that Bruce should have been Numero Uno, but I guess my opinion is slightly biased! In fact, there were several other Martial Artists and boxers included in this list, such as Chuck Norris, George St. Pierre and Mohammed Ali.

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The Martial Arts have long been recognised for their value as a means to physical fitness. Just as an example, it has been estimated that a good kickboxing workout can burn up to 8oo calories in just one hour!! Depending on which art is practised, a martial arts routine works the body for flexibility, strength, aerobic and anaerobic conditioning, speed, endurance, balance and just about every other attribute required to reach a great level of fitness. In fact, if you never have to use Martial Arts as a defence against physical assault, you are still practising the art of self-defence against all kinds of ailments. Prevention is after-all, always better than cure.

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BRUCE LEE’S TRAINING DUMMY

Sifu George Works With Bruce Lee’s Original Training Dummy

 

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Sifu George Fitzgerald & Bruce Lee’s Training Dummy

 

At Sifu Richard Bustillo’s IMB Academy in Los Angeles working out on a training dummy that belonged to the legendary Bruce Lee!!

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BRUCE LEE’S GRIP TRAINER

Sifu George Works With Bruce Lee’s Original Grip/Forearm Trainer

 

How cool is this?

Sifu George Fitzgerald & Bruce Lee's Grip Trainer

Sifu George Fitzgerald & Bruce Lee’s Grip Trainer

At my teacher’s, Richard Bustillo, IMB Academy in Los Angeles working out with the grip/forearm trainer that actually belonged to the legendary Bruce Lee!!

 

 

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LUXURIOUS MAGAZINE

 

Sifu George Fitzgerald was recently featured in Luxurious Magazine

 

Sifu George was recently featured in Luxurious Magazine – the online and digital luxury magazine. As possibly the most visible luxury magazine in the world online, Luxurious Magazine uses it’s unique journalistic style to provide news, features, reviews and exclusive interviews. It provides impartial information to consumers and fans worldwide of luxury goods. The magazine features personalities and marques who are well-known or considered outstanding in the sphere of luxury.

My sincere thanks to Paul Godbold and the Team at Luxurious Magazine.

 

Sifu George Fitzgerald in Luxurious Magazine

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INTERVIEW – MARTIAL ARTS ILLUSTRATED

Video Except of  Sifu George Fitzgerald’s M.A.I. Interview

 

In November 2012 Sifu George was interview by Martial Arts Illustrated magazine. The interviewed was conducted by Lakhvinder Madahar at his great school in Coventry – Total Martial Arts Academy.

The interview will appear in the first quarter of 2013.

 

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MY NEW RADIO SHOW

SIFU George’s Martial Arts World …

My Brand New Radio Show

 

I’m very excited as it’s almost time for the premiere of my new, weekly radio show – SIFU George’s Martial Arts World. The first show is due on air Sunday 28th October 2012 from 3 – 4 pm on guessradio.co.uk

Please try to tune in each week as I will be talking about some of the different styles I have studied and the teachers who have taught me. Basically, I’ll be sharing my thoughts on the world of Martial Arts and Self Defence … ideas and techniques that can save lives – maybe yours!

In addition to these tips and principles, I will also talk about the history and philosophy of the different arts, interviewing other Martial Artists and discussing any newsworthy items relevant to the world of Martial Arts.

One of the topics I will be discussing on this premiere show will be my Ten Principles of Self-Defence Survival, common-sense advice and tips that have proven themselves on the streets and battlefields of the world.

So, don’t forget to listen in this Sunday 28th October from 3 – 4 pm on Guess Radio.

 

Peter Terry (owner/producer at Guess Radio) & George Fitzgerald

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