Why I’m not a martial arts millionaire (yet)

In the last few weeks, a couple things came together and the result is this (long) post. Here’s the list of events:

  • Somebody asked about blogging and I responded. Part of my response was this:

If you really want to make money blogging, you’ll have to work hard and probably go for business models that aren’t always as cool. Not my thing, but to each his own.

  • I had a discussion with another instructor/author about training methodology, cross training and the value of traditional martial arts. It took me a while before I figured out we weren’t talking about the same thing. I think he’s right in what he said. I also think I’m right in what I said.
  • Branimir Tudjan said the following in the interview I did with him

First I would like to thank you for your interest in my MOSS video and for conducting this interview. You know, in the so called martial arts world which is nowadays unfortunately full of big ego “grandmasters” or “guru’s” and where every “expert” perceives others (and their systems) as a potential threat or less “realistic & effective” system then their own, it’s a pleasure to meet a person and a colleague like yourself who is competent, mature, confident and open minded. I am also genuinely impressed with your work with Paladin Press.

  • Somebody got the ball rolling on important life lessons, things that suddenly clicked. I wrote:

Mine was: just because I’m right about something, somebody else isn’t necessarily wrong about the same subject. And vice versa.

All these things combined are what lead up to the title of my post here.

Why I’m not a martial arts millionaire (yet)

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“One Against Many”, Interview with Branimir Tudjan

I recently reviewed One against Many” by Branimir Tudjan and liked how he covered the topic of multiple opponents. So I contacted him for an inteview about this video and he kindly agreed. Enjoy!

One Against Many: Interview with Branimir Tudjan

Q: Could you give us some information on your professional background and training?

A: Hello Wim. First I would like to thank you for your interest in my MOSS video and for conducting this interview. You know, in the so called martial arts world which is nowadays unfortunately full of big ego “grandmasters” or “guru’s” and where every “expert” perceives others (and their systems) as a potential threat or less “realistic & effective” system then their own, it’s a pleasure to meet a person and a colleague like yourself who is competent, mature, confident and open minded. I am also genuinely impressed with your work with Paladin Press.

(Note from Wim: The pleasure is all mine. Thank you for your kind words, Branimir. Some more thoughts on this here.)

Also I would like to say hello to all your students and visitors on this blog.

I was born in 1965 in Zagreb (Croatia). I began my martial arts training at age of 8 in Japanese Karate. As a teenager I studied Wing Chun and Tae Kwon Do and Western Boxing. After the compulsory army service I traveled to Israel (1987) where I worked as a journalist and had my first encounter with the Israeli self defense system Krav Maga while teaching my Karate classes to the Kibbutz children.

After a while I relocated to The Netherlands where I first introduced Krav Maga (as an official representative of the Israeli Krav Maga Association- IKMA from Israel) and Takeda-ryu Aikido (from Japan). I also introduced Krav Maga to my native country of Croatia.

I was a police officer in The Netherlands for over 13 years and visited many police departments through the world (NYPD. ESPD, Israeli National Police, French GIGN etc). [Read more…]