This is Episode 1 of the All Things Risk podcast. The show which examines the application of concepts of risk and uncertainty to a wide range of domains and aspects of life. I am very pleased to not only be launching the podcast, but to have as my first guest Master Tammy Parlour. Master Tammy Parlour is a 5th Dan (and therefore Master) in the Korean martial art of hapkido and has been training under Grandmaster Gedo Chang for nearly 35 years. She set up Chang’s Hapkido Academy UK in the early 1990s and has been running the London school since the late 1990s. Master Parlour teaches a complete and traditional hapkido syllabus with a focus on joint locks, pressure points, kicks and punches, free-fighting and weapons. She also teaches ki meditation and has written a book on the subject. Chang’s Hapkido Academy, like its parent school in the US, has consistently received rave reviews for not only the quality of instruction, but also the supportive learning environment in class. I have been a student of Master Parlour’s for over 8 years and consider her classes to be among the best experiences you can have as a martial artist. However, beyond this, the focus on the philosophical side of training ensures that studying hapkido creates numerous benefits outside the dojang (training hall). In this session we explore these topics going back to not only when, how and why Master Parlour started studying hapkido, but why she has continued for nearly 35 years. We had an interesting, stimulating and at times very funny and wide-ranging conversation that covered the following (among other things): What hapkido is (check out Master Parlour’s school on YouTube – link also below to get a sense of the skills and movements taught) The relevance of martial arts, particularly traditional martial arts, in the modern world Mushin – “no mind” as a concept and practice and parallels to this with resilience and uncertainty Meditation and mindfulness Making difficult choices Dealing with adversity Being present Competition Women’s sport – Master Parlour is also the founder and CEO of the Women’s Sport Trust – a UK charity focused on raising the visibility and impact of women’s sport Show notes: At one point, I mention the following study about attention spans in children when we discuss the benefits of meditation and being present: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/9342391/Children-with-short-attention-spans-failing-to-read-books.html You can find more about Master Parlour and hapkido here: Chang’s Hapkido Academy UK: http://www.changshapkido.net - check out a free taster class if interested! Chang’s Hapkido Academy USA: http://www.changshapkido.com/ Chang’s Hapkido Academy on Social Media: Twitter: https://twitter.com/tammy_parlour Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Changs-Hapkido-Academy-UK/139300732782073?fref=ts LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/chang%27s-hapkido-academy-uk?trk=biz-companies-cym Instagram: http://instagram.com/changshapkido/ You tube: https://www.youtube.com/user/changshapkidoacademy?feature=mhum#g/u Women’s Sport Trust: http://www.womenssporttrust.com/ and on Twitter: https://twitter.com/WomenSportTrust Master Parlour on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Tammy_Parlour Her book on meditation: http://www.amazon.com/Exploration-Ki-Meditation-Tammy-Parlour/dp/144778121X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1453630324&sr=8-1&keywords=ki+meditation+parlour __________________
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