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Semmy Schilt: My style is karate; it’s in my heart

Written by Jarrod Boyle (2018)

Semmy Schilt is one of the most dominant champions in the history of combat sports. Standing at 212 centimeters tall and weighing in at around 130 kg, he towers over not only his opponents but the history of the sport itself. A four-time K-1 World GP champion, he is the only fighter in history to have won the championship three times in a row. Following Schilt’s most recent victory — capturing the Glory Heavyweight Grand Slam Championship in front of thousands at Japan’s Saitama Super Arena — Jarrod Boyle spoke to the recently retired man-mountain about his winning ways.

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How Martial Arts Training Helps People With Down Syndrome

In my years as a martial artist and school owner, I’ve had the fortune of being able to instruct many students with Down Syndrome, as well as students who are on the autism spectrum and who have various mental and physical disabilities. Given the inclusive nature of the martial arts — no one sits on the bench! — I know that many of my fellow school owners also have had this experience. However, in 2010, thanks to Deidre Pujols and the Pujols Family Foundation, I was given the opportunity to do even more.

Nine-year-old Artyom, affected by Down syndrome, taking part in a karate training session. Photo: AFP

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5 Keys to Long-Term Success

As we all know, nothing in life, including success in your martial art, is guaranteed. However, with the right mindset and the right habits, you can stack the odds in your favor.

I have found that five habits are essential for long-term success. Although I’ve seen some people fail despite adhering to a few of these behaviors, I have never known anyone to succeed without them. Continue reading “5 Keys to Long-Term Success”