Martial Arts

How to Prepare to Defend Yourself Against Real Violence When You’ve Never Experienced It
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Telling other people how to use self-defense skills to survive a dangerous or potentially lethal encounter when you’ve never experienced one can be pretentious. No matter how much experience you may have in the karate dojo, it cannot compare to those occasions when you’re facing an adversary bent on doing some massive or terminal damage. Having […]

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Aikido Master Koichi Tohei Explains the Concept of Ki (Internal Energy)
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This look back at our martial arts roots comes from the pen of Koichi Tohei (1920 – 2011). Koichi Tohei was a student of aikido founder Morihei Ueshiba and served as head instructor at the Hombu Dojo in Tokyo. He later split from Morihei Ueshiba’s organization and founded the Ki Society. Koichi Tohei, who was […]

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Jillian Michaels: How Martial Arts Took Her From Rock Bottom to The Biggest Loser!
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Where You’ve Seen Her: The Biggest Loser Martial Arts Experience: karate, muay Thai, akarui-do As inspirational stories go, this one’s pretty remarkable. Start with a 5-foot-2-inch, 175-pound, 14-year-old girl who’s devoted to junk food and facing the emotional trauma of her parents’ impending divorce. Give the mother the foresight to enroll her daughter in a […]

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Martial Arts Enlightenment: Why the Samurai Warriors Practiced Zen, Part 1
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People today may find it unusual to think of religious philosophy as the backbone of military training, yet that’s just what we find when we examine the military class of early Japan. Westerners are often confused by the term “religious philosophy” because in the West, those two subjects are distinct schools of thought. Until recently […]

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Martial Arts Enlightenment: Why the Samurai Warriors Practiced Zen, Part 2
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Before you dig into this post, would you like to read Part 1? If so, go here now. Regardless of specifics, from the time of the first Kamakura shogun, Zen Buddhism had found its foothold in ancient Japan, and its impact was imminent. One key point that Winston L. King brought up (see Bibliography) was […]

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Self-Defense for Minimalists: The Only Kick You Will Ever Need
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Back on the farm, plow hitches were always getting stuck because they’d fill up with dirt. If you didn’t have a sledgehammer handy, the only way to knock them loose was with a good, swift kick. But not just any kick would do. It had to be what we called the “Georgia stomp.” Turns out, […]

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Taekwondo Legend Jhoon Rhee
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“A picture is worth 1,000 words; an action is worth 1,000 pictures.” — Jhoon Rhee For decades, we’ve known Jhoon Rhee as the father of taekwondo in America. Without digging too deep into our memories, most of us could tell you that the master is based in Washington, D.C., and that he’s trained elected officials […]

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In Honor of David Carradine, Kwai Chang Caine From the TV Series Kung Fu
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December 8, 1936 – June 3, 2009 Today marks the eighth year since David Carradine, the actor who left his imprint on martial arts history when he starred in ABC’s Kung Fu television series, passed away. Countless senior practitioners in dojo across the country received their first exposure to the martial arts because of Carradine, […]

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Improve Your Muay Thai Now: How Master Toddy Trains Champions, Part 2
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Read Part 1 here. ON THE ROPES The muay Thai trainer known as Master Toddy likes to have his students cut their teeth on a specially designed striking pad that’s positioned near the ropes that surround one of his boxing rings. “You can stand in front and hit it to get your distance with uppercuts […]

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Improve Your Muay Thai Now: How Master Toddy Trains Champions, Part 1
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In a universe populated by hardened ex-champs who have about as much personality as a worn-out boxing glove, muay Thai authority Master Toddy stands out. A jovial fellow, he’s as entertaining a host as one could hope for in the martial arts. But put him on a mat with his students or in the corner […]

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