Martial Arts

Lua: The Ancient Hawaiian Martial Art of Breaking and Dislocating
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Some martial arts emphasize using kicks and punches to thwart an attacker. Others focus on activating pressure points, executing takedowns, grappling on the ground or employing a mixture of moves. The ancient Hawaiian art of lua is different in that it revolves around breaking bones and dislocating joints. While not usually lethal, such techniques will […]

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Independence Day SALE
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Our Independence Day SALE is starting early this year, and we are bringing you a handful of sales on everything — from digital and print to books and DVDs! From June 30 until July 4, you can enjoy a nice 25% discount on a print subscription to Black Belt with the code BBMAG4TH. Click here to subscribe.  https://checkout.subscriptiongenius.com/BlackBeltMag.com/ For our friends who have gone digital, you can […]

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Judo-to-MMA Success Story Starring 2-Time Olympic Gold-Medalist Kayla Harrison
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BLACK BELT: Going into the judo competition at the 2012 Olympic Games, were you confident? Had you visualized yourself winning the gold? Kayla Harrison: I always wanted to win the Olympics, especially since 2010 when I won the World Judo Championships. I thought about it constantly. Visualization was a big part of that. Every night […]

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Revisit the First Two Karate Kid Movies to Better Enjoy the New Cobra Kai Series, Part 2
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Read Part 1 of this post about the Karate Kid movies here. Confidence in Intuition In The Karate Kid movie, Mr. Miyagi gives Daniel LaRusso the chance to trim a bonsai tree. Daniel wants to try but is reluctant for fear of ruining the tree. Miyagi tells him to close his eyes and trust himself. […]

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Revisit the First Two Karate Kid Movies to Better Enjoy the New Cobra Kai Series, Part 1
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It’s long been a complaint of serious martial artists that the film industry presents a distorted view of the arts. By capitalizing on flamboyant aspects and then pushing them to the bizarre, moviemakers give the public little chance to learn what the arts are really about. In most cases, the true purpose of budo is […]

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Learn Effective Judo Strategies for Competition and Self-Defense From Olympic Medalist Mike Swain, Part 2
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Action and Reaction Many judoka have a favorite throw they’ll use whenever the opportunity presents itself. Contrary to what some instructors claim, that’s not necessarily a bad thing, Olympic judo silver-medalist Mike Swain says. In fact, it can make all the moves in their judo arsenal more effective by intimidating their opponent. And since they’ve […]

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Learn Effective Judo Strategies for Competition and Self-Defense From Olympic Medalist Mike Swain, Part 1
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In the early days of judo, practitioners would challenge jujitsu stylists to all-out fights to prove which art was superior. Because weight classes were unheard of, there ended up being a lot of small guys fighting a lot of big guys. Judo had to function as a David-vs.-Goliath art if it was to survive. Its […]

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Learn How to Fight Different-Size Opponents From Benny The Jet Urquidez!
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Benny Urquidez was kickboxing’s most fearless gladiator. With his incredible speed, power and energy, he could go to any country on earth, fight anybody he was paired up with according to their rules — and beat the living daylights out of them. In front of sell-out crowds, Benny Urquidez, in true terminator fashion, would blast […]

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Sho Kosugi and the Ninja Warriors!
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The year was 2006, and it was my first visit to Hollywood. Whom did I choose to meet first on that day? The foremost name in ninja movies: Sho Kosugi. There I was, standing in his office in the heart of Tinseltown, having just wrapped an hourlong interview on the master movie ninja’s life, career […]

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Taekwondo Master Jhoon Rhee Says There Is No Such Thing as Advanced Stances and Positions!
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It would be tough to come up with a bigger name in the taekwondo world than Jhoon Rhee. A pioneer in the Korean martial arts and a two-time Black Belt Hall of Fame inductee, the taekwondo master was one of the first to spread the kicking art in America, and he promoted it tirelessly until […]

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How to Use Martial Arts to Break Into Movie Stunt Work
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As the theme song to the 1978 Burt Reynolds movie Hooper noted, “There ain’t nothing like the life of a Hollywood stuntman.” A lot of martial artists take those words to heart. There’s an army of skilled — and not-so-skilled — practitioners of karate, taekwondo, kung fu and other martial arts trying to break into […]

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Mastering Kendo and Kenjutsu: First You Need to Get a Grip!
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Grip is an important facet of Japanese sword arts like kendo, kenjutsu and iaido. Simply said, if you don’t hold the kodachi (short sword) or choken (long sword) correctly, everything else leading up to the execution and follow-through of your cut will be substandard and ultimately cause you to perform below your potential. Furthermore, poor […]

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Karate Combat Organization Launches Full-Contact Fighting League
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Karate Combat has launched a professional combat-sports league that was created to revitalize the art of karate. The fighting is full contact with rules developed by martial arts experts and top fighters. It takes place in the patent-pending Karate Combat Fighting Pit, which is designed to encourage continuous action. Karate Combat viewers can access league […]

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Swordsmanship in Ancient Japan and the Quest for Self-Mastery
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Excellence in Japanese swordsmanship demands that a martial arts practitioner — whether that person trains in kendo, kenjutsu, iaido or another style — make a conscious effort to learn and execute correct sword techniques, practical cuts and the samurai way of life. With time and experience — and assuming a certain level of physical ability […]

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