Martial Arts

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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Why The Left Hook Is So Devastating: John Hacklemans Secrets to His Favorite Punch
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Learn the secrets of the left hook from John Hackleman himself! Check out the left hook videos and more from The Pit Online Video Courses. FALLING IN LOVE WITH THE LEFT HOOK John Hackleman 1974 The main reason I fell in love with the left hook started when I was a young kid. As a […]

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Karate Terms: 5 More Words You Need to Understand
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In the first half of this article, goju-ryu instructor and Black Belt Hall of Fame member Chuck Merriman discussed five karate terms you should know: bunkai, bushido, dan, dojo and kata. In this conclusion, he addresses five more essential karate terms — kumite, mokuso, rei, reishiki and sensei — that will benefit practitioners of all […]

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Karate Terms: 5 Words You Need to Understand
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For many karate practitioners, one of the most challenging components of the martial art is learning the nuances of the terms used in the dojo. Any instructor worth his salt can offer a one-word definition of each Japanese word, and that can certainly lessen the complexity of what’s being taught. But often a quickie translation […]

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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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