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Kobudo: Traditional Okinawan Weapons

Kobudo literally means "ancient martial ways". In the karate world, it generally refers to those traditional Okinawan weapons whose history and practice has been...

Isshin-ryu: The Style that Tatsuo Shimabuku Built

On January 14, 1956, Tatsuo Shimabuku went to sleep and had a vivid dream. In his sleep he saw a vision of a goddess,...

Jutte Jutsu

Jutte jutsu is the Japanese martial art using the Japanese weapon jutte or jitte. Juttejutsu evolved mainly for use by law enforcement officers of...

The Development and Evolution of Chanbara

Japanese martial artists and sword masters came together in 1969 and modernized the “art of practice.” Founder Tanabe Tetsundo and his following, comprising some...

Descriptions of Internal Martial Arts

Regarding Falun, if you look at their situation, you have to realize that they are at least partly to blame for their troubles in...

52 Blocks or Jailhouse Rock

By Phil Elmore ~ Jailhouse Rock, Comstock, Closing Gates, or 52 Blocks is alleged to be a prison fighting system — a martial art...

Sil Lum Kung-Fu or Shaolin Kung-Fu

Sil Lum Kung-Fu (or Shaolin Kung-Fu in the Mandarin dialect) is the most well known of the Chinese martial arts. Born in China's Hebei...

Aikido Principles

You can't learn much about aikido just by reading. Many hours of practice and experiment are needed before the ideas presented here will have...

Gordon Richiusa: Five Bird System

When is a style really a style? What makes a fighter a martial artist? And what do we call a style that is founded...

Jujutsu: The Art of Yielding and Pliability

Traditional Jujutsu is considered a Japanese cultural art (as are kado, or flower arrangement; chado, or tea ceremony; and shodo, calligraphy). Traditional Jujutsu systems all have documented...

Ken Park Family Secrets of a Korean Martial Arts Clan

There was a time when the only way a person could learn a martial art was to be taught that skill in secret, usually...

Doing a Form of Tai Chi Chuan

Speak to your friends who do Karate or Tae Kwon Do about Tai Chi Chuan and they will tell you it is a slow...

The History of Isshin-Ryu Karate

Isshin-Ryu karate was founded by one of the great karate masters, Tatsuo Shimabuku, and is derived from several of the other, older classical styles. Master...

Jodo the Way of the Stick

Shindo Muso Ryu, a school that devised the dynamic art of jo-jutsu was developed by Muso Gonosuke Katsuyoshi, a student of the Tenshin Shoden...

The Budokwai Centennial

January 26, 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Budokwai, also known as GK House, by Gunji Koizumi in 1918. The...

The Vietnamese Art of Cuong Nhu

The Vietnamese martial art of Cuong Nhu was born in 1965. Although its peers may consider the system a “youngster”; Cuong Nhu’s foundation is as...

Pa Kua Chang or Ba Kua Chang

Pa Kua Chang (Eight Diagram Palm), is also known as Ba Gua Zhang. It is one of the primary internal systems of the Chinese...

Hank Hayes and No Lie Blades

No Lie Blades is an organization dedicated to helping the military, law enforcement, security and combative martial artist gain superior offensive and defensive tactical...

Carlos Gracie and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Brazilian Jujutsu or Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (abbreviated to BJJ) is a modern, cutting edge, style of martial art that was developed from judo and the...

Han-Pul

Han-Pul is a Korean style of martial art unlike most popular styles. Han-Pul is for people of all ages interested in the serious pursuit...