Enjoy many martial arts related TEDx talks. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event.

The Complexities of the Martial Artist’s Mindset: Claire Bouchard at TEDxColumbiaCollege

Claire Bouchard is a sophomore at Barnard College of Columbia University who has recently created her own major: Philosophy of Language. She has been training in Shotokan Martial Arts since the age of 6, under Sensei Avi Azoulay at the Syosset Martial Arts Center, and began competing internationally at the age of 12 in Japan. Now, Claire is a member of the AJKA United States National Karate Team and is in the process of training for the Euro Cup in Berlin, Germany next September. Claire is also a Resident Assistant and Speaking Fellow at Barnard College.

This talk was given at TEDxColumbiaCollege in November of 2012 at Columbia University in New York City.

Martial arts as a way of life: Shifu Kanishka Sharma at TEDxKiroriMalCollege | March 26, 2014

At the age of six, Kanishka Sharma happened to watch the movie, The 36th Chamber of Shaolin. He did not know then that this would be the first source of inspiration for what is today, his life’s passion. Shifu Kanishka, as he is known today, is the first Indian to have trained at the famed Shaolin Temple Secular Discipline Union in China. He is the first Indian to have brought the deadly combat system of Pekiti Tirsia Kali to India and also the first Indian to introduce Kali Tactical Combat System to the Law Enforcement, Military and Special Forces. Having a background in Martial Arts for more than 25 yrs, in combat systems like Shaolin Wu gong, Kungfu Toa, Muay Chaiya, Muay Thai , Sanshou and Jeet Kune Do-Inosanto Kali, Shifu Kanishka Sharma is highly specialized in Commando Close Quarter Combat which teaches a practitioner to knock out opponent in 3 seconds. He is specialized in Extreme Close-Quarter knife tactics, Weapon Retention and Disengagement tactics, Bayonet tactics and Safety Baton Tactics and Strategy for Law Enforcement Units. Shifu Kanishka Sharma’s remarkable journey began when he decided to give up his corporate job in favour of martial arts which was his passion and what his heart yearned for. Since his training at the Shaolin Temple that began in 2001, he has travelled across the world promoting the cause of the Shaolin Culture of Chan, Wu and Yi (Chan Buddhism, Martial Arts and Shaolin medicine).

Embodied leadership: Jonathan Poppele at TEDxCarletonCollege | Nov 30, 2013

Jonathan Poppele is the founder and director of the Center for Mind-Body Oneness and the creator of the Embodied Leadership program. He holds a 3rd-degree black belt in Ki-Aikido, and was a double gold medalist in the 2004 International Ki-Aikido Exhibitions held in Tochigi, Japan. Poppele is the award winning author of several nature guidebooks and is an adjunct instructor at the University of Minnesota in the Departments of Ecology, Evolution & Behavior and Writing Studies. Poppele is also is a former nationally-ranked bicycle racer, and finalist in the International Juggler’s Association Senior Championships. His TEDx talk will involve the audience in practical exercises– drawn from his decades of experience in mind-body practices, education, and nature studies–to show how relaxation (not tension) produces optimal results.

Aikido: an alternative education system for humanity? | Christophe Depaus | TEDxUBIWiltz | Jun 26, 2014

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. What is Aikido and how can it help us to find solutions to modern-world issues like radioactive waste management?

In a surprisingly animated talk, Christophe Depaus gives us the chance to see aikido’s spiritual pillars explained in action – on just a 12m² stage! – and how to build a bridge between two worlds that seemed incompatible before.

Christophe Depaus is a mining engineer, philosopher of sciences, expert on nuclear international law and management of radioactive waste with a thirty years-long intensive Aikido training that brought him to reach the level of 5th dan at the young age of 37.
His very different experiences reunited by a strong holistic approach allowed Christophe to develop his own vision of Aikido’s application on education and society that he proposes in his dojo since 2006.

My Experience Studying Martial Arts in China | Bleys Lee | TEDxSonghuaRiver | Jun 26, 2014

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Bleys came to China with great interest in Chinese Martial Arts. During his process of discovering more and more knowledge about the traditional Chinese culture, he gradually understood the spirit of this art, and shared his thoughts with us.


Changing the world one kick at a time | Chip Townsend | TEDxACU | May 26, 2015

Chip’s talk challenges listeners to rethink leadership and “break through barriers,” by relying on concepts such as finding your motive, living a life of integrity, and seeking excellence.

Chip Townsend began his journey in martial arts at 13 years old under the tutelage of Grand Master Lim. Although he had lost the sight in his right eye at age 3, he persevered. Today, he holds 14 ISKA (International Sport Karate Association) World Titles in Breaking. He has been featured on ESPN, the Discovery Channel, and more recently NBC’s America’s Got Talent.

How martial arts can help us live better lives | Onasis Parungao | TEDxConnecticutCollege | June 15, 2015

Parungao shows how the physical movement of martial arts and the rules of such disciplines can help everyone lead a better, more active life.

Onassis Parungao is a lifelong martial artist. His primary skills are in the Chinese martial arts of Hung Gar and Tai Chi Chuan. Both of which are from authentic family lineage. He was the 1st Filipino (American) to compete as a mixed martial artist in UFC # 7 and has also won multiple belts in Chinese San Shou full contact fighting. In the last decade he has worked tirelessly to spread his chosen arts, with the focus on how to bridge the gap between traditional and modern training methods. The posterity of the skills are his passion, especially if they can benefit a person in everyday living.

Be An Action Hero: The Philosophy of Bruce Lee | Bruce Lee’s daughter Shannon Lee | TEDxLimassol | Dec 10, 2015

Superheroes exist. They live among us. They put on their capes everyday. In offices, in labs, on the sports track, in garages. Creating, designing, educating, entertaining, informing – making a true difference. To a true hero, every detail matters, every second is important, every inch counts. They lead by example driven by their own targets. They are the ones that will not conform, willing to face challenges and to set out on journeys to uncertain endings. Yet, they do not know how to give up. And once they succeed – because like any true hero they always succeed – change is created.

Science & Martial Arts | Dominic Jones | TEDxTokyoTeachers | Jan 7, 2016

Dominic Jones’ dynamic talk highlighted how the scientific understanding of human movement is critical in the study of the martial arts. According to his instructor Dr. Ron Chapél, it is the responsibility of the martial scientist to experiment and find the most effective movement patterns that consistently perform in hands-on, stressful, self-defense situations. The audience enthusiastically participated in eye opening martial science experiments and discovered in the words of Ed Parker, that “To see is to be deceived, to hear is to doubt, but to feel is to believe.”

Associate Professor, Consultant, Martial Scientist. Focused on helping others achieve their education, business and personal development goals.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/about/programs-initiatives/tedx-program

Cognitive Kali | Paul McCarthy | TEDxUCLA | July 8, 2016

Paul McCarthy suggests that complex movements may have different affects than well learned movements on cognitive function. In this lively talk which includes demonstrations of the ancient martial art of Filipino Kali, drumming and some impromptu dancing, he suggests that we start our own ‘movement revolution’ as a pathway to greater health and wellbeing.
Kali Demonstration – Guro Conrad Cayman & Guro Roland Arenz
Drummers – Alex Acuna & Michael Dubin
Drumming Music – Written and Performed by Alex Acuna, Michael Dubin & Corrado Rotondella
Thank you to our teacher and mentor Guro Dan Inosanto – www.inosanto.com
More information on Cognitive Kali can be found at www.cognitivekali.com

Paul “The British Ninja” McCarthy has been studying movement and martial arts for over 20 years. He holds black belts in various martial arts including Filipino Martial Arts (FMA), Hapkido (4th degree) and Taekwondo (1st degree) and is an instructor of Savate, Muay Thai and Jeet Kune Do. With an MS from Indiana University in Kinesiology and through his experience coaching, teaching and managing various movement practices, Paul is fascinated by what makes the body ‘tick’. He is currently working with Neuroscience Professors at UCLA, University of Victoria and University of Illinois to study how martial arts movement patterns improve cognitive function. Paul’s philosophy is that movement is vital to a happy and healthy life and that training and opening your mind to multiple arts, whether combative or healing, is the true path to maximizing your learning potential.

Capoeira: Martial Arts Meets Music & Dance | Salt Lake Capoeira | TEDxSaltLakeCity | Oct 10, 2016

Afro-Brazilian art form developed in Brazil, with dance, music, acrobatics, kicks and percussion elements. Salt Lake Capoeira has been teaching kids and adults for over 15 years now, under the leadership of Mestre Jamaika, a world renowned capoeira master, also a resident of Salt Lake City.

Capoeira was developed between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries by African slaves imported to Brazil during the slave trade. Prohibited from openly practicing forms of self-defense, slaves living on Brazilian plantations disguised their training by incorporating elements of dance, acrobatics, ritual, and music to their practice.

Fluid Balance & Capoeira | Katjuša Kovačič & Nikola Orešković | TEDx University of Zagreb | Dec 9, 2016

Creative performance including Fluid Balance and Capoeira. Fluid Balance is a specific method and movement vocabulary inspired by dance, capoeira, circus, acrobatics and theatre. Capoeira is a afro-brazilian art form that fuses marital art, acrobatics, dance and music. Its african roots are visible in music, movements and game etiquete.

Taekwondo as a Path to Peace | Martin K. Arceo | TEDxUCR | March 6, 2017

Taekwondo is not just a martial arts. For Martin, “Taekwondo is an art of war which calls for the advancement of peace.” Martin shares his journey to finding his path with Taekwondo.

Martin Kristian Arceo is an undergraduate at the University of California, Riverside, majoring in history, but with the intent to enter the field of medicine. Without a doubt, taekwondo has had the biggest influence in his life. He have practiced the art for twelve years and have received numerous accolades from local, state, national, and international competitions. More than a sport, He see taekwondo as a means to serve his community. As a fourth degree black belt, Taekwondo as enabled him serve in numerous ways from teaching in orphanages to raising money to create care packages for the homeless.

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