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Adding Judo to Your Self-Defense Toolbox Part 1

Judo is arguably the most underrated fight sport for nonweapons self-defense. For years it’s been overshadowed by striking-based martial arts. It wasn’t until the...

Adding Judo to Your Self-Defense Toolbox Part 2

Read Judo Part 1 The Force of Competitive Throws The Impact of someone being thrown on their head on concrete is far more devastating than the...

Footwork Training In Martial Arts – An Introduction

In response to a comment a respected martial arts teacher recently made to me that he felt that footwork training was becoming a lost...

Taijiquan: The Dao of Movement and Martial Arts

Taijiquan can be thought of as a martial art, a health exercise, a practice in healing sports injuries, and other things as well. But...

Footwork, Footwork, Footwork

The single biggest distinction between fitness and martial arts training is whether participants move or remain stationary, and the key is learning footwork. However they...

Neihanchi Kata: A Half-Century Musing On The Kata Of Okinawa

I do not speak Okinawan, Japanese or Chinese but I am very fluent in a certain kind...

An Instructors Guide to Teaching Knife Defense to Civilians Part One

The knife is one of mankind’s oldest and most valuable tools. It’s also the weapon of choice for most violent attacks around the world....

An Instructors Guide to Teaching Knife Defense to Civilians Part Two

Training Inasmuch as anyone with absolutely no experience can be deadly with a knife; training how to use one offensively is the best way to...

Internal Healing

Throughout my martial arts career I’ve been asked many times, “What is the best fighting art to take?” My reply is, “A punch is...

High Energy Strikes

High energy strikes must be relaxed and fast. The emphasis has to be on speed. If you double the speed, you will create four...

The Warrior Mindset

When first taking on this article, I thought I had a good grasp on the subject matter, after all, I am a warrior, right?...

Safety on the Streets: Recognize How Danger Escalates

As a student of the ninja personal protection martial art, based on fighting principles developed for intelligence gatherers in Japan centuries ago, you are...

Bunkai: The Meaning Behind Kata

Okay! Bunkai (分解), literally meaning “analysis” or “disassembly,” is a term used in Japanese martial arts referring to process of analyzing kata and extracting...

Life and Death: When Seconds Count

Imagine leaving a party having had too much to drink and suddenly finding yourself attacked by three individuals! It’s a blitz attack in the...

Combative Knife Fighting Truths

There are 12 brutal truths when it comes to combative knife fighting. Knife fighting is a serious topic and should never be taken lightly!...

Instructional Video – Athlon Rub Thai Oil Massage for Muay Thai

Athlon Rub Thai Oil: Instructional Massage for Muay Thai Kru Yai Jenypher Lanthier of York Muay Thai in Toronto, Canada demonstrates the technique she learned...

Three Dimensional Knife Defense

After the attacks of 9/11, I was running self-defense classes out of my martial arts academy outside of Chicago. A couple higher ups from...

Croatian Soldiers and the Invention of the Necktie

Old history books share that it was a cravat that became the symbol of a small European nation and its beauty soon won over...

The Other Way of Sanchin Kata

Many karate systems teach the Sanchin kata as an external training method to strength-condition practitioners with a series of breath-controlled tensions. This mainstream understanding...

Punching Power

Punching and striking speed are tantamount to success in competition and on the street. But throwing a punch too fast, with no control, will...