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Kata: Why Bother

There are many differing views on the value of kata. Kata is regarded by some to be the very 'soul' of the martial arts....

Power of a Muay Thai Kick

Bob Chaney has been getting his kicks out of life via the marital for almost five decades.  With a background in traditional Japanese Karate,...

Best Practices: Goal-Oriented Training

Many in law enforcement view training as something to try to get out of. Since it’s often seen as a necessary evil, it’s always...

What are the Best Weapons For You?

In the 17th century there was no choice. The island of Okinawa was under Japanese rule and there existed a national ban on weapons....

Sports Karate and Traditional Fighting

Sports karate and traditional fighting – is your Dojo’s curriculum working these synergistically? Why each evolved the way they did and why analysis makes...

3 Stretch Yourself: Your Potential to Do a Front Split

Stretch Yourself: Testing Your Potential to Do a Front Split This is the third installment of my column on training that appeared in May 1999...

The Tradition of Folding the Gi

Traditions in every aspect of life are extremely important. They not only give direction to the culture; they uphold the values and reason for...

The Winning Edge: MMA Not Biggest Threat To Officer Safety

Takedowns, holds, and poundings, oh my! Don't pay attention to the man behind the curtain, Dorothy; you're not in Kansas anymore. The man behind the...

10 Things To Be A Mixed Martial Arts Fighter Part 10:...

10 Things you need to know to be a Mixed Martial Arts Fighter #10: How to win the fight. Everyone knows that the Mixed Martial Arts...

Shuriken Throwing: Forensics

One of the best-known weapons in the martial arts is the shuriken. Historical accounts of shuriken throwing can be found in Japanese martial arts history....

The Skill of Taking Strikes in Systema

An interview with System's Vladimir Vasiliev discusses the practical (apparent) reason for taking strikes and the underlying (psychological) reason. Student: We heard that you are currently working on...

Use the Environment as a Weapon

When I was a corrections officer working in the Costa Mesa Police Men's Jail in 1990 a prisoner attacked me and ran me into...

10 Things To Be A Mixed Martial Arts Fighter Part 5:...

10 Things you need to know to be a Mixed Martial Arts Fighter #5: Conditioning For A Fight Everyone knows that the Mixed Martial Arts Craze...

The Champion Mind

Several years ago I was discussing the sports psychology and Jiu-jitsu with a friend. We were debating what makes grapplers like Rickson Gracie truly...

A Gun Alone Is Not Self Defense

A gun alone is not self defense. By itself it is simply a gun, a tool and nothing more. Loading the gun and firing...

Karate: A Brief Overview And How To Supplement It With Reality-Based-Training...

Karate is a martial art that originated in Okinawa with strong roots to China; it was also frequently called kenpo. The term “karate” originally...

Stealth .45 ACP Compensators

I don't like compensators. To my traditionalist's eye, they are funny-looking contraptions better suited to imaginary guns in Star Wars movies. Real men all...

The Martial Artist a Lethal Musician

One cannot learn how to make music without understanding how it functions much like one cannot practice martial arts without understanding martial arts forms...

How to Spar for the Street: Part 1

Almost all martial artists include sparring in their training. However, there are many different types of sparring and there is some debate as to...

Hayashi Tomio

Hayashi Tomio or Christopher Goedecke is a career teacher of Okinawan Karate Do, 8th dan and headmaster of the Wind School of Karate Do...