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si Quieres Vencer, Aprende A Padecer

“si Quieres Vencer, Aprende A Padecer” Refrán Mexicano Noviembre de 1975. Esa noche la clase apenas iniciaba. Al llegar a las 400 repeticiones de un...

Don’t Mislead Me: Inadequate Explanations For Kata Movements

The question showed that this student was troubled by the woefully inadequate explanations for kata movements that he had been given over the years. Since...

Dancing With The Dark Side

At some point, the true martial artist must come to grips with this messy, brutal reality. I call this "dancing with the dark side." Let...

Anyone Can Beat Anyone: There Is No Such Thing As Invulnerability

I know that invulnerability is often what we seek when we are beginning our training. We watched many a martial arts demo in which...

The Sub-Arts of Karate: Tuidi-jutsu and Kyusho-jutsu

Tuidi (Grab-Hand) "The Grappling Aspect of Karate" All bodies can be weakened - they all have nerves, vital points, joints, tendons and muscles that will...

Hyung: The Hidden Secrets of Tae Kwon Do

Many black belts and students of Tae Kwon Do don’t realize the devastating self-defense applications that are hidden within every hyung (forms) taught in...

When Can You Legally Defend Yourself?

In order to legally defend yourself, using physical force against a hostile person who you believe intends to do you harm, three elements must...

The Wooden Dummy

The wooden dummy is a training device that is used in many different systems of Chinese martial arts. There are many different designs for...

The Wall of Silence: Vital Points in Kata

Prior to WW II there were several publications which discussed vital points and how they could be used to knock out or kill a...

How To Buy A Sword Part 1

The number one question you need to decide is, "What do you want the sword for?" Do you want to use it for a...

How To Throw A Knock Out Punch

It’s a relatively well known fact that to throw a knock out punch you should put your body into it. This might sound simple...

The 7 Keys To Martial Arts Speed

Regardless of your martial arts style or method . . . you cannot apply it unless you can react quickly and respond instantly. Speed...

Ju No Kata

So-called "Forms of Gentleness," as the ju no kata is referred to, is a grossly misinterpreted standard of Kodokan. As performed in modern-day judo,...

Are Kata Bi-Lateral?

Lately I have been involved in some discussion on why kata (forms) do not appear to be bi-lateral. If you stop and think for...

Etiquette Among Martial Artists in China

CHINA began its history several thousand years ago, and has since been a state of ceremonies in the world. As early as in the...

The Revival Of Bare-knuckle Boxing

Most people today think of fighting systems as Asian. Some also even think of Brazil or Israel, but most don’t think of martial arts...

No Lie Blades: From Martial Artists to Combative Practitioner

I started my martial arts journey at age 15. It was a search for a method of self defense that would be empowering and...

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,...

History of the Nunchaku

To explaining the origin of the nunchaku, we must look at different historical paths including ancient history and old stories and tales. With the...

The Motobu Fist: Lost Fist Tools Of Okinawan Karate

There is an unfamiliar side to traditional martial training similar to encountering a foreign language that runs through authentic karate-do practice. The Okinawans labeled...