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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...

Workout Tips To Avoid Weak Bones

Give me a few minutes and I'll show you some workout tips to avoid weak bones! An estimated 10 million Americans have osteoporosis, and...

Knife Grips – Part 2

In Part 1 of this article we discussed the “Sacred Cow” of the knife world – the “Knife Grip!” For too long Asian and...

Ask Yourself “Who is the Enemy?”

If you are devoting yourself to the martial arts in order to defend yourself or others you must ask yourself a simple question, "Who...

A to Z Training Concept

Unlike traditional-based or sport-based martial arts, one of the most important components of the reality-based martial arts is the concept of "A to Z...

Para Ordnance P14-45

The gun was a train wreck. I was rooting around my safe and came across the Para Ordnance P14-45 I used at the range...

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...

Why use Rattan Escrima Sticks?

Most blade based martial arts have included wooden swords as part of their training. The samurai had oak training swords called “bokken” and european swordsman...

Willie Lim Unlocks Martial Arts Truths

Willie Lim likes nothing better than to unlock martial arts truths. He is demystifying martial arts, shattering illusions that many would like to keep...