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         Martial Arts: Self Defense

The Straight Arm Double Lapel Grab Part 1
By Christopher Caile

This technique taken from the karate kata Pinan four is a simple, easy to execute self-defense for this type attack. More


         Martial Arts: Guns, Knives and Edged Weapons

Precautions For Kids To Avoid Street Crime
By Christopher Caile

Kids should be prepared to avoid or reduce risks of crime against them and how to react. Here are some ways to minimize chances of being chosen for a target as well as ways to avoid problems if your kids are approached. More


         Martial Arts: Martial Arts and Ways in Japan

Channan: The "Lost" Kata of Itosu?
By Joe Swift

The series of five basic kata called Pinan (later renamed Heian in Japan) are probably the most widely practiced kata in karate today, but were they based on an earlier kata known as Channan? More


         Martial Arts: Iaido

Layers Of Shu-Ha-Ri In the Practice Of Iaido
by Deborah Klens-Bigman, Ph.D
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Most long-time martial arts practitioners actually know what Shu-Ha-Ri is, even without knowing the expression itself. More



 

Viewpoint
Humor in the Martial Arts
By Gary Gabelhouse

Humor can be an awesome self-defense. More

Viewpoint
The Best Anti-aging Formula
By Christopher Caile

The best anti-aging formula isn't a pill or a supplement but something you have right before you as a martial artist. More

Simple Lessons
Keeping Your Distance

By Terry Bryan
The proper spacing that 'fits' the situation is a crucial element in combat that has been used as long as we have recorded history. More

Defining Martial Concepts
Mushin: The State of Mind

By Christopher Caile
What is this central concept that underlies most of martial arts? More

From the FightingArts Estore
Orthodox Goju-Ryu Karate
By Takashi Miyagi, son of Chojun Miyagi founder of Goju Ryu
Translated by Nobu Kazi
Hardcover Book, Boxed –Collectors’s Edition
Plus 2 DVD’s
Way of Sanchin Kata
This books provides hidden insights about and understanding into one of karate's foundation kata--Sanchin.
Way to Black Belt
This book targets students who are studying to become a black belt, but at the same time it illustrates a path far behind this limited goal.
20th Century Samurai - Richard Kim 1917-2001
Richard Kim was one of the most influential and best-loved 20th Century martial artists.

Leg Circles Part I – Stretching the Hip Muscles for Higher Kicks
By Paul Zaichik
"This exercise loosens up and stretches the muscles surrounding the hip joints. Practicing it regularly will promote higher, faster and more powerful kicks.

Up Against The Wall
by Christopher Caile
Pushing someone from behind into a wall or object to hit or steal from them is a common technique, but it is easy to counter with a little knowledge.


Yang Family Taiji Quan - The Hidden Tradition
By Scott Rodell
Few students of Yang style taiji quan (tai chi) realize that Yang family decedents practiced a secret and slightly different family art which in modern times is rarely taught. More

Advice On Surviving An Edged Weapon Attack: Reexamining Modern Knife Instruction for Civilians
By W.R. Mann
If your knife defense training has been confined to the typical single thrust or slash attack, and "I will hold it there until you do something" method, Mann's training will be both eye opening and scary.


Ittosai's Test: Part 1
By Dave Lowry
In the sixteenth year of Tensho (1588), the swordsman Ito Ittosai Kagehisa could depend neither on a large and healthy crop of prospective successors among his students nor on a family heir ready to take over his Itto ryu. He had only two disciples from whom he could choose to carry on the traditions and strategies of his system of combat with the sword.

"Yoi" & The First Preparatory Moves Of Kata
By Christopher Caile
"The 'yoi' (the command often used in Japanese karate to signal getting ready to do a kata) and can be quite subtle or large depending on the style and system.



Characteristic Traits of a Good Judo Coach
by Elie A. Morrell, Hachidan
The judo coach's basic job is to pass on his knowledge to others in a clear and understandable way.  If he can't  properly communicate, this will have long range adverse effects on the students' progress in judo. More

Kagami Biraki: Renewing the Spirit
By Christopher Caile
Kagami Biraki, which literally means 'Mirror Opening' (also known as the 'Rice Cutting Ceremony'), is a traditional Japanese celebration that is held in many traditional martial arts schools (dojos) usually on the second Saturday or Sunday of January.



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From the Reading Room

Goju-Ryu Karate-Do Kyohan: The Significance of Kata
By Yamaguchi Gogen 'The Cat'
The practice of kata is critical to a true understanding of karate.

Thwarting Terrorist Bombing And Other Threats: Part 2 ? Conditions and Threats
By Lawrence Kane
Terrorists strike in many ways from remotely controlled car bombs to suicide bombers.


Ask The Teacher - Topic: Shinra Saburoi
By FightingArts Staff
I would like to find out more about the person named Shinra Saburo. I hear his name mentioned in both Korean & Japanese Martial Art histories.

Street Stories: Quick Reactions On A Street In Paris
By Bruce E. Miller
When an assailant tried to set me up for a mugging on a street in Paris my training paid off.

 


 

Lighter Side
Interesting Historical Facts
Some of the martial arts history found on various sites on the web is so contrived that it's funny, if not scary. More

Viewpoint
The Many Sides of the Martial Arts
By Gary Gabelhouse

The debate has gone on and on for as long as I can remember. Which art or discipline is strongest, what kind of training is best, are pure or eclectic arts best, tournament versus budo karate, are martial arts street effective? More

Science and the Martial Arts
The Mind and the Art of Ping Pong

By Christopher Caile
In any contest, sport as well as in self defense, learn to use your anger, use your  emotions as a powerful driver, but don't let emotions use you. More

Who's Who in Martial Arts
EisukeAkamine
(1925-1999)

Biography of Eisuke Akamine. More

Street Stories
Beware the Ambush
By Christopher Caile


Most of the time you can't avoid a sudden, unprovoked and violent mugging, especially if you don't see it coming. But sometimes you can. More

Security and Law Enforcement
Who Are the Good Guys
By Jeff Brooks
A cop story and how law enforcement philosophy and outlook fits the precepts of his role as karate teacher and practitioner of Zen. More

 

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