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         Martial Arts: Stretching

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. More


         Martial Arts: Chinese Arts

A Brief History of Chinese Kung-Fu: Part 1
By David A. Ross

There is a lot of contradictory information circulated about the origins and purposes of Chinese martial arts and most of what is painted by those within these arts is not only misleading and illogical, but also inconsistent. More


         Martial Arts: Chinese Arts

A Brief History of Chinese Kung-Fu: Part 2
By David A. Ross

In recent history Chinese martial arts witnessed growing control of the central government over their practice and interpretation. More


         Martial Arts: Judo

The Study of Kuzushi
By Neil Ohlenkamp

The concept of Kuzushi, or the breaking of an opponent's balance, is central to many martial arts including judo and jujitsu. More

 

Viewpoint
The Importance of Real-World Feedback
By Christopher Caile

Modern martial arts often neglect to provide the real-world verification of technique that once honed the martial skills of the Samurai class. In the feudal period Samurai martial technique were tested on the battlefield and actual combat proved the validity of their arts. More

Defining Martial Concepts
Fudo: The Concept of Immovability

By Christopher Caile
While the concept of immovability is central to Buddhism, especially Esoteric Buddhism (Mikkyo) and Zen, it also represents an equally important goal for those in karate, taekwondo, judo and mixed 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.

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.

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.


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?

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.


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.

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.



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

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



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From the Reading Room

Kubota, Takayuki
By www.ikakarate.com
Biography of Takayuki Kubota.

Fighting Zen: How Meditation Can Enhance Your Fighting Skills
By Christopher Caile
Meditation may just give you that mental edge that lets your body perform to it maximum.


Opinion - Being Too Careful
By Christopher Caile
When we are beginners in the martial arts, it's important when practicing with a partner to be careful with our techniques so we don't cause injury, but above a certain level being too careful can have the opposite effect.

Book Review: Samurai: An Illustrated History
By Diane Skoss
Although historically this book portrays a somewhat romantic and historically distorted portrait of the Samurai, the photos and line drawings are simply superb and worth the price of the book.

 


 

Street Stories
Five Dollars
By Jeff Brooks


A true life confrontation with muggers proved also to be an internal confrontation with the self. 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

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

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

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

Viewpoint
Humor in the Martial Arts
By Gary Gabelhouse

Humor can be an awesome self-defense. More

 

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