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Christopher Caile

The Story About Kevin
By Christopher Caile

Sometimes the greatest teachers are the least expected.

Qi gong: An Introduction
By Christopher Caile

A fascinating glimpse into the history, development and practices of this ancient healing and health art.

Crazy Medicine: Healing With Your Own Energy
By Christopher Caile

It may seem like crazy medicine but this simple healing energy technique can be very effective.

A Simple Lesson in Body Mechanics
By Christopher Caile

A mistake made by many karate-ka and other martial artists is improper pelvis and hip alignment in their front leaning stance.

Are Your Students Draining Away?
By Christopher Caile

Here is a formula to help you determine if your martial arts school is losing too many students.

A Quick Marketing Checkup
By Christopher Caile

Here is a quick, easy to use formula to see if you are spending your martial arts ad dollars wisely.

Japanese Woodblock Prints
By Christopher Caile

The colorful Japanese woodblock prints (hanga) that we see today are the culmination of centuries of development.

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.

Harageri
By Christopher Caile

Harageri is the integration of inner control and calm in the hara combined with Ki (chi) energy.

Bodhidharma
By Christopher Caile

A remarkable man, part mystic and part guru who ventured far distances from India to China to teach and is now recognized as having originated Zen Buddhism.

Confucius
By Christopher Caile

Confucianism was central to Asian cultures which spawned Karate, Japanese classical and modern martial arts as well as Chinese martial arts. While it had little direct effect on technique itself, it did provide a framework for the philosophy and operational exercise of many arts.

Taoism
By Christopher Caile

Taoism is a system of Chinese belief based on the teachings of Lao-Tsu (Tao Te Ching) and others, notably Chung Tzu, dating from the 6th Century B.C.

Teaching Karate-Do: Interview with Kaicho Tadashi Nakamura, founder and Chairman of the World Seido Karate Organization
By Christopher Caile

Karate-do is a lot more than physical strength or technique.

Bodhidharma: Myth or Reality?
By Christopher Caile

This mythical hero and religious philosopher influenced the course of Buddhism while also being heralded as a founder of Chinese kung fu.

Defining Budo: Evolution of Spirit
By Christopher Caile

While inheriting its technical roots from bujutsu, or samurai fighting arts, budo developed its own unique definition of spirit

Classical Budo
By Christopher Caile

Classical Budo evolved from technical roots based in the samurai fighting arts to a new class of disciplines that set the stage for modern judo, aikido, kendo and karate-do.

Budo
By Christopher Caile

Budo does not translated well into martial ways because within its characters is also the secondary meaning of to stop conflict.

Bujitsu
By Christopher Caile

The classical arts of the Japanese fighting man set the stage for modern arts such as karate-do, kendo, judo and aikido.

Modern Budo
By Christopher Caile

Budo includes karate-do, kendo, judo and aikido which have inherited technical roots from the samurai combat arts.

Budo Belts and Ranks: The Forgotten Symbolism
By Christopher Caile

Are the belt we wear only imported figments of oriental culture, or are they meaningful symbols charged with the energy of years of dedication and hard work?

Focus on Budo
By Christopher Caile

Budo is a term which is made up of two characters, ?Bu,? and ?Do,? each having a unique meaning.

Memories Of Richard Kim
By Christopher Caile

A personal reflection on this American karate master, his thoughts and what he taught.

The Double Lapel Grab
By Christopher Caile

As an attack it may be scary, but in reality it does little more than ruffle your jacket while you as a defender have lots of options.

Kagami Biraki 2001 Photo Portrait
By Christopher Caile

Many traditional Japanese martial arts organizations welcome the new year with a traditional celebration of renewal and spiritual rededication known as Kagami Biraki that dates back to an old Samurai family practice that started in the 15th century.

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.

Kata As The Foundation Of Practice
By Christopher Caile

It was a secret old Chinese family fighting art within which kata served as the foundation of practice.

Kiai Jutsu: The Shout Used As A Weapon
By Christopher Caile

The true art of the shout, or kiai jutsu in Japanese, can be an effective tool of self-defense capable of having physical effects on an adversary.

Surviving A Multi-Opponent Attack Part 1: Interfering With And Avoiding An Impending Attack
By Christopher Caile

An attack by multiple assailants can be your worst nightmare but there are both physical and psychological tools you can use to interrupt or stop it before it fully develops.

Surviving A Multi-Opponent Attack Part 2: Principles And Tactics
By Christopher Caile

To survive a multiple assailant attack you have to be mentally prepared and know how to take control, interrupt the attack, move and counter and create a whirlwind of pain and confusion.

Surviving A Multi-Opponent Attack Part 3: Maneuvering For Advantage: Basics
By Christopher Caile

The basic movement strategy against an attack from multiple assailants starts with the basics of standing, moving and turning.

Surviving A Multi-Opponent Attack Part 4: Maneuvering For Advantage: Putting It Together
By Christopher Caile

The strategy of how and where to move when facing multiple opponents is a critical element, one that can help even the odds and help you survive.

Surviving A Multi-Opponent Attack Part 5: Maneuvering For Advantage: More Scenarios
By Christopher Caile

Here are more multiple attacher scenarios and the movement strategy of how and where to move to help you even the odds and maybe survive.

A Simple Lesson In Body Mechanics: Are You Losing Power In Your Punch?
By Christopher Caile

Here is a simple test to find out if you are losing power in your punches and not knowing it.

Seiza: The Kneeling Posture
By Christopher Caile

This simple kneeling position used throughout the martial arts had for the samurai warrior a deeper meaning that just proper etiquette, its roots were tied to self-defense.

'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.

Book Review - Ryoma - Life of a Renaissance Samurai
By Christopher Caile

To Westerners it opens up an important period in Japanese history as it weaves together the complex tapestry of ideology, events, life, culture and political/military forces leading to the modern age -- all portrayed through Ryoma's eyes.

Controlling The Flinch, The Blink And The Turn Away
By Christopher Caile

During freefighting if you flinch or blink you might just lose a point but on the street you might put yourself in real jeopardy.

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.

Ouch! Stop Pulling My Hair
By Christopher Caile

Getting caught in a hair pull can be dangerous and painful, but if you are prepared you can easily escape.

Defeating The Headlock - Part 1 - At The Moment Of Initiation
By Christopher Caile

Using this technique you can thwart an attacker's attempt to put you in a headlock so effectively that you will just seem to disappear

Defeating The Headlock - Part 2 - Against A Headlock Already In Place
By Christopher Caile

How to get out of even the most determined headlock, but also how to escape without hurting those who are also just playing around with the hold.

Defeating The Headlock - Part 2 - Against A Headlock Already In Place (Continued)
By Christopher Caile

The Hips Have It
By Christopher Caile

(With Added Commentary by George Donahue)
In karate, taekwondo and kung fu what you don't do with your hips is sometimes just as important as what you do with them.

The O-Soto-Gari Judo Throw In Jujutsu & Karate
By Christopher Caile

Each art has its own emphasis that affects the set-up and the way the throw is executed.

The O-Soto-Gari Judo Throw In Jujutsu & Karate (Continued)
By Christopher Caile

Each art has its own emphasis that affects the set-up and the way the throw is executed.

Ouch! The Mighty Little Pinch For Self-defense
By Christopher Caile

A pinch won't permanently damage anyone, but wow, does it hurt.

Escaping The Wrist Grab: Part 1 - From The Same Side
By Christopher Caile

There are many methods of escaping from a same side wrist grab, but some are better than others.

Escaping The Wrist Grab: Part 2 - From The Opposite Side
By Christopher Caile

Here are some simple and effective self-defense techniques that anyone can use to escape a cross arm wrist grab.

Escaping The Wrist Grab: Part 3, The Two Arm Wrist Grab
By Christopher Caile

While the two arm wrist grab can be scary for the defender, in fact it is easy to escape from this attack because it is fatally flawed.

Escaping The Wrist Grab: Part 3, The Two Arm Wrist Grab (Continued)
By Christopher Caile

Opinion - The Bottom Line Of Training
By Christopher Caile

Without this basic skill everything else you have learned becomes useless at the very moment you need to call upon it.

How To Handle Telephone Inquiries to Your Martial Arts School
By Christopher Caile

Inquiry phone calls about your school, classes and costs are a critical first step in any martial arts sales/marketing strategy.

Opinion - Are we teaching self defense?
By Christopher Caile

Most teachers think if they are teaching a martial art, such as karate, kung fu, aikido or judo, their students are learning self-defense. But are they?

Opinion - Remembering Our Defining Elements
By Christopher Caile

Years ago a martial arts school in a city neighborhood, or in a small town, was something unique.

Opinion - Is it time for those who write about the martial arts to become journalists?
By Christopher Caile

It is time that the martial arts should expect dependable writing, factual research and informed viewpoints, not just pulp to fill in between ads.

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.

Opinion - Grasping Budo By More Than One Corner
By Christopher Caile

Many years ago while I was living in Tokyo, Donn Draeger once said to me, 'You can't grasp Budo by a single corner.'

Opinion - The Disservice Of Bad Technique
By Christopher Caile

I have seen it taught for years -- self-defense technique that just won't work.

Opinon - The Cost Of Martial Arts Training
By Christopher Caile

Too often I read disparaging comments by martial artists about others who they perceive as charging too much for lessons, equating them to some sort of monetary vampires who are impure and who betray the principles of their art.

Ask the Teacher - Topic: Mental Training
By Christopher Caile

My teacher often talks about our karate, as well as other martial arts, as providing mental training in addition to our physical training. I'm never sure what this means. What does this refer to?

Ask the Teacher - Topic: Kenpo or Kempo
By Christopher Caile

From the literature I have read, I believe the letter n, represents Japanese style and the letter m represents Chinese style?

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.

FightingArts.com Marks Second Anniversary
By Christopher Caile

This week, the FightingArts team marks the second anniversary of the initial launch of FightingArts.com by launching a new, redesigned and restructured site.

Book Review: Tales of the Hermit: Volume 1 - The Castle In The Rain And The Judge
By Christopher Caile

A spectacularly illustrated volume featuring tales of Samurai intrigue and conflict, a book that elicits many questions about man and society and the capacity to manage social conflict.

The Straight Arm Double Lapel Grab, Part 2
By Christopher Caile

Although many self-defense techniques that are taught to be used against this attack just don’t work, this technique taken from a karate kata is very effective.

Treasure Of ?70?s Film Footage Recovered: Includes Elvis Sponsored Karate Film
By Christopher Caile

It lay there in the back of an old pickup truck for 14 years ? included was over 1000 hours of raw film footage including a pristine film of Elvis Presley and Bruce Lee demonstrating karate and an unreleased Elvis funded karate film.

Fighting Back At 40,000 Feet: Part 1- Responding To Airborne Terrorists
By Christopher Caile

It?s highly improbable, but if you should find yourself face-to-face with armed terrorist onboard an airplane here are some thoughts on what you could do.

Fighting Back At 40,000 Feet: Part 2 - Group Principles, Individual Strategies
By Christopher Caile

Here are some strategies, tactics and methods you might employ if you are ever confronted by airborne terrorists.

Fighting Back At 40,000 Feet: Part 3 - Weapons, Shields and Artillery
By Christopher Caile

Improvised shields and weapons will not guarantee your success, but better armed than naked against fanatical armed assailants.

Defeating A Knife To The Neck
By Christopher Caile

A knife pressed against your neck is very scary, but if your life is on the line there is a lot you can do to defeat this attack.

Opinion - 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.

Book Review:Tales Of The Hermit: Volume II ? Yamabushi & Homecoming
By Christopher Caile

In this volume the reader continues the "Alice in Wonderland"-like tumble into 17th century Japan begun in volume one, an exhilarating visual journey that can also drawn in the reader past the images to ponder questions about the very nature of man and society.

Opinion: Every Moment Is An Opportunity
By Christopher Caile

The greatest of all the truly wonderful gifts that life gives us is freedom in each new moment.

Your Martial Arts Students Are Customers Too
By Christopher Caile

In today?s competitive market how well teachers and staff interact with students is a critical element in the success of any school.

Boosting Your Martial Arts School?s Income With Merchandise Sales
By Christopher Caile

If you are running a martial arts school, you can boost your bottom line by as much as twenty percent by selling merchandise to your students.

The Hunted
By Christopher Caile

'The Hunted', is an intense, bloody and violent testosterone-pumping adventure-thriller that falls short of its potential, but if you are a martial artist and like up-close realistic hand-to-hand knife combat, you might just enjoy this film.

The Way Of The Scout: Seeing: The World In Single Imprint
By Christopher Caile

Tom Brown, Jr. is a modern day Ninja and Indian tracker who can disappear into the wilderness, move like a shadow and survive, skills that inspired the new Paramount film, The Hunted.

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.

The Lighter Side - The Zen Koan
By Christopher Caile

How a perplexing Zen statement lead to a surprising ending.

Opinion: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.

The Fear Factor: Are Some People More Predisposed?
By Christopher Caile

How you react to fearful situations and stress may be more tied to the genes you inherit than to the results of your upbringing or training.

Ask the Teacher - Hitting Correctly
By Christopher Caile

When punching upward with a twist punch my fist hits incorrectly on the middle joints. How can I solve this problem?

Book Review: Sensei by John Donahue
By Christopher Caile

'Sensei' is a fast paced, exciting thriller -- a fun read that pulls you into the intricacies, culture and contradictions of the Japanese mind played out through the martial arts.

Defeating A Downward Knife Stab:An Introduction To Kata-Part 1
By Christopher Caile

This knife defense that once saved my life is one that you may have practiced thousands of times without knowing it.

For The Sake Of Safety: Hand Sparring Gear And The Loss Of Hand Techniques
By Christopher Caile

Protective equipment on the hands and feet during sparring in karate, taekwondo and in many kung fu styles has increased safety, but have they also created a new set of problems?

Breathing Through The Nose
By Christopher Caile

When out teacher told us 'breathe in through your nose and exhale through your mouth' we didn't know why, but recent research now gives us at least one good answer.

Shot At Point Blank Range: Lessons From The Street
By Christopher Caile

This front page and TV news saga of gun violence provided viewers with some first rate lessons on survival.

The Old Okinawan Karate Toe Kick: Part 1- Introduction & Execution
By Christopher Caile

While a lot of karate-ka are surprised to see the toe kick they don?t realize that it is part of their heritage.

Fear
By Christopher Caile

Martial arts instructors should prepare their students for the reality of self-defense including the physical and mental reactions produced by fear and high stress.

The Old Okinawan Karate Toe Kick: Part 2- Historical Introduction
By Christopher Caile

By taking up the toe kick, I was re-establishing a historical link to the past, to the heritage of technique and to the masters who once practiced it.

The Old Okinawan Karate Toe Kick: Part 3- More Shorin-Ryu & Intro To Naha-te
By Christopher Caile

Toe kicks were an essential part of both early Shorin-ryu and Naha-te karate, but how they are used differ between free fighting and self-defense applications.

The Business Side of Martial Arts: The Power of Spirit
By Christopher Caile

The teachers we remember, those we look up to and are inspired by, are those who energized us with their love of their art, the spirit by which they taught and by the words and stories that inspired us.

Viewpoint - Crazy Security: Serving Up Ready Weapons On The Plane
By Christopher Caile

Imagine my surprise that after going through airport gate security the airline itself handed out metal utensils, including a knife, with their dinner meal.

Defense Against A Rear Bear Hug Attack - Part 2: A Static Upper Arm Grab From The Rear
By Christopher Caile

If you respond quickly you can slip out of an attacker?s initial rear grab.

Defense Against A Rear Bear Hug Attack - Part 3: A Low Grab Around The Elbows
By Christopher Caile

This type of bear hug attack is more difficult to defend against, but if you vigorously counter-attack you can often take control of the situation.

Your $5 Ma'am: An Approach By A Serial Killer
By Christopher Caile

A recent incident highlights just how creative potential attackers can be in their tactics to get you to let your guard down.

A Tear Over Sumo Pants
By Christopher Caile

In attempt to shore up lagging participation the Japanese amateur sumo federation has proposed the adoption of pants under the traditional sumo loin cloth for amateur tournaments.

Science And The Martial Arts - Grasping The Big Picture
By Christopher Caile

New research has shown that at least in one task older martial artists have an advantage over those more youthful.

Science And The Martial Arts: Deadpan Eyes
By Christopher Caile

If you have ever faced an opponent who seemed to look past you, eyes fixed, unfocused and slightly narrowed, the experience can be unnerving. Now it turns out that this ?look? has a tactical advantage too.

Sloppy Basics Make Sloppy Technique
By Christopher Caile

Too many martial artists make the same mistake: they believe that after practicing basics for a few years, they have mastered them.

The Business Side Of Martial Arts
By Christopher Caile

If your martial arts facility isn?t immaculate, the poor impression given just might be enough to persuade a prospective student not to investigate further.

Science And The Martial Arts: Looks Can Deceive
By Christopher Caile

In a fight, if you don?t want to miss a second attack you better not look at the first one.

When A Stickup Might Get You Killed: The Universal Quick Pistol Disarm
By Christopher Caile

You never want to have to argue with a pistol, especially one pressed into you. If it is money they want, give it to them. Don?t argue, don?t fight. But if you are convinced that your life is at stake, that the gunman will shoot you no matter what, you just might want to know this technique.

Lessons From Las Vegas: Security Guard Attacked By A Gang
By Christopher Caile

A recent violent gang attack proved that you can lose more than your money and innocence in Los Vegas. The lessons from this attack are many.

Picking Your Poison: Choosing The Right Gun Disarm
By Christopher Caile

Over many years of practice I have been introduced to and practiced many different hand gun disarm techniques. Some will work some of the time. Others will work almost all the time. Choose wisely.

A Simple, But Powerful Tool Most Attackers Won?t Expect
By Christopher Caile

It?s not flashy and it is often almost awkward in execution. It is also too often just ignored in practice. But the simple rear kick should be an important tool in anyone?s self-defense inventory.

A Leg Takedown & Submission
By Christopher Caile

This simple leg takedown and submission is a good addition to any martial artists inventory of techniques.

When All Else Fails
By Christopher Caile

Are there any karate techniques that you can absolutely depend upon if all else fails ? techniques that can work against bigger, stronger attackers or against those seemingly impervious to pain or who exhibit almost superhuman strength as a result of being high on drugs?

What Are You Going To Do, Shoot Me? BANG
By Christopher Caile

When confronted on an urban street by a gang of muggers with one member holding a gun it is probably not a good idea to challenge the gun holder to shoot you.

New Hip Replacement Alternative
By Christopher Caile

A new orthopedic innovation used as an alternative to traditional hip replacement offers the potential benefits of being longer lasting, offering a greater range of motions, less chance of hip dislocation and greater hip stability.

Be Careful Who You Attack
By Christopher Caile

An important lesson is to be careful of your judgments. A person who looks frail might not be. If someone doesn?t look like he can fight or resist you might just be very, very wrong.

The Chains Of A Master
By Christopher Caile

Martial arts teachers who adopt the title ?Master? sometimes lose more than they gain.

"Get In The Car"
By Christopher Caile

You can be very vulnerable when approaching your parked vehicle or waiting in your stopped vehicle. Here are 10 basic rules of car self-defense everyone should know.

Challenge Of A Lifetime: A Ten Year Martial Arts Mastery Program
By Christopher Caile

Dr. Yang Jwing-Ming, one of the most celebrated and respected masters of Chinese martial and healing arts today, has issued a bold and audacious challenge. It also represents a career opportunity.

How Breathing Can Kill You
By Christopher Caile

Everyone knows that an adequate oxygen supply is critical to both health and life. Few realized, however, that improper breathing, over time, could have dire consequences, leading to disease, ill health and even premature death.

The Edge Of Experience
By Christopher Caile

Is an older karate competitor at a disadvantage when facing a younger, stronger opponent? Not if he is experienced.

A Spirit That Inspires - The Story Of Kevin, Continued
By Christopher Caile

Sometimes your teacher is the most unlikely student.

The 100 Year Old Surprise
By Christopher Caile

A bunch of ruffians intent on robbery got the surprise of their life from one senior citizen.

Phoenix Boxing: What Boxing Experience Can Teach a Karate Student
By Christopher Caile

While different martial arts, boxing can teach a karate student a lot about how to actually fight or respond in a self-defense situation.

A New Scary Germ: MRSA: The Danger, Part
By Christopher Caile

This new super bug should not be ignored, especially by martial artists whose environment can be optimal to the spread of this potential menace.

A New Scary Germ Part 2: MRSA : Recogniton and Prevention
By Christopher Caile

Martial artists should also be especially alert because their practice environment is optimal for the spread of MRSA. The threat might be even greater than the physical dangers from the art they practice.

Book Review - The Way to Black Belt: A Comprehensive Guide to Rapid, Rock-Solid Results
By Christopher Caile

While this book targets students who are studying to achieve their black belt, it at the same time illuminates a path far beyond this limited goal.

Recovering From Hip Surgery: It?s Not What I Expected
By Christopher Caile

I expected to be up on a walker quickly after my surgery, but there was also a lot I didn?t expect and a few surprises too.

The Voice of Authority ? Part 1:Giving New York?s Finest an Edge: Verbal Judo
By Christopher Caile

It's called Tactical Communication, but it really a method of verbal judo where NYPD?s finest are taught how to effectively communicate when dealing with civilians so to reduce emotion, intransigence and prompt civilian compliance

The Voice of Authority ? Part 2:Tactical Communications Training
By Christopher Caile

Teachers of NYPD?s Tactical Communications programs use a variety of techniques to ingrain skills of psychology and communication in its highly diverse police force ? components which parallel training that many traditional martial artists experience.

The Voice of Authority ? Part 3: Tactical Communications and Its Components
By Christopher Caile

Similar to the NYPDs Tactical Communications program for police officers, traditional martial artists too develop a mind set, temperment and relational skills to effectively communicate with others, reduce potential conflict and aid in resolution of problems.

A Glimpse Of Old Karate From Hohan Soken
By Christopher Caile

Hohan Soken?s self defense techniques demonstrated by Roy Suenaka provide a glimpse of old style Okinawan karate that was both practical and effective.

The Weakness Of Strength -How An Aggressive Attacker Can Set Himself Up For Defeat
By Christopher Caile

When an aggressor is looking for a fight, don?t get caught up in the emotion. But if he still attacks, self defense is often simplified by his actions.

The Power Of A Money Clip
By Christopher Caile

You may not always be able to thwart an armed robbery but with a little forethought you can at least minimize the consequences.

Makings Of A Hanshi: Charles Martin
By Christopher Caile

In the martial arts business world filled with young, instant masters, this senior Seido Karate student?s life long dedication, accomplishments and spirit stands out in marked contrast.

Viewpoint: The Power of Slow
By Christopher Caile

It seems almost counter intuitive, but in karate, taekwondo, kung fu and in many other martial arts you can gain speed and power by adding ?slow? to you practice.

Tengu ? The Mountain Goblin
By Christopher Caile

This is a fun and fast paced martial arts thriller. It is the third in the Conner Burke series that includes Donohue?s other books, Deshi and Sensei.

Do Basics Work For Self-Defense?
By Christopher Caile

Basics in karate, taekwondo and kung fu help perfect basic skills, but if you think they are useful for self-defense, think again.

Viewpoint: Mindful Action
By Christopher Caile

Some people improve their karate. Others practice the same thing year after year with little improvement. Here is one reason.

The Lighter Side: Ouch
By Christopher Caile

Foreigners are sometimes not ready for some of the painful drills they experience on their first visit to some Okinawan karate dojos. In this case neither was the Okinawan practitioner who partnered with this student from the U.S.!

Viewpoint: Defensive Thoughts
By Christopher Caile

In karate, kung fu or taekwondo practice fighting or on the street fighting for your life your attitude is critical. If you think and act defensively you become vulnerable.

The Problem With Kata Portrayed In Karate and Other Martial Arts Books
By Christopher Caile

Books illustrating kata and technique through still images are inadequate as a vehicles to convey proper technique, movement or the dynamics of generating power that are unique in many styles of karate or other martial arts.

Kage - The Shadow, A Connor Burke Martial Arts Thriller
By Christopher Caile

This is the fourth in the Conner Burke martial arts thriller series written by John Donohue. Other books include Sensei, Deshi and Tengu. In many ways I like this book the best.

Just Breath
By Christopher Caile

Breathing correctly in martial arts, such as karate, or other sports can't make up for not being aerobically fit, but it can maximize your stamina at whatever fitness level you have achieved and thus improve your performance.

Momentary Loss of Awareness: A True Life Consequence
By Christopher Caile

On the street even a momentary loss of awareness can result in big trouble. Here is a true life example.

The Human Side Of Marketing and Student Retention for Martial Arts Schools
By Christopher Caile

If you are teaching or running a karate, taekwondo or kung fu school, the more you, or your staff build relationships, and maintain personal contact and ongoing communication with your students, former students and visitors, the better results you are going to see.

How To Wrap Your Hands: For Boxing, Kick Boxing, Mixed Martial Arts, Karate and Other Contact Punching Arts
By Christopher Caile

Hand Wrapping isn't for cushioning the hands. It's role is one of support - to secure loose joints and moveable bones to limit possible injury. It helps distribute the shock of impact across the entire hand and wrist.

Putting On Boxing Gloves
By Christopher Caile

Putting on a boxing glove may seem simple, but if you don't do it right it can lead to injury -- not to the other guy, but to you own hand.

Getting Perspective
By Christopher Caile

Nature can create an intimate connection that draws you out of your own world. It can clear the mind and take it to a central space, a kind of poor man's Zen mind.

Finding Thunder: Exploring The White Crane Kung Fu of Liu Chang I - Part 1
By Christopher Caile

Feed Crane is a time capsule of old fighting technique. It is brutally effective -- technique tested in combat and passed on to us over 12 generations.

Finding Thunder: Exploring The White Crane Kung Fu of Liu Chang I - Part 2
By Christopher Caile

Feeding Crane's technique can be summed up as blunt force trauma to your opponent using your body's most sturdy parts.

Oldman's Bubishi - An Introduction to Bunkai from Karate's Kata
By Christopher Caile

I love this book. This book is visual, the five pinan (heian or pyong) kata and their applications depicted through his cartoon, amusing and graphic drawings.

Hungry Eyes -- The Look Of A Warrior
By Christopher Caile

Developing "Hungry Eyes" should be part of your kata, part of your martial arts training. It is a form of self defense. It can ward off an attacker and intimidate. It can stop aggression in its tracks.

Interview With Roy Suenaka On Hohan Soken & Tuidi
By Christopher Caile

In addition to studying White Crane Karate with Okinawan Grand Master Hohan Soken, Roy Suenaka also learned the old Okinawan art of tuidi. It is an old art rarely seen today that may predate karate itself.

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.

Encyclopedia Of Japanese Martial Arts
By Christopher Caile

This book is an exhaustively researched, important and authoritative resource on Japanese martial arts and the rich historical and social tapestry within which it is embedded.

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.

Self Defense For Your Home
By Christopher Caile

Is your house vulnerable to break-ins? Here is some common sense advice on how to make you home less vulnerable.

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.

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