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Examining Yasutsune Itosu - Part 1: The Man And His Lineage
By Tom Ross

Was Anko Itosu the inheritor of the karate heritage passed down by the great Sokon 'Bushi' Matsumura the leading exponent of Shurite?

Weight Training for Women and Older Martial Artists: An Interview with Charles Staley - Part 2
By Tom Ross

Strength training can be a real value to the older martial artist, but the approach to training changes as you age.

Hisataka, Masayoshi (Kori)
By Tom Ross

Biography of Masayoshi Hisataka founder of Shorinjiryu Kenkokan Karatedo.

Itosu, Anko (Yasutsune) (1831-1915)
By Tom Ross

Biography of Anko Itosu the early 20th century Okinawan karate pioneer.

Gichen Funakoshi And The Beginning Of Modern Karate-do
By Tom Ross

Few martial arts enthusiasts could argue that if there was one Karate-ka (karate practitioner) known world wide that man would be Gichen Funakoshi

Presidential Judo
By Tom Ross

He may head of one of the world's elite superpowers, but to his fellow judo club members Russian President Vladimir Putin is best known for his wicked sweeping leg throw (Haraigoshi).

Strength Training Benefits for Martial Artists: An Interview with Charles Staley Part 1
By Tom Ross

The irony is that, in all other athletic disciplines, strength training is universally used to enhance all of these attributes, yet, in the martial arts, people are afraid that strength training will impair their abilities.

Weight Training for Women and Older Martial Artists: An Interview with Charles Staley Part 2
By Tom Ross

The value of properly performed strength training is that it slows the loss of our fast twitch muscle fibers- the ones responsible for our ability to function, maintain posture, and keep the metabolic rate at a high level.

Examining Yasutsune Itosu - Part 2: Itosu's Ten Precepts
By Tom Ross

The historic 1908 letter to Ministry of Education and the Ministry of War drawing attention to karate and its role in developing strong young men for the nation and its military.

Choki Motobu: Through The Myth ... To the Man - Part 1
By Tom Ross

The first of a two articles exploring the truths and misconceptions about Choki Motobu who was arguably one of Okinawa's greatest early twentieth century karate masters, and the most colorful.

Choki Motobu:Through The Myth ...To the Man Part 2
By Tom Ross

The second of a two articles exploring the truths and misconceptions about Choki Motobu who was arguably one of Okinawa's greatest early twentieth century karate masters, and the most colorful.

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