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"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.

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.

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.

Reverse Engineering: A New Approach To finding Ancient Chinese Strike Points: Part 1
By David Bock
Ancient Chinese herbal formulas for trauma are rich sources of information. If understood they can point to possible secret energy striking points once used by Chinese martial arts masters.

Inside the Eagle's Claw
By Victor Smith
A fascinating glimpse into this Chinese art of grasping, seizing, and joint manipulations.

Storming the Fortress: A History of Taekwondo – Part Five:Political Forces Shape the Evolution of Karate Into South Korea's National Sport
By Eric Madis
The end of WW II brought turbulent times for a fledgling new Korean Republic and the various Korean empty hand arts who jockeyed for position and dominance.

Storming the Fortress: A History of Taekwondo Part Five (Continued):Political Forces Shape the Evolution of Karate Into South Korea's National Sport
By Eric Madis
Beginning in the early 1960s the new military head of the Republic of Korea, General Park Chung-hee, played an important part in the decision to push Korea into elite sports and wanted the karate/taekwondo situation resolved and for Korea to have a national sport.

  

 
 

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