• Katana vs Tachi: 5 key differences
    The Samurai were the hereditary military nobility of Japan and were adept at a multitude of both armed and unarmed combat techniques.  They were skilled in the use of the longbow, the Naginata – a long bladed pole weapon, and the Yari – a straight headed spear.  However, it is perhaps the sword that embodies …

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  • What is Shotokai Karate?
    Shotokai is the name of the association formed by Gichin Funakoshi “the father of modern karate” in 1935 and has since become a style of karate whose practitioners believe accurately reflects the teachings of Master Funakoshi.  This move to a formal style of karate was solidified in 1956 when Genshin Hironishi became the President of …

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  • Is capoeira effective in a street fight?
    Capoeira is originally from Brazil where it was developed and practiced by African slaves during the 16th Century.  The style is highly acrobatic involving cartwheels and backflips.  Flowing, dance-like movements are characteristic of the martial art and are designed to prevent the practitioner from being still and open to attack. Leg strikes are the dominant …

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  • What instruments are used in Capoeira?
    Capoeira is a highly athletic Brazilian martial art that is practiced in the form of a game: two capoeiristas play inside a circle formed by the remaining members of the group who sing to the music of the band.. The band is an integral part of capoeira, determining the pace, style and aggressiveness of the …

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  • Jeet Kune Do vs Krav Maga
    Perhaps the most famous martial artist of all time was Bruce Lee.   A skilled martial artist, an instructor, and movie star, perhaps his most significant contribution was Jeet Kune Do (‘Way of the Intercepting Fist’). This recommended the incorporation of techniques from other martial arts into a fighter’s repertoire.  Another martial art that also …

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  • Is Jeet Kune Do effective in a street fight?
    Bruce Lee is perhaps the world’s most famous martial arts practitioner.  Born in 1940 in China Town in San Francisco, he was raised in Hong Kong, China, and later studied Kung Fu with Grand master Ip Man.  He also practiced boxing (winning a Hong Kong schools boxing tournament). During his teenage ears, he was frequently …

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  • What is the purpose of Tai Chi?
    When I think of Tai Chi, I typically think of elderly Chinese practicing slow graceful movements in a park as the sun rises.  However, Tai Chi has now gained worldwide popularity and is performed by people of all ages.  I’ve often looked at the slow graceful movements that make up this art and have wondered …

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  • Tai Chi vs Karate
    I’ve practiced Karate for many years and it was only when a fellow karateka mentioned that he also studied Tai Chi that I wanted to find out about this other martial art.  Tai Chi is performed in what appears to be slow motion as the practitioner gracefully transitions between different techniques and stances.  I thought …

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  • Is Tai Chi a religion?
    Switch onto any documentary about China’s culture and you’re likely to see scenes of parks filled with elderly Chinese residents performing slow, graceful movements in unison.  They are performing an ancient martial art called Tai Chi which consists of highly structured patterns of movement that transition from prescribed stances and positions. There is a huge …

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  • Is Tai Chi a form of kung fu?
    China is famous for its vast number of fighting styles.  Perhaps two of the best known are Tai Chi and Kung Fu. For me, Tai Chi is typified by scenes of groups of elderly Chinese practising slow graceful movements early in the morning.   Kung fu, on the other hand, consists of acrobatic high kicks and …

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  • Is Tai Chi a Martial Art?
    As the sun rises in China, public parks and playgrounds welcome loads of people who move in graceful unison, flowing from position to position. This mesmerizing dance-like practice is Tai Chi. The ancient art is gradually increasing in popularity for its undoubted mental and physical health benefits.  The various patterns of movements involve punching and …

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  • Isometrics for martial arts: how you can get really strong
    In a combat situation, if skill levels are equally matched, the stronger and faster fighter will usually come off better.  Technique should always be the primary focus of any martial artist’s training, but it should never be at the expense of developing strength and endurance.   Many fighters make the mistake of going to the …

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  • How To Weigh Down A Heavy Bag Stand
    Training with a heavy bag is an amazing form of exercise and is a reason why all boxers include it as part of their training regime.  It builds amazing cardio-vascular endurance, strengthens the muscles and tendons of the body, develops hand eye coordination, and is an amazing way to release the frustrations of the day. …

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  • How to hang a heavy bag
    A heavy bag makes an ideal addition to a home gym.  It’s a valuable tool to develop full body explosive speed and power, hand-eye coordination, and stamina, as well as being an easy way to let off steam after a hard day’s work. Heavy bag work forms a major component of a boxer’s training regime …

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  • 10 Best Taekwondo Schools in USA
    Martial arts has seen a tremendous boom over the last ten years and it’s no surprise why. The physical component, combined with the mental disciplines and spiritual awareness, has made martial arts a way of life for many. If you’re looking to join in on the action and improve your physical, mental, and spiritual health, …

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