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How the Samurai Shaped Martial Arts

Here, we look deeper into Feudal, Edo and Meiji Periods of Japan. The change of social structure from periods to periods influenced the lifestyle of the samurai and the role they played in society. This, in turn, influenced the purpose of bujutsu, and eventually the distinction of budo from bujutsu. This serves as a perfect example how martial arts evolved from a warfaring system to a lifetime discipline.

6 Ways Martial Arts Builds Confidence in Your Child

Martial arts are excellent for kids to aid their development into functional adults in many ways. This articles covers some research that describes 6 of those very ways.

Courage and Bravery in The Samurai Code

When studying the samurai code, words like courage, and bravery seem to be used interchangeably. This article goes in-depth to flesh out the differences between the two to reveal what the samurai code is all about.

Kendo: Old School Samurai Sword Fighting

Kendo is a martial art that focuses on the art of the sword. Of course, live blade practice can be extremely dangerous, so use of wooden or bamboo weapons are common practice. This article gives you a bit of the history of this amazing martial art.

Shotokan: The World’s Dominant Form of Karate

There are many styles of Karate out there, but Shotokan is arguably the most popular. This article gives the uninitiated a brief overview of this widely practiced martial art.

Aikido Rolling Done the Right Way

Aikido rolling is done in all martial arts, including karate, kenpo, taekwondo, and so on. Interestingly, there doesn’t seem to be an efficient method for teaching this valuable martial arts skill. Here is the single theory and method that will make this movement very easy to teach.

Buying a Martial Arts Canvas Karate Uniform

If you have been training in martial arts for several years and wear the traditional style karate uniform you probably have several in various conditions, from ragged and frayed to brand new. For most of us our favourite is not the brand new sparkling white karate uniform, it’s the uniform that has softened with constant wear, and although it looks a bit shabby it is so comfortable you just can’t part with it. It’s true that you can feel almost sentimental about your ‘special’ karate uniform, it’s been through hundreds of training sessions and holds a lot of good memories.

Sustainable Alpha: Entering Deep Pools of Silence Through Tai Chi Practice

Research into the highly desirable state of mind termed “ALPHA” show that the brain settles down into 10 cycles per second (10 cps) and becomes dreamy and highly creative. This is a distinct advantage for creative writers, who are otherwise trapped in the BETA brain state (20+ cps) with the rest of the business class world of professional strivers. Tai Chi has promised and delivered a direct path into the ALPHA state by way of meditation in slow motion. This article explores that pathway.

Martial Arts: Do You Think It’s Just for Children Think Again

Martial arts or Kung Fu training is suitable for people of different age groups. No matter what your age you can take up the training classes which will help you gain fitness and wellness, both physically and mentally. Search online to find a martial arts school in your area that offers training for all age groups.

Most Popular Martial Arts Styles in the World

Contrary to popular belief, the founders or creators of the different types of martial arts are not fighters in real life. They did not come up with systems, which eventually became popular because they were involved in real unarmed conflict. The only fights they were involved in were athletic contests where they pitted their strength and wit against an opponent-perhaps another master who had a different fighting style.

How the Martial Arts Improve Mental Health

Most people that train the martial arts can supply you with anecdotal evidence that their training has helped them with things like aggressiveness, and lowering blood pressure, and even in getting off insulin. Now, more studies than ever show that training in the martial arts can have tremendous benefits to you overall mental well-being.

Cheating Your Strikes?

We all understand that the fastest way to get from point “A” to point “B” is a straight line right? Then why are many martial artist still using wide arching patterns for their strikes (all the time, every time)? Doesn’t it make more sense to try and cut down that arch to be as close to a “straight line” as possible? In this article I am giving you permission to cheat your strikes… and showing you how to do it.

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