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Bartitsu – An Eclectic Form of Martial Art

Bartitsu was developed by E.W. Barton-Wright, an English railroad engineer in 1898 after he had returned from Japan where he had been studying Jujitsu. He decided to recreate a new style of fighting, combining his newfound knowledge of Jujitsu with boxing, Japanese wrestling forms, and other elements.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Self Defense Vs Sport: Why Did You Start?

With the emerging popularity of combat sports like the UFC, more and more people are seeking out Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (Gracie Jiu Jitsu) to learn it’s highly effective techniques. But, why do people begin training, for self defense or sport?

How to Increase Flexibility for Martial Arts! See Your Suppleness Improve

How to increase flexibility for martial arts. This article will teach you how to become more supple by combining yoga and fighting styles together.

The Gnarliest Kenpo Kicks You Ever Saw!

A colorful story emphasizing the need for training to the extreme, but always paying attention to detail. Good for practitioners of Karate, kenpo, Taekwondo, or any kicking martial art.

9 Reasons Why MMA Is the Greatest Sport On The Planet

Ever wondered what the best sport in the world is? Well read on and you will know it is in fact Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). Not only is this the fastest growing sport in the world, but it has so many other factors that make it the greatest. I’m giving you 9 reasons why… and some of these may surprise you. But I’m confident you will be convinced after reading this…

The Dangers of “Pick ‘n Mix” in Martial Arts

There are some who think having as many techniques as possible or having a range of techniques makes them a better Martial Artist or fighter. Some mix and match. Where does it all end?

Thoughts on Teaching a Martial Arts System

An article discussing the challenges and obligation of teaching a Martial Art system as it was taught to you and the role of personal experience. Author Ah Loong draws on his 25 years teaching experience of Pan Nam Wing Chun and Bahad Zu’bu Kali.

Taekwondo 101: Basics For Beginners: Starting With Stances: Stance Stretches

If you’ve been following these articles and practicing regularly, you’ve discovered that holding stances for long periods can be exhausting – and that those static position can leave your muscles stiff. Here are some basic stretches that will help with improving your stamina and flexibility.

Taekwondo 101: Beginning With Basics: Starting With Stances: Stance Exercises

Stances may seem basic and boring, but they quickly become a physical challenge as they test your strength, endurance and stamina. Try these basic exercises to help build strength in your legs.

Taekwondo 101: Basics for Beginners: Starting With Stances: Middle Stance

Middle stance – often called the horse stance or horse riding stance – is one of the easiest stances to learn and practice. Practicing the middle stance helps beginning martial artists build strength and stamina while developing a sense of balance and centering.

Taekwondo 101: Basics for Beginners – Front Stance Practice Exercises

While we teach students the front stance first, it is not the easiest stance to learn or practice. Use these practice exercises to develop the basics of the technique, and to learn some of the techniques needed to move from front stance to front stance.

Killer Sandbag Conditioning Circuits for Fighters

Functional strength simply means being strong in a useful way. For example a guy who can bench press 400 pounds is functionally strong for powerlifting but not so useful attacking with the sort of techniques needed in Judo, BJJ or MMA. These sports require you to be strong at a variety of movements including kicking, punching, grappling, moving and sprawling to defend a double leg takedown attempt. One of the best ways people try to develop functional strength is to implement a variety of functional training tools such as kettlebells or Indian clubs. Although these tools are good many people cannot get access to them or they do not have the funds to purchase a few in varying weights. This is why sandbags are so handy.

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