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Silly Iron Palm Demos Part 1: Why Some Martial Artists Use Stage Tricks To Fool The Audience

In the martial arts world, there are some charlatans who like to try and make it seem like they have super powers. They give demonstrations that are really little more than stage ticks and parlor tricks in an attempt to make the audience think they have magic powers they can use for defense (such as stopping attacks from bladed weapons with their bare skin) or attack (such as incredible brick breaking demonstrations).

Thai Boxing Vs MMA – Which Is Better?

Anyone, who hasn’t been living under a rock for the last 15 years, knows just what an impact that MMA, or mixed martial arts, has made on the public. Promotions all over the world have taken the various degrees of martial arts and combined them into a competitive combat sport that tends to become its own specific hybrid once one steps foot inside the cage. But because MMA is a mix of multiple martial art and wrestling forms, does that mean that it encompasses Thai boxing as well?

Why You Need Workouts for Judo

I have been competing internationally for eleven years now and I have seen so many Judo players lose matches purely because their fitness and conditioning wasn’t up to scratch. People tend to forget that when you are too tired to stand up it doesn’t matter how good your technique is, you are still probably going to lose. Luckily for Judokas being tired only means getting thrown, strangled or arm-locked opposed to boxing or other striking sports where you can get knocked out.

Natural Weapons of the Upper Body!

There is no such thing as defenceless person. Everyone, irrespective of age and gender has a range of natural weapons to employ. Modern social contexts, however, overflow with labour-saving devices and tools which perform tasks for us, so these weapons are rarely employed. The end result is that many people have forgotten that these natural weapons exist, let alone how to use them–this article is intended as a brief reminder.

Taekwondo and Its Global Success

If you ever visit South Korea, chances are you will probably be left mesmerised by the hordes of Korean kids running around the streets in their Taekwondo ‘doboks’ meaning uniform. Is it the latest fashion fad among Korean children, you ask? The answer is no; Taekwondo is South Korea’s national sport and parents regularly sign their kids up for after-school lessons.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Goal Setting

Goal setting is a trait that can help us in every part of our life. It allows us to accomplish more by having something to work and spend our efforts toward. It is important to have both long and short term goals. This is especially important in the martial art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu where the achievement of a black belt commonly takes ten or more years!

Aikido – The Art of Peace

It seems like an oxymoron to call a martial art peaceful. Martial arts are usually about fighting. But what aikido teaches is how to become more peaceful and in harmony with the world. Aikido is peaceful because it teaches ways to resolve conflict without violence.

Secrets of Shaolin Kung Fu: Immortal Palms

The Shaolin Temple’s 72 Secret Fighting Exercises or ‘Kungs’ involve training extremes which, if persisted with, deliver astonishing results. The following exercise transforms the finger-tips into ‘stinger-fingers’ and develops a deadly finger jab for combat use. As the Shaolin maxim states: ‘Fists strike spots, fingers kIll points!’, illustrating the value of such training.

Martial Arts Classes: When You Can Plan The Level of Formality

Can you use formality and informality in the martial arts class to your advantage? When should you force proper forms of address to the teacher and when does this block student improvement? The size of the class doesn’t matter. In fact…

Gi Reviews – Toughest BJJ Gi – Part 2

This series documents the strongest gis for BJJ. This is part 2 of the series.

Gi Reviews – Toughest BJJ Gi – Part 1

This series documents the toughest and strongest Gis available for Brazilian jiujitsu. This is part 1 of the series.

The Hidden Secrets in Isshin Ryu Katas

Sensei Javier Martinez has practiced Isshin Ryu Karate for more than 40 years. He researched the movements of the katas of his system going as far back as the White Crane roots of his art. After years of research he discovered powerful tuite techniques behind what the majority of people simply saw as a blocking technique, or punching and kicking techniques.

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