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Capoeira Martial Arts Styles – Is This A Style Or An Art?

Capoeira is one of the martial arts stylesΒ that was originally born in Brazil approximately 400 years ago by slaves of African descent. This style is very unique when say compared to Chinese or Japanese martial arts. I do not know of any other art which encompasses extreme power, mental stimulation, art and finesse.

Krav Maga Martial Arts: An Essential Israeli Self Defense Technique

Krav Maga martial arts is an Israeli self defense technique which is based on street fighting featuring unarmed self defense concepts even if the opponent comes armed. Krav Maga self defense differs from other self defense techniques because it aims only in survival and not in fighting.

MMA Champion Jon Jones Stops Robber

Last Saturday, March 19, 2011, I watched the UFC fight between light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and challenger Jon “Bones” Jones. It was a good fight, and surprisingly Jones dominated the match and defeated Rua in the third round, becoming the new light heavyweight champion and the youngest UFC champion ever. It was impressive, not just because of his age and that he won, but how he dominated the fight, and the way he racks up his victories. The twenty-three year old is always doing something different and unexpected. He throws spinning back elbows that are devastating when they land, he kicks, and he also takes people to the ground fast and has a good ground game. He is fun to watch, especially when the “flash” is not all show, but gets the job done and adds wins to his record.

The Power of Competition in the Martial Arts

The idea of sport competition in the martial arts is a relatively new concept recently adopted in the late twentieth century. Modern schools of Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Tang Soo Do, Kung Fu, Jiu Jitsu, Judo, Muay Thai, Mixed Martial Arts, and Kickboxing, for example, either choose to implement competition in their schools or leave it out. Many traditional martial artists disdain competition as they feel it erodes the true spirit of martial combat. However, many others realize the power of competition and promote it among their students. This article explains why I think that competition has a useful place in martial arts and what the benefits are to practitioners.

Pressure Points – The Missing Link In Any Martial Art

What are pressure points? Put simply they are areas of the body which for our purposes are the weak areas. In traditional Chinese medicine for example acupuncture uses these areas to heal.

Judo and Karate in Mixed Martial Arts

Judo and Karate are just two of the martial arts technique employed in MMA. What exactly do judo and karate add to the style of mixed martial arts?

The Impact of Martial Arts on Your Child’s Education

Parents have tons of choices when it comes to extracurricular activities for their children. Kids can be very busy with school and their social lives, therefore it is important to make a wise decision when it comes to investing their time and your money. It has been said many times that a child or teenager’s primary job is to excel academically. Therefore it makes sense to engage them in activities that support their education. Martial arts such as Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Tang Soo Do, and Kung Fu are excellent for this, and I will explain why.

UFC: The Monopoly

Breaking news in the world of MMA, UFC purchases top competition in Strikeforce. What does this mean for the MMA community?

Don’t Dismiss Knife Techniques Just Because They Won’t Work Against The Mythical Expert Attacker

I try to stay clear of a lot of the martial art and knife forum debates on techniques, because I don’t see much productivity in many of them. I don’t know if it is better or worse on knife forums vs self-defense forums, vs martial art forums vs reality based self-defense forums and so on. You see the same kinds of comments on all of them. While I’m all for discussing things to benefit both those that contribute and those who are just reading, I get tired of those that just want to put down other styles, other people, other teachings, and other techniques. I especially try to stay clear of those that include the proclamations such as: “There’s no way that technique will work against a real attack.” “Do that for real, and you’ll get cut up bad.” or how about, “That will get you killed if you try it against a real knife attack.” (And yes, you can find the same about non-knife techniques in different places.)

Choosing From the Kimono Karate Options

Traditional martial arts studios vary widely, but in one area they tend to the same: requiring a karate kimono, also known as a gi or doubak depending on the school’s origin. Mixed martial arts and more casual arts such as kick-boxing often do not require a special uniform, allowing their students to wear standard exercise clothes. As traditional uniforms are not well understood, let us look at the aspects of choosing them.

Protect Yourself at All Times

At the beginning of a boxing match, the referee brings the fighters to the center of the ring and issues his instructions. Before the fight begins, one of the instructions the referee shouts to each of the fighters is “Protect yourself at all times!” During the course of the bout, if a fighter is not protecting himself, and taking too many blows, the referee will step in and stop the fight, awarding a TKO to the fighter landing the blows on the technically out of it opponent. This brings up a very important concept when thinking about self-defense. Should a person wait until he or she is attacked before thinking about defending? Is self-defense only a series of techniques to be used if someone physically assaults you? I don’t think so. I don’t view my martial training with such a limited definition, and I hope you don’t either. I look at my Hapkido and self-defense training as part of my overall strategy to protect myself at all times. In this regard, putting on my seat belt before driving is also “self-defense training” in action.

Chin Na In Ground Fighting: Principles, Theory and Submission Holds for All Martial Styles

“Chin Na In Ground Fighting: Principles, Theory and Submission Holds for All Martial Styles” by Al Arsenault and Joe Faulise is a very comprehensive and thorough look at the Chinese art of controlling and seizing, Chin Na, aimed at ground fighting. It is a very good text for any martial artist wanting to learn and improve in this area of martial art. With plenty of photographs, and detailed analysis of the principles behind the techniques, this is much more than just a picture book of a few techniques, and one that complements the other joint locking and Chin Na resources that are available.

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