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         Martial Arts: Self Defense

Up Against The Wall
by Christopher Caile

Pushing someone from behind into a wall or object to hit or steal from them is a common technique, but it is easy to counter with a little knowledge. More


         Martial Arts: Guns, Knives and Edged Weapons

Advice On Surviving An Edged Weapon Attack: Reexamining Modern Knife Instruction for Civilians
By W.R. Mann
If your knife defense training has been confined to the typical single thrust or slash attack, and "I will hold it there until you do something" method, Mann's training will be both eye opening and scary. More


         Martial Arts: Martial Arts and Ways in Japan

Kagami Biraki: Renewing the Spirit
By Christopher Caile

Kagami Biraki, which literally means 'Mirror Opening' (also known as the 'Rice Cutting Ceremony'), is a traditional Japanese celebration that is held in many traditional martial arts schools (dojos) usually on the second Saturday or Sunday of January. More


         Martial Arts: Kata and Applications

Leg Circles Part I – Stretching the Hip Muscles for Higher Kicks
By Paul Zaichik

"This exercise loosens up and stretches the muscles surrounding the hip joints. Practicing it regularly will promote higher, faster and more powerful kicks. More


 

Lighter Side
Interesting Historical Facts
Some of the martial arts history found on various sites on the web is so contrived that it's funny, if not scary. More

Defining Martial Concepts
Fudo: The Concept of Immovability

By Christopher Caile
While the concept of immovability is central to Buddhism, especially Esoteric Buddhism (Mikkyo) and Zen, it also represents an equally important goal for those in karate, taekwondo, judo and mixed martial arts. More

Viewpoint
The Many Sides of the Martial Arts
By Gary Gabelhouse

The debate has gone on and on for as long as I can remember. Which art or discipline is strongest, what kind of training is best, are pure or eclectic arts best, tournament versus budo karate, are martial arts street effective? More

 

From the FightingArts Estore
Orthodox Goju-Ryu Karate
By Takashi Miyagi, son of Chojun Miyagi founder of Goju Ryu
Translated by Nobu Kazi
Hardcover Book, Boxed –Collectors’s Edition
Plus 2 DVD’s
Way of Sanchin Kata
This books provides hidden insights about and understanding into one of karate's foundation kata--Sanchin.
Way to Black Belt
This book targets students who are studying to become a black belt, but at the same time it illustrates a path far behind this limited goal.
20th Century Samurai - Richard Kim 1917-2001
Richard Kim was one of the most influential and best-loved 20th Century martial artists.

Ittosai's Test: Part 1
By Dave Lowry
In the sixteenth year of Tensho (1588), the swordsman Ito Ittosai Kagehisa could depend neither on a large and healthy crop of prospective successors among his students nor on a family heir ready to take over his Itto ryu. He had only two disciples from whom he could choose to carry on the traditions and strategies of his system of combat with the sword.

Yang Family Taiji Quan - The Hidden Tradition
By Scott Rodell
Few students of Yang style taiji quan (tai chi) realize that Yang family decedents practiced a secret and slightly different family art which in modern times is rarely taught. More


Inside the Eagle's Claw
By Victor Smith
A fascinating glimpse into this Chinese art of grasping, seizing, and joint manipulations.

"Yoi" & The First Preparatory Moves Of Kata
By Christopher Caile
"The 'yoi' (the command often used in Japanese karate to signal getting ready to do a kata) and can be quite subtle or large depending on the style and system.


Storming the Fortress: A History of Taekwondo – Part Five:Political Forces Shape the Evolution of Karate Into South Korea's National Sport
By Eric Madis
The end of WW II brought turbulent times for a fledgling new Korean Republic and the various Korean empty hand arts who jockeyed for position and dominance.

Characteristic Traits of a Good Judo Coach
by Elie A. Morrell, Hachidan
The judo coach's basic job is to pass on his knowledge to others in a clear and understandable way.  If he can't  properly communicate, this will have long range adverse effects on the students' progress in judo. More



Storming the Fortress: A History of Taekwondo Part Five (Continued):Political Forces Shape the Evolution of Karate Into South Korea's National Sport
By Eric Madis
Beginning in the early 1960s the new military head of the Republic of Korea, General Park Chung-hee, played an important part in the decision to push Korea into elite sports and wanted the karate/taekwondo situation resolved and for Korea to have a national sport.

Reverse Engineering: A New Approach To finding Ancient Chinese Strike Points: Part 1
By David Bock
Ancient Chinese herbal formulas for trauma are rich sources of information. If understood they can point to possible secret energy striking points once used by Chinese martial arts masters.



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From the Reading Room

In Memory Of Master Odo
By Paul Ortino, Jr.
Grandmaster Seikichi Odo (10th dan) was one of karate's most famous martial arts instructors.

Chambering
By Victor Smith and Christopher Caile
It is unfortunate that the current generation of karate student has never learned, or looked to uncover, applications of chambering.


Yagi, Meitoku (1912-
By Wade Chroninger
Biography of Meitoku Yagi founder of the Meibukan School of Okinawa Goju-Ryu and the Okinawa Goju-Kai

Jiujutsu-The Old Samurai Art Of Fighting Without Weapons: Part 2 ? Schools & Stories
By Jigaro Kano
We now turn to the different schools and the differences which are said to exist between the names of the arts mentioned previously.

 


 

Viewpoint
Below the Event Horizon
By Victor Smith

One of the most powerful tools of Karate is its ability to strike below the 'event horizon' of an opponent?s awareness.More

Science and the Martial Arts
The Mind and the Art of Ping Pong

By Christopher Caile
In any contest, sport as well as in self defense, learn to use your anger, use your  emotions as a powerful driver, but don't let emotions use you. More

Who's Who in Martial Arts
EisukeAkamine
(1925-1999)

Biography of Eisuke Akamine. More

Street Stories
Beware the Ambush
By Christopher Caile


Most of the time you can't avoid a sudden, unprovoked and violent mugging, especially if you don't see it coming. But sometimes you can. More

Security and Law Enforcement
Who Are the Good Guys
By Jeff Brooks
A cop story and how law enforcement philosophy and outlook fits the precepts of his role as karate teacher and practitioner of Zen. More

Book Review
Encyclopedia of Japanese Martial Arts
by David Hall

Review By Christpher Caile
This book is an exhaustively researched, important and authoritative resource on Japanese martial arts and the rich historical and social tapestry within which it is embedded. More

 

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