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         Martial Arts: Judo

The Study of Kuzushi
By Neil Ohlenkamp

The concept of Kuzushi, or the breaking of an opponent's balance, is central to many martial arts including judo and jujitsu. More


         Martial Arts: Self Defense

The Straight Arm Double Lapel Grab Part 1
By Christopher Caile

This technique taken from the karate kata Pinan four is a simple, easy to execute self-defense for this type attack. More


         Martial Arts: Guns, Knives and Edged Weapons

Precautions For Kids To Avoid Street Crime
By Christopher Caile

Kids should be prepared to avoid or reduce risks of crime against them and how to react. Here are some ways to minimize chances of being chosen for a target as well as ways to avoid problems if your kids are approached. More


         Martial Arts: Martial Arts and Ways in Japan

Channan: The "Lost" Kata of Itosu?
By Joe Swift

The series of five basic kata called Pinan (later renamed Heian in Japan) are probably the most widely practiced kata in karate today, but were they based on an earlier kata known as Channan? More



 

Street Stories
Five Dollars
By Jeff Brooks


A true life confrontation with muggers proved also to be an internal confrontation with the self. More

Viewpoint
Humor in the Martial Arts
By Gary Gabelhouse

Humor can be an awesome self-defense. More

Viewpoint
The Best Anti-aging Formula
By Christopher Caile

The best anti-aging formula isn't a pill or a supplement but something you have right before you as a martial artist. More

Simple Lessons
Keeping Your Distance

By Terry Bryan
The proper spacing that 'fits' the situation is a crucial element in combat that has been used as long as we have recorded history. 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.

Layers Of Shu-Ha-Ri In the Practice Of Iaido
by Deborah Klens-
Bigman, Ph.D.
Most long-time martial arts practitioners actually know what Shu-Ha-Ri is, even without knowing the expression itself.

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.


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.

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.


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

"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.



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

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.



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From the Reading Room

Harageri
By Christopher Caile
Harageri is the integration of inner control and calm in the hara combined with Ki (chi) energy.

The Flower of Battle:An Interview with Bob Charron - Part 2
By Deborah Klens-Bigman, Ph.D.
The key to this 15th century fighting manual is to realize how the opportunities to use its techniques are constantly available. You simply have to take advantage of the attacker?s movement to lead them to a lock, break, throw, or the space and time in which to safely deliver a blow with a weapon.


Opinion - Being Too Careful
By Christopher Caile
When we are beginners in the martial arts, it's important when practicing with a partner to be careful with our techniques so we don't cause injury, but above a certain level being too careful can have the opposite effect.

The Lighter Side: Reverence
By Anonymous
This story illustrates how we in the west sometimes take things too seriously in the martial arts and at times demand reverence and strict attention to correct detail when a Japanese teacher might be less stringent.

 


 

Defining Martial Concepts
Mushin: The State of Mind

By Christopher Caile
What is this central concept that underlies most of martial arts? 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

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

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

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

 

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