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The roots of Kicking

by Phillip StarrIn karate, taekwondo, and various forms of gong-fu, we can easily observe many different types of kicks and you may wonder about where they came from and/or why they were developed. We’ll start at the beginning… In general, gong-fu styles don’t emphasize a lot...

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Tips To Reignite Your Martial Arts Passion

Martial Arts, no matter which one you do be it Jiu-Jitsu, Aikido, Karate or MMA should be a lifelong pursuit, simple as that. It’s usual to have down periods, periods where you don’t want to train, have things going on in your life that make it hard, or simply can’t be arsed! So I present to you...

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Five ways sparring can change you as a person

This article is based on a lecture given by Professor Janet (Jay) O’Shea (UCLA) at the 2016 Martial Arts Studies Conference held at Cardiff University. (ง •̀_•́)ง As a training tool, sparring has loads of physical / technical benefits. It can help you develop a greater understanding and...

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Positive Affirmations for Taekwondo

Top taekwondo experts understand that strong physical abilities alone are insufficient for success. Becoming a great taekwondo master also requires a focused mental state. These taekwondo affirmations will help you focus your mind, strengthen your body, and become a great taekwondo fighter...

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Why martial arts can be a powerful route to mindfulness

Is mindfulness truly worth pursuing – or just a flaky Western fad? Mindfulness is a popular buzzword nowadays – but it can mean a lot of different things. At worst, it’s seen as a vague, inauthentic and even silly fashion. Melanie McDonagh calls it: a form of Buddhism lite […] it’s gone from...

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Striking vs. Grappling

Do you train in karate or some related style? How often do you work ground techniques at your school? Most karate students train on a traditional wooden deck, so if some rolling or grappling moves are required, somebody is recruited to go into the back room to pull out some small cheesy mat to...

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5 Tips To Help Improve Your Counterpunching Skills In Boxing

There’s so much more to boxing than just the usual offense and defense. It’s an incredibly layered discipline with a specific science to its numerous techniques. It’s no wonder practitioners and enthusiasts often refer to it as ‘the sweet science.’ Everyone loves heading to the boxing...

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9 Reasons Why Muay Thai Is The Perfect Martial Art

Developed over hundreds of years, the ancient martial art of Muay Thai is known for its tremendous power, maximum efficiency, and raw simplicity. Often referred to as the “Art of Eight Limbs”, Muay Thai utilizes a beautiful symphony of kicks, punches, knees, and elbows with fluidity and...

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No Age Limit: 4 Reasons Seniors Should Train Martial Arts

Helio Gracie Staying active is important to people in their 50’s, 60’s or even 70’s. The body starts to weaken during these years, especially when seniors get trapped into the sedentary lifestyle. As we age, our bodies become brittle. The importance of daily activity cannot be more...

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10 Most Popular Martial Arts in the US

Martial arts have always been a vital part of absolutely any civilization on Earth… Starting with the Roman and Greek wrestling tradition, Western Boxing or baritsu and all the way to the Chinese & Japanese Karate, Judo and Filipino martial arts… So regardless of what times and environment...

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