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How to choose a safe martial arts club if you’re an abuse survivor

By Kay Morgan Some of the most consistently popular articles on this blog are the ones I’ve written for abuse or trauma survivors who are interested in martial arts training. Readers find them when they’re searching the Internet for healing ideas and advice; and sometimes get in touch to talk...

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11 differences between fake and real “female empowerment” in martial arts

By Kay Morgan Learning Karate has made me a total badass! she smiled. Before, I just used to be like a timid little girl. Now, I still look timid on the outside. But inside, I’m literally walking around with the knowledge that I could kill someone, if I wanted. It’s changed everything! Pretty...

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A nice lady's adventures in the gentle art of jiu jitsu

Competing in mid-adulthood: How to train to win after age 35 I love training for competition almost as much as I like competition itself - I love the hard rolling sessions, purposeful drilling, and competition focused energy. I have been training and competing jiu jitu for almost 7 years...

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TINA CHOE: I AM STILL STANDING

I was diagnosed with advanced cervical adenocarcinoma last November. Stage 3 cancer. My whole life changed in an instant as I was faced with everything that comes along with that news. I had to essentially prepare for the ultimate fight of my life. I endured 10 weeks of chemotherapy coupled...

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Are Action Movies Ruining Martial Arts?

In New York Magazine, Kyle Buchanan laments the decline of the modern action movie: …Actors often brag about how much Krav Maga or karate or capoeira they had to learn for their roles, but to judge from the onscreen world of modern action movies, that kind of skill set is hardly rare: A...

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3 Differences Between Eastern & Western Karate

By Jesse Enkamp “How did training go?” “Great! Sensei didn’t remark on anything!” That’s what I answered my friend after visiting a new dojo in Okinawa, Japan. FACEPALM. I was so naïve! You see, if a Japanese sensei doesn’t criticize your techniques, it’s a...

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The One Secret All Karate Masters Have In Common

By Jesse Enkamp Wow! I just came home from teaching 157 passionate Karate Nerds in Canada. Teaching biomechanics for Karate (Photo here.) During this trip, I attended a local tournament in Quebec. One dude asked me a cool question: “Jesse-san, you meet so many...

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How Karate Is A Healthy Escape from Regular Workouts. Take A Break and Try It.

By Jordan Williams When was the last time you tried something else for fitness instead of weightlifting and cardio? How was your experience? How did you feel? Well, whatever your experience might be this time it would be different. If you are bored with your regular routine and thinking of...

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Stay Fit and Stay Healthy. The Best Lifestyle Tip I Ever Got

By Jordan Williams Healthy living and fitness are the things that do not come overnight. You don't just start living healthy and become fit once you start doing some specific things. It is the little things you do daily. These deeds add up and eventually get you fit and you start living a...

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Fighting Spirit

I had a discussion today that made me wonder and self-analyze what exactly is a fighting spirit. Let's take a look at a few assumptions that are quite popular of what is a fighting spirit: 1. Ability to push through even when you are tired While this seems like the most logical...

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