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Judo – Origins and interactions with MMA

Jigoro Kano, founder of Judo “In short, resisting a more powerful opponent will result in your defeat, whilst adjusting to and evading your opponent's attack will cause him to lose his balance, his power will be reduced, and you will defeat him. This can apply whatever the relative values of...

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How Martial Arts Teaches You To Live

Almost everyone knows the saying “carpe diem”, which translates to “seize the day”. How often do you do it though? When was the last time you put aside all your fears, worries and concerns and just grabbed life by the reins? Life is the NOW. Most of us get caught up in the day-to-day life or let...

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Strange Weapons of China

Chinese Traditional Weapons Judging by the number of odd weapons that can be found in the martial ways of China, the Chinese are, if nothing else, very creative when it comes to finding ways to kill their fellow man. In the Chinese martial arts, there are four basic weapons; the staff, spear,...

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HOW TO WRAP YOUR HANDS FOR BOXING

Handwraps are one of the smallest, simplest, and least expensive pieces of martial arts gear, but they’re also one of the most important if you participate in a striking discipline like boxing, Muay Thai, or MMA. So just what makes these strips of fabric so vital to your health and...

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MYTHS & FACTS ABOUT KARATE TRAINING PERIODIZATION!!

WHAT IS PERIODIZATION? Today, the term Periodization is frequently indiscriminately used to describe any form of training plan, regardless of the structure you use. The Periodization of training was made popular by Matveyev, from Russia, and was later implemented in the United States by Stone,...

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TRANSFORM YOURSELF INTO A BULLET: WHAT IS BALLISTIC TRAINING?

Learn exactly what Ballistic Training is. Have you ever seen a weird guy in the gym throwing the Smith Machine bar through the air with low weights or jumping after a squat as he wanted to fly with the bar with just a few kilograms or pounds? Why isn’t this guy lifting heavy loads to show...

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The Evolution of your Sparring

Most students’ sparring mirrors the evolution of man. Wow, you must be thinking what does that mean? According to modern scientific understanding, humans developed from apes, which over time transformed into cavemen and over further time evolved to where humans are today. Similarly, most...

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3 ESSENTIAL THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT PUNCHING!

March 17, 2019 WHAT YOU REALLY NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PUNCHING POWER AND SPEED! The Punch is a key component of Karate… It can be used to cause physical damage, develop tactical advantage or score points. This article is for every style of Karate: Kyokushinkai Ashihara Shidokan WKF...

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How the Sword has influenced Taekwondo

MONDAY, 27 JULY 2020 I have been playing around with the sword lately and I am having a lot of fun doing it. Sword training is perfect for the times we are finding ourselves in these days: you always keep at least a swords distance between yourself and your training partner, if they come to close...

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TRAINING FOR LIFE

November 13, 2017 by John Titchen in Practical Karate Why do you train? What could you train for? What should you train for? Across my clubs and those that are affiliated to me, we use the phrase training for life. I focus on orientating my training towards self defence. There are...

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