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Evaluating Drills—Part 1

Rory Miller, October 24, 2016

I'm not a big fan of most drills. There is a fine line, but conditioned reflexes are crucial in a fight and habits will get you killed. Conditioned reflexes are things you do without thinking about it. They are essentially trained flinch responses. If something suddenly comes at your eyes you WILL do something: block, move your head or, at the very minimum, blink. More >>

What is Staff Fighting?

What is Staff Fighting?

Joe Varady, October 17, 2016

The staff has been a common weapon among the many cultures of Earth since ancient times. Over the ages, humans have used this basic weapon for self-defense and for contest. More >>

Experience Tai Chi Fitness

Experience Tai Chi Fitness

David-Dorian Ross, October 10, 2016

Tai Chi Fit is a unique workout that I have developed after decades of traditional tai chi (taijiquan) practice. It is an effort to make tai chi more fun and accessible, while making your fitness more graceful and holistic. It’s a ride along the wave of your inner power, like surfing on your own life energy (Qi). More >>

The Hidden Roots of Karate and Jujitsu

The Hidden Roots of Karate and Jujitsu

Andrew Zerling, October 5, 2016

This article will discuss several martial arts to illustrate how different looking martial arts are apparently closely related and how the idea of hidden historical roots applies to many martial arts. First the origins of karate and Okinawan sumo will be explored. Then the root of jujitsu will be uncovered. More >>

DRILL: The One-Step

Rory Miller, September 26, 2016

The one-step arose as a useful accident. Many years ago I was reading George Mattson's The Way of Karate and I completely misunderstood his description of ippon kumite. More >>

The Art and Science of Staff Fighting

The Art and Science of Staff Fighting

Joe Varady, September 19, 2016

The staff, or bo, is one of the most common weapons in the martial arts.  Many karate schools include bo forms in their curriculum. I am here with Master Joe Varady, martial artist and weapons specialist, to talk about the staff. More >>

Not Parlor Tricks

Not Parlor Tricks

Rory Miller, September 12, 2016

The following aren't actually tricks. They are exercises that you demonstrate once to show a deeper truth. Most will not work on people a second time. Some will learn to game it. More >>

Brain Damage: Do Football Helmets Help?

Jason Thalken PhD, September 5, 2016

Recently, the National Football League is facing a 765-million-dollar lawsuit filed on behalf of more than 4,500 former players regarding the concussions and potential chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) sustained during their careers. Similar lawsuits are underway against the National Collegiate Athletic Association as well as the National Hockey League, and football helmet maker Riddell is facing multiple lawsuits over claims about the effectiveness of their helmets at protecting athletes from concussions. More >>

DRILL: The One-Step

DRILL: The One-Step

Rory Miller, August 29, 2016

The one-step arose as a useful accident. Many years ago I was reading George Mattson's The Way of Karate and I completely misunderstood his description of ippon kumite. I thought, "That's brilliant—unscripted but safe, just looking at this whole thing as a meat geometry problem…" More >>

Analysis of Taijiquan Techniques

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, August 22, 2016

It is important to understand how martial sequences are created and what purposes they serve. Sometimes people who lack this understanding tend to view the taijiquan sequence as a dance or abstract movement. A proper understanding of the root of the art will help you practice in the most effective way. More >>

Training for Sudden Violence

Rory Miller, August 15, 2016

I teach about violence. As I left “the life” I discovered that my niche wasn’t so much teaching cops as I had expected, or even teaching civilian self-defense. The material seemed to resonate most with experienced martial artists who were coming to discover how little they really knew about violence. More >>

Introduction of Yang Style Lao Liu Lu Taijiquan

Henry (Yinghao) Zhuang, August 8, 2016

In the time of Qing Dynasty, taijiquan was quite popular in the royal palace due to Prince Pu Lun Bei Zi, a man of great power and wealth, who appreciated the fighting technique of Yang-style taijiquan. He recognized the martial applications disguised in the slow, graceful movements, as if there were needles hidden, wrapped in cotton. More >>

Defending Against Multiple Assailants Part 2

David Kahn, July 25, 2016

The axiom that street violence is volatile and unpredictable could not hold truer than when facing multiple assailants.  Facing multiple assailants, let alone multiple armed assailants, is an extremely dangerous proposition.  Try to recognize the situation as soon as possible such as if two people are walking towards you and they suddenly fan out to your left and right.  Running and escaping is your best solution. More >>

Defending Against Multiple Assailants—Part 1

David Kahn, July 18, 2016

Street violence is volatile and unpredictable.  An attacker will seek every advantage including ambushing you in concert with multiple confederates.  You may well find yourself in a "negative five" position or initially unprepared for the fight of your life.  Krav maga (Hebrew for "contact combat") developed for the Israel Defense Forces will provide you with the instinctive tools and ability to fight for your life and win. More >>

Getting hit doesn't hurt (But love sometimes does)—Part 2

Getting hit doesn't hurt (But love sometimes does)—Part 2

Michael Clarke, July 1, 2016

With an estimated 50 million karateka in the world there are no figures that I am aware of to demonstrate what percentage have been training for more than a few years. Certainly, given the direction of karate's growth over the past fifty-years, it wouldn't be too outrageous to suggest that a greater value has been placed on quantity over quality. So what happened? More >>

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