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What is Qin Na?

What is Qin Na?

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, November 17, 2014

Taijiquan (太極拳) was originally developed for combat in ancient times. Its fighting theory is to use the soft against the hard, and to use the round to neutralize the straight or square. In order to achieve this goal, the body must be soft and the movements must be smooth and natural. Taijiquan also emphasizes the cultivation of qi (氣), or internal energy. More >>

Aihan Khun

Stress and Health

Dr. Aihan Kuhn, CMD, November 10, 2014

We live with different life styles, have different personalities, have different occupations, and come from different cultures. We are all different, but we can also be happy with who we are, what we do, how much we have, and with whom we associate with. More >>

Fond Memories About Okinawan Cuisine

Michael Clarke, November 3, 2014

I once asked a Japanese friend of mine, who had flown down from the mainland to Okinawa to meet me, if she was enjoying her visit to this part of Japan. Her reply surprised me at the time, as she confessed it was like visiting a different country. The food in particular was very different from the type of dishes she ate on a daily basis with her family in Osaka. More >>

Different Levels of Qin Na Techniques

Different Levels of Qin Na Techniques

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, October 27, 2014

As with most Chinese martial arts, qin na is composed of many different levels, according to different criteria or standards. I would like to define these standards according to several different systems of categorization. First, the levels of qin na techniques can be divided according to how much a person understands the technique and the technical difficulty of the technique executed. More >>

The Sword Way

The Sword Way

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, October 20, 2014

In ancient China, the way of the sword was widely respected. This was so not just because sword techniques and skills were difficult to learn. The main reason was that moral and spiritual qualities were required in order to attain the highest levels of its art. More >>

I.M.O.P. Principle—Intent, Means, Opportunity and Preclusion

I.M.O.P. Principle—Intent, Means, Opportunity and Preclusion

Lawrence A. Kane, Rory Miller, October 6, 2014

How do you know when it is legal to get physical with an adversary? Learn the I.M.O.P. (Intent, Means, Opportunity, and Preclusion) principle. All four of these criteria must be met before you have a good case for taking action. If one or more of these conditions are absent, you are on shaky legal ground. More >>

Never Hit A Girl…Unless She's Armed

Never Hit A Girl…Unless She's Armed

Kris Wilder, Lawrence A. Kane, September 29, 2014

Sun Tzu and Miyamoto Musashi made no distinctions regarding gender. To them all adversaries were defined as combatants. In today's world, distinctions of gender are made by friends, family, police, and the courts. The role of combatant is, oftentimes, secondary. While experienced bouncers, bodyguards, law enforcement officers, soldiers, jail guards, and martial artists know that women can be just as dangerous, or possibly even more so than men, (such as instinctively going for the eyes during an attack) the courts don't often see it that way. More >>

Natural Healing for Depression

Natural Healing for Depression

Dr. Aihan Kuhn, CMD, September 23, 2014

It was heart-breaking news to hear that we lost one of our favorite entertainers, Robin Williams.  Thankfully his humor will stay with us forever. After learning how he passed, I wanted to address the danger of depression and offer some healing guidance. More >>

Michael Clarke

Modern Trends: Reality-based Martial Arts

Michael Clarke, September 15, 2014

The rise in recent years of so-called ‘reality’ based martial arts reminds me of other great scams committed against the general public, like bottled water, and who can forget the panic that gripped the world in the 1990s over the Y2K dilemma that was supposedly going to see aeroplanes fall from the sky and shut down every computer on the entire planet. More >>

Acupuncture Points Verified with New Technology

David Silver, September 8, 2014

Acupuncture is the art of stimulating points in the body to improve circulation and remove blockages, either as a general tonic or to promote the healing of specific ailments. More >>

Account for Adrenaline

Account for Adrenaline

Lawrence A. Kane, Rory Miller, September 1, 2014

When I took a defensive handgun course several years ago, I was taught to train for handling the survival-stress reaction commonly associated with actual combat. To simulate the reaction, we had to do as many pushups as we could as fast as we could for one minute. More >>

Action of the Five Building Blocks of Qi (Energy System)

Action of the Five Building Blocks of Qi (Energy System)

Ramel Rones, August 25, 2014

In order to achieve a strong energetic system, we must fine-tune each of the five building blocks until fine-tuning is not necessary. More >>

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