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Celebrating Chinese New Year, the Year of the Monkey

Celebrating Chinese New Year, the Year of the Monkey

Dr. Aihan Kuhn, CMD, February 8, 2016

For thousands of years, celebrating the New Year in China is always the biggest event of the whole year. During the lunar New Year celebration, every family makes the best food, wears their best clothes, and shoes, and keeps up their best spirit and mood. Family and friends get together to enjoy eating, laughing, chatting, and friendship. Another very important element of the celebration: fire crackers. More >>

Discover the Tai Chi 48 Form

Discover the Tai Chi 48 Form

Helen Liang, February 1, 2016

The Tai Chi 48-movement form is ideal for those interested experiencing in the true essence of tai chi chuan, because it combines powerful techniques from all styles into a sequence embodying the spirit of relaxation and softness with circular, continuous movements.  There are over 250 million people worldwide that practice tai chi daily for health benefits.  More >>

Sai Design and Fighting Theory

Sai Design and Fighting Theory

Nicholas C. Yang, January 27, 2016

The correct length and weight of the sai varies from individual to individual. Of course, as with any weapon, the longer and heavier it can be without compromising the handling, the better it is in a combat situation. As the proverb goes, "One inch longer, one inch stronger" (一寸長, 一寸強, Yī cùn cháng, yī cùn qiáng). More >>

Krav Maga's Training Philosophy

Krav Maga's Training Philosophy

David Kahn, January 25, 2016

Krav maga is designed around a few core tactics to counter a myriad of attacks. Defenders get tools for their toolboxes along with a general blueprint for how to use them. Imi's goal was survival in any defensible situation. While there are no set solutions for ending an armed confrontation, there are preferred methods using violence of action combined with retzev, or "continuous combat motion." More >>

Foam or Knuckles—Navigating the Illusion of Safety

Jason Thalken PhD, January 18, 2016

If you really want to understand how gloves contribute to the safety of our athletes, especially when it comes to their brains, take a closer look at the physics behind taking a punch with a bare fist or a glove. More >>

Hooks in Violent and Non Violent Encounters

Hooks in Violent and Non Violent Encounters

Rory Miller, January 12, 2016

Dealing with people who routinely used violence to get what they want, they often sought a "hook." A hook is an excuse to act out or a rationalization that will allow them to excuse their actions later. More >>

Dukkha Hungry Ghosts

Dukkha Hungry Ghosts

Loren W. Christensen, December 28, 2015

As Mai and the crowd watch in frozen horror, the Lexus slowly rolls again until it's on its top; the front-end still nose down into the water. After a moment, only the rear back tires are still above the surface. Then they too slip beneath the bay. More >>

Physical Reaction to Information

Physical Reaction to Information

David Hopkins, December 14, 2015

Our right to physically defend ourselves is widely accepted in the contemporary world. Most countries have laws protecting the individual from prosecution when he or she is under direct threat and must defend against bodily harm or even death. What is less clear, though, is the degree to which we are allowed to protect ourselves in that narrow window when an aggressor has decided to attack but has not yet attacked. More >>

Sai: Ancient Marvel of a Weapon

Sai: Ancient Marvel of a Weapon

Nicholas C. Yang, December 7, 2015

Sai (釵, chāi) is perhaps most commonly known in popular culture today as the featured weapon of choice by the comic book characters Raphael of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Elektra of Marvel Comics. While it is not entirely clear how the sai was created as a weapon, it is widely accepted that the sai originated from mainland Asia several thousand years ago. More >>

Additional Exercises With a Partner for Tai Chi Ball

Additional Exercises With a Partner for Tai Chi Ball

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, November 30, 2015

It is advisable to have one partner at a time lead the exchanges in the beginning. Follow this with the freestyle method of exchanging where either person may choose to change the direction of the pattern between yin and yang. The following exercises will be the vertical yin-yang circling patterns using both sets of hands on the ball, followed by each person using a single hand attached to the ball. When practicing the exercises using both sets of hands, the ball will be turned slightly along its horizontal axis allowing a crisscross pattern. More >>

Train with a Partner using a Tai Chi Ball

Train with a Partner using a Tai Chi Ball

David W. Grantham, Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, November 23, 2015

Practice with a partner. This will allow you to focus on your sense of distancing as well as enhancing your connecting, adhering, and sticking jin skills. Whether you are practicing pushing hands or engaged with your enemy, these skills are necessary for positioning an opponent into a disadvantage and defeating them. In the following exercises, when it is recommended that one person at a time initiate a movement, the training for the passive partner is to stick to the ball and yield to the direction of the initiating partner. This is also an important element in training. More >>

Dukkha:  Hungry Ghosts - A Sam Reeves Martial Arts Thriller

Dukkha:  Hungry Ghosts - A Sam Reeves Martial Arts Thriller

Loren W. Christensen, November 16, 2015

The following is an excerpt from Dukkha: Hungry Ghosts.  Sam Reeves and his girlfriend Mai are enjoying a morning at Saturday Market, a sprawling weekend bazaar along Portland's waterfront. From the top of a bridge at the market, a crazed man, "Tonto," announces that he will be the crowds designated shooter. More >>

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming

What Does Taiji Training Include?

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, November 9, 2015

Taiji has been evolving for more than seven hundred years, and it is very difficult to state just exactly what makes up the art. The content of the art has varied from one generation to the next. For example, one generation might specialize in the taiji spear, and gradually come to ignore other aspects of the art, such as the sword or saber. The contents of the system can also vary from one teacher to another. One might have learned only the sword from his master, and so naturally the sword would be the only weapon he could teach. Some masters will emphasize a particular principle or training method because of their experience, temperament, or research, or perhaps create a new training style for a new weapon. More >>

Nonphysical Reaction to Information

Nonphysical Reaction to Information

David Hopkins, November 2, 2015

We all have the ability to use our instincts. The problem is that we often bury that inherent skill under a lot of what we need to learn to get along in contemporary society. So sometimes we may get a warning message about a potential threat, but then we choose to ignore it, perhaps out of doubt in ourselves, and our feelings, or perhaps because we just don't want to believe we may be in danger. The first task, then, is to hone our instincts through improving our ability to experience anxiety and to proficiently process the information coming in from our environment. More >>

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