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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 >>

Political Turmoil in Taekwondo

Political Turmoil in Taekwondo

Doug Cook, August 18, 2014

On December 31, 2013, Grandmaster Kyu Hyung Lee, taekwondoist extraordinaire, formally resigned his post as president of the esteemed Kukkiwon after holding the position for a mere matter of months. Quickly replaced by Man Soon Jang, Lee claimed his startling decision was founded on irreconcilable differences between two leading factions; one consisting of officials whose behavior is largely motivated by politics, and a second group of martial artists, spearheaded by Lee, with the purity of taekwondo at heart. More >>

Enzan The Far Mountain - A Connor Burke Martial Arts Thriller

Enzan The Far Mountain - A Connor Burke Martial Arts Thriller

John Donohue, Ph.D., August 11, 2014

The following is an excerpt from John Donohue's latest martial arts thriller, Enzan The Far Mountain. Chie Miyazaki is a wild, spoiled, pampered child of a cadet line of the Imperial House of Japan. When she disappears in the United States accompanied by a slick Korean boyfriend who may be taking orders from Pyongyang, it sets alarms off in Japan's security apparatus as well in the U.S. intelligence. More >>

The Art in Martial Arts

The Art in Martial Arts

John Donohue, Ph.D., July 28, 2014

For many practitioners, the phrase “martial arts” doesn’t do a particularly good job of encompassing the complexity of the systems we study. There is also a certain oxymoronic tension between things martial and things arty and serious trainees often prefer to emphasize the physical efficacy of these systems. More >>

Improving Quality of Qi's Manifestation

Improving Quality of Qi's Manifestation

David W. Grantham, Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, July 21, 2014

Here we will discuss how the quality of qi's circulation or manifestation can be improved. First, we should recognize that from Chinese martial art history, it was not until the fifth century that Chinese internal styles were developed, recognized, and practiced. More >>

About the Sword

About the Sword

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, July 14, 2014

Many martial artists, even those who have studied Chinese martial arts for many years, still have a number of questions about the structure, use, history, and geographical background of the Chinese straight sword (jian). More >>

The Heart of Taekwondo

The Heart of Taekwondo

Doug Cook, July 7, 2014

When the heart of taekwondo beats, it gives life to the advancement of supreme discipline, the achievement of noble character, and the cultivation of an enlightened worldview. It breaks the bonds that bind us to the Earth and again, as adults, allows us to feel the wind beneath our feet rather than merely around them. More >>

Dukkha Unloaded-A Sam Reeves Martial Arts Thriller

Loren W. Christensen, June 26, 2014

A rush of wind sent debris skittering along the empty sidewalks, filthy gutters, and streets long in need of repair. Though few vehicles passed through the darkened skid row intersection of Northwest Third and Couch at three a.m., its lone traffic signal, swaying in the wind, continued to cycle its colors, casting hues off the sides of old buildings and the cracked windshield of a decaying station wagon propped up on four rusted wheels. More >>

A Few Fighting Techniques Found in the Dukkha Series

Loren W. Christensen, June 17, 2014

Many kind reviewers for Dukkha: The Suffering, Dukkha: Reverb, and Dukkha: Unloaded have commented on the realistic violence, in particular the fight scenes. This is always nice to hear because I work hard to infuse the scenes with authenticity and truth. After spending 30 years around man's inhumanity to man, first as a Military Policeman in Vietnam and then as a street cop for 25 years in Portland, Oregon, I find many authors' and movie directors' depiction of violence to be sadly lacking or simply off base. More >>

Qigong for Strengthening and Massaging the Internal Organs

Qigong for Strengthening and Massaging the Internal Organs

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, June 9, 2014

Your internal organs are the foundation of your health. Most deaths are due to the malfunction or failure of the internal organs. In order to be healthy and avoid degeneration, your organs need to have the correct amount of Qi circulating smoothly through them. More >>

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