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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 >>

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 >>

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