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Martial arts are an excellent source of entertainment, exercise and an overall learning experience. It could also be called an art! From Karate, Judo, Taekwondo, Krav Maga, etc. we have many different styles teaching the art of self-defense, and also for the sake of sport. Read about some of their histories here!

http://www.musemalady.com/social-and-humour1/popular-martial-arts-and-their-histories
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Jackie Bradbury

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A Form is a Form is a Form
In Kobudo class, we've just been taught Shuji no Kon Sho, which is an Okinawan bo form.  It's the second form we've been taught, after our organization's Bo Ichi. Out of curiosity, I searched for other folks doing this form. Wow, the variances are HUGE vers...
In Kobudo class, we've just been taught Shuji no Kon Sho, which is an Okinawan bo form.  It's the second form we've been taught, after our organization's Bo Ichi. Out of curiosity, I searched for other folks doing this form. ...
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Jackie Bradbury

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What do you think?
IT'S FACE -OFF FRIDAY! Most martial arts in the world today have belt ranks of some sort.  Some would say, as a result, that this has cheapened the value of what we teach - that we teach "to the rank" versus teaching the art...
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Belts are a tool, and like a tool, they can be used for good or ill.  In some sense, they are the external manifestation of a series of initiation rituals that could be used to indicate competence and reflect the student's growing responsibility for the accurate transmission of the art.  When belts become status symbols, they have begun to be used badly.
This is all complicated by the cultural differences between the nations where most of our modern MA have developed and the international environment in which they now exist.  I understand that, at least in Japan, there are still many fine distinctions of social status that are in some sense reflected by belts, as well as in the Japanese language, gradations of social status that work very differently here in the States.  As such, the American understanding of what belts reflect may well be very different from that of the originating culture.
Sorry, I guess this constitutes a not very firm answer to the challenge.
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"When I do Muay Thai, I am strengthening my body; I am exerting my physical self in an extremely rigorous and demanding way. The pay-off, to me, matches the effort invested."

http://milkblitzstreetbomb.com/muay-thai/annihilation-of-self-muay-thai/
The way to master yourself is by mastering something else, and thus by becoming it, and inhabiting it. How Muay Thai, devotion and narcissism intersect.
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In working with the children’s class over the last few months, I have encouraged them to focus on quality over quantity. What triggered this concerned their push-ups. Many of them could not do push-ups correctly.  Instead of focusing on the number of…
I discuss the concept of quality over quantity in my children's class.
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Chris Bayliss

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Depth must be pursued, it does not avail itself of your whims, train to understand not to repeat.
 
Solid practice tonight, developing powerful effective strikes requires effort, personal vigilance and assiduous attention to the principle behind the movement. Advanced session was no different, correct body position, use of the muscular skeletal system and focussed intention build steadily through each of the forms. Without mindfull attention to the correct use of the body's internal structures you risk performing an empty dance. Your practice needs to prepare, test and confound you, not pamper your ego.
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“Resistance is futile” is something that most Modern Arnis players should keep in mind while playing tapi tapi. One of the keys to being a good Modern Arnis player is the ability to relax during while playing. Using too much force or resistance will lead…
I use the phrase "resistance is futile" to describe why, for the most part, resisting with muscle is a bad idea when defending in Modern Arnis.
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Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.
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There will be times when you will not be able to train as much as you would like. This may be due to injuries, illness, work, vacation or other factors that conspire to keep you away from martial arts classes. Never fear! Here are a number of ways that…
I discuss various ways in which one can train without training!
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Drilling combinations on the pads this eve...
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rob meade

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 Funky Monkey MMA Combat Column catches up with Dark Horse MMA head coach, Joe Davis
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My weekly geeky video breakdown with a teaching tip or two. :-)
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Fuzziness in technique drives me crazy. I stress the need for intent in technique!
#martialarts #whitby #oshawa
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A Question of Trust
There's a lot of discussion in the martial arts world about how to get more people in self defense training, especially women. The thing is, to study the martial arts, or to even attend a short self-defense course that has any physical component to it whats...
There's a lot of discussion in the martial arts world about how to get more people in self defense training, especially women. The thing is, to study the martial arts, or to even attend a short self-defense course that has an...
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Professor Presas often admonished his students “Go with the flow!” This quote is foremost in my mind when I talk about the flow drills that I teach to the Bamboo Spirit students. I have posted previously about these flow drills.  I have mentioned that…
"Go with the flow" is heard by all Modern Arnis players and was often heard by those learning from the late Professor Remy A. Presas.
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MOTION MONDAY: Bruce Chiu Modern Arnis Empty Hand v. Stick
IT'S MOTION MONDAY! Today's video is an excerpt from an excellent instructional video by Bruce Chiu of Arnis International.  I've been lucky enough to study under Bruce and his student David Jones. There's a wealth of empty hand v. stick material out there ...
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FACE-OFF FRIDAY: Handling Rank when Changing Schools
IT'S FACE-OFF FRIDAY! Today's topic is about how ranks should be handled when one changes arts or schools in a similar art. Consider this scenario: A person who studied Karate has earned a Purple belt in their former school in another city.  Now they are en...
IT'S FACE-OFF FRIDAY! Today's topic is about how ranks should be handled when one changes arts or schools in a similar art. Consider this scenario: A person who studied Karate has earned a Purple belt in their former school i...
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In my school I work with an individual to see how their techniques compare to ours. Then if they don't know or haven't done any of our techniques, I then will determine on where or not to start them at the beginning or promote then to a comparison rank. When I studied different systems, I had to start from the beginning, but I advanced rapidly due to my prior training. So starting someone from the beginning isn't always a bad thing. 
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Jackie Bradbury

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THAT GUY: The Full Cup
So you're working with the new guy on a technique. The instructor has very carefully explained how it is to be performed, and you are trying to make sure you are following her instructions exactly. As can often happen, you don't quite get the technique down...
So you're working with the new guy on a technique. The instructor has very carefully explained how it is to be performed, and you are trying to make sure you are following her instructions exactly. As can often happen, you do...
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Meet these guys all the time - and when I'm teaching a class it is often hard to be patient with them, especially as we start off with all techniques slowly & carefully, then build towards more realistic scenarios. But the full cups have a tendency to leap to conclusions about the final technique without taking the trouble to follow the process.
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Laura Dal Farra

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"Some make it out alive and are able buy a car or build a house, but most come back here mere shadows of their glory days fighting for food."

http://milkblitzstreetbomb.com/muay-thai/farms-issan-stadiums-bangkok-career-muay-thai-fighters-thailand/
We build them, you break them. Then they come home…from the farms of Isaan to the stadiums of Bangkok. The career of Muay Thai fighters in Thailand.
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No one can buy name fame an power. Earn it.
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