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The History and Style of Japanese Jiu-Jitsu

The History and Style of Japanese Jiu-Jitsu

The art of jiu-jitsu dates back to feudal Japan and is based on the principle of the soft conquering the hard. It was developed as a way for samurai warriors to fight against armored opponents and prioritized throws, holds, and takedowns over strikes that would be...

Martial Arts Tournaments: How to Prepare

Martial Arts Tournaments: How to Prepare

Martial arts classes offer sparring, which is a respectable means of developing and improving one's skills. A tournament, however, allows students to go beyond practice to expand their skills. Through competitions, students find themselves venturing beyond their...

History & Style of Kung Fu

History & Style of Kung Fu

Kung fu is a Chinese term that is widely misunderstood by the rest of the world; instead of specifically pertaining to martial arts, it describes an individual refined skill or accomplishment achieved through hard work. However, it has come to refer to Chinese martial...

The History & Style of Taekwondo

The History & Style of Taekwondo

Taekwondo is a scientific, traditional martial art, which originated in Korea. Its lessons go far beyond physical fighting techniques. It also demonstrates ways to enhance the human spirit and life by training the mind as well as the body. Today, this sport is highly...

Martial Arts & Children with Special Needs

Martial Arts & Children with Special Needs

Children diagnosed with special needs benefit from learning discipline and having a sense of structure in their lives. Martial arts programs provide both requirements. Participating in martial arts offers children the chance to express themselves in a healthy way...

Current Trends in Martial Arts

Current Trends in Martial Arts

Martial arts have an enduring popularity. They're known for their discipline. Tradition and time-honored training methods are a cornerstone of most martial arts. Because of that, it can seem awkward to talk about trends in the discipline. Martial arts can wax and wane...

The Fitness Benefits of Martial Arts

The Fitness Benefits of Martial Arts

Martial arts have long been seen as cool. But they've also been seen as a niche sport. Many people feel like they're lovers, not fighters. They look at martial arts and think, that's nice, but it's not for me. The truth is that everyone should consider adding martial...

Krav Maga for Self-Defense

Krav Maga for Self-Defense

Krav Maga is a simple and effective method of self-defense. It is based upon practical applications and designed to aid the practitioner in its ultimate goal--staying alive. With that in mind, here are some things about Krav Maga everyone should know. Its Name Speaks...

A Parents’ Guide to Selecting the Perfect Dojo

A Parents’ Guide to Selecting the Perfect Dojo

Karate (and other martial arts) benefit children in more ways than one, including by allowing them to learn valuable self-defense techniques, make new friends, exercise, and have fun. However, as most parents are undoubtedly aware, the quality of services provided by...