After attaining relative proficiency in the various barehanded combat forms, the majority of martial artists opt to expand their skills to include mastery in the techniques of one or more Chinese martial arts weapons. The question then becomes what weapon one should choose? For more than 5,000 years, Chinese martial artists have developed a vast…

There are many types of martial arts and one of the most popular has to be Tai Chi, or more properly, Tai Chi Chuan. This style is popular even among those who have no real interest in martial arts but simply want to gain the health benefits Tai Chi exercises provide. For me, however, two…

So you have been practicing one of the types of martial arts for some months or years now and you are itching for someone in a bar or in the street to pick a fight with you so you can show them some moves. Sadly, while lethal punches and kicks look great in the movies,…

The principle of softness in the martial arts, also known as gentleness or suppleness is often talked about and practiced. However the idea of violent action being countered with softness seems counter intuitive to the purpose of the martial arts. Within the Japanese martial arts “Ju” or gentleness is a large factor and lies at the…

What is it? Aikido. Who started it? Morihei Ueshiba Where is the place of origin? Japan When was it developed? Late 1920’s-1930 Why should I learn it? Because is it the most simplest form of martial art that uses the opponents strength against them. Aikido For Self-Defence   The style itself consists mostly of grabs…

People learn martial arts for a lot of different reasons; some for fitness, some for sport, some for pure enjoyment, but many learn them for self-defence. For the confidence that only years of training can bestow in a person. Martial arts make the body strong and the mind quick. Deadly quick. That’s why they are…

Kuzushi or breaking an opponent’s balance is probably one of the most important aspects of Ju Jitsu. We see its importance in almost every technique, whether it is a throw, lock or, strike. So why is Kuzushi so important? Why does it need to be used so much to make Ju Jitsu work? Kuzushi: Breakdown…

More of the mental and philosophical side to martial arts training There is a lot more to martial arts training than throws, fitness and getting to grips with the mechanics of your discipline. Alongside that comes the more mental element to martial arts training, and a certain attitude and philosophy. To understand the philosophy principle…

JuJitsu comprises many different facets of fighting such as locks, throws and groundwork. However atemi or striking is an aspect that seems to have been forgotten by many of JuJitsu’s descendant arts. Why is this? Why do these styles no longer make use of atemi and can it be incorporated now? Before we get any further I…

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