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Kendo

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Kendo, Japanese Kendō, (“way of the sword”), traditional Japanese style of fencing with a two-handed wooden sword, derived from the fighting methods of the ancient samurai (warrior class). The unification of Japan about 1600 removed most opportunities for actual sword combat, so the samurai turned swordsmanship into a means of cultivating discipline, patience, and skill […]

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Qigong (Chi Kung)

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Qigong (Chi Kung) is considered an essence of Chinese Kung Fu. Comparing with other Kungfu styles, it has a more extensive connotation. It is an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates physical exercise, breath control and mental training. The name is made up of two Chinese characters. Qi means the life force or energy […]

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Top 10 Martial Arts and Their Origins

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by Edan Barak on Aug 22, 2017 “Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.” – Sun Tzu, master strategist and author of “The Art of War”, regarding the human warrior spirit. The martial arts are a collection of combat systems, strategies, […]

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Eight-Diagram Palm(Baguazhang)

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Eight-Diagram Palm, Baguazhang in Chinese, is a boxing style characterized by continuously changing palm styles. It is so named due to the practising walking route like the traditional Chinese Eight Diagrams. As one of the three famous schools of Internal Boxing Arts (Neijiaquan), it is good for fitness, body-building and self-defense. Eight-Diagram Palm was created […]

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The Great Women of the Martial Arts

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The Great Women of The Martial Arts is a book about women in the martial arts complied by Ted Gambordella. This book includes the following women who are all contributors to the martial arts in many different fashions. Cynthia Rothrock Margaret Beasley Cassie Hendon Darlene McPherson Tina Kretchmer Feraca Andrea Harkins Tara Arrington Malia Bernal […]

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In Honor of David Carradine, Kwai Chang Caine From the TV Series Kung Fu

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December 8, 1936 – June 3, 2009 Today marks the eighth year since David Carradine, the actor who left his imprint on martial arts history when he starred in ABC’s Kung Fu television series, passed away. Countless senior practitioners in dojo across the country received their first exposure to the martial arts because of Carradine, […]

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Types of Martial Arts

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There are many different types of martial arts, including taekwondo, karate, and jiu jitsu, as well as MMA (mixed martial arts). Below are definitions of some of the most popular styles. With this information, the next time someone asks, “What’s the difference between the different types of martial arts?” you’ll have an aswer. Aikido: considered […]