Muramasa

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Muramasa Sengo (千子 村正 Sengo Muramasa?) was a famous swordsmith who founded the Muramasa school and lived during the Muromachi period (14th to 16th centuries) in Japan. Oscar Ratti and Adele Westbrook said that Muramasa “was a most skillful smith but a violent and ill-balanced mind verging on madness, that was supposed to have passed […]

Jillian Michaels: How Martial Arts Took Her From Rock Bottom to The Biggest Loser!

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Where You’ve Seen Her: The Biggest Loser Martial Arts Experience: karate, muay Thai, akarui-do As inspirational stories go, this one’s pretty remarkable. Start with a 5-foot-2-inch, 175-pound, 14-year-old girl who’s devoted to junk food and facing the emotional trauma of her parents’ impending divorce. Give the mother the foresight to enroll her daughter in a […]

Jiujutsu

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By Jigaro Kano Translated by Rev. T. Lindsay, April 18, 1888 Submitted by Stan Hart Editor’s Note: This is the first part of an article originally written by Jigaro Kano, the founder of modern Judo (Jiudo). Part 1 investigates the origin of Jiujutsu (Jujutsu). There is also a glossary provided by Stan Hart, who translated […]

Wudang Martial Arts

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Wudang Martial Arts were created in the early years of the Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644) by a Taoist named Zhang Sanfeng. It combines the essence of the Book of Changes and the Tao Teh King (Daodejing) of Laozi (an ancient well-known philosopher). Originated in Mt. Wudang, a Taoist holy land, it is of great […]

How to Prepare to Defend Yourself Against Real Violence When You’ve Never Experienced It

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Telling other people how to use self-defense skills to survive a dangerous or potentially lethal encounter when you’ve never experienced one is pretentious, even foolhardy. No matter how much experience you may have in the karate dojo, it cannot compare to those occasions when you’re facing an adversary bent on doing some massive or terminal damage. […]

FMA 101: A Practical Primer on the Filipino Martial Arts

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In this post, Julius Melegrito — who’s on the cover of the April/May 2017 issue of Black Belt, shown below — explains key concepts from the group of styles commonly referred to as the Filipino Martial Arts: escrima, kali and arnis. If you haven’t started your FMA training yet, this will whet your appetite. If […]