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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 […]

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Taekwondo Legend Jhoon Rhee

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“A picture is worth 1,000 words; an action is worth 1,000 pictures.” — Jhoon Rhee For decades, we’ve known Jhoon Rhee as the father of taekwondo in America. Without digging too deep into our memories, most of us could tell you that the master is based in Washington, D.C., and that he’s trained elected officials […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]