Oct 312011

Question by bill: What do you think of somebody who stops training in a martial art as soon as they reach black belt?
A friend of mine passed his black belt grading in tkd a few weeks ago and doesn’t train anymore now, said hes joining up a new martial arts style because his goal was just to get to black belt in tkd
but black belt is not the end of training surely ?

Best answer:

Answer by Jace Gordon
You’re right. Black belt is -not- the end. Not nearly. Indeed, training can and usually lasts an entire lifetime. Especially the mental aspects of a martial art.

Now, it is indeed beneficial to one’s mind and body to train in multiple martial arts, but if he had a goal just to get a black belt just for the black belt’s sake, he certainly doesn’t have the mental aspect down by far.

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Oct 262011

Question by M: How does standing meditation contribute to martial arts skill?
Many taiji/xingyi/yiquan practitioners who practice standing meditation agree that it’s not only good for their health, but also leads to developing qualities that are beneficial in comabt situations.

How does that work? How does standing in these postures cause those kinds of changes to occur?

Why is it that people who practice standing may have stronger roots, better sensitivity and power?

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Answer by Joe
This standing meditation leads to sensitivity towards the overall workings of the martial art you are practicing. It also allows the practitioner to focus more directly on what a future opponent might do in certain situations, so that no matter how a fight proceeds, they will be ready for any circumstance. Also, it just feels better to meditate. You can find a sort of “oneness” with yourself, and it really works to put everything into perspective and make you happier in general. Happy leads to better health, as modern research has shown, which backs up what these martial artists have known for ages.
With combat practice, it allows you to focus more intensely, which is a major help in any combat situation.

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Sep 302011

Mixed Martial Arts Tactics, Concepts & Moves from around the globe. A series & documentary about different basic to advanced Self Defense tactics. Intended for educational purposes in self defense only settings. In this section, we take you back to the early 2000s, when Prof. Pedro Sauer, under Rickson Gracie Jiu Jitsu, was in Salt Lake City, Utah, at Pedro’s dojo on State Street. Here, Pedro, a skilled teacher, goes over some basic self defense moves, as they relate to ground fighting in Jiu Jitsu. The legendary Gracie Jiu Jitsu, which made its mark on the Martial Arts world during the 1st three Ultimate Fighting Championships, early 1990s, when ground fighting was introduced to the world through the very popular UFC coverages. Gracie Jiu Jitsu is thus credited for the birth of Mixed Martial Arts, although different ones like the legendary Bruce Lee were blending the arts many years ago, as was Kenpo Master, the late Ed Parker, 1960s; as also later Shoot Fighters, Shoot Wrestlers, 1980s, were too. They’d been blending the arts, as were different Military hand to hand combat training schools were also, around the world, for many years now. But it took the UFC & Gracie Jiu Jitsu to popularize cross training, & being more open minded about blending the different styles. Now, as of 2009, most styles incorporate some form of grappling, or ground fighting into their systems. While others that don’t, get left behind in this new wake that has flooded the Martial Arts world, the

Sep 222011

Question by anto: If somebody gets a black belt in a martial art but does not train for many years – are they still black belt?
For example if somebody has a black belt in a martial art but has not trained in about 10 years since getting the belt , when they return to the club should they still be recognised as black belt ? or start again at white belt ?
even if they have certificate on the wall showing their black belt test ranking ?

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Answer by Les
Technically yes. If I were them, though, I wouldn’t reasonably expect to compete…….

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Aug 042011
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Question by Wiseguy: Does the mysticism surrounding traditional Martial Arts actually put people off trying them?
I think people have this idea that traditional martial artists have some super human abilities (like tia chi masters) and since this is simply unattainable, they are better off sticking to boxing/ kickboxing.

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Answer by Blasian
Most likely people don’t think they can try tai chi or traditional arts related to that because they think its too complicated or what you have stated etc. etc.

But really its not difficult all you need is practice and confidence, there is nothing that mysterious about it

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Jun 192011

Question by ez_e91: Did Filipino Martial Arts Revolutionize Boxing?
Came across an interesting article that I wanted to share with you all.


This was originally published in Inside Karate.
Did Filipino Martial Arts Revolutionize Boxing?

The stunning footwork of today’s greatest fighters, including Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson, may have been the product of Filipino fighting principles honed on the island of Hawaii.

By Lilia I. Howe
Over the years, there have been many valiant attempts to link Asian fighting arts to modem spoils and/or forms of combat. Most of these can be charitably described as “reaches” or pure speculation. However, in one case, there is strong historical evidence that a Southeast Asian fighting system may have had a profound effect on Western boxing specifically the Filipino martial arts, known variously as kali escrima and arnis.

Despite the aura of mysticism an “ancient” lineage gives a fighting art, Western boxing predates most Asian martial arts. Pugilism was practiced in a refined art form in ancient Greece several hundred years before the birth of Christ, whereas most classical Asian systems evolved after the birth of Christ. Many arts, such as karate, are products of the 20th century.
Although there has been some speculation that the Greek arts were the origins of refined Asian combative principles, the stronger evidence suggests that India was their place of origin. Spreading northward into China across the Himalayas, the Indian miartial arts evolved into what we now know as chuan fa (fist way). At the same time, sailors, merchants, and traders carried their knowledge of fighting arts south, throughout the Mahajapayit empire, a vast chain of islands consisting of modern-day Indonesia, Thailand, Burma, and the Philippines. Western pugilism evolved in a similar fashion. The Greek culture had a profound influence on the Romans, who conquered the known world. Hand-to-hand fighting was regularly practiced by soldiers and gladiators, who required a knowledge of how to stay in combat when disarmed. This evolved into the sport of boxing.

East Meets West
By the beginning of the 20th century, Western boxing was both a sport and an art form. Fighters would generally chamber their hands in a straight-up position; fists pointed upward covering the face, elbows tucked into the body, the fighter would drive his blows in an “uppercut” into the body of his opponent Old pictures of such greats as John L. Sullivan depict this fighting stance.

Fights consisted mainly of “exchanging blows.” One fighter would strike the other, then the other would hit back, and this process would go until one fighter lost consciousness or was too hurt to continue.

As anyone who has ever seen even an amateur boxing match knows, the boxing of today is radically different. Boxers generally employ a 45-degree angle positioning of the hands, and jabs and crosses are driven to the target. Sophisticated footwork patterns often save the day, and, rather than exchange blows, a defensive strategy of drawing and countering and blocking and countering is used.

“Gentlemen” Jim Corbett is generally regarded as the first scientific boxer. Not a powerful puncher, he defeated Sullivan using footwork, evasions and timing. Corbett’s successes caused boxers to approach their art with a new respect for strategy over power. This created fertile soil for the most significant event in the history of Western pugilism.

Boxing changed drastically in a cultural exchange during the early 1900s in one of the greatest ethnic melting pots in history — Hawaii — a relatively lawless territory. Fights frequently occurred, and one’s survival often depended on one’s toughness. Asian immigrants passed on their knowledge of martial arts to their sons, hoping it would ensure their survival.

Since fighting skills were so highly valued, Hawaii produced many fine fighters. One such fighter was Lucky Lucaylucay, amateur boxing champion of Kaui and Honolulu, son of Buenaventura Lucaylucay, a Filipino immigrant who had become the professional boxing champion of Kaui and Honolulu.

Lucky Lucaylucay saw the melding of Filipino martial arts and Western boxing firsthand. “I remember, there were two types of boxers in Hawaii in the `20s,” he recounts. `There were the Americans, who held their fists at an angle, used footwork, bobbing and weaving, and used continuous motion in their techniques instead of just `trading hits.’

“The English style of boxing would almost always lose to the Filipino style. It was just vastly more sophisticated.”

Lucky maintains that the Filipino style of boxing is a direct derivative of Filipino pananh-kan (pugilism). “Filipino arts start training with weapons because it’s more likely you’d be attacked with weapons. The empty-hand motions come from weapons moves. In the case of boxing, the hand moves come from the moves of the dagger.

“In the Philippines, the preferred method for knife fighting is with the blade po
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Answer by Ken Stauffer
boxing revolutionized boxing. it states within the article, pugilism has been active since before the birth of christ.

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May 102011
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Question by Deja Vu Again: What type of martial art does black widow use in the movie iron man 2?
The martial art Scarlett Johansson uses to fight against the guards in Justin Hammer’s company? she clamps one of the guards’ neck with her legs and spins her body like a clock. thanks for your answer!

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Answer by Aaron R
wire-fu and movie-do

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Apr 232011

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