Martial Arts Skater!

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Dylan Moscovitch loves sports! Currently he practices kung-fu daily in addition to being a competitive skater who has won numerous medals in Canada and International Men’s and Pairs Skating competitions. It would be interesting to hear from Dylan if skating helps his martial arts training or if his martial arts training helps his skating! Just another example of a successful martial artist.

A Stupid Self-Defense Tool

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There is a joke that implies life would be a lot easier if stupid people had to wear signs to identify them. While some may take offense to this type of thing the following story reported here and here reminded me of the logic behind such an idea! (this is meant in jest). However the story is true, a Phoenix man was arrested for carrying Resin in case he was attacked. While the effects of being exposed to Resin it is hard to see how it could be used as a self-defense weapon safely. Again this is an observation not an endorsement, quiet to the contrary. Perhaps this man could have enrolled in a local self-defense or martial arts class, at least then he would know how to defend himself in jail (as I doubt they will let him keep the Resin!).

Sword Play for Self-Cultivation

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Weapons training is a personal preference but a natural extension of martial arts training. Now Martial Artists in the Shelby area of the UK will have the opportunity to learn this ancient art thanks to the folks at Mura Karate

Trading up to Buddha?!

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Jennifer Aniston has begun studying the teachings of Buddha to help her deal with the recent events in her life. Hopefully she will begin practicing the Martial Arts to bring more attention to the need for women to practice for inner peace and outer confidence.

Star Search Kung Fu Hustle Style!

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Anyone following Stephen Chow’s career will want to read this story

A True Martial Artist

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This Story is truely inspiring and should be read by everyone. Luke Mattias the focus of the article overcame great obsticals to attain his black belt. Bravo to Luke Mattias and all other martial artists who struggle with any type of disability. Our hat is also off to all those who support and instruct those with any type of disability. Feel free to share your experiences under this post.

Mixed Martial Arts…Win

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At the recent Eagles combatant tournament three soldiers won big using the mixed martial arts techniques they learned in their training. The article goes on to discuss the benefits of mixed martial arts training. Is there really anything new here? Most of the ‘newer’ martial art styles are simpy new styles that chose alacarte from the best of other styles. This doesn’t necessarily make them better. I think there is a large question of training. Hmmm guys from the military won! Could it be they take their training a little more seriously? Another possible anwer is that when people compete they have certain expectations given the style of their opponent. In having preconcienved ideas of what their opponent might do they tend to prejudge and thereby underestimate their opponent. If I spar with someone who practices Tae Kwon Do then I expect more kicks, if they suddenly hit me with a flurry of hand moves I might be caught off gaurd. I’m not saying these guys aren’t good, just the emphasis on the mixed martial arts might be misplaced.

Rush Hour 3

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It appears Rush Hour 3 is in the works. Way to go Jackie Chan! Always amusing, clean and full of action, I only wish they had a release date.

Self-Defense isn’t just physical

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Every so often we see a story like this guy meets woman; guy gets woman to give him money; guy get woman to give him more money…, and; woman finally gets smart (maybe). This case has an unusual twist with the woman begging for mercy on behalf of the guy!

This brings me to the point I want to make: Self-Defense goes well beyond physical proxcimity, it is a state of mind. If these two women were self-defense minded they could never have been exploited in this way. This guy launched an emotional and mental attack on these women and they never saw it coming. Be aware not only of your physical surrounding but of what trust relations you establish.

Always reassess your situation and your relationships. Put checks in place to protect yourself. If a guy or girl asks for money say NO and see how they react. If you feel so compeled, instead of giving them the money make the investiment/purchase/payment for them! Above all use your brain and trust your instincts, they are usually right but as this story demonstrates sometimes the one we need protection from is ourselves!

A Growing Trend

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After my last rant this seems an appropriate story! The Everett High School in Lansing,MI,USA added Martial Arts to their physical education curriculum. While the article doesn’t specify the program has been offered for at least four years. To date the program has awarded three black belts. The latest exam lasted 35 minutes, quote: “and intense 35 minute tae kwon do exhibition”. From my experiences this seems a rather short exam however it appears in needs to be completed within a normal High School class period. I wonder if the students involved in this program attend any of the area Dojos…? I wonder if this school allows area Dojos to come to the school to give Demonstrations or recruit?