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Learn Martial Arts at Home – Learn Realistic Self Defense Without the Hassle of Classes

You probably have a pretty complicated life. Between work and family commitments it can be hard to pursue other activities that are important to you. Nothing is more important to you than your safety and the safety of your loved ones. Since this is something that is so important you need to find a martial arts course that allows you to learn self defense without having to drive back and forth to classes.
Learn Martial Arts at Home
Some people might think that you have to attend regular classes with a black belt instructor to learn how to really fight. That is simply not true. Realistic self defense is all about learning simple, easy to execute techniques that injure your attacker and get you, or your loved ones, out of harm’s way. You don’t have to do any back-flips or scream like an extra in a bad kung-fu movie, you need common sense, yet brutal self defense tactics that can be learned quickly.
Karate Class Alternatives
Instead of heading down to the local strip mall and plopping down a bunch of cash for ineffective lessons, consider an alternative way – learning martial arts at home. There are online self defense lessons that allow you to learn the brutal techniques that will stop your opponent cold in his tracks. You don’t want anything fancy, just the stuff that works. That is exactly what the high quality online self defense classes teach. No frills, no jumps and no blood curdling screams. Just high impact, effective techniques that can help you take out a potentially dangerous attacker.
The Choice is All Yours
If you want to pay a lot of money and spend years earning different degrees of colored belts, there’s nothing inherently wrong with that. But if you want the realistic, cutting edge training that allows you to unleash devastatingly powerful self defense techniques, you may want to consider a course that allows you to learn martial arts at home.…

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Strength Training For Mixed Martial Arts

Mixed Martial Arts training is tough. There is no doubt about it and one of the hardest things to do is build genuine strength. But having a lot of strength will allow you to explode on your opponent, will increase your punching power, will make you better in the clinch and on the ground.
One thing that I want to point out here. We are not talking about doing traditional bodybuilding. We are looking for STRENGTH here not size. Just because you are big does not mean that you are necessarily strong. Remember that the key is strength not size. We are not looking to become the next Arnold Swarchenegger. We are looking to become the next Anderson Silva.
So where do we start? Well, the first and most obvious place is with your core. Your core is your abs, back muscles and all the surrounding muscles. These are the muscles that you use to generate torque on your punches, use your hips to escape… well, pretty much you use them for everything. That’s why they are vital.
One thing to look out for when doing weight training is that, unless you are doing so for weight class reasons, you really don’t need to get big. Large muscles use more oxygen and will cause you to tire out in a fight faster. Ever notice how quickly heavyweights gas out compared to the lighter weight classes. This is because their large muscles are demanding tons of oxygen to fuel them. We want to stay away from that. Remember, strength is key but not size.…

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Learn Your Martial Arts Skills Faster!

Everybody learns differently, some can read a book to understand something, others need to hear about it to understand and some people need to do it or feel it to understand. If you can figure out how you learn things then you can speed up your learning of the Martial Arts.
Visual
The first way is visual, this means you like to learn things through watching something. For example pictures, diagrams or you might like to read books or watch videos. Basically anything that involves you using your eyes to absorb the information is visual learning.
Auditory
Next is auditory learning, this will be when you like to listen to lectures or audiotapes. You might like to hear discussions or debates. If you follow verbal instructions well then your auditory learning is good.
Kinesthetic
Kinesthetic learning is through learning with movement and direct physical touch. You like to feel what you are doing by moving, touching, experiencing. This is a very hands on approach, full of action.
As you learn something you will use all three of these methods, however one will be more dominant than the others. For most people the visual method is the best, but its worth taking the time to have a little think and figure out which way you learn best.
When you know how you learn, you can structure your training to suit, for example, if you want to learn a new kick you can watch videos of it or get someone to show it to you a few times. If you are a kinesthetic learner you can get someone to physically put you into the correct positions for the kick. On the other hand you may need someone to give you lots of verbal instructions.
If you are in a Martial Arts class your instructor should use all three ways to teach a technique. If you do not quite get the technique make sure they visually show it to you or explain it in words to you or physically get you to try it several times with their help.…

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Finally an Elite Pro Boxer to Compete in Mixed Martial Arts – UFC 118 – Couture Vs. Toney

It was inevitable, I hoped anyway, that a world class, bona fide professional boxer would enter the world of MMA. The two sports are competitors in a way, for audiences anyway. There should always be room for both, but I know that I personally used to watch boxing religiously until MMA came along. But there’s always that nagging question for a fan: who would win in a real fight, a boxer or a mixed martial artist? MMA has had Tae Kwon Do experts, kickboxers, even professional boxers. But a top name boxer? Not yet. Could a top ranked boxer knock the lights out of an MMA fighter before you can say ‘takedown’? Well, in the words of Chael Sonnen, “we are all gonna find out.”
I just found out when I was watching UFC 117 that Randy Couture is slated to fight against the one and only boxing legend James Toney. This is what Dana White and all other MMA fans have been waiting for. Not only is one of the best of the boxing world taking on the challenge, but he is taking on Hall of Famer, one of the best in the sport of MMA, none other than Randy Couture.
Talk about a legitimate matchup. Couture has fought, and beat, the best light heavyweights and heavyweights in the MMA world. He has been tested. He has lost battles, and he has won battles. He has been tested. Dana White could have thrown Toney in against a contender or a gatekeeper to the division, but he threw him in with the best.
This will go back to what Randy Couture called the first generation of mixed martial artists. Back when the goal was to find out which style of fighting was dominant against all the others. Was it wrestling? Kickboxing? Strongman? Judo? Boxing? The legitimate boxing representatives did not participate, the sport wasn’t even mainstream, for crying out loud it was outlawed in the U.S. for years. The one lesson that seemed to be learned from that generation was taught by MMA Hall of Famer Royce Gracie: everybody needed to learn Jiu Jitsu! Since then MMA fighters have learned that they need to learn many styles of fighting to be competitive: wrestling, boxing, Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, etc. What Randy calls the new, or third generation of MMA fighters, came up learning all of them at once as a cohesive whole, they came up as true mixed martial artists.
So now the big test comes. Back to the first generation of MMA. Will the elite professional boxer prove that boxing skill and power can overcome the new style of fighting in mixed martial arts? Or will Toney be defenseless against Randy’s takedowns and rendered helpless on the ground? I wish I knew the answer now, but “we are all gonna find out” when Couture and Toney meet at UFC 118, Edgar vs Penn II.…

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Martial Arts Mats – Jigsaw or Puzzle Mats, What Works Better?

If you have decided that you are going to set up your own martial arts school, or if you are going to set up a training area in a spare room of your home, you will need some martial arts mats to train on. It is very important that you choose mats that are a durable, have good impact resilience and shock absorbency power. You will want a mat that is not too soft or squishy, because they tend to cause ankle and knee injuries.
There are a lot of different mats you can choose from, but one of my favorites that I have used is the jigsaw or puzzle mats. These mats have become one of the hottest mats available today. They are used in a variety of sports such as gymnastics, judo, ju jitsu, mixed marital arts are made of ethylene vinyl acetate foam that is thick and sturdy, offering a comfortable layer of cushion between you and the floor.
The jigsaw martial arts mats have a textured finish that offers you better traction for training; they interlock like a jigsaw puzzle hence the name, and come in a variety of colors for you to choose from. One of the greatest benefits of these mats is that they are lightweight for easy setup, and take downs. You can choose to cover the whole floor or just a section of the floor, and they can be easily transported.
Some other great benefits of the jigsaw or puzzle mats are that they are easily cleaned with a little water and a soft cleaning solution. If one side were to get damaged you can flip that piece of the mat over for a brand new looking piece, and if they are damaged too bad you can easily replace that section of the mat without having to buy a whole new mat.
No matter what types of mat you choose make sure that you do some research on them so that you know if that type of mat will work for your training style. I have found that the jigsaw mats seem to be a great all around mat for any space or style of training you will be doing.…

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Anti-Aging “Secret” – Martial Arts

Anti aging. A term well used throughout the health and beauty industry to the marketing benefit of the company selling one of the millions of anti aging products. Aging- a word that has lately been whispered with a shudder and glance as a tsunami wave of panic starts to overcome that fearful individual who truly believes that his very survival depends on any product that can alleviate the ‘disease’ of aging.
Aging to this individual is not necessarily based on warding off an untimely death but usually becomes synonymous with his or her loss of beauty, loss of mental faculty, loss of ambulatory freedom, loss of income and loss of control.
After all, who wants to be ugly, dim, poor and bound to a wheelchair at the mercy of some sullen, hungover, nurses aid who decides when and where you go?
So yes, we are all of one accord to be anti aging as it is described above.
Remember when aging was considered a good thing? Do you remember when you were a child and someone asked you how old you were, you proudly announced that you were six and a half? Or 8 and three quarters? Or that you were ten  almost eleven? We were so anxious to be ‘older’ and perceived wiser, smarter, ‘bigger’ and more ready to be accepted in general society.
In many cultures preceding the past few generations, the older members of the family were the most honored, revered, and listened to. They were powerful as the patriarchal or matriarchal heads of the extended family. Decisions of the family’s economic futures were decided by this ‘ruling’ segment and even spousal choices were heavily impacted by their opinion.
And as we look back upon these previous generations, the elder were healthier, having greater mobility towards later in life years, and no one had ever heard of  so many instances of ‘Alzheimer’s’; at that time more commonly referred to as being senile by those that were afflicted.
What is one of the most common identifiable denominators  evident among industrialized nations that seems to presage the unwanted and most feared elements of human aging?
An influx of too much good healthy food? Fluoride in the water? Climate change?
No. The most common easily identifiable detail is lack of movement by millions of stationary and physically immobilized people.
Here we have societies that are  showered with the most amazing types of vehicles, transportation and means of communication imaginable, and we hardly have to move a muscle to be transported miles high, miles away and in the highest comfort.  Do you recall how annoyed you got when the cup holders in your car did not accommodate the size container filled with your favorite beverage?
My point is, that well, we hardly have to move a muscle to get what we want and where we want. From our bed, to the couch and TV, to the table, to the car, to the grocery store, through the myriad of available food drive trough’s, to our desk at work, to back home and into bed.
From ancient times, wise doctors with their heritage in Chinese culture and medicine have always said that lack of movement is one of the main components that bring on disease and early unwanted aspects of aging.
Perhaps it is not aging itself that is the ‘bad’ thing. Perhaps it is aging in an unhealthy condition brought on by an unhealthy life style that inspires unhappiness and discontent.
The Fix? How may we progress through the journey of life that is actually a privilege granted to us by an Unseen Hand full of health, happiness, joy and contentment?
A plethora of carny hawked items can be had by anyone interested in a  ‘guaranteed’ product to help in the quest to bring about these wonderful anti-aging conditions.
Is less wrinkles  your definition of aging happily?
Creams from the organs and skin of every imaginable animal, and lotions from every fruit, vegetable and mineral are ready for you to purchase that  claim to  heal, cure or treat the anathema of the dreaded wrinkle!!!!
Weight gain interfering with your happy walk into your golden years?
You know you have tried at least 7 different approaches to eliminating that ‘ugly fat’ from your beautiful body.There are hundreds of thousands more.
Sexual dysfunction?( Which is a definition that is produced arbitrarily by the sufferer and may not even qualify as medically problematic.)
Well, just open your email and you can find any sort of pill, chemical or device that will eradicate your performance dissatisfaction and grant you heavenly bliss. IF you pay upfront.
But what if I told you that barring some medical conditions, you could find an amazing uplift to your life in all of these areas. What if there really was a …

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The Odd Thing Is That The Martial Arts Are Backwards

The martial arts being backwards is a strange concept, but when explores the physics behind them, there is an undeniable truth.
The prime rule of a fight is that distance will collapse. The combatants must travel from foot range to punch to knee to kick to elbow… to clinch.
A fighter who can derail this sequence and avoid the clinch, and therefore fight at the distance he wishes and is strongest at, is the fighter who is going to win. And that means that he has controlled space.
Instead of letting space collapse, he has made sure that space exists.
Now, most people train to collapse distance, and to introduce force to their opponent’s person. People becoming Martial Arts smart, however, do the reverse, they train to keep the distance, to control the distance.
Thus, the proper evolution of martial arts is away from striking and towards flowing.
Such arts as karate, kenpo, taekwondo, and the other striking arts, train for brute force, impact, hit the guy in the face.
Arts such as Pa Kua, Aikido, Tai Chi, and the various wudan style arts train to keep distance, manipulate incoming flow, and guide the fist to their benefit.
In the beginning, one goes forward in the martial arts. Push ups and sit ups, punching the bag, kicking and fighting and contesting.
In the end, the end being that point at which one gives up the study of force for flow, one goes backward in the martial arts. Avoiding push, manipulating throw, harmonizing with an opponent so that there is no collision and no force.
Of course, some people cannot give up the joy of combat, the thrill of body collision, the meaty sound of a body being slammed on the mat. They will live long lives that are half bound. They will go in only one direction, the direction of the collision, and remain blind to the other direction.
Does man need to collide? Does man need to contest? Or can man study force so that he knows force, but realize that there are two directions to a punch, two sides to a fight, and two halves to an art?
Does man need to hold out his punch that others may run into it? Or can he just hold out his hand and accept the intention of his fellow man, and transfigure it into warmth and glory?
We are all men, and we are all possessed of the dichotomous nature. To let one side of our personality hold sway is to cut ourselves in half, to wound ourselves, to be blind and oblivious to our own potential.
Each technique is a fist, and the response need not be a like fist, but can be a handshake.
But this will not be seen until we study the martial arts backwards.…

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What You Need to Know About Martial Arts Schools

Martial arts are a popular way to gain full body fitness while at the same time training the mind. Unfortunately, as things increase in popularity so do the numbers of people waiting to take advantage of you and take your money. Black belts can be purchased without any real know-how, and a dishonest individual can set up a school without having to answer to any national or statewide regulatory organizations. So how can you make a wise decision when choosing between martial arts schools? Here are four areas to investigate before you make a commitment.
InstructorsIt is a good idea to inquire as to how many years each of the instructors have trained and who with. Keep these questions in mind as you look at martial arts schools: Do they give respect to other students or treat them poorly? Respect must be both given and received to maintain a healthy student-teacher relationship. What is the attitude of students while performing routines? Do you think the instructors will help make this a positive experience for you?
SafetyGood schools will be as invested in safety as they are in teaching martial arts.Before you sign up to practice at a school, check out certifications. Try out a class, to see how the instructors work with students. A good instructor should be concerned with student health and safety by teaching the proper way not only to perform moves but to also condition muscles to prevent injuries.
The FacilityWhile facility types of martial arts schools vary widely and are not always an indication of quality, you should take into account what you require. Basic functionality should be apparent, but past that are you looking for some place that provides lockers and showers, so you can change after work? Also consider the distance you will have to travel and the number of times per week. Cleanliness, heating, and air conditioning are also things to consider.
InstructionDifferent schools will use different methods for instruction, training techniques and style. Some schools will be devoted to one style of martial arts, other will teach a wide range. Most martial arts schools will also have a variety of class size, either large group training, small classes, or one-on-one instruction. There are pros and cons to each class type, and your selection should depend on your personal preferences.
ClassesDon’t forget to ask about the scheduling of the classes. Most schools have set days and times (unless you are receiving private instruction) and missing classes is frowned upon. Will you be able to focus particular nights depending on your work schedule and other demands on your time? Will you be in a mixed ages class? Do you prefer to be taught with other adults?
If there are multiple martial art schools in your area, you can compare privately owned schools with chain schools, as well as affordability. Choosing a martial arts school to train is just a first step in the practice, so if one school doesn’t work out, you can always try out another.…

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How Can Mixed Martial Arts Fighters Make The Right Choice In Sports Supplements?

Athletes as well as people who work out regularly often take sports supplements to help them increase their endurance, build muscle or lose weight. The first thing you have to figure out when it comes to supplements is deciding which kind is right for you. You should therefore look for supplements that have been proven effective for the specific purpose you want them for. Choosing the best supplements can be tricky nowadays, and the guidelines we’ll be covering below can make it easier.
A lot of these supplements focus on the use of amino acids, because they are the building blocks of protein essential for overall muscle growth. You’ll also find these amino acids available on a singular level that many use for a variety of purposes in addition to supplements that contain them. Because it is naturally occurring within your body L-Glutamine is a popular amino acid supplement as well as being a safe one. This amino acid is among other things helpful in replenishing growth hormone levels. L-Carnitine is another beneficial amino acid that helps your body convert fat into energy. L-Carnitine is also known for its ability to help you maintain heart health. These and other amino acids are important nutrients you can take as sports supplements.
It does however take more than just a few supplements to get more fit, stronger or have greater performance. The above supplements are just that, supplemental products for support of your system as you work toward getting more fit or gaining the most from your athletic activities. Any supplement that you run across that claims to do the work for you needs to be avoided because they are not safe and typically are nothing more than advertising hype anyway. Practicing, playing and working out are all a part of getting the most from your supplements.
Many sports supplements come in the form of energy or nutrition bars. These are commonly sold at health food stores, as well as many other places. Some energy bars contain fruit, others are mainly protein and they’re often fortified with various nutrients. Not all energy bars are really good for you though, whether they’re used to enhance sports performance or as a meal replacement. Nutrition or energy bars that contain sugar are not beneficial, and, unless you’re trying to gain weight, watch the calorie content as well. So look for energy or nutrition bars that are made from quality foods like nuts, fruits and seeds or high quality proteins and no added sugar. Some energy bars, of course, are made for particular purposes in mind, such as weight gain bars, but even with these you want to get your calories from a quality source.
With the number of supplements available on the market today it can be hard to know which ones to use. Look for supplements that do what you need them to help narrow down the field a bit. The preceding information on sports supplements can help you to find the products that are best suited for your needs. Lastly be sure to talk to your doctor before taking any supplements.…

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Xing Yi: A Devastating Internal Martial Art

Xing Yi is one of the three internal arts of China. (It is pronounced shing-ee and sometimes spelled Hsing I.) The other two internal arts are Tai Chi and Ba Gua. Like the other internal arts, Xing Yi focuses on the use of internal and external body alignment as well as the use of chi energy in combat situations instead of simply focusing on training for sheer physical force. The word “Xing” is most commonly translated as ‘shape’ or perhaps ‘form.’ The word “Yi” is translated “will” or “mind intent.” In combination, these two words can be translated in many different ways. The title of this martial art may actually have been created in order to give a number of different possible meanings. However, loosely speaking, the phrase could be translated “spirit and mind intent boxing,” “mind intent boxing” “mind and heart boxing” or simply “mind boxing.”
While Tai Chi uses soft movements and a Ba Gua uses circling and evasive movements, Xing Yi has a much more direct and simple approach to combat situations. The martial artist moves in a straight line directly for an opponent and lands devastating hits immediately. A person being attacked by someone trained in Xing Yi would see the martial artist coming directly at them in a straight line or perhaps not at all since this kind of attack can come very quickly.
In Xing Yi, the knees are bent like when a person is about to jump into the air. However, the force is sent forward instead. In addition to this forward force, the martial artists uses somewhat circular hand motions. Consequently, while there is a direct attack happening, it is very hard for an opponent to grab on to anything. Xing Yi is a little bit like having a fan on wheels coming directly at you.
The force tranferred using this martial art can be extremely powerful. It is not simply based on the muscle power someone has in their arms. Instead, the martial artist puts the power of the whole body into a punch and the energy built up in the approach as well. Master Kuo Yun Shen, a well-known Xing Yi practitioner, became known as the Divine Crushing Hand because on more than one occasion he killed his opponent with only one blow.
As a fighting art, this style focuses on a few moves training them in many different ways. This way, in a combat situation, the moves will easily be recalled by a martial artist. This way, rather than having a situation where a practitioner has a large number of moves to choose from and would have to spend time trying to choose the right move, a Xing Yi artist can immediately act without having to think about which move to use.
There are only five basic techniques in this fighting style: crossing, pounding, crushing, drilling, and splitting. These five basic moves are sometimes referred to by the names of the five elements: earth, fire, wood, water, and metal. Beyond these basic forms, practitioners can be trained in 10 to 12 animal forms. However, these animals forms are based on the first basic five moves
Xing Yi is a powerful internal art that is very useful in a combat situation.…