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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.…

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Breathing Training For Martial Artists

One of the most important aspects of martial arts training is proper breathing. However, for practitioners of hard styles, effective breathing methods are often left to the students to figure out on their own. The central principle of breathing is of internal cleansing, getting rid of that which is old, worn out, and stale, and exchanging it for what is new, fresh, and energized. During inhalation we are bringing in fresh oxygen, nutrients, and vital energy. During exhalation we are expelling carbon dioxide and other toxins and poisons that we produce or collect in our daily lives.
There are a large number of breathing exercises. Some are simple and easy while others require years of practice. I will discuss the five I believe to be the most effective for the martial artists who are beginning to explore the potential of proper breathing. First, we will describe the two methods which are best suited for becoming aware of the body: Attention Breathing and Abdominal Breathing. We will then go on to the more advanced exercises of Reverse Abdominal Breathing and Nose Panting. Finally we will introduce The Complete Breath which is more challenging and requires increased concentration and practice.
In practicing these breathing exercises it is important to concentrate on breathing through the nose, both during inhalation and exhalation. Of course when training in the martial arts, breathing strictly through the nose is unrealistic. In fact it is physically impossible since the body’s demand for oxygen increases too fast for the nose to handle the flow. However, while doing these specific exercises it is important. Think of it as a closed circuit within the body, breathing in through the nose and out through the nose. If you open your mouth, you break the circuit and the energy dissipates.
Attention Breathing
It is important to realize that people breathe differently. Children tend to breathe with their abdomen, while middle-aged people breathe with their stomachs, and older people often breathe mainly with their upper chests. But the way people breathe is also affected by other factors, emotions, for instance, or ill health. Someone who is excited will breathe faster and shallower than someone who is sad. Someone who is calm will breathe slowly and deeply. Someone out of shape may be panting after a short walk or climbing some stairs.
Attention breathing, as its name implies, is about focusing your awareness on the natural rhythm of your breath, not to control it but simply to observe it as a bodily function. Your awareness is the instrument which enables you to shift from unconscious breathing to conscious, or dynamic, breathing. This shift is accomplished by concentrating on the feeling of the body as it breathes. Feel the air as it enters your nostrils. Follow it as it flows into the lungs and notice how deeply it reaches into them. Maintain your full attention and follow it back up as you exhale. Feel the used air as it is expelled from the body.
Gradually, as you become aware of the feeling of the breath it should become smoother and more relaxed. But don’t try to change your breathing during Attention Breathing. Your aim is to observe your unconscious breathing habits so you will be able to feel the difference when you actually begin dynamic breathing. If you find your mind wandering, simply catch yourself and return to the breath. Try to perform Attention Breathing for five minutes each day at the same time of day, perhaps in the morning when you wake up or at night when you are about to go to bed. As you become used to it, see if you can focus on your breath at other times throughout the day. Eventually the awareness of the breath and your breathing should become an integral part of your life.
Abdominal Breathing
Once you become aware of your breathing, it is time to begin modifying your breathing habits. Abdominal breathing is by far the best breathing method for people beginning to study breathing exercises. Regular practice brings quick, tangible results. It is easy to learn and difficult to do incorrectly. In addition, Abdominal Breathing has the benefit of invigorating the abdominal muscles. Their constant movement massages the internal organs and increases blood circulation.
The basic idea is simple: fill the lungs from the bottom up. Abdominal Breathing is about filling the lungs completely. Most people breathe using only their chests or the top half of their lungs. Abdominal Breathing seeks to expand lung capacity by starting from the lowest part of the lungs. The focus, therefore, is on the abdomen, an area roughly three finger widths below the navel. Known as the hypogastrium in Western medical terminology, this area is called the dan tien in Chinese and hara in Japanese. This point is the …

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A Review of the Martial Arts Museum

Most people wouldn’t realize that in the city of Pasadena, CA there are 27 Martial Arts Dojo’s and just Three McDonalds. In the State of California there are 13,000 studios and there are 30,000 studios all over the United States, with as many as 300 students each. In fact 2.7 million people in the US have engaged in some type of Martial Arts Training in the course of their life. Also over 17 million people are involved in Yoga which is considered a form of martial art training.
The Martial Arts Museum was started in Woodland Hills, CA. This non profit organization is not about pumping up who is the best in Martial Arts, nor is it any type of Sports Museum. It gives over 4 million Martial Arts Students a deeper look at the various Asian Artforms and how these art forms affect Western Culture. While you are here you’ll learn about Asian Traditions, Music & Customs which have their impact on the various Asian Martial Art Forms.
Seminars, Language Classes and Workshops are also held to educate people on Asian Culture. You can join as an individual for $50.00 per year or $100.00 per year for the family. Or you can get the elite Dragon Membership for $100.00 per year. Since this is a non profit organization all memberships are tax deductible. There are no complimentary memberships given for any reason. Even the original founders pay for their membership each year.
When you get access to this Museum, you’ll be able to see a ton of Samurai Swords. You’ll also get access to items from Enter The Dragon, Kung Pow and others. They even have their own film equipment so they can stage their own movies here. This museum provides a safe haven for youth to channel their energy in less of a negative direction and in more of a positive one. So far this museum has attracted over 5,000 visitors and have brought in money to the community by eating at city restaurants and residing in the local hotels.…

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Tips For Betting on Mixed Martial Arts

Mixed Martial Arts, or MMA as it is commonly called, is becoming more popular each day. It is easily becoming one of the fastest growing sports in America. This is one reason for getting to know more about MMA, especially if you are a gambler. You should learn about the sport, the fighters, the standings, and how to calculate those key factors, which will help you to choose correctly when you are wagering on a fight.
MMA is a mixture of several types of fighting. It is part Jujitsu, part Judo, boxing, and Mui Thai. It is considered to be a full contact sport. While it is similar to other fighting sports, it is in a league of its own at the same time. Both striking and grappling techniques can be used during the match. This makes it possible for fighters with different fighting backgrounds to come together and compete against one another. This sport originally had few rules, if any. The more popular the sport became, more organizations such as the ISCF were created in order to bring the sport to another level. This led MMA to an organized sport with new rules and popularity.
When you are thinking about betting on an MMA fight, you will want to learn everything you can about the sport. You want to learn about each of the types of fighting that MMA involves, as well as the fighters. It is important that you know what gives each fighter an advantage while they are fighting. You have to be able to spot which fighter has the advantage due to past fights, specific advantages, fighting styles, and any other factors, which will contribute to them having the upper hand during the match.
You will also have to learn about how the odds work in MMA. The odds in MMA work in the same way as they do in boxing. It is simple to figure the odds in MMA. Basically, if there is a negative sign in front of the number, then that fighter is the favorite. In this same respect, if a positive sign is in front of the number, then that fighter is the underdog. Obviously, winning a bet placed on the underdog will bring you in a larger winning than winning a bet on the favorite.
You also need to know about the different bets you can make. You can bet on a variety of things for a particular fight. This includes betting on which round the fight will end in all the way to how it will end. When you are just getting started in betting on MMA, you will be better off staying with simple bets on the fight. Save betting on the other aspects until you are more knowledgeable about the sport. The more you learn about the sport of MMA and the fighters, the better you will get at figuring out how the fight will go. As you become more educated, you can begin placing bets on the other aspects of the fight.…

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Martial Arts Business – How to Sell Without Selling Out

Many martial arts instructors feel that there is a conflict between their values and doing what it takes to succeed. For many, the idea of martial arts marketing borders on prostituting their art. For others, it seems like the methods of successful marketing are contrary to their artistic sensibilities.
You were taught to be humble, but it seems that advertising is all about bragging. It doesn’t have to be this way.
Is Your Marketing Intimidating or Inviting?
One of the main misunderstandings about marketing that many people have is that it’s all about selling. You’ve seen the shameless self-promotions of the big business dojos. The full page ads in the phonebook, the coupon slips in the newspaper, the TV ads and the web sites are nothing short of disgraceful.
Look at their ads with the eye of a would-be customer. Most parents will approach a school with some timidity. Take that mindset and look at the looming, surly and hulkish image of the instructor. See the large classes in their video ads. Look at the students breaking five boards in mid air. As a parent of a 7 year old girl that’s scary, isn’t it?
Martial Arts Marketing Says That You’re Available
There’s an old saying in martial arts and mystical circles: “When the student is ready, the master will come.” While on a mystical level this is an instruction for students to open themselves up to learning, it also has a pragmatic application for teachers. You, as the master in question, have to put the word out that you are available to teach.
How many students out there are ready and waiting for a master? What if the master that appears to them in a Google search is you? Naturally, they will gravitate to you for instruction.
Martial Arts Marketing Doesn’t Have to Be Gaudy
The myth is that effective martial arts marketing has to be big, flashy and intense. Not only is this idea in conflict with martial arts principles, it’s in conflict with marketing in general. With that in mind, there’s nothing keeping you from using the resources you have available to market your school. Your flyers, brochures, web site, etc. can be as low key as you like.
Your counterpoint probably shouldn’t be completely Zen, but it can definitely be more…normal. Go ahead and display some fighting skills, but don’t make the soundtrack be heavy metal. Emphasize the values your students will learn. Show the benefits of your program. Any student you would want is after these lessons anyway.
Sticking to your principles in your advertising shows your integrity more than using archaic marketing strategies. In this market swamped with corporate sell outs, you would stand out simply because you don’t play their game.
With the right martial arts management consultant, you can learn everything you need to know to make your school a success without compromising your values.
To learn about the first and only No Membership Membership program in the Martial Arts Business Industry Click Here. PS It’s FREE!…

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Mixed Martial Art Training 101

This article is all about mixed martial art training, but first let me tell you what MMA really are. It can be defined as a fighting style in which the fighter is allowed a wide range of moves and techniques, which are a mixture of traditional as well as non-traditional fighting styles. Therefore, it’s the use of both the grappling and striking moves and techniques while standing as well as on ground in competitions so that all the different backgrounds could compete on a single platform. In simple words mixed martial arts can be defined as the blend of diverse fighting styles that creates an all-round good fighter.
MMA have started gaining more and more popularity, especially with the entry of pay per view reach and now many people all around the globe are interested in getting mixed martial arts training in order to become an all-round fighter.
Why are this is form of fighting becoming so popular? Well, you cannot be called a great fighter, if your expertise is in just one style of fighting. In order to be called an expert you have to be a master of different types of styles of fighting and therefore, the need of learning martial arts training enters everyone’s mind.
There are many different styles of fighting out of which some are wrestling, boxing, kick boxing, Brazilian Jujitsu, Muay Thai, Karate, Kung Fu and what not. Hence the more experienced a fighter becomes the closer he is to become a great fighter. It is really important to employ MMA in your training as well as against opponents and according to many fighters who have gone through many phases of fighting, mixed martial arts training is much harder than actually fighting.…

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Throw Out the Martial Arts Training Videos – Here’s A Simple, Highly Effective MMA Home Workout

The only trouble with Martial Arts training videos is they require a player to be able to use them. Busy modern lifestyles often leave little time for fitness training, this simple, highly effective workout can be performed almost anywhere without the need for a DVD player or almost any other equipment. And better still it can be done in only four minutes! Although a warm up and cool down are recommended.

The Tabata method consists of eight rounds of 20 seconds effort preceding 10 seconds rest, that’s 8 x 20 + 10 seconds = 4 minutes. Quick but not easy, this workout will make your cardio conditioning go through the roof while stripping fat from your belly.

It’s best to choose exercises that use large muscle groups rather than isolated body parts as the idea of the Tabata method is to work flat out during the effort section of each round during the cycle. This is key to gain the benefits in just four minutes you really have to work at very high intensities, nothing less than flat out will do.

Here’s an example of a good Tabata Workout

Hindu press ups

Fast press ups

Hindu squats with jump

Burpees

Hindu press ups

Fast press ups

Hindu squats with jump

Burpees

This will stress both the upper and lower body giving a full body workout in just four minutes! Of course, a warm up and cool down are recommended, which will prolong the workout a little but the whole thing can be completed in ten minutes or so. Alternatively, you could have a good stretch after the Tabata with the aim of developing flexibility. The muscles will be nicely warmed up and conducive to flexibility training.

Obviously, you can substitute your own exercises for those in the example but remember that the idea is to work at as high an intensity as possible. Fast repetitions are the key. You can judge progress by recoding the total number of reps during the entire Tabata cycle and attempting to beat that score and subsequent scores in later Tabatas.

The beauty of this workout is you can perform it almost anywhere. The one piece of kit I recommend is the Gymboss Timer which is small and light and takes the nuisance of watching the clock out of the Tabata method. This interval timer beeps when you need to rest and again when it’s time to start again. It can be set so that it lets you know when the workout is complete.

Combined with the Gymboss Timer the Tabata method makes for an excellent MMA home workout!…