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The Introduction of Martial Arts Fighting Styles

People often related martial arts with hobbies or sports. Martial arts are not just ordinary workouts. People think martial arts are somewhat fast solutions for short-term workout goals. The fact is, it can be much more than that because you cannot achieve it only by achieving certain ranks.
It is a full commitment of body, mind, and soul to optimum performance. The basic of all kind martial arts are the twist of health exercise and meditation. It requires someone to gain certain levels of fitness. You can keep your health and protect yourself from dangerous.
When you consider learning it, you need to ask yourself to decide which styles of martial arts you want to perform. There are many styles that based on self-defense or part of compete. Each of it has their own purpose. Therefore, you need to begin research to decide what kind of benefit you want to achieve.
For example, Ninjitsu tends to the trained assassin because it improves covertness and suppression. While boxing is used to build strength, taekwondo is more popular to protect yourself from an attacker. You can combine different style, but selecting the core is important for purpose and safety.
If you are new on this sport, you may want to select the easier one to achieve first. Cardio kickboxing may be perfect for someone who tries to lose weight. Kendo is most likely for them who need the thrill on Japanese samurai fight. These arts will teach you great manners of attitude, sports, and fitness in same time.
On the other hand, you may try to act like your favorite actor Steven Seagal, and then aikido can suit you. It is more modern than other martial art styles, which teaches you self-development. In an opposite, jiujutsu is perfect for those who love hard styles.…

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So You Want to Be an Animation Artist? You Don’t Have to Go to Animation School

Today, it is possible for animation artists to pickup the skills of their trade without going to a special school to study animation. There are numerous great books that teach animation techniques such as Richard William’s The Animator’s Survival Kit. By following the instructions in these books, you can conceivably teach yourself the nuts and bolts of animated film making. Taking the home instruction idea even one step further, some books are now equipped with CDs and DVDs.
The best talents in animation know that there is always more to learn. In a healthy career, we don’t reach a point when we throw our books or our tools away. We need them too much. Our journeys are over when we stop, not when we think we’ve learned all there is to know.
So, if books play such an important part in our learning and development, why the need to enroll in an animation school? Why should one put in the time and expense required to get a degree in animation from one of the fine schools? It would be hard to imagine a filed where a college degree means less than it does in the animation industry. When it comes to finding a job, talent, enthusiasm and relationship all take precedence over where you got your degree.
Why Go To School?
Yet, before all the school recruiters faint in shock, I’d like to make the case for going to school. While it’s true that there are many great books teaching the art of animation, a book cannot critique your work. It is the trained eye that can help advance your skill by leaps and bounds. With the structure provided by teachers, assignments and grades, the availability of equipment, and the inspiration supplied by peers, one has the best shot at learning the animation arts.
Learning the animation arts is a discipline. It’s not always fun. In school (or on the job), we’re not always drawing what we’re comfortable drawing. We are pushed to go beyond what we could or would be doing if left to our own devices.
Perhaps, most importantly, animation schools employ teachers that are working in their field. While this does not automatically make them great teachers, it does help students have the opportunity to make those first vital connections they’ll need if they’re to break into the industry.…

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Becoming a Signwriter

Out in the street, we can see many kinds of signs and signage. Some are plainly written on a board while there are also those with elaborate backgrounds and colors designs. Others are large, sitting neatly on billboards while others are small. Some signs are modernly made complete with lighting and special effects while there are also those which are traditionally and perhaps manually written.
Back in time when technology is not yet so advanced as it is now, signs were mainly made by application of paint on wood or metal as was done by a certain signwriter in the early years of 1950s when he fashioned billboards, store displays and other old advertising materials. These days, the job of a signwriter has been entirely assisted by CAD, or Computer Aided Design. It is a software application that makes it easier for the sign artist to put on blends of color to be used on vehicle doors, glass displays and billboards. This program is especially useful for large and commercialized signs. Right now, there are still signwriters who do traditional signwriting utilizing their talents in painting and manually writing the signs.
In high school there are elective courses offered in various schools which might help an individual to decide on which course to take up in college. If you are interested on embarking a career in signwriting, start by signing up for mix shops and art classes offered in high school. In college, the aspirant sign writer may take up courses in advertising and marketing where he or she can put into use the skills gained from the elective courses.
However, prior to enrolling for college courses related to signwriting, it would be a smart idea to search and inquire from schools whose main focus is about sign making and signwriting. Otherwise, you may also choose to register from a liberal arts school. There are particular academies offering certification programs and workshops solely for artists aspiring for a career in creative advertising. Aside from the actual college courses, you may also broaden your craft by participating in other educational programs for visual arts and communication, business and engineering as a signwriter may also find professional space in other areas.
As mentioned, CAD applications are popularly in demand these days so a modern signwriter should also know sophisticated methods and not only traditional means of creating signs. To learn how to use CAD properly, there are specialized CAD courses available for anyone with interest for it.
Nothing beats actual education. Meaning you get to learn and become familiar with the real world of signwriting by applying for apprentice positions where you not only get to learn the tools and skills first hand but you also earn money from it. Jobs may include stocking supplies at a hardware or arts supplies store or even assistants to professional sign artists.
Upon learning and gathering necessary skills, purchase a special software for sign writing if you can afford it. Free out some space at home where you can start your own sign making company or you may apply for paid positions in big companies.…

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When I Grow Up I Want To Be A Ninja

I, like every other little girl out there (I assume) from an early age knew exactly what I wanted to be when I grew up.
A Ninja.
But alas, so far, I have failed.
There are certain skills a person must acquire before becoming a Ninja, but as Ninja’s are so secretive, you can’t just Google it. So I’m going to give you the best list I can of skills required to fullfil your destiny as a Ninja.
1) Must be unbeatable at all Martial Arts.
When my brother starting going to Wing Chun classes, I tagged along. I would copy all the moves as best I could.
We would watch Kung Fu movies together, studying the moves of Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan (Hong Kong movies only), and whatever happened to be on SBS that night.
Did you know Jackie Chan was in Enter the Dragon with Bruce Lee? I did. Jackie Chan was one of the minions whose nose Bruce Lee breaks. The move went wrong and Bruce actually did break Jackie’s nose, but they used the footage anyway.
We also watched Monkey Magic every night on the ABC to further our knowledge of Martial Arts, together we would then re-enact the scenes, but somehow I always had to be Pigsy or Tripitaka.
Obviously we watched Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles religiously, but found it more entertaining than educational. The only thing we developed, was a love of cheese pizza…
2) Must master the art of stealth.
A Ninja is neither seen nor heard, the only evidence of a Ninja is the dead bodies left behind.
I have worked at this skill for many years. I would often stand beside a doorway, with my back pressed against the wall, breath held as tight as possible, listening keenly for sounds of approaching victims.
Then, when the moment is right, I jump out and yell, AAAAHHHHHH!
This was usually met with a response of “Geez Sarah you scared me half to death” if it was my Mum, or a punch to the arm if it was my brother.
Haven’t quite got the hang of the silent part yet….
3) A Ninja works alone, and has nothing to lose.
So I’m .
Maybe when I master my Ninja skills I’ll get divorced??
I also have a cat and some family and stuff.
Hmmm.
4) Ninja Stars, a must have.
My brother had Ninja Starts.
I dropped one on my foot.
It hurt.
5) A Ninja doesn’t ask questions, a Ninja simply kills.
I ask a lot of questions, just a second ago I asked what that smell was?
A Ninja wouldn’t have asked, a Ninja would have slinked away, found the source of the odour, killed it, then returned before anyone noticed any movement.
I do hope to one day become a full Ninja, I will probably need to find somewhere or someone to help me further my Ninjucation.
Until that time, I will work on the 5 skills above.
Wish me luck?…

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The Invisible Target – Interesting Challenges

Recently, I did something that caused all of my martial-arts bells and whistles to sound.  My brain knew that something worth noting had occurred, but I didn’t yet know what I wanted to do with the new information.
Here’s what happened:
I was watching TV with my wife and taking notes on a future book project. Our daughter, Quinn, went into the bathroom, to take a shower and get ready for bed.  As she entered the bathroom, I took our black Labrador’s tennis ball and tossed toward at my daughter’s feet (playfully).
Sure enough, our dog went after the ball and almost tripped Quinn. We all laughed (except for the hound).
Note: Yes, our family has an interesting sense of humor. It makes for more fun … and an occasional martial-arts article.
Now, here’s where it gets interesting….
The Invisible Target Appears (or Disappears)
Quinn went into the bathroom, but left the door open. The dog retrieved the ball, and I threw it again, trying to angle it off the bathroom door, and bounce so it tagged our 11-year old.
I couldn’t see her; so, I guessed … and threw.  Each time, our Lab retrieved the tennis ball.
And I threw it again. And again.
Of note is that I was only getting the ball through the door (it was a very narrow angle) about 20% – 25% of the time …. one out of every four or five throws.
Then my daughter came into view, and I hit her on the first try … right through the doorway. 
Note: Don’t worry; there is no pent-up anger towards any family member. Quinn thought it was fun, and so did I.
As soon as she vanished, I went back to a one in four average.  Hmm.
Finally, Quinn closed the door … and I went back to an almost 100% ability to hit the closed door.
This morning, I tried again. With the door open, I only hit one in four or five. Door closed …. much more accurate.
Practical Use From This Martial-Arts Anecdote
So, would you like to know some of my “quick conclusions?”
1. I was able to hit Quinn the first time, because it was a “zen hit.” I wasn’t thinking about angles, trajectory, force of the ball, or distance. I didn’t really even take time to aim. I just threw and hit. (Books like Zen and the Art of Tennis or Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance explain this concept better and in much more detail.) I didn’t “psych myself out.”
2. When I concentrated and factored in some of the variables listed above, I did much worse.
3. For my brain, right now, a negative space is not the same as a physical target, be it daughter or door.
4. In the future, this would be an excellent opportunity to train my brain. Can I visualize an imaginary target and throw (or punch or kick) with the same accuracy as if it were really there?
And that was the start of something … of possible import.…

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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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Simple And Effective Tips On Learning Guitar

The guitar has worldwide popularity. Many cultures have a different version of playing the guitar. If you want to know how to play this instrument, this article is for you. Continue to read and find out what you can do to improve your musicianship.

You will need to purchase a quality guitar to begin learning. It’s hard to regularly practice if you don’t own a guitar of your own. Make sure the guitar is tuned to avoid hearing wrong sounds that are actually right.

Figure out musical notation along with guitar tabs. Musical theory helps you understand the scales and how the different chords work. Learn each string’s note name and fret note. Knowing this detail will be particularly helpful when you’re playing riffs and melodies.

Make sure to get a good instrument when you begin playing the guitar. If you don’t have enough money to purchase one, you should borrow one from a friend or rent one. A good guitar will make a huge difference in the way your songs sound.

Learn how to label each part of your guitar. It is important you know what to call every part. At some point you will find that you need to read something about the guitar itself, and knowing all the guitar’s parts will help you understand what you’re reading. If you want to master your guitar and your guitar playing, this is the way to go.

Don’t go into this expecting to play a great Jimi Hendrix guitar solo right away. It’s best to start with simple songs. Start with the easy stuff instead of going after the fancy licks or difficult music. Kids’ songs might seem goofy, but they will help you hone your skills quickly.

Figure out how to take one song and play it several different ways. Also, focus on different keys. This helps you get used to certain chords. It will also give you a better all-round understanding of music. When you better understand music, you can become a better musician.

Chord transitions are very important while playing. Use 15 minutes of your practice time learning to switch chords. If you want your guitar to play pleasant, smooth music, you must learn to move from chord to chord with ease.

Don’t buy an incredibly expensive first guitar. It would be a mistake to get the best possible guitar before you’ve even learned how to play. You might not even like playing guitar. Cheap guitars can actually produce good sound quality. Before spending the money, figure out if this is going to be a part of your future or not.

Using some common products can help alleviate finger soreness when you are learning to play the guitar. Soak your finger tips in apple cider vinegar before and after playing for about 30 seconds. You can also apply ice to your fingertips to relieve the soreness. You will find it helpful to put on a benzocaine-based product prior to and after playing.

There are many things you can do to become better at playing the guitar. Use these concepts and make them your own. Share these tips with fellow guitar players and see if they have any helpful advice to offer in return. So get into touch with someone and put the tips you read here into practice.…

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Learning The Guitar Is Great With Some Advice!

Have you wanted to play a guitar? Do you want to be a member of the global community of guitar players? This article is for you if the above applies to your life. This article is packed with useful information about playing the guitar.

Don’t feel like you need to learn it all at once. Take your time and stay constant in learning how to play the guitar. Make sure that you practice at least an hour a day.

Find a good guitar instructor who gives lessons. Like a lot of people, you can learn the guitar on your own, but there are times when having someone observe you play can be important. Decent teachers can critique styles and give you suggestions for better playing. You can also ask questions, which sometimes helps.

If you decide that you want to start playing, purchase a guitar. It’s harder to practice often without your own guitar. In addition, you must tune your guitar regularly, otherwise the sound coming from it may not sound the way it should.

Learn all you can about guitar tabs, and musical notation as well. Music theory is great for teaching you about scales and chords. Learn what note each string is and then figure out the note along the fret where the strings are. This is especially useful when you’re playing riffs and melodies.

Be sure to work on learning the correct names for each element of the instrument itself. Knowing proper terminology can help you read teaching materials better. It will also help you be an intelligent musician.

Try using a metronome. One thing that a lot of people have trouble with is keeping time. Metronomes will make staying on beat easier. By practicing regularly, you will have no trouble keeping time without a metronome.

Dedicate part of your day to practice. Keep in mind that hard work is essential for getting the things you truly want. This is why you should plan to practice for no less than thirty minutes each day for five, or preferably seven days each week.

Buy a metronome to improve your sound. These tools keep the rhythm for you so you have good timing. With a metronome, you won’t have to waste time worrying over whether you have the right tempo. You can learn the song at slower speeds and pick up the pace when you’re ready. The metronome will help you figure out different chords and songs much easier than you would have been able to otherwise.

Try some useful exercises for strengthening fingers. Some chords require fancy handwork, and that is possible only when you can control the strings with your fingers. Be sure to practice the exercises and techniques in order make your hands stronger and play better.

As you see, a lot is involved in learning the guitar. Even so, it is something that is attainable. With perseverance, you will soon be strumming your favorite songs. Use the information here to get started with an enjoyable hobby.…

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Wondering How To Learn Guitar? Try These Tips Today!

You may have marveled at others who play the guitar, but believed it was something you could not do. The guitar is not a hard instrument to learn. Take a look at the tips and tricks found here to help you get to know this cool instrument.

Do not feel like you have to learn everything all at once. Working slowly and steadily will bring you success. Save some time for practicing each day and you will soon see improvements in your guitar playing skills.

It may seem obvious, but buy a guitar. Not having a guitar makes it very difficult to practice regularly. Tune your guitar as often as possible to stay sharp.

Make sure you have fun when you start practicing the guitar. This is something you should want to do, not something you feel like you have to do. Don’t let it become a stressful chore that you dread. This can cause you to become jaded with the process. Play and practice the pieces that are of interest to you.

Before jumping in to learn guitar playing, it is important to understand the instrument and what it consists of. This makes it easier to play since you’ll understand what scales, chords, and string names are.

Teach yourself to use different keys when playing songs. When you experiment with different keys, it can help you learn the chords of the song more easily. It will also give you a better all-round understanding of music. Your understanding of the music you’re playing helps you be a much better musician.

Get a metronome. You can get into a rhythm when you utilize a metronome, and it can assist you with timing. Then you don’t have to struggle at this to keep yourself at a good pace. Your metronome will allow you to start with a pace that’s slow, and then you can increase it as you learn more about the guitar. Therefore, it makes sense to use metronomes if you are working to learn a new song or a new chord.

Begin with baby steps. You may think you can start with a complicated song that needs to be played fast, but you should take your time at first. Start things off slow, memorizing the notes. Then, you get to work up the speed in which you play them. If you only concern yourself with the speed, you’ll continue to make mistakes. Begin slowly and learn the song well. Once you have it memorized, you can play at tempo.

Try some useful exercises for strengthening fingers. Some chords are harder than others and require fancy maneuvering that is achievable only when you use your fingers to control the strings. Make sure to practice these simple techniques to exercise and strengthen your hands, and you will play better than ever before.

This article has hopefully opened your eyes to the world of guitar playing. Use the strategies presented when starting to play the guitar. In a short amount of time, you’ll be playing like a professional.…

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Arts And Crafts Materials – Recognizing A Leading Online Supplier

While there was a time where many people enjoyed arts and crafts as a hobby, today this pastime has become more of a necessity than a leisure activity. With the economic crunch hitting everyone hard, more and more people are resorting to creating some of their necessities themselves. This includes making gifts for special occasions and toys for their kids.
When buying arts and crafts materials, you should only deal with a reputable supplier who offers fair prices and exceptional services. This company should welcome small orders as enthusiastically as large ones, and should not force a minimum order or quantity restrictions upon their customers. It does not matter if you want to buy 1 package of jump rings, or 100, any order should be treated in the same professional manner.
A leading online-based supplier of arts and crafts materials should be experienced in the distribution of orders internationally. It does not matter if the customer wants block cubes, bracelets, bangles, canvas, doll parts, or paint brushes; whatever is in their shopping cart, should be shipped professionally, in a timely manner, and without breaking the bank on shipping and handling charges. The arts and crafts vendor should also be available to answer freight questions, or any type of inquiry, for that matter.
Reliable sellers of arts and crafts materials should have all their policies listed online, as well as all their charges. Imagine how disappointing it would be to go through the entire checkout process and then find out that extra costs were tagged on. That would be utterly frustrating. It would also be quite a waste of your valuable time, especially if you decide to restart your shopping spree somewhere else.
You can prevent such a disaster by simply reading policies and FAQs before you start piling up the arts and crafts materials in your shopping basket. Think about that, next time you need to order more spindles, birdhouses, stencils and Styrofoam!…