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Analysis of Shaolin Chin Na: Instructor’s Manual for All Martial Styles by Dr Yang, Jwing-Ming

This book by Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming is a text book full of Shaolin Chin Na principles and techniques. For those not familiar with Chin Na, it is one of the four major fighting categories in Chinese martial arts. The four categories are kicking, striking, wrestling, and seize-controlling. Chin Na can be called the art of seize and control, and it consists of various joint locking techniques, as well as different grabbing, pressing, and striking.
Just like joint locks are only a portion of the Hapkido curriculum I teach, Chin Na is only a portion of Chinese arts. With that said, the concepts and techniques can be learned and incorporated into other styles, especially those that are already familiar with locking techniques such as practitioners of Hapkido, Aikido, Jujitsu, and so forth. Therefore, this book can benefit many martial artists, not just those who study Chinese arts. If your style does not include locking type techniques, Chin Na resources, including this book, can assist you in rounding out your program.
After a short Foreword and two short Prefaces (original and new one for second edition), there is a general introduction to the concepts and the basic principles. Next comes a chapter that focuses on fundamental training. A variety of exercises are illustrated and explained that will enable a practitioner to better perform the techniques taught in the manual.
The next few chapters are divided by the type of Chin Na explained in them. They consist of Finger; Wrist; Elbow; Shoulder, Neck and Waist, Leg; Muscle Grabbing; Cavity Press; and then a short chapter on using Chin Na in a fight, and another on the treatment of injuries. The book then concludes with a two-paragraph conclusion and several appendixes.
There are numerous techniques in this book (The back cover says over 150), and each one has a description of how to do the technique, with accompanying photographs, the principle behind the technique pointed out, and a description with photos of an escape and counter to the technique. I especially liked that these escapes and counters were included. I felt these added much value to the collection of information, especially as an instructor resource. The pictures are black and white, and sometimes a little difficult to fully discern what is being done. If you are apt at joint locking techniques, you can most likely figure it out. However, if you are a novice, you might have a little trouble with some of them. To remedy this, you could pick up Dr. Yang’s DVDs to see the techniques performed. In fact, I’d encourage anyone to complete their Chin Na resource library by including both the books and DVDs Dr. Yang has put out. Using them together make for a much better learning experience.
The chapter on using Chin Na in a fight is pretty short. There are two pages of good concepts, and then a small sampling of concepts and techniques illustrated with photographs. Dr. Yang admits this is just a tiny sample, but points out that he included more in his book “Comprehensive Applications of Shaolin Chin Na.” I have not read that book yet, but it is on my list. Like the applications chapter, the treatment of injuries chapter is also short. You won’t be a competent healer from this chapter, but it gives some general information and hopefully peaks your interest to further your study in the healing arts as well as the fighting arts. They go hand in hand.
Overall, this is an exceptional manual to help a person learn Chin Na, and I recommend it highly, as I do all of Dr. Yang’s cannon of Chin Na resources.…

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Brazilian Jiujitsu – The Thinking Man’s Martial Art

This is a very important question I want you to ask yourself.
When you’re training and sparring, what’s going on in the back of your mind?
I mean, more than just what you’re thinking, how are you thinking about it?
Are you telling yourself that you’re just trying to survive?
Are you telling yourself to force through your techniques because you’re not sure about them?
These two examples will tell you a lot about flaws in your approach.
Whatever it is you’re thinking, it’s a great idea to be aware of it and write it down after your training.
This is one of the fastest ways that you can get out of whatever problems you have in your training.
For example, let’s say you keep getting caught in a certain submission and can’t figure out what you’re doing wrong or what to do to counter or escape.
I can guarantee you that if you’re telling yourself, “I always get stuck here.” or “what am I doing wrong?” then you will keep doing that same thing and repeating the same pattern and getting the same results.
By becoming aware of this and writing it down you can start to get out of that habit and answer the question.
If you always get caught in a certain submission and say I always get stuck here, then obviously the next step is to find out why and what you should be doing to prevent or counter it.
If you find yourself repeatedly asking what you are doing wrong, then you are uncertain about something that you are doing before getting caught and need to figure out what that is.
Asking your instructor or training partner for help here in finding the solution is very useful.
You’ll also want to change what you are saying to yourself.
Again with the two above examples, if you’re “always getting stuck” or asking “what are you doing wrong?” Then you need to replace those with “I’ll never get stuck here again” or “what am I going to do instead?”
By finding out what you are doing wrong and replacing that with what you should be doing and replacing what you’re saying to yourself in those moments, you’ll be changing your thinking and actions and getting new results instead.
This should make it clear enough that there is a reason why Jiujitsu is called the thinking man’s martial art.…

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You Can Learn Guitar If You Have Great Advice!

Like many others, you may have been moved by a great guitarist. Talented musicians are forever inspiring enthusiastic novices. Continue reviewing this article to learn the best ways to turn yourself into a terrific guitarist in your own right.

It is not a good idea to try to learn all there is to know about playing guitar all at the same time. Go slow, and you’ll get there. Set aside some practice time every day, and over time you will learn the skills you need to have.

Take formal lessons if you can. Though it really is possible to be a self-taught guitarist, it is often useful to have a neutral observer hear your playing. A teacher can give you helpful suggestions and tell you what mistakes you are making. You also get a chance to ask him questions, and his answers are likely to help you on anything you haven’t figured out on your own.

Stay motivated. Make a long-term dream for yourself, but also keep short-term goals in mind. Also, practice playing with someone. When you have stuck to your daily practice schedule for one week, give yourself a reward. Of course, nothing worthwhile is ever easy.

Be certain to keep guitar practice fun. Remember that you have chosen to learn to play the guitar. For this reason, it should never be a stressful experience. Once you do that, boredom or dread may set in, and practice will cease. Keep playing and practicing the pieces that you want to.

When you begin playing guitar, do what you can to get a quality one for practice. They may be out of your price range, but think outside the box. It is possible to rent these instruments or to find one used on the Internet. This will help to get great sound when you play.

Prior to even picking up the guitar, teach yourself the names of the parts. In order to learn basic things, such as scales and chords, an understanding of the fundamental parts of a guitar is needed.

Before you get calluses on your fingers, you are sure to feel some soreness. Use an electric guitar to combat this. Acoustic guitars are harder to play for beginners. Using rubbing alcohol as a solution in which to soak your fingers may help, but do not use turpentine or other harmful products.

Practice with a metronome. Keeping time is a real challenge for novice players. Metronomes keep you on beat. If you practice enough, you’ll be able to follow beats without having to use the device.

When you learn to play, don’t skip practicing. Hard work is required to learn a skill that is worth something. Because of this it’s a good idea to make sure you practice a half an hour for five to seven days a week.

All across the globe people love the guitar. The guitar makes many noises other instruments can’t make. Use what you’ve learned here to improve your skills and impress your friends.…

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Simple Tips And Advice To Get Started In Arts And Crafts

Lots of people from around the world enjoy expressing themselves through crafts. To get the most from arts and crafts as a hobby, you need to have a good amount of knowledge. Keep reading for some helpful arts and crafts tips.

Go easy on kids when they are doing arts and crafts. Crafting is about using your creativity. You won’t be doing that if you are nit-picking small mistakes, or places they can improve.

Your children will get messy when they are taking part in arts and crafts. If that stresses you out, put newsprint or butcher paper down on surfaces to catch drops of glue, paper, glitter and other crafting debris. Markers and adhesives that are washable can also be considered.

Stay focused on one element at a time. You may want to create different types of crafts. But this is how so many people never complete a craft project! Make sure you carve out the time to close out one project before beginning another. This way, you will be more likely to finish.

Look online for ideas for crafting. To do a crafts project, there are lots of sites online to locate ideas. You’ll find some amazing ones out there, no matter the age group you are looking for.

Etsy is a great place to purchase the supplies for arts and crafts projects. This site sells items from individuals. You can buy supplies and even sell what you make there. If you want vintage items for your projects, this site is great.

You should organize your crafting supplies. Lots of methods of storage exist, but you need to come up with the best one for you. If you stay organized, your projects will run more smoothly. You will also be able to keep track of your supply inventory.

Kids can enjoy themselves a lot doing arts and crafts. There are many arts and crafts projects you can choose from that would be fun for children. You can ask someone or look online for ideas for a project your group can enjoy together.

When looking for materials for your arts and crafts project, take a look around your kitchen. There is so much arts and crafts treasures out there. You have metal cans, empty jars, aluminum foil, and much more. You could even make use of dried pasta and beans for your materials.

If you change your mind about your oil painting picture, just paint over it. Oils are highly adaptive, so a few more coats aren’t going to do any harm. Indeed, you may find that you achieve even greater depth of color.

To create a great bird feeder, begin with a single pine cone, and then add peanut butter to the outside of it. Roll the entire thing in birdseed when the peanut better still has adhesiveness. The birdseed will stick tight to peanut butter, even when it is dry, so tie a string onto it, hang it, and wait for the bird to come.

Arts and crafts projects offer a good way to relax and achieve a sense of pride, and they also are a channel for producing valuable items that can be used. By learning all that you can about your pastime, you can have more fun when you begin. The above article has offered many suggestions to help you on your way to crafting paradise.…

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Samurai Castles – The Secret Skills of the Samurai

While not a traditional martial art in itself as most know it, the fighting style of the Japanese samurai is still one of the most respected and mythical to this day. Still even now the samurai sword is one of the most coveted and respected weapons from history. These swords were treasured for their sharpness and were highly regarded with not only their military superiority but spiritual significance as well. But perhaps what is less known about the samurai is the great strategy they put into building and fortifying castles during their day. Among 2 of the most famous that still stand today are the Matsumoto Castle (built in 1594) and the Kumamoto Castle.
These castles truly give an insight into the great strategy and tactical thinking that went into making the samurai so famous. Far beyond just wandering swordsman, these elite castles built for protecting Japanese nobles featured large moats, cannon proof walls and specially designed stairways. In fact the whole surrounding area of the castles were intricately planned including the roads that were designed specifically to funnel any opposing forces into focused lines of fire.
The interiors of these castles were created from top to bottom to keep out invaders and to enable the samurai inside to defend them. Hallways were built just wide enough for samurai in full armor to navigate and stairways were built steeply to make it more difficult for invaders to make their way up on the inside. In contrast to common thought, in their last years the samurai were well armed with cannons and rifles. So the walls and turrets of these castles not only featured means of dropping rocks onto their enemies but had holes to shoot from as well. These castles are open to the public as museums today and feature armories showing off a wide range of  martial arts supplies and weapons including samurai swords.…

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Mark Campbell, Creative Lyricist

Few lyricists are more creative than New Yorker Mark Campbell. Three of his latest commissions have been showcased this spring on Virginia stages. He neither owns nor drives a car, but his imagination travels at supersonic speed.
In March, Signature Theatre of Arlington produced “And the Curtain Rises.” Music for the comedy about the near-demise of America’s first musical was composed by Joseph Thalken, recipient of Signature’s third Musical Theatre Composer Grant; the book was by Michael Slade and the lyrics by the prolific Campbell.
The world premiere of “The Inspector,” a comic opera commissioned by Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, occurred the final week of April. This madcap show built upon greed, graft and mistaken identity was Campbell’s fourth collaboration with composer John Musto. Their first joint venture was the opera “Volpone,” also a Wolf Trap commission. The recording was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2010.
Their second opera, “Later the Same Evening,” was inspired by Edward Hopper paintings in Washington’s National Gallery of Art. It premiered at the University of Maryland and will be performed this coming summer by Glimmerglass Opera.
Their third opera, “Bastianello,” was based on folk tales. It celebrated the 20th anniversary of the New York Festival of Song where Musto’s concert songs receive frequent performances and was followed by a Wolf Trap Opera Company production in 2010.
“The Inspector” is the team’s re-imagination of “The Government Inspector” by Nicolai Gogol, a play that delighted Tsar Nicholas I for its satirical look at human greed and political corruption. The new setting is a small Sicilian town populated by scheming politicians who await a bureaucratic inspector dispatched by Mussolini. The Campbell-Musto version is not an adaption of the play, but sails off merrily to suit the unspoken requirement that all opera must be built around dire life and death circumstances. Musto, who leans toward Italian music, did not want to write a Russian opera, so Campbell began scouting about for a time of large bureaucratic rule and rising power. Having spent a month in Sicily, he concluded that the Mussolini regime, the period between 1925 and 1930, was the most amusing setting.
To launch the 15th Virginia Arts Festival on the 150th anniversary of the firing on Fort Sumter, the VAF committee recruited Campbell and Broadway composer Ricky Ian Gordon to create an appropriate musical to premiere at Norfolk’s Harrison Opera House.
Campbell is renowned for his wit, but he took development of the story and lyrics for “Rappahannock County” very seriously, frequently journeying by train to Richmond to study pertinent official documents, letters and newspapers.
He separated the script into five sections to focus on key elements in each of the five years that marked the Civil War. The 30 characters are played by five performers: two Caucasian men and one woman, and an African-American man and woman. As he developed the plot, he jotted ideas for songs on note cards. Of the thirty songs he sent Gordon to score, they selected twenty.
Campbell focused on records about the effect of the war on the people and the reasons citizens put forth for going to war and retaining slavery. The more he read, the more he realized that all of the arguments and discussions that have reemerged since President Obama was elected parallel many prevalent at that time. The lyrics of the opening number giving the religious justification for slavery come directly from a sermon he found in the Virginia Library archives.
In “Sanctified by God,” a minister cites scripture as proof that slavery is sacrosanct and for the common good. A woman in his congregation concurs, believing it to be “A Noble Institution” in which “our Negroes are a happy lot,” and a gentleman declares that the issue is not slavery but “States Rights.”
At the outset of the war, there were no decent maps for Confederate field officers. “Making Maps,” sung by Jedediah Hotchkiss, Robert E. Lee’s chief cartographer for the Army of Northern Virginia, expresses concern that his maps will destroy the world he and his fellow Virginians know.
“‘re aware the final goal…
Is not to orient a man, but parcel to a plan
For spoiling valleys, for torching forests,
For bloodying rivers, for rupturing ridges,
Fields, farms, paths, groves, all lost,
Leveled into an ashen heap…”
As the scenes progress from heralding a “Quick War” to the realization that the South is fighting a “Lost Cause,” Campbell’s songs convey the growing despair among Virginians. His final song, “April Will Return Again,” renews hope to all who have suffered…while acknowledging that a gentle April may be years away.…

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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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Learn To Get The Absolute Most From An Arts And Crafts Hobby

Arts and crafts can be so much fun for anyone. There are so many different selections, so you can basically just do about anything your imagination desires. This article will help you enjoy doing arts and crafts more.

Since many crafting projects create messes, use newspaper to cover your surface before you begin. After the project is complete, simply toss the newspaper to keep your project worry free.

Remember that doing arts and crafts, especially with children, will be messy. If you don’t like messes, use newspaper to cover the area. Consider making use of washable materials, such as adhesives and markers.

Are you trying to save money while buying crafting supplies? Check out a second hand store. A clever artist can find supplies at many different places. You have to check back often because thrift store stock is always on the move.

There are countless jewelry supplies online that offer what you need to make your own pieces of jewelry. You can get beads, chains and other items to create beautiful pieces. A lot of today’s trends incorporate costume jewelry. By making your own, you’re not spending as much, and you can blend your jewelry with your wardrobe.

If you are having arts and crafts time with children, remember that you don’t have to have exact examples of each project. You should not show an example at all or show off different examples so that your kids can use their imaginations. To illustrate, they may come up with ways to paint or glue something that didn’t occur to you. Expressing their own vision is paramount to how they execute the project.

Look in your kitchen for craft materials. Many gems can be found there. Tin foil, empty metal cans, glass jars, paper plates and even uncooked pasta pieces await your creativity. Dried foods like beans and pasta can also be used.

If you change your mind about your oil painting picture, just paint over it. Oil is a great medium to work with when learning to paint. It may even add some depth to your new project!

To create a cute bird feeding alongside your children, use some pine cones and peanut butter. Roll the sticky pinecone in birdseed. Once dried, add a string and hang it from a tree. The birds will come flocking.

Take the time to make a few gifts instead of purchasing them. You can customize your gifts to suit recipients, and give them on special occasions. Many people like homemade gifts better than ones from the store, and you save a ton of cash each year as well.

Etsy is an excellent site for crafters. There are tons of crafts you can buy, or you can use the site to get some great ideas. You can also use Etsy to list some of your best projects for sale to make a little extra money to support your craft.

Now that you know more, you can implement this advice with skill. Regardless of your personal preference of craft, always hunt for chances to hone your craft and get some fresh ideas and inspiration. Use what you learned here and get creative.…

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The Top 5 Martial Arts For Self-Defense

There is a lot of debate about the best martial arts for self-defense. Some consider sports based arts such as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai the best. Others believe so- called “Reality Based” styles such as Krav Maga are better. Then there are those who are convinced that tried and true, traditional arts like Karate or Kung Fu are superior. Here is a list of 5 arts that many experts consider to be the best to protect yourself on the street:
1. Kickboxing: Kickboxing (including Muay Thai) is a great combat sport that develops both kicking and punching ability. It also teaches you how to take a punch. While it does not teach you other important aspects of self-defense (such as situation-awareness, prevention, etc.), it does develop the skills you need in a street fighting situation.
2. Karate: This Okinawan art is often looked down upon because of the many bad schools that exist. However, if you can find a good dojo, you can learn great striking skills that can be very helpful in a self-defense situation. Karate teaches you to use powerful strikes against the weakest points of the body, which is a very effective strategy.
3. Wing Chun Kung Fu: This is probably the most popular Kung Fu style that exists, mainly thanks to Bruce Lee, who learned it from grandmaster Ip Man. Like Karate, Wing Chun mainly focuses on lighting fast strikes to vulnerable parts of the body. It is a great self-defense style for women as, according to legend, it was created by a woman.
4. Japanese Ju-Jitsu: Developed by the samurai warriors of ancient Japan, this martial art can best be described as the “mixed martial art” of its day. Unlike the styles we mentioned before, which focus mostly on striking, Ju-jitsu has a much wider arsenal, including throws, joint locks and more.
5. Krav Maga: This fighting system was developed by the Israeli army and incorporates a wide variety of fighting techniques from striking to grappling and wrestling. Because it is meant for the battlefield Krav Maga has many moves that can be lethal, so they should not be used unless in true life or death situations.
There are so many martial arts that choosing the right one for self-defense purposes can be quite a challenge at times. While almost all martial arts will improve your self-defense skills at least a little, some arts will give you a bigger edge than others. By choosing one (or several) of the arts listed above you should be able to significantly improve your chances of surviving an attack.…

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Expert Advice On Getting The Most Out Of Arts And Crafts

The freedom to create wonderful items of great beauty is why arts and crafts is such a beloved activity. From engraving to fashion design, shoe making to scrapbooking, there is bound to be an activity for you to enjoy. To learn more about the fun of it, please reading the following article.

You can use many different things for arts and crafts. Some good choices are paper goods that are often thrown away. Rather than throw away all rolls from toilet paper or paper towels, keep some on hand to use in projects. Magazines and newspapers can also be used. Take a moment to think about what you can do with an item before just throwing it away.

Don’t be extra hard on kids when they are creating their works of art. Let them be creative and free. If you are telling them they did something wrong, they’ll sour on the project.

Remember that, with kids, craft projects are always messy. Cover everything nearby with butcher paper to keep it clean. Washable adhesives and markers are some other options.

Beadaholique offers you a way to find everything you need to make jewelry. They offer a wide variety of chains, accessories and beads in make unique and beautiful jewelry. A lot of fashions today include the addition of costume jewelry. Create pieces for every outfit and save some dollars when you make it yourself.

Crafting is fun with kids. Let your kids run wild with their imaginations, either by not showing examples, or by showing a range of differing possibilities. They might switch an eye and an ear on a face, for example. Imaginative ideas should come before ideal execution.

Search for new arts and crafts inspirations online. The Internet if full of ideas of exciting new projects. No matter who is doing the project or how old they are, you can find something that you can all do by looking online.

To get that cloudy look out of your mosaic once the mortar has dried, spray some glass cleaner onto a rag and wipe the mosaic clean. It may be tough to get the mortar powder out otherwise, and it’s never a good thing to have that powder ruining your final project.

People of all ages can enjoy craft projects. If you have several kids in a group, think about which project they can all enjoy. If you can’t think of anything, ask around. Someone will have a good idea.

If you have been searching for different materials to use for your arts and crafts, then take a look at items in your kitchen. You can find a wealth of potential arts and crafts supplies here. You can use old dishes, jars, metal and a plethora of other objects that are perfect for crafting. Dried foods like beans and pasta can also be used.

Learning about crafts begins with this article. Take what you have learned and translate that into a beautiful work of art. Soon you will be creating gorgeous crafts, and you can thank this article for the ideas.…