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Gangs Learn Martial Arts By Joining The Military!

This is an awful notion, that a gang member could learn martial arts by joining the army. The sad truth, however, is that gang recruitment is up, severely, and these gangs are actually using the military for training in martial arts, combat weapons, and all manner of skills. This could be utterly terrifying, if you think about it, a gang member being trained as a soldier and then turned loose on the streets of America.
That the number of these criminals enlisting in the military is up is without a doubt. According to the FBI there has been a sizable 40 per cent rise in gang membership since 2009. These are people reared in the gang society, don’t have work, and the military presents a viable option for earning a living.
To be honest, many gang members join the military hoping to get out of the gang lifestyle. Once in, however, they find a subculture of gang members embedded in the armed services. These embedded gangsters go about recruiting new gang members, and picking up any ‘strays’ that are attempting to leave the fold.
The FBI further says that they have evidence that over fifty different gangs, representing all the major gangs, have presence in the armed forces. These gangsters come from 100 different areas of the country. This is a rather large segment of the population.
The report details that only are gang members joining the military, but other equally undesirable elements are finding a home there. Also enlisting in the military are members of Outlaw Motorcycle gangs. There have even been reports of members of prison gangs joining up.
That this criminal element is becoming a serious threat to homeland harmony is obvious. These budding felon types can get military hardware, such as machine guns, and even explosive devices. All too often these criminal types join the army reserve, then go home on leave and share the training.
One rather sobering potential behind this rise in gang enlistment is the ability to use military resources to actually enhance criminal activity. Apparently gang members have been able to access military computers to ‘scope out’ potential areas to expand their activities. Gang members have been able to use the military database and communication systems to actually deal in drugs.
To summarize, it is hard to know what to do about this situation. The military needs intelligent men, and a clever gang member fits the need. At any rate, that bad people could learn martial arts, and actually use other facets of military training is something the federal government may have to meet.…

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How To Deal With Bullies – 4 Ways That Martial Arts Training Can Help Your Child

Most people equate martial arts training with fighting. And, with the number of sport-oriented styles out there, it’s easy to see how this would be so. But, even for those who see martial arts as self-defense training, the misconception still centers around self-defense being the same as fighting. And for some parents who are looking for ways to teach their children how to deal with bullies, the idea of fighting, or turning their child into an aggressive human being, doesn’t sound too appealing.
But, there are many ways that a good, solid martial arts training program – especially one that focuses on teaching life skills – can help your child to deal with bullies. This article focuses on the following four benefits of martial arts training:
1) Improved posture – By developing his or body, as-well-as learning a greater sense of respect and discipline, your child will learn to stand up straight. This eliminates certain physical signs of weakness and low self-esteem such as rounded or slouched shoulders, and will make your child appear to be taller and stronger.
2) Eye-Contact – As your child progresses through their martial arts moves, skills, and techniques, you will see a marked change in confidence. Remember that success breeds success. And, with each passing belt test and promotion to a higher rank, your child’s confidence will grow higher as-well.
3) Confident Speech – Children who are timid, unsure, or who feel weaker than others, often show this through softer and even mumbled speech. A good martial arts instructor – one focused on actually developing his or her students on a personal level – will insure that their students speak up and communicate more clearly.
4) Self-Defense – The truth is that, no matter how much we would like our children to never have to fight, a bully IS attacking your child! And, while some will use words, gestures, and other non-physical methods to attack your child, the reality is that a good number of bullies do use physical action. Even those who are more verbal, may be prone to physical violence when the target of their assault doesn’t respond the way they would like.
The fact is that, like it or not, your child may have to deal with bullies who will come at him or her with fists, feet, or even weapons. To not properly prepare your child to be able to defend against a violent physical attack is the same as putting him in a car without the necessary lessons…
hoping that everything goes okay!…

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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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Common Martial Arts Equipment

No matter what style of martial arts you’re participating in, you’ll need some type of gear to enhance and complement your ability to train effectively and efficiently. Keep in mind that the more the martial arts gear costs does not mean it is automatically the best piece of equipment for you.
Safety concerns should be at the top of the list when deciding on suitable martial arts gear, so as to protect yourself and your partner from injury. Do a little bit of research and don’t base your decision solely on equipment costs.
There are many different martial arts disciplines that require a whole array of equipment. Let us focus on the main pieces that are needed to participate in most styles. In the end, it is a matter of getting the correct equipment that is required for the kind of training and drilling you are going to be doing.
Gear Basics:
Mouth Piece
The mouthpiece will protect your teeth from a direct hit and prevent a tooth from cutting the inside of your lip. Stick with a mouth piece that will fit snug to both the top and bottom rows of teeth. The mold should be tight enough to make it a little difficult to take off.
Protective Cup
A needed item for men that should be chosen for the specific sport they are playing. Martial artist want to get a tucked-under contoured cup to offer the best protection from stray punches and kicks.
Uniform
The Kimono (GI) is the common uniform worn by most styles with a belt to signify the rank of the student. Other uniform alternatives are plain shorts and an academy rash guard or T-shirt. Most styles require no footwear or the use of shoes that are made to be worn on a soft mat surface. All uniforms should be kept clean and free of rips and tears.
Gloves
Gloves come in average sizes and can range from 4 oz (MMA) up to 20 oz (Boxing). You want to have a glove that fits tight and doesn’t allow your hand to move around. Pick the appropriate glove for the style of training and invest in hand wraps to aid in the prevention of injury to the wrists.
Shin Guards
Leg padding focuses on the shin area where most of the contact is made with a kick. Pads have different thicknesses and some will cover the top of the foot as well as the front of the leg. Shin pads use straps or a sleeve to hold the padding in place.
This list covers the principal pieces of martial arts gear required in the students daily training. All protective gear helps to make training effective and safe.
The gear you’ll need can be purchase at the academy your training at, in any chain sporting goods stores, or online through a reputable site. Choose martial arts gear that is appropriate for the style of training and gives the best level of protection. Make training fun with the right choice in gear.…

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A Martial Arts School

Joining a martial art school is a daunting task. It is similar to buying a car, lots of thinking involved to get the best in the end. In this increasing commercial marketplace, you need to compare the worth of every school offering different kinds of martial arts training. You need to check their authenticity and certification to rely on their actual worth. Also, they need to tell the right techniques to learn the right ways to practice your chosen skills to gain expertise in the same. You can purchase matching accessories and other equipments to meet all your needs.
How to make the right choice in finding the right place to practice your skills? This is not an easy question; you need to think thoroughly about this to get the desired results. By shopping around and gathering right information about the martial arts facilities, you can get the choice for your interest. Like any other commercial product, there are a number of criteria that make credible arts studios more attractive and legitimate than their counterparts.
Unfortunately, beginners face a lot of difficulty while making the right decision. Always remember key factors to identify the right provider that can tremendously change the future of your personal goals. Try to know about the attitude of your chosen school. It can be easily dug out by asking questions every small detail about their functioning, way of exercising and such others. Ask questions and get the most needed answers to firm your decision of joining a martial art facility.…

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Types Of Martial Arts You Could Learn And Practice

We all have probably watched movies about martial arts. In fact, we oftentimes mimic the movement we have seen performed by the actors. These martial arts movies may even have sparked or interest to learn and master it. Just as what we have learned from the movies, there are various types of martial arts that an enthusiast could choose to learn. It is interesting to know that these fighting styles actually came from different nations and cultures. Below are some of them.
Aikido
This martial art hailed from Japan and was known to be developed by the Great Teacher, Morihei Ueshiba. This art involves joint locks and throws derived from Jujitsu and other techniques from Kenjutsu. With Aikido, you will learn not merely to punch or to kick your opponent; but to actually use his energy to throw them away and control the fight. This martial art is not static; it emphasizes on dynamic motion instead.
Bando
Bando or Bando Thaing is an armed/unarmed native combat style from Burma. It also adapts different strikes, throws and techniques from other martial arts like Karate and Judo. It also incorporates the use of fighting tools like sticks, spears and knives. The emphasis of this style is to initially withdraw and then attack from a point beyond the opponent’s reach. All body parts are used in attacking the opponent. After delivering the initial movement, other techniques like locking and grappling will follow.
Capoeira
This can be considered as a sport, art form and also a self-defense technique. It originated from Brazil and implements some aerobic/dance components. With this art, you will learn how to use both your body and your soul; you will learn how to fight while dancing; you will train mentally, physically as well as emotionally. This is not merely about singing or dancing, but about the energy you put into every move you try. It also involves harmonious relation between forces that will provide you with flexibility, power, endurance and also self-discovery. Nowadays, this art has been growing popularity as an aerobic alternative.
Jeet Kune Do
This art form is the complete embodiment of the philosophical and technical knowledge studied and passed on by the well-known Bruce Lee while he was still alive. This is to be considered as the root from which Bruce Lee himself was established. It was from this martial art that he personally evolved and discovered deeply about himself.
Jujitsu
This is the art of flexibility and suppleness, but learning this art is actually far from being supple. The principle in this art is not to use strength for strength. Rather, it employs using the strength of your opponent, as well as his attack force, as actual tools to use against him. It incorporates the use of joint locks, throws, chokes and unarmed strikes that can subdue even an opponent that is larger than you.
Krav Maga
This fighting system will show about preventing, dealing and overcoming all sorts of attacks and violence. This system was developed in Israel. It is performed naturally as well as intuitively. Students of Krav Maga are taught of combat and defense skills to protect not just one’s self, but also others.…

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5 Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Padwork in a Martial Arts Workout

All martial arts that include striking use pads to help develop a practitioner’s punches and strikes. If they don’t they should start using them! Whether you train with the boxing style mitts or the larger Muay Thai pads these five tips will help you get the most from your equipment.
Big Fat Head – often the pads are held too wide apart. The key is to be able to strike the pads as if you’re striking an opponent’s head, to enable this, the pads need to be held close to the padman’s face. To avoid the padman getting hit in the face, punches should always be thrown diagonally. That is the right hand strikes across to the left, which is the holder’s right pad and vice versa. A badly directed strike will then slip off the pad to the outside.
Human’s can move – often the padman stays rooted to the spot and in effect becomes the equivalent of a static hanging bag. A good idea is to mimic the movement of a real opponent. It is essential to include lateral and backward/forward movement.
Human’s can return fire – again mimicking a real opponent punches and kicks can be executed by the padman. These can be performed either before or after a combination from the striker. For advanced students these can also come before a combination is completed, to test the defences, for example.
Distance training – once more mimicking a real opponent the padman can move in and out of range forcing the striker to move accordingly. If the striker is in range but inactive the padman can throw a shot at the striker, to test his defence and to remind him of the range.
Timing training – the padman can throw a series of punches which can be used to develop good timing. The striker has to throw his shots between the strikes. This takes skill on the part of the padman as he must return the pad to a position that is hittable!
Through experimentation these tips can be employed to develop drills to greatly enhance the skills of a martial artist regardless of style. By keeping these tips in mind when making the padman as much like a real opponent as possible, while retaining the role of pad holder, greatly expands the possibilities for using these essential pieces of equipment. The martial artist can then train as closely as possible to real, very safely.
While these drills take a bit of training to get the hang of, the padman plays a very important role, they will improve your ability to strike hard and effectively, guaranteed! They also offer an effective workout. Pads really are essential kit!…

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The Truth About Ninjutsu – The Ninja Were Mixed Martial Arts Masters Long Before MMA Was Cool!

Have you ever wondered why mixed martial arts became so popular? Could it be because at least part of the martial arts world saw the gaps that existed within each of the popular systems and sought to remedy the situation? I think so. After all, why limit yourself to just punching and kicking, or just grappling, etc., when you can have a greater advantage with both in your arsenal?
The problem with this new approach, other than the fact that MMA tends to be sport-oriented and is laden with rules that run contrary to street self defense tactics, is that non-complimenting systems were brought together and forced to co-exist.
What I mean by this is that…
Wrestling and ground-fighting tends be strength-based and relies on muscle contraction.
Judo and aikido lean toward a more passive, relaxed adapting to the opponent’s advances, and…
Karate and tae kwon do are very aggressive, attack-oriented arts.
This creates a situation where the practitioner is required to constantly switch between the contradictory and often conflicting concepts and principles that each “style” is base upon.
But, we ninja like to say that, “we were mixed martial artists long before MMA was cool!”
And, the reason for this is that there is no contradiction between our principles of punching & kicking, grappling, joint locking techniques, or the way we use weapons. There is no contradiction because, unlike the systems created by mixing other styles together, everything in Ninjutsu is based on the same principles and concepts.
So, the ninja never has to try to make his body conform to, and reconcile the different demands of, combining techniques that require often opposite principles of application. And, this is just accounting for the unarmed part of the Ninja’s arsenal. When we add in all the weaponry (modern and classical), stealth tactics, wilderness survival, and other aspects of the art, it’s easy to see how…
Not only was the art of ninjutsu MMA before mixed martial arts were cool, but… Ninjutsu offers much, much more than mixed martial artists can conceive of!…

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How to Use a Wooden Dummy for Martial Arts Training

Shroud of Mystery
The kung fu training tool often called, a “wooden dummy,” is surrounded by mystique and misunderstanding due to lack of good quality information. Read further to find out what the dummy’s real form and function is all about.
What It Looks Like
A wooden dummy is usually made from a 5 or 6 foot long hardwood log that is 9 inches in diameter. It has three arms; 2 at chest level that point away from the center, and 1 arm at bellybutton level pointing straight out from the log. There is also a leg included that should be at, or just above, knee height. Wooden dummies are either mounted on a wall, or supported by a freestanding framework depending on your available space.
What a Wooden Dummy Isn’t
A wooden dummy is not used for strength training, or solely toughing your forearms through hard strikes like you would use on a makiwara. The dummy is not a magical device that will instantly make you a martial art master like Bruce Lee. It also isn’t a tool to show off with. If you train with the wrong mindset, you’re not going to get the results that are possible with it.
What a Wooden Dummy Is
A wooden dummy can be an extremely valuable training tool and partner if approached in the right way. It never gets tired. It won’t get mad if you get a good shot in, nor will it sucker punch you (but will still knock you around sometimes). And it is a training partner that has better defense than any human being could possibly have. The arms and leg are laid out in a particular fashion that mimic the best angles of defense used in close quarters combat. If you learn to use the dummy properly, you will be well versed in how to deal with a strong defensive opponent.
So How Do You Train?
You want to train with the mindset that you are developing an understanding of the basics of close quarters combat. These elements are composed of angles of attack, connection sensitivity, proper distances for various attacks, and developing the ability to execute simultaneous actions which could include attacking, blocking and kicking all at the same time. So while you’re training with the wooden dummy, be sure to remind yourself the goal is not to abuse the dummy and build tough forearms by hitting it hard. Instead, treat the tool like the precision instrument it is, and use it as a laboratory to cultivate your skills with a partner that will never call in sick.…

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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.…