Sunday, 3 January 2016

Taking a Break

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s you’ve probably noticed in the last while, I haven’t been posting as much as I have in the past. A writing project is in the works, and that will require a little more time and effort. Plus, there remains a full schedule of teaching and training.

So, for a while, I’ll be taking a break. Hopefully, you’ll continue to visit this site because I do plan to continue posting articles on a more irregular basis.

Happy New Year to you and your loved ones! May this year be a healthy and prosperous one for you!

Friday, 13 November 2015

Martial Arts Saved Me

Martial arts saved me from being grumpy, disappointed, lonely, inconsiderate, and unhappy. They saved me from being complacent, mean, stubborn, and bitter.  Because of martial arts, I’ve been able to push the negative from my life and replace it with hope, insight, and positivity.  I can look in the mirror and be content with who I see; not just the physical person, but the one who has overcome, grown, and achieved personal success wholly due to martial arts.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Lest We Forget

I have been privileged to have taught many Canadian Forces personnel and their dependents over the decades. As a Base club, we started off in a long narrow mat-covered room with a solitary window at one end where one either stuck one’s head out to breathe in some much needed oxygen or hurl the contents of one’s stomach onto the lawn outside. In mid-summer, the air became so thick a puddle of sweat would form on the surface of the mats – in fact, I recall one excited newcomer slip on the sweat and fall to the mats as he quickly made his way back to the lineup at the end of class.

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Preparing for the First Issue of Martial Arts Studies: Three Critical Questions

Source: Volkerkunde by F.Ratzel.Printed in Germany,1890. This 19th century illustration shows a number of interesting Japanese and Chinese arms including hudiedao.

Three Critical Questions

The inaugural issue of Martial Arts Studies, a new interdisciplinary peer reviewed journal edited by Paul Bowman and myself, will be released very shortly.  In fact, I have it on good authority that it will go live on Monday morning.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Cold Remedies


 haven’t written a post on the health aspects of martial arts for a little while. Since many of us are already deep into the cold and flu season, I thought it might be helpful to list a number of articles dealing with the subject rather than having readers searching through the archives with one hand while clutching a fistful of Kleenex in the other.

So here they are –

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Tiger and Leopard Exercise: A Technical Balance of Power and Finesse

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Tiger and Leopard Exercise:
A Technical Balance of Power and Finesse

By M.E.H.

In the world of Asian martial arts, many combat techniques are based on the behavior of the animals. Some of these animals are the mythological Dragon, Snake, Tiger, Leopard and Crane. The foundation of the Southern Shaolin martial art systems can be attributed to these five animals.

Sunday, 18 October 2015

The Hip Throw

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One of the primary criticisms I’ve heard regarding the basic hip throw and its variations as techniques of self defense is…”Why should I turn my back on my attacker in order to stage the throw. That doesn’t make sense.”

Monday, 12 October 2015

Kumite, Randori and Weapons

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s a follow up to Kumite and Randori – Brother and Sister, I’d like to add one more sibling to the family mix…weapons. Aside from the view that Karate should remain (as indeed it never really was) an “empty hand” art, most martial arts across the world do recognize the need for some type of weapons training.

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Seeing With the Heart of a Warrior

Seeing with the Heart of a Warrior
 Lesley Simla

As a student with one toe on the Martial Arts road, I feel blessed and humbled by my teachers and mentors who are showing me new ways to see the world about me. I enjoy reading about the Martial Arts as much as I enjoy my training and can find in that world everything I would like to know, and would strive to be.

I was reading the September blog post  “Warrior Wannabe”, by Andrea Harkins and was moved by her question, “What would I do to save myself, my own children or those I love?”.

The next weekend I found an answer.

Saturday, 3 October 2015

High Kicks

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ruly one of the more amazing sights in the world of the martial arts is the high kick that seems to reach so effortlessly up to the stars. Those of us who have tried to hitch up our trousers and climb that stairway to high kick mastery know the often long hours of stretching…and more stretching…and still more stretching involved before you can kick the lights on the ceiling as Bruce Lee did to James Garner’s lighting arrangement in the movie Marlow.

Monday, 28 September 2015

The Snap of Karate

The Snap of Karate

By Scott Langley

I remember years ago watching Bruce Lee films. Like many, he was my idol and although he died the same year I was born, I grew up watching his movies over and over again.