Aiming for a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt

By John Parke Six colored belts are used to signify grades in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. The belts, in ascending order of grades are: white, blue, purple, brown, black and red. An athlete has to be at least 16 years old to be awarded blue belt. Some academies divide the grading system further into four stages signified by different belt colors - white, y

Methods Of Qigong In Kung Fu Training

By Alexander Popov Qigong is a general name for the systems of hardening and improvement of body and mind, treatment and health enhancement created in China. They primarily based on the ability to control your own consciousness, mentality and through them all the physiological processes of the organism. Practicing Qigong you can achieve stunning re

How to get the most from your Training with Meditation!

By Steve Gib It doesn't matter if you practice kyokushin karate or taekwondo, a fact that remains with proper execution of reality based self defense techniques remains in the ability to stay focused and calm while in danger. Within this article I would like to share how important it is to meditate to maintain a calm mind for any of lifes encounter

Essential Tips for Beginners in Jiu Jitsu

By John Parke During my journey into grappling and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, I have come across several principles and pieces of advice which have greatly accelerated my progress. I often find myself wondering just how much further ahead I would be today if I had known of them at the start of my training. It is for this reason that I try to ensure that

First Degree Blackbelt - Expert or Novice?

One of the greatest misconceptions within the martial arts is the notion that all black belts are experts. It is understandable that those unacquainted with the martial arts might make this equation; however, students should certainly recognise this is always not the case. Too often, novice black belts advertise themselves as experts and eventually
Tsuki (punching), uchi (striking), keri (kicking), and uke (blocking), are the fundamental karate techniques. They are at once the beginning and the final goal of karate. Students can easily learn to perform these basic movements in little more than two months, but perfection in their performance may be impossible. Therefore, students must practice
The broad connotations and various possible interpretations of the moral culture are often very difficult for the western mind to grasp because this is an aspect of Oriental Philosophy which pervades the lives of Oriental people. In a word, it is the endeavour and process of becoming an exemplary person such as Confucius (552-479 BC).
The Taekwon-Do oath I shall observe the tenets of Taekwon-DoAll students must swear to carefully observe, acknowledge and live by each one of the taekwon-do tenets. Here is a brief and basic explanation of each: I shall respect the instructor and seniorsA student vows to respect their instructors and those senior to them (both in age and rank). An
Soldiers are as strong as the general who leads them, and, in a like manner, students can only excel under an excellent instructor. We cannot expect a bamboo to grow in a field of reeds, nor can we expect to find an outstanding pupil under an unqualified teacher. It is of particular importance that the two aspects of TaeKwon-Do, the spirit and the
When most people envisage karate, they see powerful snappy punches or kicks. They also envisage a myriad of muscles all contracting simultaneously to generate that power. Perhaps this is why most karate-ka are too tense and stiff throughout their training. While tension is required at the end of a technique to give it the final bite, during any oth
Summer Fitness TipsSummer is the perfect time of year for outdoor training. Many people are even more motivated to train during the summer months, and are looking for something different. Here are some ideas for outdoor summer training for martial artists of all styles. Stay Hydrated!The danger of becoming dehydrated is always present. Always take
The location of knee pain can help identify the problem. Pain on the front of the knee can be due to bursitis, arthritis, or softening of the patella cartilage as in chondromalacia patella. Pain on the sides of the knee is commonly related to injuries to the collateral ligaments, arthritis, or tears to the meniscuses. Pain in the back of the knee c
Becoming a black belt is not just about knowing your kata and having a good standard of kihon and kumite. It goes much deeper than just the physical. Those of us that are privileged to wear the belt should understand the roles and responsibilities that come with it. When a student puts on their black belt they automatically become a role model. Oth
Achieving a black belt means different things to different people. It’s something that’s aspired to when we first start training, but what happens when we get there? For the most part many of us are happy to train each week and improve our basics, keeping our sights on the short term goal of our next grade, with the prospect of a black belt being s

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