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Spiritual and Mental Benefits of Martial Arts

“Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless - like water. Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup, you put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle, you put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.” -  Bruce Lee According to history, in A.D. 527, an emperor named Wu Di invited an Indian monk named Bodhidharma to visit China and help monks improve their health and physical skills. After journeying throughout China, he came upon a Buddhist temple in the province of Henan where he found the monks too weak and helpless against marauding bandits. After knowing learning the precarious situation of the monks, [...]

The Bliss of Martial Arts

If you want something unique to add to your exercise regimen, martial arts may be the very thing you are looking for. Martial arts has the benefit of exercising both your mind and body. Through martial arts training, you get a complete workout that aerobics or weight lifting just canít match. Martial arts have never been more popular as it is today. Recent Hollywood action blockbusters that feature acrobatic fight scenes like “The Matrix” and “Charlie’s Angels” have been hugely successful. But long before Keannu Reeves and Drew Barrymore sported their chops and kicks on the widescreen, the martial arts were already widely used in Asian movies. Chinese martial arts gave birth to a popular genre of cinema. The films [...]

Strengthen Your Mind And Body By Practicing A Martial Art

Martial arts are basically a set of physical and mental skills that are gradually taught, developed and polished by a trainer usually called ìsenseiî for Japanese arts and “sifu” in Cantonese. Martial arts translate as “the arts of war”, and they consist of a multitude of weaponless combat techniques, focused primarily on self defense. Based on ancient wisdom and philosophy, martial arts not only strengthen the body of the adept, but they also fortify his mind and his spirit. In Eastern culture, self control, discipline, patience, awareness, are considered to be the traits of a true warrior, and martial arts mainly focus on developing these skills to practicing students. In ancient times, martial arts were kept secret and practiced in [...]

Stress Relief through Martial Arts

Formerly known as Siam to foreigners who first came to this region as early as the 12th century, the country's name was changed to literally mean “Land of the Free.” Throughout the country's 800-year history, this nation can boast the distinction of being the only country in Southeast Asia never to have been colonized. Siam was changed to Thailand with the advent of a democratic government in 1939. People inhabiting Thailand today share rich ethnic diversity mainly Thai, Mon, Khmer, Laotian, Chinese, Malay, Persian, and Indian stock with the result that there is no typically Thai physiognomy or physique. There are petite, statuesque, round-faced, dark-skinned and light-skinned Thais. Some 80% of all Thais are connected in some way with agriculture [...]

MARTIAL ARTS – 5 Ways Too Build Your Self-Confidence

If you appreciate a strong, healthy self-confidence that carries you through overwhelming times and drives you to achieving your most far reaching goals, martial arts is for you. A person’s self-confidence is like a muscle, it needs to be exercised in order to grow and develop. In the 20 plus years that I’ve been teaching Martial Arts in our community we have developed a 5 step approach to building self-confidence. These 5 steps can be learned by anyone ñ with the right guidance: Correct Body Posture. The importance of the correct body posture is paramount. We all send hidden, sub-conscious messages with our body language and the way we carry ourselves. Carry yourself with pride, confidence and security. Carry yourself [...]

Practicing the Art of Peace

Aikido is a modern martial art that is founded by spirituality and philosophy influenced by the Omoto-kyo religion associated with the Aikido founder Morihei Ueshiba. The etymology of the word Aikido stems from three Japanese characters. "Ai" literally means joining, with "ki" meaning something like spirit, and "do" meaning way. Loosely translated then, the meaning of Aikido is the way of joining the spirit. The Aikido way is to align body and mind with the spirit or ki and it said that the only way to be able to do this is through cultivating a relaxed state. It is in this relaxed state that nothing is forced or contrived so the mind and body naturally join the spirit or energy [...]

The Basics Of Judo

The Basics Of Judo The martial art style Judo can mean a lot of things to different people. In reality, it is a fun and exciting sport, an art, a discipline, an activity, a way to protect yourself, and quite simply a way of life. Although you may hear many different meanings, the word Judo actually means all of the above and several more. Original founded back in 1882, Judo comes from the feudal Japan fighting system. Upon founding, Judo was a refinement of the martial art jujutsu. Jujutsu is one of the oldest martial arts styles, dating back hundreds of years. Judo made the biggest impact in 1964 when it was first introduced into the Olympic Games. Now, it [...]

The Real Secret To Developing An Effective Personal Training Plan For Karate

If you are a member of any serious martial arts school with a reputable instructor then you will have no doubt heard in class the words “Be sure to practice at home. Martial arts training goes beyond the dojo.”  Often, this advice is given without any suggestions or tips on how to actually do this.  How do you practice at home?  How do you develop an effective training plan?  How often should you practice? If you have been practicing martial arts for one year or more then you have probably made it to the intermediate ranks of your style.  You are probably going to class twice a week and ideally you are also practicing at home.  Here are some tips [...]

The Top 3 Tips To Get Your Child To Practice Karate At Home

So your child is enrolled in the martial arts, congratulations on taking a positive step for their overall growth and development.  However you’ve noticed that karate practice is not as easy as it looks and you want to get your child to practice at home as well as in class.  How do you do this without burning both you and your child out? After all you work hard all day and are probably paying good money for martial arts lessons so you naturally want your child to be successful.  Here are three simple tips to get them to practice at home. Create a designated area for practice Depending on the size of your house or apartment, do your best to [...]

The Philosophy Of Samurai Swords

Decorating your 21st century interior in a Japanese manner has become very popular.  The Japanese artifacts, like the samurai swords, are proof of great taste not only because of their eye catching colors and shapes but because they hold a lot of meaning.  They represent moral values like patience, discipline, honor, loyalty and determination.  The modern world has forgot some very important codes, but their symbols still exist as a reminder in the Japanese works of art that distinguish some homes or offices. The samurai swords, for example, are very used objects of decoration.  People who appreciate martial arts or the Japanese life style often hang them on walls.  Owning samurai swords means you appreciate Japanese history and the virtues [...]

Why Does It Take So Long To Get A Black Belt In Karate?

Many of you reading this article may already be well on your way to becoming a black belt in your chosen martial art.  Some of you may just be starting out on your journey and others may have reached the coveted black belt and are now working towards higher degrees of the black belt. How long were you told it should take you to get the black belt?  Two years?  Three years?  Five?  Ten?  Why does it take so long to get a black belt?  This article will help to answer your questions. In general, it takes about 3 to 5 years to get your black belt in most legitimate martial arts.  This timeframe can be shortened or lengthened based [...]

Your Habits Will Determine Your Future

We all have dreams, desires, goals and it is great to daydream about what it would be like holding that title belt high in the air feeling the energy of the crowd cheering you on.  Back to reality now and here’s a question for you.  How much time do you put into a day to make that dream come true?   The time you spend training or doing something productive to get closer to your goal or dream, compared to sitting on your couch watching TV.  Don’t get me wrong daydreaming can be productive if you know how to creatively visualize.  Realize that your habits will determine your future.  Successful people have successful habits, unsuccessful people don’t.  To get your dream [...]

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