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Listed on this page are all the martial arts articles on InterMartialArts, ordered by date of creation.

The Bruce Lee Diet

The Bruce Lee diet is a must read for all Martial Artists or other athletes requiring advanced physical conditioning. This article discusses what is needed for a well balanced diet and which nutritional aspects are particularly recommended for Martial Art

Bruce Lee foodOn analysis of Bruce Lee's body, if you didn't know who he was, you would be forgiven for thinking he was a nutritional expert. In fact he was. Bruce Lee was devoted not only to Martial Arts but also his body. Always wanting to perform at his highest potential, Bruce had rigid controls on his diet which gave him prime physical conditioning.

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Tai Chi Vs. Tai Chi Chuan

Tai Chi vs. Tai Chi Chuan
While there is no real distinction between Tai Chi and Tai Chi Chuan, I have personally found that due to some Modern adaptations of Tai Chi Chuan a distinction is needed.

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CHI : The Power to Confuse

Chi Qi Ki
This is the article that was published last month in the UK magazine 'Martial Arts Illustrated'. I said I'd post here later for those outside GB, to read it.

  気 : The Power to Confuse.
By Andy Moorhouse

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A Sumo wrestlers diet

Sumo wrestler diet
A healthy man is thought to have a BMI (Body mass index) of 18. The BMI of a professional sumo wrestler is rarely found to be below 45. The sumo wrestlers diet and lifestyle is the key to this exceptionally large weight and despite the general opinion of most people, this is acheived through very rigorous eating and sleeping strategies rather than a mass endulgence in foods with high fat content.

Sumo wrestlers dietEating the largest meal close to sleeping

The average daily intake of calories for a man is 3000-3500. A sumo wrestler consumes 20,000 calories a day, split between two very large meals of 10,000 calories each. By sleeping after a meal of 10,000 calories a sumo wrestlers body is able to process them slowly for storage (as fat).


Skipping breakfast

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Is your meditation functional??

Meditation is great, right?

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Knights Without Armour

Is your armour slowing you down?


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Ninja Weapons and tools - Comprehensive list

Ninja Weapons
A comprehensive list of Ninja Weapons and tools, including with their Japanese name and how they were used in the art of Ninjutsu. This blog post looks into the most common pieces of equipment carried by a Ninja.

We do not condone the personal possession or use of the weapons listed in this article. Most, if not all, of the items listed here may inflict serious and/or fatal injuries on both the user and non-user, therefore please take this page as an educational reference only.




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3 Simple Tricks To Win A Fight Without Fighting

self protection tips
Most fights are won and lost at the pre-fight stage. What you do here will dictate how things end. Here are three simple tricks to use at the pre-fight stage that will turn the tables to your advantage and allow you to walk away without fighting.

Not every aggressive confrontation has to end in physical violence. If you know how to control the pre-fight stage to your advantage then more often than not you can walk away from a confrontation without recourse to physical violence (all out fighting).

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The Sausage and the Frying Pan

Experience, and the importance of letting go

Every day we experience things. Some of these experiences are positive, some are negative – but all can go into defining who we are as a person.

Holding onto experiences, whether positive or negative, however, can have a negative effect on you.

How many times, when a child doesn’t get their own way, do they sit and sulk on the matter? Often at the expense of experiencing other things that are going on around them while they are stuck in their own mud-of-the-mind?

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SanZhan Wuji 三戰 五級 “Three Battles Five Levels” form. : Overview of an application

The "God Shakes Sleeves" Technique in motion.
An overview of the signature characteristic motion of the "God Shakes Sleeves" technique from the famed Wu Bei Zhi and the SanZhan Wuji 三戰 五級 “Three Battles Five Levels” form.

“God Shakes Sleeves”  (Zhen Shenhan Tao) is a Characteristic Signature move within our White Crane Gongfu Pai 派 ~ family systems (家 jia). Mentioned within the pages of the Wu Bei Zhi (often known as the "Bubishi") and seen with the opening sequence of the SanZhan Wuji 三戰 五級 “Three Battles Five Levels” form, it is asignature character move of the White Crane Gongfu style.

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3 Things You May Not Know About Real Fighting

real fighting
Real combat situations never go the way you train in the gym/dojo. Here are three things to watch out for if you find yourself in a real situation.

1. In a real fight you lose power.

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Oi-Zuki / Oi-Tsuki - The Lunge Punch

Oi Zuki
Joining up with what was learned in the previous article on Zenkutsu-Dachi, we take a closer look at Oi-zuki, the technique and how it goes hand in hand with Zenkutsu-Dachi.

“Tsuki” meaning thrust in Japanese “zuki” from tsuki meaning punch or thrust   Also known as lunge punch or stepping punch.  This is a punch that involves a step.  It is commonly known as the most powerful punch in Karate, because the step puts your body weight behind the punch.  The punch travels outward from the body in a straight line.  It finishes with the oi-zuki in line with your centre of the body.   Oi-Zuki / Oi-Tsuki in itself:

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What is Kiai?

It is a word that can be heard in traditional Japanese martial arts classes around the world. This article looks at why martial artists shout it, what it actually means and why it is more complex than a simple shout.

The word Kiai is comprised of the two Japanese Kanji - Ki (気) and Ai (合). Let's take a look at their meanings...



Ki - is a symbol of spirit, mind, energy, force


Ai - is a contraction of the verb 'awasu' which literally means 'to unite'.


Evidently the word Kiai means 'Spirit United'.

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New Zealand Bujutsu Culture

New Zealand sports culture has a strong identity of its own, this mostly around rugby and the status that the All Blacks are holding. There are however several other sports available to partake in. The popular sports like rugby, cricket, athletics and soccer among many have a long proud history in New Zealand culture and what it means to grow up in New Zealand. As sports have grown and become solidified in New Zealand, so has the ever growing martial arts cultural identity in New Zealand. This is still in a newer phase of development in New Zealand, but is rapidly catching up to its counter parts across the world.

As a budding trainee, student, black belt, instructor and also counsellor, I had found extraordinary learning in this path about myself, others and what it meant to also reciprocate the teachings that I had been given and continue to learn. I will briefly explore the martial art which originates in New Zealand and then explore the history of some to the other martial arts which can now be found in New Zealand. I will then write about the how in my training and more recently there has seemed be a shift from the traditional to the less traditional.

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Marks on the mats

When we walk into our dojo, we find that we have blue and red coloured mats. The blue square in the middle is where most of the activity happens, and when the door is opened and the sun shines through, you can see the mats have been marked. I saw this and it made me remember all the others who had before me trained on those mats and like me found it to be an extraordinary journey.

When we walk into our dojo, we find that we have blue and red coloured mats. The blue square in the middle is where most of the activity happens, and when the door is opened and the sun shines through, you can see the mats have been marked. I saw this and it made me remember all the others who had before me trained on those mats and like me found it to be an extraordinary journey.

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Developing the Perfect Martial Arts Application

Martial Arts Application
Developing the Perfect Martial Arts Application, by Terry Shea

Martial Arts have been around for thousands of years. In various parts of the world, they have become a national pastime. There are literally hundreds of thousands of teachers in the world, and millions of students. Let us take a moment to look at the term "Martial Arts".

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Choreography versus Freestyle Martial Arts

Terry Shea on Choreography versus Freestyle

Just recently, I was party to a conversation regarding the various merits of the different styles of Martial Arts. The man who was speaking had been studying grappling for possibly 2 years.

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Election of a Grand Master

This article gives a personal opinion of what it takes to be a martial arts Grandmaster in today's modern society.

I am currently engulfed by the Politics of who will be the next Grand Master. You will ask "What style"? In this case it doesn't matter. What matters is what kind of leadership we want in our style, whatever it is. Do we want a person who is a fighter only, good at all techniques, but a lousy leader? Do we want a person who, though very talented, will give rank away to the highest bidder? Do we want a good administrator but not so good artist? Do we want one who shuns all other arts as being inferior or "not worth it"?

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Emptying Your Cup

We hear the saying all the time, especially in the realm of martial arts. "Empty your cup", but what does it really mean? How can I empty my cup? Does this mean I have to forget everything I've learned and start over? What will happen to all the knowledge I have worked so hard t gain already? Why should I have to empty my cup? Lets look at what emptying your cup really mean.

If a cup is full, and you continue to put liquid in, it will just flow out and you are wasting any thing more you try to put in. It just won't stay. In this way, look at the liquid in the cup as any preconceptions you may have to learning something. This includes any opinions, judgments, old habbits and ways of thinking and so on. If your mind is already set prior to starting or learning something new, you may think you know it all... or know enough. You may even think you can get by on what you know already.

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Sinking the Weight, or the Immovable Pin-Man

Sinking the Weight, or the Immovable Pin-Man

“Sink the weight!” – Certainly this must be one of the phrases which most frustrates inexperienced martial artists. Sensei or Sifu says sink the weight, so the novice forces their body into some sort of squatting stance, “No! Sink the weight!” says Sensei/Sifu, the strained look on his face almost matching that of his student, who is now trying to force himself into a deeper squat, making him look like some sort of demented crab.

So, what the hell does it mean, when this crazy old (not necessarily, but hey, lets run with the stereotype) man is telling us to ‘sink the weight’?

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Death of a Grand Master

It is with great sadness that we announce the untimely death of Grand Master Ralph Andersen, head of the U.S. TAI Kenpo System.

He died at his home at 8:00 am., on the 18th of March. Ralph had been the student and friend of the late Grand Master David German, founder of the system.

David was a black belt under Ed Parker. He also had a black belt in Jui Jitsu,among others, and was well versed in various forms of Gung Fu, and was a master grappler, having trained with good friend Gene Labell for many years.

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What is the Black Belt?

what is the Black Belt
A detailed look at exactly what is the Black Belt

The black Belt Origins

In order to know what Black Belt means, we have to understand the origins of the belting system. Most of what will be discussed is based on the Japanese disciplines, although many traditional and modern disciplines from various cultures use a similar progression designator.

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Dojo Kun

Dojo Kun
Training in unarmed combat is a serious matter. As a karate student, you will be expected to behave in a manner that is safe, courteous and respectful. Karate practice always begins and ends with respect. In training there are 5 important maxims known as the "Dojo Kun", it is the code followed by all karateka in training and in daily life. It was originally written by Satsunuku "Tode" Sakugawa. The Dojo Kun is announced and repeated aloud in unison at the end of every class / training to allow the students to reflect upon the guiding principles of karate-do.

Here follows the 5 Maxims of Karate.

1.) Seek perfection of character (CHARACTER)
2.) Be faithful (SINCERITY)
3.) Endeavor (EFFORT)
4.) Respect others (ETIQUETTE)
5.) Refrain from violent behaviour (SELF-CONTROL)

Below is set out the rules for karate training at the Dojo. If you as karateka comply with and respect these rules, you understand the meaning of Dojo Kun and follow the code in training and in daily life.

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Xing Yi Quan Overview

Xingyiquan Overview
A quick overview of the martial art Xing Yi Quan to give people a flavour of its charecteristics.

Brief History of Xingyi Quan

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Jeff Speakman's Kenpo 5.0

Jeff Speakman's Kenpo 5.0
A look at Jeff Speakman's Kenpo 5.0

I was introduced to Jeff Speakman at the Gathering of Eagles in Las Vegas, this last August. The man I met was not the man from "The Perfect Weapon". Oh, it was the same man, but bigger, stronger, faster, and remarkably open minded. Mr Speakman had come not only to showcase the improvements in the new Kenpo, but to honor the recipients of the Kenpo Hall of Fame awards. All the people being honored there were very professional, dedicated, friendly, with little of the ego associated with high rank.

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