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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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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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Aikido Founder

O'sensei, the founder of Aikido, was born on December 14, 1883 in the Wakayama Prefecture of Japan.

In the early years of the master O'sensei(Morihei Ueshiba) saw his father get attacked and assaulted by political leaders. Because of this, Ueshiba decided to physically better himself to be able to protect his father. He learned several disciplines that include: jujutsu,kenjutsu, and sojitsu. The young man would later incorporate these systems into his style.

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Death of a Grand Master

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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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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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Gichin Funakoshi - Karate Master

Gichin Funakoshi
A Karate legend and Shotokan master, Gichin Funakoshi (船越 義珍 Funakoshi Gichin) was born Noverber 10th 1868, Shuri Okinawa, an island close to Japan. He passed away April 26th 1957 in Tokyo.

If you had to name one person as being the most influential figure for Karate in both Japan and the rest of the world, it has to be this man. This master (meijin) was born in Shuri, Okinawa, an island off Japan. Funakoshi introduced Karate to Japan, where it enjoys being the most popular Martial Art. Funakoshi’s nickname was ‘Shoto’ and hence his style was named Shotokan. More can be read about this on our Shotokan history page.

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Taller Shoe lifts in boxing

Shoe lifts and being taller
Can a height advantage really help in boxing? I had my doubts but was proven that it does. But what can a martial artist do to increase their height?

First off, not all martial arts require a height advantage. In fact, in many martial art styles you may be better off coming up against a taller opponent. Such styles where that would be the case are Judo and other martial arts where grappling is common and a low centre of gravity is required.

Despite this, in such styles as boxing a height advantage may be just the thing that allows you to gain an edge on your opponent. So why is this?

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My Martial Arts Journey

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An article of the journey through martial arts by Wayne Hunt, who teaches Wing Chun at the Corto Combat School of Martial Arts  in Essex.

My Name is Wayne Hunt i'm The Founder Of The Corto Combat School Of Martial Arts & Instructor Yeoh-Wing Chun.

My journey began in 1978 i was 18 years old and walked through the door of a local Tang Soo Do school run by Master M.K.Loke, i stayed there for 5 years where i earned my 1st Dan Black Belt , i was also Essex Free Fighting Champion 1980,1981,1982.

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What is the best martial art for me?

What's the best martial art for me?
Are you asking yourself what is the best martial art for me? ...then this article explains which of some of the most common martial arts styles you may consider best for you. If you are new to martial arts and you have little experience of what each style requires in terms of strength, flexibility or commitment then this article should help.

If you are asking yourself which martial art should I learn, then there are several things that you should consider.

First is to decide what type of martial art you are interested in learning. There are literaly thousands of different martial arts from almost every country around the globe. Some are practiced only in the country of origin and some have become popular around the world.

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How did Bruce Lee die?

How did Bruce Lee die?
There has been much debate and fictional stories about exactly what caused Bruce Lee to die. For that reason, we receive many messages from people asking us - how did Bruce Lee die? We hope this article answers the questions that many martial artists are asking.

Let's put this straight. Much has been said about the way Bruce Lee died, most of it untrue. Despite all the fictional stories that have been told about his death, there is one thing that at least everyone can agree on; Bruce Lee was the most famous martial artist ever to have lived. What he did to promote martial arts and help people to learn how to defend themselves in a weaponless way can never be over estimated, not now and not in the future.

So lets start with the the official press release of Lee's death...

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One Inch Punch

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You've heard of the one inch punch right? This move was made popular by the Kung Fu master and Jeet Kune Do founder: Bruce Lee. It can be described as being a punch powerful enough to incapacitate which only requires a distance of one inch to perform. The one inch punch is present in many Southern Martial Arts styles but it is commonly believed it that it is derived from the relatively modern style of Wing Chun.

The one inch punch is a unique technique of Chinese Kung Fu of generating power. The technique is famous thanks to Bruce Lee. Most Martial Artists can recall watching video footage of the master himself at the Long Beach International Karate Chapionships on August 2nd, 1964. Demonstrating this technique on a Karate expert, Bruce was able to prove the amount of power and effectiveness behind this simple move.

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12 Hand Sets Of Pien San Wing Chun

12 Hands Of Pien San Wing Chun
A look at: 12 Hand Sets Of Pien San Wing Chun

The Form consists of the following 12 Handsets;

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Interview with Senior Grandmaster George Pesare

Interview with Senior Grandmaster George Pesare - Founder of Kempo Karate in New England

Tim: Today, I have the honor and privilege of speaking with the man responsible for bringing Kenpo Karate to the New England area of the United States. As a tenth degree black belt under Grandmaster Victor Gascon, he’s been training in Kenpo Karate since 1958, also holding high level black belt rankings in Judo, Taekwondo, Escrima, and Aikido, not to mention college degrees in Advertising and Science. It is my great pleasure to welcome Senior Grandmaster George Pesare to the Martial Arts Lineage Project.

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Guide to common misconceptions about TaeKwon-Do

Misconceptions of taekwondo
This article looks at the common misconceptions that people have regarding Taekwondo.
A guide to common misconceptions on TaeKwon-Do:

1.) TaeKwon-Do is ineffective. This is a complete load of rubbish TaeKwon-Do and any other martial art for the matter is very effective. If it was not effective it would not still be practiced. Us TaeKwon-Do practitioners do alot of very high kicks that may not be practical in a self defence situation, but most of these kicks can be applied to the middle/lower parts of the body. Also TaeKwon-Do is used for the korean armed forces as hand-to-hand combat.

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MMA fighting forward

Rich Franklin
Once, Rich Franklin spent his days teaching math at his local High School. Today, he spends his evenings in an octagon-shaped cage grounding and pounding fighters into submission in an arena packed with fans chanting his name.

"I do love teaching and working with the students, but I can't imagine sitting at home on a Friday night grading math tests or sitting in a faculty meeting," the man said at a news conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

Franklin is one of the new stars of this growing sport called Mixed Martial Arts.

Their fights are filling arenas and attracting large numbers of male television viewers between the ages of 15 and 50. Millions of pounds are being pumped both in and out of this game.

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The Oldest Martial Arts style?

Ever wondered what is the oldest martial art? Which style goes back in history the longest? Well, you have come to the right place, this article explains it all.

First, it must be said that martial arts did not originate from one place. Many of the oldest styles originated from completely seperate territories and were founded on their own basis, rather than developing on other existing styles (which many modern martial arts styles actually do, such as American Kenpo Karate, Zen Do Kai or many other martial arts styles.

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Karate tips and ideas

Karate tips and ideas
Ben Lee discusses karate idea's

In this article i would like to offer the reader ideas and training tips on Karate. First i would like to start with the picking up of your opponents intention to attack.This is a skill not easily learned and requires time and effort to make it work for you.When you are in a class and your Sensei shouts during kihon try picking up on his intention to shout, if you do this correctly you should finish moving during the shout, not just after. This sounds like an impossible task but believe me it is very possible.

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Traditional vs Modified Wing Chun & Jeet Kune Do

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Sifu Wayne Hunts thoughts on the comparison between modern and traditional Wing Chun and how this ties in with Jeet Kune Do.

When comparing Wing Chun & Jeet Kune Do it is important to see the reasons that Bruce Lee thought necessary to try diffrent techniques that led the way from Wing Chun to Jun Fan & eventually Jeet Kune Do as he left it.   The technical reason comes from the modified version he learnt, in the modified version a practitioner is taught to face an opponent centre line to centre line, in the modified Wing Chun the opponents centre line is the main focus for attack & defense of your own.

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Karate - three parts of training

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This article introduces kihon kata and sparring to beginners

The first exercise anyone will do during their first lesson in karate, will be kihon(basics) Kihon - is the basic blocks and strikes of karate, you will perform them in a straight line along the dojo floor and then back again, this is where you learn the basic stances, steps, blocks and punches. Although tiring and sometimes repetative, it is of great benifit for developing your technique.each movement is performed to the shout of your instructor, who will be walking around the dojo floor and checking and correcting any mistakes you may make.

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