Martial Arts Philosophy

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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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Meditation

meditation
Is your meditation functional??

Meditation is great, right?

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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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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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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...

Kiai

 

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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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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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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Be Like Water

Be Like Water
An article from KarateJake on the subject ;Be Like Water

Water is a amorphous element in more ways than its apparent and physical presence.

Water conforms to its container and surround obstacles in its path.

Water can infiltrate the strongest fortress through its weak cracks and cut its own path into mountains of rock.

Water strengthens steel and is formidable against stone.

Water aids life or drowns it. Water can changes ones mood to pleasure or sorrow.

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The Use and Control of Force Through Developed Qi

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Terry Shea looks at the philosophy of force and how important it is for any martial artist.

What is Force?

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Mind, body and Qi

mind body and qi
An article looking at the mind, body and Qi

In chinese culture Qi is a form of living. For many people in China Qi is a form of medicine..Qi has natural patterns in the body. In which it circulates in the body also known as meridian. Many chinese believe that illnesses are from disrupted, blocked or unbalanced Qi movements through your body's meridians, they often adjust this in people by using a variety of techniques. Those techniques would include herbology, food therapy, physical training regimens and acupuncture.

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Choreography Vs Freestyle

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What Training Method is Better. What Style offer the best for you?

Choreography versus Free-style 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. His conversation was with another student with somewhat less experience.

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Martial Arts In Your Life

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A look at martial arts in our life.

Why do you trian in Martial arts? What is it about kicking, punching & throwing that we need? To do this is it a Quest to be the best?

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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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Teaching the Application of techniques in Martial Arts

The interpretation of martial arts techniques by the instructor

 

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Self Awakening

Article on self awakening by Souglides

Techniques to improve the Spiritual Connection between Self/Earth Self & Greater Infinite Self is of most importance. To free self of the past limitations births the newness that in fact has always been. Techniques are important for self development on all levels, many have chosen to focus on only the levels of the physical, mental, emotional and astral to some degree. Spiritual is a multi-facet arrangement of exploration and understanding.

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Martial Arts academic research

Academic research in the martial arts
Let me start by making an important statement: This article concerns YOU. More than that, it has been written for you, the practicing martial artist. The person who trains hard once or twice a week, and thinks that what they are doing is good for health, fitness, self defence and competition, but doesn’t really matter beyond that. Well, let me tell you that what you do DOES matter. You can help conduct research into the art you practice; you can help to educate others regarding the more obscure aspects of your chosen art and you can help your art to continue to survive and thrive by doing this.

This article will seek to highlight the numerous academic aspects of the martial arts and sciences and how they might be of serious interest and value as objects of research by various specialists. It will demonstrate their worth to researchers from other disciplines, providing them with a wealth of potential material to examine, experiment with and catalogue. Indeed, they are an extremely rich resource that has, for the most part, been completely neglected, with only a few brave and/or curious even bothering to explore the possibility.

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