A Look At Kung Fu

The martial art of Kung Fu is an exchange of culture, a type of exercise, and also a way of defending yourself. The art is very popular throughout the world, also being known as Gung Fu, Wu Shu, and even Kuo Shu. It shares some common traits with Karate, such as using both hand and foot techniques. Kung Fu is one of the most popular forms of martial arts – and also one of the oldest. Within Kung Fu, there are several styles and variances, although the most popular are those that have their roots in the well known Shaolin Temple. What most people arent aware of however, is the fact that Kung Fu was practiced in China years before …

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 persons self-confidence is like a muscle, it needs to be exercised in order to grow and develop. In the 20 plus years that Ive 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 with the right guidance: 1.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 …

Mixed Martial Arts Clothing: Wear And Beware

Clothing and martial arts have become fused into a culture, a lifestyle, and a visual statement of who you are and what you stand for. Ive often stated just how important comfort and mental clarity is for doing martial arts. What you wear and how you feel about it goes a long way to defining your state of mind while practicing the art form. I found that out the hard way when I started practicing. I did not have the right clothes and it made a difference in how I felt. Believe you me, being in the right gear can change everything about how you approach training or competing the field of martial arts. It made a difference to me, …

Kihon, Kata And Kumite: The Three KS Of Karate

The educational system often talks about the Three Rs of Reading Writing and Arithmetic. To a casual observer, one might say that the education system was flawed from the very beginning by the fact that it cant spell! In Karate, however, we can spell, and the three Ks really are three Ks Kihon, Kata and Kumite. Lets look at each one and explain what it is. Kihon means Basics. Basics are the fundamentals of our art or style. In Karate, basics are our punches, our kicks, our blocks, our strikes and our stances. In order to build a strong foundation for our karate we must drill and practice the basics constantly. The honing of our basic technique is the very …