Martial Arts Definition

Martial Arts are the various forms of self-defense, usually weaponless, based on techniques developed in ancient China, India, and Tibet. In modern times they have come into wide use for self-protection, as competitive sports, and for exercise. Jujitsu teaches skills that enable one to overcome a bigger, stronger opponent. A popular style of jujitsu is aikido, which uses wrist, elbow, and shoulder twists and graceful falls; it is noncompetitive and incorporates various spiritual concepts. Other popular forms of martial arts include kung fu, karate, and tae kwon do, all of which emphasize blows with the feet and the side of the hand, and kendo, in which leather-covered bamboo “swords are used. All styles emphasize allowing ki (cosmic energy) to flow …

Even Lassie Had Her Moments

Lassie! Now THERES a dog! If you said SIT, Lassie would sit. If you said FETCH, Lassie would fetch. If you said PLAY DEAD, Lassie would just about quit breathing. Why, you could just imagine Lassie bringing you dinner each night, couldnt you? Now THAT was a well-trained dog!!! Guess what? Lassie wasnt born that way; she had to go through puppy training! Puppy training is very important if you want a well-behaved dog! You have to start training them when they are young and you have to be consistent. Baby dogs are just like baby people; they dont know how to do anything when they are just starting out. You have to teach them and you have to be …

A Brief History of Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends

Thomas the Tank Engine gained the hearts of many children since the Railway Series of books first came out back in 1945, which isn’t surprising considering Thomas the Tank Engine books have sold about eighty million copies all around the globe. As a celebration of the series’ 60th anniversary, here is some history about Thomas the Tank Engine. Back in 1943, little Christopher Awdry, a three years-old son of an Anglican clergyman named Wilbert Awdry, was suffering from scarlet fever. Due to the nature of the disease he was forced to remain in isolation. As a way to keep him entertained, his father started telling him several stories about a group of trains living out adventures and having fun together, …

The Top Ten Reasons To Start Karate

People often wonder why karate is such a popular activity. There must be a primary reason why someone would get involved in the martial arts. Actually there are many reasons for embarking on the study of martial arts but generally the main motivations boil down to my “Top Ten Reasons to Start Karate”. So think about what your main reason for starting karate is (or was) and see if it matches my “Top Ten”. 1. Self-Defense – Were you ever bullied at school? Have you ever worried about how to protect yourself and your family in a dangerous situation or environment? Well, it seems that you’re not alone because thousands of other current martial arts practitioners say that self-defense skills …