Why I Recommend Gun Training For Martial Artists

Tweet I recommend that all my students take at least a basic gun safety course at some point. I prefer they do a course which involves live shooting on a range. There are a number of reasons for this. The topic of guns can be an emotionally charged one. When emotion gets involved, reason goes […]

Who do you Admire in the Martial Arts?

Tweet When I was a boy I was drawn to martial arts mainly because of images in the media. I saw Chuck Norris and Bruce Lee beating up bad guys. I saw the Karate Kid win the tournament. This was inspiring, but even more spoke to my insecurities with a promise to become someone more […]

Lineage in Martial Arts is Mostly Stupid

Tweet Martial arts Internet forums are full of some of the biggest collections of haters I’ve ever seen. There’s so much trolling by low self-esteem chairborne warriors that these things are nearly 100% useless. One of the things that frequently comes up is the topic of lineage. Who’s your teacher, who is their teacher, who’s […]

Crap martial arts experts say

Tweet Today I was inspired by this story about a local grandmother who single-handedly fought off two armed home invaders. I was inspired because this story highlights how untrue many statements are that I’ve heard from martial arts and self defense ‘experts’. Let’s break down a few myths that I’ve been trying to debunk for […]

New, Free Android App for Martial Artists

Tweet A few years back I published a book of quotations for martial artists. You can still find and purchase it on Amazon.com. I have collected quotes related to martial arts for years and I enjoy sharing them. I have just released a new application for Android called, Martial Arts Quote of the Day – […]

Won’t Fighting Back Against An Attacker Just Make Him Angrier?

Tweet I just got an email from a martial arts “master” who repeated, almost verbatim, one of my least favorite self-defense myths. I am not going to reply to him publicly, but I need to call this out. The myth goes something like this, “if you do technique x, and the guy has a gun […]

Martial Arts Statistics And Demographics – How Many People and Who in the US Practice?

Tweet According to this article, Simmons Market Research, studied the number of people participating in martial arts in the US – this is what they found:

Where did the Japanese martial arts originate?

Tweet The exact origins of some Japanese martial arts can be difficult to pin down. There are some important concepts about the external influences that can help us understand where these systems came from. First, it’s important to understand the concepts of koryu and gendai. Koryu (literally old school) martial arts, in Japan, predate the […]

Are Traditional Martial Arts BS?

Tweet The Internet is full of haters. Chairborne warriors who grasp one or two principles and use them to shield their weak self esteem by bashing every chance they get. An area of the martial arts under constant attack these days is traditional martial arts. The criticisms of traditional martial arts tend to fall into […]

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