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On & Beyond Martial Arts

Discipline your mind and body, amp up your skills with tips & tricks from martial arts practitioners worldwide, and read inspiring stories that will nurture your inner strength and unlock your true potential.

A Boxing Enthusiast’s Guide to Understanding Boxing Titles

Strawweight, welterweight, heavyweight champion ... it seems like there are lots of boxing titles out there. Did you ever wonder where these came from? The titles are derived from the different weight classes and sanctioning bodies within the sport. Here is what it all means. 

Understanding The Scientific Art of Wing Chun Kung Fu

Directly translated into English, Wing Chun (or Wing Tsun) means “an ode to spring”. However, despite its pleasing title and deflective approach to force, Wing Tsun is a direct, destructive and fearsome martial art when dealing with an attacker. 

Using Wing Chun Kung Fu As a Defense Against People Who Are Bigger Than You

Cornered at close quarters?

Learning the art of Wing Chun can effectively train you to thwart opponents much stronger than yourself. 

8 Types of People You’ll Likely to Encounter at a Martial Arts Training Camp

If you are planning to join a martial arts training soon, I suggest you to observe those you meet in the camp. You will notice a few people with specific traits which will help you in understanding their preferences and their personalities.

Top 10 Deadliest Martial Arts Disciplines

Since the history of evolution, human beings have been developing sets of survival skills and tools to defend themselves. These skills and tools range from sticks and stones first created by Neanderthals to today’s powerful & deadly martial arts. It may even surprise you that there some martial arts that are actually specifically designed to break bones instead of boards. 

6 Fascinating Facts About Kalaripayattu, World’s Oldest Martial Arts Discipline

It’s no secret that the martial arts have been around for some time. Of course, there are a few “modern” martial arts like Brazilian jiu-jitsu and Krav Maga, but the practice of recording a structured style, and passing the techniques down from masters to novices across generations, goes back centuries – and longer. 

How to Get Started with Krav Maga

When it comes to self-defense, not every martial arts training is created equal. Learn why Krav Maga is the right choice for you and get some tips on how to get started.  

The Main Japanese Fighting Styles Explained

Japan is regarded by many to be the place where martial arts originated, even though China and other Asian countries definitely had their own variants of fighting arts. Since Japanese styles of combat have never ceased to fascinate, but there is still some confusion surrounding them, I decided to walk you through the main types. 

Martial Arts Belts 101: Colored Belt Ranking System & What They Mean

Many people are familiar with the term “black belt” and associate it with having a very high ranking in the practice of martial arts. However, there is much more to the system of the martial arts belts, including the order of their rankings and what each color belt means. 

The Nunchaku – The Fascinating History Behind The Weapon

When explaining the origin of the Nunchaku, a well-known Japanese martial arts weapon, we need to follow different historical paths and a thorough research of ancient Japanese tales. With their help, we can follow the facts that will reveal the real story behind its creation.

All You Need to Know About Tai Chi

Loosely translated as “Supreme Ultimate Boxing”, from its gentle movements, most people would assume that Tai Chi or Tai Chi Chuan is anything but lethal. This popular Chinese internal martial arts discipline emphasizes deep breathing and relaxation with slow, repetitive movements as opposed to muscle contractions found in ‘hard’ martial arts disciplines such as Kung Fu, Karate, and Taekwondo.

Kung Fu in MMA

The first UFCs in the 1990s were eye-opening to a lot of martial artists. Suddenly it became apparent that a lot of the 'deadly' martial arts techniques that had been trained for years didn't actually work when a 260-pound wrestler was charging at you. 

Krav Maga: The Art of Staying Alive

If you are a big fan of anything action related, you must already be familiar with Krav Maga.Even if you haven’t exactly heard of it, chances are, you’ve probably seen it in action. From Jason Statham’s typical role as a ass-kicking man of mystery to Matt Damon’s Bourne trilogies, and even Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt’s Mission Impossible, many of these renowned Hollywood characters’ fight scenes include  Krav Maga moves.

Kung Fu, A Chinese Martial Arts Discipline

In order to survive in an exceptionally hostile environment, the primitive Chinese ancestors developed as a primary means of defense and attack that included leaping, tumbling, and kicking. Although they knew how to fight with rudimentary weapons made from stones and wood, fighting with bare hands and fists became essential skills for survival. 

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