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BookMartialArts.com’s 10 Most Popular Articles in 2016

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“The only time you should ever look back is to see how far you’ve come”

Though we have hit the ground running and are having a fantastic start to 2017, the team at BookMartialArts.com can’t help but look back and revel in our accomplishments last year. Amongst these achievements is our blog. Throughout the year, we were able to continuously share martial arts content which has helped us to significantly grow our community. 

That said, we wholeheartedly acknowledge that it all wouldn’t be possible without the support of amazing martial artists and martial arts enthusiasts all over the globe – and yes, this includes you!

So, we’ve decided to create this post as an homage – our way to say “Thank You!” – to all of our awesome supporters. Here, we’re highlighting 10 of our most popular articles in 2016. They are as relevant today as they were last year so in case you have yet to check them all out, this is your opportunity to do so! 


Guided By Passion, On Screen & Off: An Inspiring Interview with Yayan ‘Mad Dog’ Ruhian


Yayan 'Mad Dog' Ruhian in the Raid


If you consider yourself a martial arts film fan, it’s likely that you’re a fan of the hit film The Raid as well as its sequels which introduced us to the traditional Indonesian martial arts style Pencak Silat.

We had the rare opportunity to catch up with one of the stars of the movie, Yayan ‘Mad Dog’ Ruhian, who in addition to The Raid franchise, also starred in well-known movies such as Yakuza Apocalypse: The Great War Of The Underworld and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. He graciously shared with us his thoughts on his acting career as well as how martial arts practice had changed his life and how it may just help you to change yours too!


Top 10 Martial Arts Disciplines for Self-Defense and Survival


Channing Tatum defending himself


If you are interested in taking up a martial arts discipline for its self-defense techniques, it’s crucial to understand that they are not cut from the same cloth. In other words, some martial arts disciplines are definitely more effective than others in fending off violent physical attacks. On this post, we shared a list of the top 10 most effective martial arts disciplines for self-defense and survival.  As a bonus, we’ve included short yet useful anecdotes of those who have experienced and/or witnessed the effectiveness of martial arts practice in real life situations. 


What You Need to Know about Ninjas & Their Training




Have a soft spot for anything related to ninjas or the art of ninjutsu? You’re in luck! Written by Logen Lanka, the editor of WayOfNinja.com, a website that talks about training like a modern ninja in functional fitness, martial arts, and street smarts. This great post outlines what you need to know about the ninja and their training; the problem with modern training and how you should best approach your quest to experience the ninja arts. 


Top 10 Fascinating Martial Arts Guinness World Records You Should Know About


Guinness World Records in martial arts


As you may have gathered, we’re a tad obsessed with everything martial arts related. Hence it’s no surprise that we regularly spend hours on the web searching for martial arts news and information that not only deepens our martial arts knowledge but also entertains us. 

We’ve struck the ‘gold mine’ in the entertainment factor when we stumbled upon a Guinness World Record in martial arts. It left us hungry for more so we continued the hunt. Before long, we have gathered a list of 10  of most fascinating Guinness World Records broken by awesome martial artists from all over the globe. Some are serious and some are wacky, but all in all, they’ve left us in awe as to what remarkable feats human beings can achieve when we really put our mind (and strength) to it.  


All You Need to Know About Tai Chi


A Tai Chi practitioner


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. But don’t underestimate its power! Even if it doesn’t appear as aggressive, Tai Chi offers powerful self-defense techniques and is often regarded as a ‘healing’ martial arts that, when practiced regularly, comes with an abundance of benefits.

On this post, we covered what you need to know about this ancient Chinese discipline - starting with information on what it is, its history, benefits, to tips on how you can begin your own practice. Read on to find out whether it is right for you!


BookMartialArts.com's Top 30 Favorite Martial Arts Blogs


BookMartialArts.com's favorite martial arts blogs


With such a vast selection of martial arts blogs to choose from out there, it can be quite difficult to narrow down the ones we should be following. So, For the first time ever, last year, we decided to curate a list of 30 great martial arts blogs and we were more than happy to share it with our community! This article highlights blogs that focus on the preservation of traditional martial arts to those that offer information and insights in a more contemporary perspective. 


A Story of a Karate Nerd: Jesse Enkamp Sheds Light on His Karate Path


Jesse Enkamp


We had the awesome opportunity to catch up with Jesse Enkamp, the author of one of the most comprehensive martial arts blogs available on the web, KarateByJesse.com. He also happens to be a passionate martial artist, an international Karate champion, AND an Amazon best-selling author.

During our chat, he shared the secrets of his daily routine, explains how martial arts can change one’s life, and reveals his unique approach to mastering Karate. Read on and may Jesse’s story inspire you to stay strong on your martial arts path!


The Most Popular Martial Arts Hashtags of All Time


top martial arts hashtags


These days, practically everyone around the globe is sharing posts on popular social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram – and this certainly includes martial artists. If you too happen to be active on social media and are looking to attract a large following, we’ve got your back. 

Here, we not only shared general martial arts related hashtags, we also dished out lists of hashtags related to 10 of the most popular martial arts disciplines. Be sure to include them on your posts across social media! 


Top 5 Nutrition Secrets for MMA Fighters


Ginseng as a part of MMA diet


Did you know that Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighters love to tweak their diets? Well, it’s true - especially in the time around competition when all efforts go to maintaining the body mass and meeting energy demands.

We chatted with Drew of BlackBeltWhiteHat.com and asked him to share his ideas on MMA Fighters’ diet, setting the focus on the long-term health goals. If you’re not willing to sacrifice your health in a fight for a better performance, then you definitely need to check out this article.


Top 10 Motivational Quotes for Martial Artists


Martial arts quote: The Best Fighter is Never Angry


We all need some words of encouragement sometimes. When we feel defeated, there’s no better motivator to get back up again than words of wisdom uttered by the world’s wisest and most renowned martial artists. On this post, we’ve compiled 10 of the most popular martial arts quotes to help you to train on and to keep moving forward on your martial arts journey!


Hungry for more martial arts related articles? Find more great posts on our blog’s homepage. If you’re seeking to improve your martial arts skills without breaking the bank, there’s no better way to do so than through our budget martial arts training camps

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