A wealth of information concerning stretching and flexibility.
A good fighter is one who can hit his opponent quicker, harder, without much perceptible effort, and yet avoid being hit. He doesn’t only possess a pair of fast hands and feet and quick body movement, but he has other qualities such as non-telegraphic moves, good coordination, perfect balance and keen awareness. Although some people are endowed with a few of these qualities, most of these attributes are developed through hard training.
Hagakure is the essential book of the Samurai. Written by Yamamoto Tsunetomo, who was a Samurai in the early 1700s, it is a book that combines the teachings of both Zen and Confucianism. These philosophies are centered on loyalty, devotion, purity and selflessness, and Yamamoto places a strong emphasis on the notion of living in the present moment with a strong and clear mind.
A bare list of all martial arts, provided only for reference.
History of Martial Arts
Overview of several Japanese martial arts.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is an advanced form of the Japanese martial art of the same name. It has been modified by the famous Gracie Family of Brazil to become “arguably the most effective martial art in the world.”
Judo had its origin in the ancient Japanese art of jujutsu, a system of hand-to-hand combat.
Behind the powerful catapulting throws and immobilizing locks and pins of Aikido lie some very simple principles: remove yourself from the direct line of your enemy’s attack, and through the absorption and deflection of the force of the attack, your enemy is taken out of balance and defeated by the energy of his or her own aggression.
Northern Shaolin Kung Fu is the original martial art in which all other styles were descended from. Shaolin means Young Forest, hence big things start off small(Nguyen, 1995). Northern Shaolin originated back in the day about 4,000 years ago in a Shaolin Buddhist temple. It was developed by monks whose goal was to achieve self defense from those who would take advantage of their peaceful manner.
The history of the development of Tae Kwon Do spans thousands of years through periods of innovation and, unfortunately, repression. Tae Kwon Do, translated literally, means the “art of kicking and punching.” Tae Kwon Do developed as a native Korean combat form that emphasizes kicking, punching, blocking, and jumping, as well as mental discipline. This martial art form exists as a system for training the mind and the body, emphasizing the development of a strong moral character.
Isshinryu Karate was developed and introduced in 1954 by Tatsuo Shimabuku on the island of Okinawa. His karate was the offspring of two different systems, Goju-Ryu and Shorin-Ryu. Goju-Ryu being the Hard method, and Shorin-Ryu being the Soft method.
The original Shao Lin temple was built in 495 A.D. by the ruling Bei Wei emperor for an Indian monk who came to China to preach Buddhism.
Autobiographical account of a young person learning Judo.
Biography of Miyamoto Musashi, author of The Book of Five Rings.
Biography of Bruce Lee.
Essay on the history of boxing from ancient to modern times.
The rules and history of amateur and professional boxing.
Martial Arts Videos
Excellent Aikido Demonstration by Anthony Yates, 6th Dan Aikido Yoshinkan.
Other Good Martial Arts Sites
The official self defense system of the Israeli Defense Forces
The leading resource for historical fencing and medieval and renaissance combat skills
Martial arts video featuring Cynthia Rothrock
Martial arts instructional videos
An amalgam of Western disciplines
Dedicated to realfighting and reality-based self-defense. Includes interviews, stories and reviews of products, videos, movies, books, schools and seminars.
An association in which all martial arts instructors, schools, and practicioners, can belong and be recognized
Official Ju-Jitsu Governing Body Worldwide