Archive for the ‘Traditional Martial Arts’ Category
Kendo is a very popular martial art involving the practitioners using simulated swords which are called shinais, to battle each other in matches which are meant to replicate an actual sword fight between Samurai warriors.
However, there is much more going on during practice than meets the eye. Kendo teaches discipline, coordination, balance, focus, and self-enlightenment. These skills are useful in the modern day world we live in.
Do not miss this unique and affordable training opportunity in Miramar Beach, Florida on September 21–22, 2012!
Well, those of you located in or around the Great State of Florida have a valuable opportunity approaching. Emerald Coast Martial Arts and Shinja Martial Arts University are sponsoring the Second Annual Hall of Honors Martial Arts Conference and Seminar!
Glima: The Vikings’ Forgotten Art
Everyone has heard of the Vikings but who has heard of Glima?
Glima is an ancient form of unarmed Viking wrestling that was a very effective form of combat in the 8th through 11th centuries. Vikings used all sorts of weaponry such as swords, axes, knives, and other items but they also had a structured form of unarmed combatives. The word “Glima” means “A Flash,” and it is also an Old Norse expression meaning “To Fight.” Currently, Glima is still practiced, most commonly in Iceland, in spite of its larger origins throughout old Scandinavia.
By Ms. Vickey Mouze (USAG Hawaii)
Army veterans shared their knowledge and skill of an ancient Hawaiian martial art here, April 27.
Thomas Kaulukukui Jr. and Jerry Walker taught Soldiers and their families about lua at the Aha Aina, or banquet, lecture series, hosted by U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii’s Native Hawaiian Liaison Office, founded to build relationships between Soldiers and their families with the Native Hawaiian community.
“Lua comes from a time when men grappled with each other and beat each other with clubs; this was before firearms,” said Kaulukukui, who served in Vietnam as a paratrooper from 1968–1970.
By Lance Cpl. Kasey Peacock
For the first time on Okinawa, an American was recognized by the Okinawan Judo Association with an award for instructor of the year at the Okinawa Budokan in Naha April 7.
Paul E. Newman, the deputy camp commander on Camp Kinser, received the award for his more than 15 years of experience as a Judo instructor on Okinawa. Newman instructs four days-a-week at the Kadena Air Base Judo Club and co-instructs a Saturday and Sunday class at the Koza Athletic Park.
“Teaching Judo is all I have ever wanted to do,” said Newman. “It was something that I excelled at, and I developed a really strong passion to want to teach it.”
RANDORI is a term used in the Japanese Martial Arts (JMA) to describe free fighting training. The term literally means “Choas Taking” or “Grasping Freedom,” implying a freedom from the structured practice of KIHON WAZA “Essential Techniques” or KATA “Two person self defense patterns.” Randori may be contrasted with Kihon Waza and Kata, as three potentially complementary types of training.
by Jose T. Garza III
A martial arts student of five years and a black belt in American Taekwondo, Jim Fiore is handing down his expertise to women attending his self defense and conditioning classes at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.
Fiore’s class features high intensity exercises, philosophy and martial arts combative training for self defense. The goal is to decrease the likelihood of being an attack victim, limit the assault and increase the possibility of survival, said Fiore, clinical research coordinator with the 59th Clinical Support Group.
There are many choices in martial arts organizations. Some are legitimate and some are not. The National College of Martial Arts International founded by Hanshi Lou Angel (10th Dan Black Belt), is one of those professional and legitimate organizations. Founded in 1989, it offers everything a student, or teacher, of the martial arts needs. Although focusing on traditional arts, I have found Hanshi Angel to be very open-minded when it comes to non-traditional combatives styles. Hanshi has a vast amount of knowledge of all styles and systems of martial arts and can easily determine skill level or appropriate rank.
Hanshi Angel is a true warrior who was trained in Japan and then used his combat skills as a Marine and as a police officer. Hanshi trained under the founder of Goju-Ryu, Gogen “The Cat” Yamaguchi. Originally from New York, Hanshi Angel moved to the Mid-west after discovering a need for a good martial arts school there. Ever since, he has run schools as well as the National College.
Many teachers of NIHON KORYU BUJUTSU “Japanese Old School Martial Arts” claim that their art alone is the oldest of all Japanese Martial Arts (JMA). Some of them, at first seem to have a good case for this claim. The legitimacy of their lineage charts have been corroborated by the top scholars in the field and their arts are mentioned in historical records made by independent historians not directly associated with their school. Some Ryuha legitimately do stretch back over a thousand years into Japanese history.
I very rarely go on any of the dozens and dozens of different online martial arts forums, I’d much rather use the time to actual train, instead of reading about people arguing about training. Every once and a while though I’ll be researching a certain topic and the search will turn up a link to a conversation on one of the boards. One of the most commonly asked questions is “where can someone find a training group or school for a specific art in their area?” I came across this very question in regards to authentic Ninja Martial Arts training the other day. The person wanted to know if there was anyone teaching Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu in his area. Apparently there wasn’t. Someone suggested that until he could get to Japan, he should train in Judo and if he wanted striking training, he should train in (Western) Boxing. I couldn’t agree LESS!