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Whether you’re interested in Martial Arts for fitness or you’re seriously seeking a black belt, you’ll be interested to read about the different disciplines and what each includes. You’ll find both a bit of history and practical information here.

For the practitioner of the martial arts, martial arts gear can run the gamut from the most basic through extensively elaborate. With that, there is something for every budget and preference. The equipment for martial arts falls into three categories: clothing, protection, and weaponry. There may be instances where some gear serves double-duty, but it...

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A common misbelief regarding children enrolled in kids’ karate classes is that they are always ready for a fight. However, enrolling your child in a karate class is likely to have the opposite effect, since some of the most important lessons a martial arts instructor teaches your child are self-defense and discipline over his or...

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The simplest description of “hapkido” lies in its definition: “the way to harmony through body and mind coordination.” This dynamic and eclectic Korean martial art teaches you self-defense through a combination of joint locks, techniques of other martial arts forms, kicks, punches, and other striking attacks. Practitioners also use traditional weapons, including a sword, rope,...

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For many years, research has shown that the well-rounded teachings of children’s karate can affect kids positively by enhancing their life skills and emphasizing their values and attitudes. This is because karate employs techniques that can build your child’s strength, endurance, flexibility, posture, balance, and coordination. In fact, engaging in this sport can benefit your...

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Jiujutsu is one of the many spellings of the same martial art, although jujutsu is the preferred spelling. Also spelled as jujitsu, ju-jitsu or jiu-jitsu, it is a martial art from Japan whose focus is to defeat an armed opponent without using a weapon (or, in some cases, a small one). It is one of...

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Sumo is an intricate part of Japanese culture, and one of the martial arts. Centuries old, and tied to Shinto, this national sport requires one wrestler (rikishi) to drive another wrestler out of a ring (dohyo). A competitor may also win by forcing his opponent to touch the surface of the ring with a part...

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People take karate classes for many different reasons. Some want an exciting way to get the exercise they need, while others want to learn how to defend themselves if they are ever the victim of an assailant. Regardless of your reasons for wanting to take martial arts classes, knowing some of the benefits they offer...

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When you take karate martial arts, you not only improve yourself physically, but also mentally. Following are some of the main benefits you receive by taking martial arts classes: Improving your physical and mental health Building your self-esteem and strengthening your self-confidence Karate Martial Arts Improve Your Physical Health One of the obvious benefits you...

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For parents seeking a healthy outlet for their children, martial arts for kids may be the way to go. Besides teaching basics of self-defense, it also ingrains a sense of self-esteem and self-confidence that does not come from other sports. One tremendous advantage of martial arts over other sports and activities is that the biggest...

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While many people expect to enter their first lesson at a karate school kicking and punching, this is quite untrue. In fact, your first few classes are likely to teach you the philosophy behind karate and basics such as what type of uniform you need and how to wear it properly. The best way to...

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