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The Top Martial Arts for Self-defense

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Martial arts are about knowing how to defend yourself against a potential enemy, rather than knowing how to attack others. A characteristic feature is the exclusion of any kind of firearm or weapon and the techniques used, which differ from street fights which often focus on attacking as much as defending. Contrastingly, martial arts are […]

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Female Japanese Wrestlers: Kind, Strong and Passionate

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Women’s wrestling in Japan has become a huge trend, so much so, that the Japanese are able to fill huge gyms while cheering the audience with their keys and strategies on the ring. Shrieking costumes, shouts, sweat… and a lot of respect, both among the wrestlers, as with the veteran public. Perhaps very few people […]

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Karate Will Finally be an Olympic Sport in Tokyo 2020

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The assembly of the International Olympic Committee has unanimously approved the inclusion of five new sports for the next Olympic Games, with karate being one of them. All these years, within the Olympics, there had been competitions of only two martial arts: Judo (since 1964, women since 1992) and Taekwondo (since 2000). So, why wasn’t […]

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Curious Facts of Japanese Culture Worthy of Admiration

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Are western people really so different from the Japanese? It’s easy to conclude that yes, mainly because the Japanese society is characterized by a strong framework of values sustained in peace, respect for others, efficiency and order. Visiting Japan can be a very enriching experience for anyone, especially for a young kohai. Anyway, Japan is […]

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Scientific Studies Show That Martial Arts Can Improve Your Health

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Let’s see how scientific teams around the world have been putting an effort into demonstrating the benefits that martial arts can bring to any of us, no matter our age or physical condition. The benefits are out there, anyone can choose between martial arts and combat sports, that are classified into two groups, namely: ‘hard’ […]

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Demystifying Girls on Karate

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For a long time, women, pressed by social norms, always looked for activities that helped them look more beautiful which naturally kept them out of sports that could mess up their looks. But this tendency has been in decline for some time: Now women are much more oriented towards achieving strength, energy, security and well-being. […]

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The Origins of the “Dan/Kyu” Degree and the Meaning of the Belts

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The creation of the dan/kyu system as it is known today belongs to Jigoro Kano, founder of Judo, who had a dans system in his school divided into five grades. In 1883 he gave the first danes to two of his most outstanding students (Saigo and Tomita) and in 1920 advised to apply this system […]

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Some Considerations Before Signing up to a Dojo

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Let’s learn a few new words that will be omnipresent on this blog: First, Dojo (道場) that literally means “place where the Way is practiced” or “place of awakening”, it’s a training room for martial arts or meditation (zen). Traditionally it is ruled by a Sensei (先生) or teacher (this word in Japanese means “more […]

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The Most Common Injuries in Karate

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Karate is a sports discipline that can entail some risks and the injuries derived from its practice can be diverse both in variety and importance. Regardless of whether you have just started or if you have been practicing Karate for a while, you have to consider that injuries are a possibility. Basically, the order of […]

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Is There an Age Limit for Learning Karate?

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Usually, when someone approaches the dojo and asks if they can start practicing despite their age, the sensei automatically repeats that there is no age limit to start learning. It’s not uncommon to hear stories about some practitioners who started on this path after their 40th birthday, for example, and who managed to master the […]

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