Posted on 13 January 2010 by Tony Hackerott
If you have attended a martial arts class whether it was Karate, Tae Kwon Do, or Kung Fu as had to practice a form or Kata. A form or Kata is a system or series of moves and techniques that are done in a specific order. Most students start martial arts anticipating to learn how to fight.
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Posted on 18 September 2008 by Tony Hackerott
Mixed martial arts, or MMA, is an extreme contact sport that began in 1993 with the introduction of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. MMA incorporates fighting techniques of a variety of martial arts forms, including taekwondo, judo, and karate. The original Ultimate Fighting Championship was an “anything goes” type of competition, with few rules and little regard for the competitors’ safety. The beginning years of mixed martial arts competition was considered to be brutal by many, but rules and regulations for the sport have evolved over the years. Even with the additional rules for competition, MMA is still an intense sport that requires immense strength and fierce training.
Posted on 11 September 2008 by Tony Hackerott
I’ve been studying the field of martial arts for well over 10 years and I have always had a passion for understanding just what makes the best that way. Just what makes the best the best? Why is Bruce Lee still considered the best martial artist ever and more importantly how can we still learn from him? What is it that great martial artists have that other artists don’t, and more importantly how can I apply this to learning martial arts?
Posted on 16 July 2008 by Tony Hackerott
Murphy’s Laws of Martial Arts
- The referee will always be looking away when you score. You can never tie your Taekwondo Uniform when a member of the opposite sex are present in class. In a vacant locker room, the only other person dressing will have the locker next to yours.
- The wimp who made it through the eliminations on luck alone will suddenly turn into Bruce Lee when you’re up against him.
- The class you make it to on time is when the instructor will be sick.
- You are the only student your instructor calls on to show joint-locking techniques.
- No matter how many times you take care of it before your promotion exam, you will invariably have to go to the bathroom when it’s your turn.
- After a perfect Kata you will trip on the way back to your seat. After years of training without a single injury, you will pull a groin muscle the night before your black belt exam.
- When you have to use your martial arts, your opponents father will be a lawyer.