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Aikido Martial Arts

Posted on 07 November 2012 by Tony Hackerott

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Kyokushin Kaikan, Karate

Posted on 08 June 2010 by Tony Hackerott

Kyokushin Karate is one of the toughest martial arts on the planet. Definitely not one for those of you who don’t like to be hit. If you do not like violence, you probably shouldn’t even peek through the windows. Masutatsu Oyama founded Kyokushin in 1964 and since then an amazing 12 million students have trained in this style. It is distinguished by it’s full contact training, stand up style and emphasis on it’s practicality and physical toughness.

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What is Aikido?

Posted on 29 January 2010 by Tony Hackerott

The unique Japanese martial art of Aikido was developed by by Morihei Ueshiba almost a century ago. Aikido is often translated as ‘The way of unifying life energy’. This style is often mistakenly confused with Judo or Kendo Bogu. It’s unique form uses the force and motion of the attacker and re-directs it instead of attacking it head on. These techniques use turning movements, throws and joint locks to manipulate opponents.

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Kenjutsu: “The god of the sword”

Posted on 30 July 2009 by Tony Hackerott

Unlike iaido, kenjutsu utilizes the “katana” (long sword), with a “bokken,” a wooden sword of similar size and weight, used in training.  Kenjutsu is a general name for a variety of the traditional school of lethal Japanese swordsmanship.  It’s beginning came from Japan’s feudal class known as the Samurai.  It is essentially a noncompetitive, demonstrative, performance art, which takes on the form of prearranged set movements between dueling opponents.  Over time, Kenjutsu developed into the art of Kendo.

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