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How to Maintain a High Level of Etiquette in the Martial Arts

How to Maintain a High Level of Etiquette in the Martial Arts

Probably more time is spent on maintaining a high level of eti­quette in the martial arts than in any other sport. Certainly, martial artists are expected to go beyond a mere handshake, which is probably the most common, and in some sports only, means of showing good sportsmanship. Though the degree of etiquette varies from […]

How to Stretch Your Limits in Martial Arts

How to Stretch Your Limits in Martial Arts

When talking about martial arts basics, it’s necessary to discuss the two essential elements that set the stage for main­taining interest in them and excelling at them, namely flexi­bility and strength. For women, what’s especially important to remember is that to excel in the martial arts, you don’t have to be a human rubber band […]

How to Warm-Up to a Class in Martial Arts

How to Warm-Up to a Class in Martial Arts

Classes generally begin with warm-ups. The goal here is to raise students’ heart rates, and loosen and stretch their mus­cles. The warm-up should take into account the training planned for the lesson. For example, a class that will involve a great deal of kicking demands a warm-up with lots of leg stretches. In many cases, […]

How to Protect Yourself in Martial Arts Training

How to Protect Yourself in Martial Arts Training

To see a picture of samurai warriors in full battle dress is to wonder how they ever got on their horses, or kept from laugh­ing themselves silly just looking at the comical helmets perched atop their heads. Except for the part of the face below the eyes, every body part was more or less covered […]

How to Assess Character in Martial Arts

How to Assess Character in Martial Arts

Nothing defines a martial arts school more than its instructor. In fact, the instructor often is the school. He gives it its char­acter—and every martial arts school has a definite character. It can be strict or unstructured, friendly or unsocial, excited or low-key, or just about any combination of characteristics. Observing just one class and […]

How to Avoid Injury in Martial arts Training Sessions

How to Avoid Injury in Martial arts Training Sessions

Naturally, no martial arts student expects to get injured. But before you take up a martial art, understand that to an extent it goes with the territory, regardless of your degree of flexibil­ity and strength. On the other hand, most people who take up a sport incur injuries. If you’re completely against this fact of […]