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Bruce Lee and His Martial Art, Jeet Kune Do

Bruce Lee, the great kung fu action movie star from the 1970s, was quite well known in the martial arts community before he became famous through his films. He had already been inducted into the prestigious Black Belt magazine's Hall of Fame before becoming a star.One of the reasons why Bruce Lee was an important figure in martial arts was that he developed his own style of fighting called Jeet Kune Do, which means 'way of the intercepting fist'. What he had done was put together some of the most effective and practical techniques from different fighting styles into his own method of combat. He even included western boxing and wrestling techniques in Jeet Kune Do. He did away with traditional forms or karate kata claiming that they were not practical in a real street fight.His views were quite controversial among the martial arts community back then because many traditional stylists thought that Bruce Lee had no place to criticize styles that were developed over hundreds of years. But he continued to dem...

 


UFC Fight Gear and the Octagon

UFC and MMA fights are held in a cage and eight sided chain linked reinforced, heavily padded structure called the Octagon. As the sport has grown in popularity over the years, rules and regulations, according strict regulations concerning the type of fight gear that a cage fighter can wear during a match. The Octagons unique shape and structure have become associated with the UFC brand name and the UFCs parent company, Zuffa. The Octagon is featured regularly on television and mentioned in the national media, adding to its brand recognition, so closely associated with the MMA and UFC in fact that it has become an iconic symbol of the sport since it was first featured in UFC events in 1993.The UFC, or Ultimate Fighting Championship, is currently recognized as the largest MMA promotion worldwide, is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada and owned by Zuffa LLC. The UFC began as a tournament to find the best fighters in the world, and was based on the Brazilian vale tudo fighting style. Originally, it was known as ...

 


What To Know About Cagefighters

Cagefighters have been in existence since the time of the ancient Greeks, when unarmed combat, called pankration, was first introduced into the Olympic Games in the year 648 B.C. Pankration was known as the most extreme combat sports, and statues to honor the top pankratiasts were erected in cities as late as the Early Middle Ages. This tradition of no holds barred events, while not always taking place in an actual cage, nevertheless paved the way for the methods and techniques employed by cage fighters. These no holds barred competitions took place in the late 1800s, in arenas and music hall challenge matches throughout the world, predominately in Europe. The first recorded major encounter between a boxer and a wrestler in modern recording took place in 1887, between John L. Sullivan, the then heavy weight world boxing champion, and William Muldoon, a Greco-Roman wrestling champion. Since then, there have been other pre WWI mixed martial arts matches, but this sport did not really gain any widespread popular...

 


Kids Martial Arts - Uncommon System Approach

Sometimes, young kids may express an interest in martial arts. To foster this strong interest, parents must first understand what martial arts is all about before sending their children to classes. In today's society, there are many different forms of martial arts that are available to the general public. Ideally, parents must have a basic understanding of each of these art forms before being able to make an informed decision.Martial arts is about self-defense and improving overall health. However, note that the both are very different when it comes to practice. If you are primarily training for overall health, then it is alright to not focus so much on techniques that involve defending and attacking. Many movements allow an individual to engage in stretching and moving in a way that improves overall health. This is a major benefit for attending kung fu lessons.However, if you are trying for self-defense, then you must make sure that you defenses and attacks are effective. In other words, a lot more focus, co...

 


Some Of The Various Types Of Swords Available And Why They Are So Popular

Thanks to Hollywood heroes like Antonio Bandarras playing Zorro and Tom Cruise playing the Last Samurai, we have seen a resurgence in the sword market. Individuals are at least asking about swords if not actively seeking to buy them. And why not, they make some pretty neat show pieces if you prefer the martial arts style of decorating. Several different types of swords exist. Interested buyers can find just about any desired sword, from the medieval broad swords to the fencing swords to Cavalry sabers to swords with Asian influence in them if they just know where to look. Dozens of websites and stores carry different styles. Think about this: a person can style his room specifically to a given era by just picking out the right sword. If he likes King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, he has the option of trying to find a medieval styled sword to hang on the wall or place in a cover in the corner. If he prefers the valor of the samurai he can find the sweeping blades to adorn his walls. And if he want...

 


The Difference Between Karate and Kung Fu

For many people, especially those who are not familiar with martial arts, the question often arises on what the difference between karate and kung fu is. Upon watching somebody doing martial arts, the untrained eye will find it hard to tell whether that person is doing karate or kung fu. Even those who are beginning martial arts may sometimes be confused about the different styles until further exposure to them will reveal just how different they really are.Historically, the people living in the islands of Okinawa just south of Japan got exposed to Chinese kung fu martial arts due to the close proximity to China. Over time, the Okinawans and Japanese developed their own styles of martial arts now known as karate from the original influence of Chinese kung fu. Although both karate and kung fu utilize many similar martial arts techniques, most kung fu styles will usually have more variety of techniques compared to karate systems. It's almost like the Japanese streamlined the number of techniques from Chinese sy...

 




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