The Best Martial Art Styles for Kids

Posted by Joshua Larson on Jan 9, 2016 11:30:00 AM in Martial Arts for Kids

If your child is karate-chopping his or her way around the house with deafening cries of “Hi-ya!,” you might be looking to channel this energy into martial arts classes.

Activities like Karate and Tae Kwon Do are fun outlets for kids to achieve fitness and find focus with many other benefits. The martial arts also help to teach self-discipline and social skills.

There are two factors to consider before deciding which program is best for your child:

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The 5 Best Martial Arts For Improving Fitness

Posted by Joshua Larson on Jan 7, 2016 11:30:00 AM in Martial Arts Guides

It’s no secret that Martial Arts are an excellent way for anyone to improve their fitness level.

There are many reasons to begin practicing martial arts, including: endurance, weight loss, focus, and strength.

No matter the reason, with over 140 different types of martial art styles to choose from, the start of your journey can feel a bit overwhelming.

Don’t worry, you can skip the research and get right to the fun with a list of the top five martial arts for improving fitness.

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The 5 Best Martial Arts for Weapon Training

Posted by Joshua Larson on Jan 5, 2016 11:30:00 AM in Martial Arts Guides

Martial arts often conjures the image of weaponless hand-to-hand combat, but weapons have played a key role in the development of many different styles of martial arts.

Sometimes, they are even the central focus! This article will discuss some of the most popular and effective martial arts that use weapons.

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The Best Martial Art For Self-Defense

Posted by Joshua Larson on Jan 3, 2016 11:30:00 AM in Martial Arts Guides

With a title like that, you probably came here hoping for a straightforward answer: X is the best martial art for self-defense.

If only it were that easy...

Type that question into any search engine and you’ll be bombarded with a vast array of discussions where proponents of one style or the other engage in endless, often fiery, debate that never results in a definitive answer.

This is because there is no definitive answer.

Before you throw your hands up in disgust and storm off in frustration, it’s important to understand that all martial arts can be useful for self-defense. That’s because all martial arts were created for martial -- or combat -- purposes.

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What is the Safest Style of Martial Arts to Practice?

Posted by Joshua Larson on Dec 30, 2015 11:00:00 AM in Martial Arts Guides

Popularized by acclaimed actors such as Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee, and iconic movies like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, martial arts are combat practice traditions which enable self-defence and physical, mental and even spiritual health and development.

Martial arts can be fun and beneficial at any age. They are known to improve children’s social skills, discipline and respect for others, as well as concentration, motor skills and self-confidence (more benefits for kids here).

But martial arts are also known to be dangerous, with injury and concussion a constant threat. In this article we’ll explore the safest styles to practice.

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5 Books Every Martial Artist Should Read

Posted by Joshua Larson on Dec 29, 2015 1:20:03 PM in Martial Arts Culture

Many people think that martial arts are about learning how to fight.

While self-defense is certainly a component, there are a variety of philosophies that drive a deeper meaning behind martial arts. Most disciplines even place an emphasis on avoiding fighting when possible.

While regular practice is the best way to improve your skills as a martial artist, the following books can provide key insight into the philosophies and motivations behind some of the most skilled martial artists in history.

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Top 15 Martial Arts Movies Streaming On Netflix

Posted by Joshua Larson on Dec 10, 2015 10:00:00 AM in Martial Arts Culture

No matter if you're a Kung Fu master, a dedicated student, or simply a martial arts fan, a good, kick-ass martial arts movie is enough to make you feel like you've got the eye of the tiger (cue the music).

The only problem is how do you find the crème-de-la-crème of the bunch when there are (literally) hundreds of martial arts films out there?

To save you the time and frustration off trying to find a decent martial arts film to watch, we've compiled a list of our top 15 martial arts movies streaming on Netflix right now.

So, sit back, relax, and indulge in a night of martial arts greatness.

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How to Tie a Karate Belt in 5 Easy Steps (with GIFs)

Posted by Joshua Larson on Dec 9, 2015 10:00:00 AM in Martial Arts Guides


You may think that the practice of Karate begins once you step foot on the dojo mat, however, you'll be surprised to learn that it actually begins when you're getting dressed, particularly when you're tying your belt.

We'll discuss the proper way to tie a Karate belt and why it's an essential aspect of your practice.

The act of tying a Karate belt ("obi") may seem trivial, but it's actually an art form that should be performed with great pride and taken as serious as the practice of Karate itself.

To help you out, Bushido Martial Arts Supplies has created an easy-to-follow video for you to watch in tandem as you carry out the steps below and master the art of tying a Karate belt.

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5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Martial Arts Studio

Posted by Joshua Larson on Dec 8, 2015 1:29:02 PM in Martial Arts Guides


So you're looking to take up martial arts, but you don't know which style is right for you -- or, better yet, where to even start.

Don't fool yourself into thinking that there are only a handful of martial arts to choose from, either.

It's estimated that there are nearly 140 different types of martial art styles in existence today, and new ones are still being created to this day. (There's even a style that was created by Chuck Norris himself, called Chun Kuk Do.)

To help you in your quest of pinpointing the style that fits your needs and wants, here are five things to consider before signing on the dotted line.

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7 Awesome Benefits of Martial Arts for Children

Posted by Joshua Larson on Nov 5, 2015 1:53:32 PM in Martial Arts for Kids

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It seems that the days of playing outside with your friends until mom called you in for dinner are long gone.

Nowadays, it's not uncommon to find kids glued to an electronic gadget, instead of interacting with other kids like the good ol' days.

This is where martial arts can help kids make the most of their childhood years and not waste them away addicted to a phone screen. Here are seven ways practicing martial arts benefits a child's mind, body, and spirit.

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