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A brief history exploring Israel’s Krav Maga

Israel’s national martial art, Krav Maga, is taught worldwide to various sorts of people, including militaries, various police forces, and normal civilians. Examining the roots of Krav Maga Krav Maga was founded by Imre “Imi” Lichtenfield. Previously trained as a boxer and wrestler, he grouped with other Jewish martial artists in order to fend off…

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What does a black belt in martial arts actually mean?

You’ve all probably seen a similar scene acted out in movies or TV: a fight between two groups is about to ensue when the unsuspected, quiet character springs into action, defeating three or four people with no help. The audience, who’s extremely impressed, then learns that the skilled character has a black belt in martial arts. Suddenly,…

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Why Martial Arts are called “Arts” and not “Sports”

Have any of you ever wondered why martial arts are considered a different category than sports? Like sports, martial arts require physical activity and, like an athlete, martial artists wear specific uniforms and gear. Although martial arts have evolved and the lines have begun to blur, there are still important differences that help separate martial…

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Evolution of Martial Arts: Difference between Bujutsu and Budo

The evolution of martial arts is a vast topic that can’t be fully explained in one simple blog post. You can, however, get the general idea by learning the difference between Bujutsu and Budo. Many of you might practice one of the nine Budo martial arts: Judo, Kendo, Jukendo, Kyudo, Sumo, Karatedo, Kenpo, Aikido or…

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HEMA: Historical European Martial Arts

The term “martial arts” is most commonly associated with Asian cultures—and with good reason. Many of the popular martial arts that are practiced today originated in Asia, but in the past there were martial arts in other countries as well. You’ve all heard of and are familiar with sports such as boxing, wrestling and fencing.…

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Who were the Ninjas?

Who were the ninjas?  Did they really exist?  You might think it’s a silly question to ask, but some people actually believe they’re just a myth. And in some ways it’s true. Don’t get too upset or confused! The ninjas very much did exist and they were actually a very important part of Japanese history.…