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Many city dwellers, owing to the pressures of work, traffic congestion and other factors do not take proper exercise. As a result, they become victims of mental strain, nervous tension and other maladies which detract from their efficiency in their daily work. There are many sports and pastimes which cater to the desires of those amongst us who wish to acquire a fit and healthy body.
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Tai Chi Chuan is a Chinese form of exercise derived from Taoism, one of China's oldest belief systems. The practice of Tai Chi Chuan is beneficial to health and it is also a subtle, sophisticated and scientific method of self-defence.
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The leading finger jab is the fastest attacking weapon available to you. It is fast because it travels only a short distance. It is also the longest hand weapon accessible to you. Since you do not clench your fist, you add several more inches to your reach.

To protect your fingers while throwing this technique, make sure you use the proper hand form. Align the tip of your hand by slightly bending the longer fingers to adjust to the shorter fingers and tuck your thumb in. Your hand should resemble a spear.
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Another interesting exercise is to have a partner attempt to block your punch as you throw it at his face. If he misses his block, you should be able to stop your punch about 1/4-inch from his skin.
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To develop speed or quickness in the backfist, light a candle and attempt to extinguish it with the acceleration of your punch.
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The backfist is not the quickest or strongest technique because you can't utilize your entire body in the movement. It is, however, one blow that you can apply the whipping or snapping motion to.

The backfist is usually thrown at your opponent's head, and it is used heavily in combination with lop sao (grabbing -the-hand techniques). It is delivered from shoulder height but can also be used as a surprise attack and can be launched anywhere from your waist to your shoulder. It is very difficult to block once you have acquired non-telegraphic moves.
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What is speed in fighting? Is it the velocity of your hands, feet and body movement?Or are there other, prevalent essentials in a good fighter? What is a good fighter?

A good fighter is one who can hit his opponent quicker, harder, without much perceptible effort, and yet avoid being hit. He doesn't only possess a pair of fast hands and feet and quick body movement, but he has other qualities such as non-telegraphic moves, good coordination, perfect balance and keen awareness. Although some people are endowed with a few of these qualities, most of these attributes are developed through hard training.
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Amateur boxing is a very positive sport as well as a terrific way to combat juvenile delinquency. It is completely different from professional boxing in its goals, objectives, scoring and equipment.

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The Sai

The sai is a weapon that has gained popularity in recent years because of its beauty in weapons kata and because of its practicality and effectiveness as a weapon of the martial arts. The sai was originally used to plant rice and is still in use in some parts of the world today.
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THE NUNCHAKU

Perhaps the most popular, purely martial arts weapon today are the nunchaku, and the reasons are numerous. Extremely effective and powerful, the nunchaku do not require great strength or skill to master. They are lightning fast and beautiful to watch, and so powerful that they allow the user to devastate several unarmed men at once. Therefore, they are illegal in many states, and will be in many more as they fall into the hands of unscrupulous users who employ them to hurt and kill other men instead of using them to practice the martial arts.
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The Bo

The bo is an excellent weapon but one of the more impractical ones because of its size. It is a piece of hard wood about six feet in length, and therefore cannot be easily concealed or carried in a car or on your person. Still, it has remained a favorite karate weapon for years because of its versatility and beauty when used in the hands of a master.
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The Staff

The staff is called by many names, the baton, the jo, the night stick, the bat, but all refer to a stick of wood that is approximately two to three feet in length. It is a very common weapon of defense and is carried by most of the police in the world because of its effectiveness.
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The TONFA

The tonfa is often referred to as the "rice grinder" because that was the original purpose for which the stick was devised. The tonfa is still used today to grind rice in many parts of the world. It is composed of a hard piece of wood, usually white oak, and measures about seven- teen inches in length. The handle is approximately four and one-half inches, and the entire weapon weighs about one and one-half pounds. It can be used singly or doubly as a weapon both for self-defense and for attack.
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The Yawara
The yawara is one of the forgotten weapons of karate but is one of the most effective and easy-to-use weapons available today. It consists of a hard piece of wood, usually white oak, that is from eight to six inches in length. The ends can be pointed but usually are blunted. The yawara is often found with eight sides for added control, but a rounded yawara is equally effective.
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The Knife
The knife is probably the most common weapon in the world today, because it also serves as a tool for eating and work. It has been used by men from ancient times for defense and attack and still remains the favorite weapon of defense today.
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History of Tae Kwon do
The earliest records of Martial Arts practice date back to about 50 B.C. It was then known as Tae Kyon. Evidence that martial arts were being practiced at that time can be foundin tombs where wall-paintings show two men in a fighting stance. At that time there were three kingdoms: 1. Koguryo (37 B.C. - 668A.D.) 2. Paekje (18 B.C.- 600 A.D.) 3. Silla (57 B.C. - 936A.D.)
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Palm Heel Strike
Hold the arm very straight and lock the elbow (to give one a greater striking force than using a bent elbow). Bend the wrist straight back, and curl the fingers slightly. The base of the palm forms the contact area for this strike.
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Roundhouse Kick with instep
First, the knee would be drawn straight up in a chamberlike position. Then, the knee is rotated so that it is nearly parallel to the ground and the kicking hip is simultaneously rotated towards the opponent.
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Middle body front kick
The first step is to bring the knee of the striking leg up above the navel. Then kick forward, striking the apponent's stomach or solar plexus. Be sure to keep the toes bent back to avoid injury.
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Side kicks

First, you transfer your weight to the supporting leg, keeping the hips steady and the knees slightly bent. Then pull up the kicking foot to a position just in front of the knee of the supporting leg.
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Aikido:
Martial art that seeks to resolve conflict through peaceful means.

Arnis/Escrima/Kali:
The Filipino martial arts (FMA) emphasize learning weapons first--then empty-hand skills.

Bando:
Includes striking, kicking, and grappling, with an emphasis on mimicking animal fighting methods.
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YOGA The Art & Science of Remaining Healthy

Yoga has been practiced in our country for the past many centuries evolving into a science by it self & many masters have prescribed varied approaches for practicing the art of Yoga.
The Scientific way of imparting knowledge an in-depth study of own institution is based on ‘Kriya Yoga’. Yoga is the process of expansion of the conciousness or the awareness till the soul merges in the overself. It is what nature intended us to be, perfect, whole & free.
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Why does Aikido Martial Arts focus on pressure points instead of equipment?

In many martial art sports, certain equipment is needed in training. For Aikido Martial Arts, which is basically a form of street fighting, all you need is communication and your hands. Your hands are your biggest weapon, and they can amaze you in ways you never thought imaginable. Sensei Michael Stabile, the head instructor at the Aikido School of Self Defense in Conyers, Georgia, says the beauty of Aikido is that less is more. “In Aikido, the only equipment needed is the uniform.
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Sensai Morihei Ueshiba

Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969) was history's greatest martial artist. Even as an old man of eighty, he could disarm any foe, down any number of attackers, and pin an opponent with a single finger. Although invincible as a warrior, he was above all a man of peace who detested fighting, war, and any kind of violence. His way was Aikido, which can be translated as "The Art of Peace." Morihei Ueshiba is referred to by the practitioners of Aikido as O Sensei, "The Great Teacher".
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The Founder Of Aikido (O’ sensei Morihei Ueshiba1883-1969)

The founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba, was born on December 14, 1883, to a farming family in an area of the Wakayama Prefecture now known as Tanabe. Among five children, he was the only son. From his father Yoroku, he inherited a samurai's determination and interest in public affairs, and from his mother an intense interest in religion, poetry and art. In his early childhood, Morihei was rather weak and sickly, which led to his preference of staying indoors to read books instead of playing outside.
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What is Aikido?

Aikido is a martial art, created by the late Morihei Ueshiba, of Japan at the start of the 20th century. Ueshiba's talents in swordsmanship and Daitoryu Aiki-Jujitsu, can clearly be seen within each and every Aikido technique.
Ueshiba based Aikido upon circular movements to redirect aggressive and offensive attacks back to the assailant. It consists of purely defensive techniques. For more practical defenses, sometimes atemi (punching and kicking) is used and illustrated in practice.
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Martial Arts Benefits for Corporations

Stress Relief:- Employees tell us that coming to martial arts class is like going on a mini-vacation. They say that, not only is the workout stress relieving, but getting to take out the day's frustrations by actually hitting a big, padded target is "better than therapy."
Fitness + Energy = Lower Health Costs and Higher Productivity:- Corporations around the country recognize the importance of supporting and encouraging their employees to engage in martial arts. With a healthier employee base, the corporation enjoys the benefits of lower insurance rates, reduced absenteeism and higher productivity.
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Benefits to Children:

· Children by nature are imaginative & playful, hence find Karate a natural activity.
· Karate provides all children with regular exercise important for good physical & mental health.
· Older children get attracted to the combative aspect of the art.
· Martial Art teaches children to concentrate and achieve goals, Discipline, self-respect, and Respect for others, Self Confidence is the natural benefits of Karate-do disciplines.
· It helps children to change their attitude.
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The examiner observes the following criteria in judging KUMITE:

· Distance (ma-gi)
· Timing
· Form & Technique
· Fighting Spirit (Ki haku)
· Body shifting (tai sabaki)
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The examiner observes the following criteria in judging KATA:

· Deportment, Spirit
· Position of Body
· Posture, Stance
· Power, Speed, Body Expansion, Contraction
· Line of Movement
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Karate Belt Rankings-Meaning & Significance

The Karate Belt rankings are the greatest source of gratification to the Karateka. These ranks provide the necessary incentive to the Karateka and urge him to work harder to achieve the next belt. In the initial days of Karate-do and in fact other allied martial arts like Judo and Aikido the only belts awarded were the White, Brown and Black Belts. No other coloured belts were awarded. Thus Karateka in those days had no option-either he passed or he failed. It was real serious stuff, a matter of life & death, success and failure.
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Benefits of Martial Arts

It is scientifically proven to be the safest martial art in the world. No injuries and no side effects. Martial Arts are based on principles derived from the scientific fields of Biomechanics, Kinesiology, Chiropractic and Psycho-Neurology.
There are no locks out movements, which include damage to the joints. Traditional styles incorporate techniques causing the limbs to stop in hyper extended position, which is potentially damaging to the joints.
Each technique is designed to go with the body’s natural movement. Every movement is circular and uses body momentum to develop 100% power in the kicks, punches and all other techniques.
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Necessity of Martial Arts in present environment of the World

The prevailing conditions in the country have created an atmosphere of insecurity in all the sectors of society; hence one has to remain prepared for all the eventualities. Martial Arts are one of the means to develop one to deal with such circumstances effectively.
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Exercise Myths

You Will Burn More Fat If You Exercise Longer at a Lower Intensity.

The most important focus in exercise and fat weight control is not the percentage of exercise energy coming from fat but the total energy cost, or how many calories are burned during the activity. The faster you walk, step or run, for example, the more calories you use perminute. However, high-intensity exercise is difficult to sustain if you are just beginning or returning to exercise, so you may not exercise very long at this level. It is safer, and more practical, to start out at a lower intensity and work your way up gradually.
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Roundhouse kick:
Stand with the right side of your body facing an imaginary target with your knees bent and your feet shoulders' width apart. Lift your right knee, pointing it just to the right of the target and pivoting your body toward the same direction. Kick with your right leg, as though you are hitting the target. Repeat with your other leg.
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FROM TRADITIONAL KARATE TO CONTACT



Karate (bare hands), the martial art of Okinawa, which was further developed by the Japanese when Masters Funakoshi, Miyagi, and Mabuni brought it to Japan at the beginning of the 20th century, has undergone a real revolution in recent years.
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KICKBOXING AT A GLANCE



KICKBOXING, the modern and tough Martial Art is the most popular game today among the Martial Artists, irrespective of styles / arts all over the World. Its wide scope, Rules & Regulations are very much accepted by the practitioners of Karate, Kungfu, Wushu, Taekwondo, Tangso-do, Muay Thai, etc.
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WHAT IS KICKBOXING

Kickboxing sports which is fast and dynamic modern martial arts system. It requires a high level of fitness both mentally and physically and is a dynamic and effective martial art. It incorporates kicking, punching, sweeping and throwing. In Kickboxing there are three main disciplines excluding the fitness regime of Cardio Kickboxing and all competitors practitioners must wear the appropriate safety equipment.
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Benefits of KICKBOXING Game

KICKBOXING is a relatively modern martial arts system, whose syllabus was derived by combining several fighting techniques from a variety of the more traditional disciplines, including Kung-fu, Karate, Thai Boxing and Taekwondo. There are numerous benefits derived from learning Kickboxing, which extend into many aspects of everyday life. These include:
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