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Fight or FlightIt is commonly taught that when an organism is threatened it will respond with one of two instinctive reactions: fight or flight. In other words, when an animal or a person is threatened it will instinctively stand its ground and fight or it will run away.

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You are training or sparring with one of your favorite training partners and you both attempt the same move at the same time. His elbow accidentally contacts your temple and bam! The stars, the flash, and the almost immediate headache force your attention.

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RoundhouseWhen you are performing kicks stepping forward from one front stance to another, it is typical for your arms to become over involved in the activity and swing one way and the other. This is especially true when round kicking. Try this exercise:

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Yoga BreathingWith the ever-increasing incidence of lifestyle diseases like cardio-vascular and nervous system disorders, the time has come for us to address this ourselves, fair and square WITHOUT external dependence.

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Qigong (Chi Kung) is considered an essence of Chinese Kung Fu. Comparing with other Kungfu styles, it has a more extensive connotation. It is an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates physical exercise, breath control and mental training. The name is made up of two Chinese characters. Qi means the life force or energy that exists throughout the universe. Gong means Kungfu skills that are cultivated through continuous training. Therefore, Qigong means cultivating energy, which is a beneficial exercise way to strengthen the physical conditions, increase vitality and keep people healthy.

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Southern Fist (also Southern Boxing or Nanquan) is a type of traditional Chinese Kung Fu with a history of 400 years. It is so named because it originated in the southern China, especially in Guangdong and Fujian Provinces. Due to its popularity and distinction, it has occupied important positions in the Kung Fu novels and movies.

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Posted by on in Ranks and Exams

karatebeltIn today’s installment, I advise instructors on how they can put some extra time and effort into planning and executing something that most Karate instructors have never given any thought to: Awarding promotions to club members. Awarding promotions can be turned into a community-building experience that deepens the relationship between you and your students, strengthens their commitment to their membership in the club, and leverages the full power of the incentive that Karate ranks are designed to represent. If you meet this challenge, you will have another technique in your arsenal of Karate club management.

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One of the most powerful things I know about Shotokan Karate is how to untie one muscle from another. In order to walk, run, and perform other motions, the human body must coordinate various muscles in a symphony of careful balance. However, the symmetry of motion builds habitual muscle reflexes which are maladaptive when seeking to perform karate motions which are asymmetrical. To become faster and more powerful, a karate expert must learn to disconnect every motion from every other.

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If you go to a college karate club in Japan filled with tough guys, you are going to hear them bark “Osu!” You are going to hear it a lot, in fact. They are expressing their cohesion, their sense of group togetherness, their closeness in age, and their masculinity. They are saying, “This is tough stuff and we can take it.”

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While training at a seminar in another province, I overheard an interesting conversation coming from the two individuals training beside me. "Yeah I know this guy likes to teach this move this way, but I prefer to do it this way." The fellow then showed how he "preferred" to solve the self-defense problem using his techniques, rather than what was being taught by the instructor.

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