How to get back into the game after a lay-off from training

A mother describes the challenges she faced after returning to the world of marital arts after having two children and moving to new places. She originally practiced Hapkido, but also gave Karate and Krav Maga a try. After major life changes, and struggling to keep with her fitness, she realized that returning to the sport would not be easy—and that an attitude adjustment must be in place in order to succeed and gain comfort in the dojang again.

Key Takeaways:

  • After a long time away, getting back into intense physical activity can be rough.
  • Trying new or different activities when one gets back to exercise can be rewarding but also very challenging.
  • More than anything, it’s important not to give up. Try different things and stay in the game. It pays off in the long run.

“Master Kevin Brown of the Australian Hapkido Association would often talk about the principle of a student who has a ‘full cup’ — i.e. has defined ideas of how things should be and is therefore uncoachable. The master can’t fill a cup that is already full.”

How to Prepare to Defend Yourself Against Real Violence When You’ve Never Experienced It

No matter what you learn in the dojo, you may not actually be prepared for a real life violent situation. Here are some observations by a martial arts master on how to handle these situations. Mainly, you have to understand that acts of violence do not make sense and you have to let logic go in order to defend yourself.

Key Takeaways:

  • Telling other people how to use self-defense skills to survive a dangerous or potentially lethal encounter when you’ve never experienced one can be pretentious.
  • A major difficulty faced by normal people in violent encounters is that, with few exceptions, the behavior of the attacker just doesn’t make sense
  • What you can do is train to eliminate your internal rules that say all aggressive acts must “make sense.”

“Silat for the Street is the title of an online course from Black Belt Hall of Famer Burton Richardson and Black Belt mag. Now you can learn the most functional silat techniques whenever and wherever you want on your smartphone, tablet or computer.”

JEET KUNE DO SEMINAR – Single Angle Attack & Defense by Trapping | Bruce Lee 5 Ways

This video shows the Bruce Lee method of five ways to combat an urban attack. An ideal instruction for beginners, the instructor goes very slow and is very clear of the method in which you should attack your enemy. The instructor reviews ways in which you can block your attacker’s punches and jabs, as well as ways to combat each different scenario the attacker may present you with.

Key Takeaways:

  • There are many different ways to approach a fight depending on your setting
  • Technique and form is very important in this style of fighting
  • Getting to know your opponent in a fight is key

“You will have to study the opponent’s behavior in his action.”

Bruce Lee’s Wing Chun Hands

The martial arts system espoused and taught by Bruce Lee, Jeet Kune Do, was not merely an outgrowth of Wing Chun Kung Fu. Mr. Lee received a foundation in Wing Chun, and then evolved his thought to continually evolve in his practice, through teaching. One such evolved technique is the “sticky hands” defense, which involves close, instinctive observation of one’s opponent, and using one’s hands and arms to temporarily immobilize their attack, and launch one’s own attack at that time of stasis. The best way to acquire skill is to understand your opponent’s use of energy, and to continually evolve.

Key Takeaways:

  • one has to realize that “yin and yang coexist as one inseparable force”, “This is the philosophical and technical principle behind chi-sao, the trapping training method of traditional Wing Chun kung fu.” To ahieve this you have to realize as a whole.
  • ” Firstly, energy or ‘tactile awareness’ training must be done with a skilled partner, one on one. This training does not lend itself to group classes.” This is done to experience it as one and one combat.
  • Secondly, the skills derived from this training are invaluable in combat. This training will help neutralise your opponent’s superior physical attributes.” Using someone elses energy and using against then is vital to bruce lee way of teaching.

“If yin and yang are viewed as two separate entities, realisation of the ultimate reality of kung fu won’t be achieved.”

Fighting Style of The Most Dangerous Agent 007

James Bond movies are popular. There is a lot of action and suspense in them and people like that. This talks about his fighting style which is impressive to those who watch the movies. It doesn’t even matter which version of Bond you’re watching. The fighting style is still intense.

Key Takeaways:

  • Based on Marc Olden’s book series, Black Samurai, Starz cable channel will be filming “Black Samurai,” which will be produced by RZA and Jerry Bruckheimer.
  • RZA, a long-time fan of the book series, says that helped propel him into the field of martial arts.
  • The books follow the path of an American Army Ranger, Robert Sand, who is invited by a Japanese master to train as a samurai.

“”After his beloved sensei and samurai brothers are killed by mercenaries, Sand is thrust on a worldwide journey of both revenge and self-discovery.””


In this Technique Tuesday video, the instructor, Martin teaches a range of movements with a single stick in a 10 count drill. He explains linear strikes, circular strikes: both standard and reverse, and a final parry technique. He works along with a partner to demonstrate the drill slowly and at speed.

4 Lessons in the Martial Arts (I Keep Re-Learning)

The Stick Chick does it again.  No matter how proficient you are, if you proficient in martial arts you need to keep learning. An expert shares the four lessons that she keeps relearning despite her advanced skill set. It’s all about practicing and using time to your advantage. This article will help you sharpen your skills so that you can improve on your technique.

Key Takeaways:

  • Slow down Be mindful; think about what you’re doing Work on smooth motion and technique; speed and power will come later
  • Relax – both your muscles and mind
  • With practice, you can overcome a lack of talent

“I’m going to improve, over time, by practicing. My road is longer than a natural athlete’s, but it still leads to the same place.”

Mabuhay Ang Filipino Martial Arts – Abenir Kalis Philippines

Filipino Knife Fighting, did you know there is such a thing? If you have an interest in survival tactics, martial arts, and knife “play fighting” you may find value in this video. The video depicts Filipino men demonstrating fundamental aspects of Filipino Knife Fighting. There is no blood shed in the actual video, however; some scenes may disturb some audiences which is disclaimed to viewers at the beginning of the video.

Key Takeaways:

  • You need to look at the structure of a knife to determine its use for cutting or thrusting types of fighting.
  • To a Filipino martial artist it is a weapon used to defend and protect others.
  • Short film highlights of the instructors from Abenir Kalis during shoot preparation for an upcoming instructional dvd on knife fighting

“There is nothing glorious about a knife fight. It is a thin line between morality and immorality, right and wrong, life and death. Should we decide to use these skills be sure that it is only for the right and justifiable reasons”

Filipino Martial Arts (Kali, Eskrima, Escrima, Arnis) Knife Sumbrada

The knife sumbrada is a part of Filipino martial arts. There are many different self defense moves involved in Filipino martial arts. There is a lot of blocking and moving involved and it will take a lot of training to master the skills involved in these moves. It is very dangerous, but it will teach you how to defend yourself.

Key Takeaways:

  • knife sumbrada, also known as saksak/pakal knife tapping or saksak vs pakal flow. This drill stems from the Pekiti Tirsia Kali (PTK) system that is a part of the Defensor Method.
  • Earth grip is when the blade is pointed down, where heaven grip the knife is pointed up.
  • Person with the earth grip blocks with the weapon hand. person with heaven grip blocks with free hand.

“In this video, instructor Jessie Santiago shows the knife sumbrada, also known as saksak/pakal knife tapping or saksak vs pakal flow”


This is an exciting video explaining how the actors in the movie create the Hunted Fight Scene with and without knives. They break down the fight scene and recreate the scene as close to the original as they possible. They are excited to be able to explain their exact moves and to engage in the fight scene themselves.

Key Takeaways:

  • Joey B, takes a scene from the motion picture, ‘The Hunted,’ that features Filipino knife fighting, and uses it as a way tl illustrate key points.
  • Joey takes the viewer through the scene, pointing out the attacker’s removal of the blade, followed by signature Filipino knife fighting quick thrusts.
  • The defendant turns the table by distancing, securing a branch as an improvised weapon, and using it devastate his opponent’s mobility, with well-aimed leg hits.

“”They push off of each other to gain distance.””