Author: Justin Matthews

Kuhapdo, Korean Swordsmanship

Kuhapdo is a Korean sword art related to the Japanese art of Iaido, where the practitioner emphasizes control, grace and harmony. The art begins from a kneeling or sitting position and includes the proper way to draw the sword, strike or cut the enemy, and finally complete the movement by returning the sword to its…

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Gichin Funakoshi “The Father of Modern Karate”

Today we honor the passing anniversary of one of the world’s greatest martial arts Masters and teachers, Gichin Funakoshi who lived from November 10, 1868 – April 26, 1957. Grandmaster Funakoshi is the founder of Shotokan Karate-Do, perhaps the most widely known style of karate, and is known as a “father of modern karate”. Following…

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The Perseverance of a Warrior

Master Bo Jo (1158-1210CE) “Master Bo Jo was a leading Zen Master during the Koryo Kingdom. Master Bo Jo taught that true learning only came from experience, a person could learn from hearing, seeing or feeling, but this type of learning was not permanent without personal experience. An example Master Bo Jo gave, was that…

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Bruce Lee: The Tao of Stretching

“One of the most important components of any martial artist’s training regimen is flexibility. Bruce Lee was forever coming up with new methods that helped to make him more limber, and he always made sure he was thoroughly warmed up before commencing his marital arts training. Lee’s friend and student Herb Jackson recalls that the…

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