Can You Create Something Great After 4 Years?

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     A common myth in martial arts is that a master studies for 40 years, develops an almost superhuman understanding of self-defense, creates the perfect system and turns out generations of unbeatable fighters.  Prior to the popularity of mixed martial arts, many of the magazines such as Black Belt were full of stories about which martial art was the best.  

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Why I Studied the Martial Arts I Have

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     We included four or more martial arts in our academy’s curriculum.  When I look at these arts, I see a distinct reason that I studied each one.  These arts cover striking, grappling, ground fighting and a practical self-defense weapon, the cane.       I started studying Shotokan karate in the Fall of 1994.  I switched to Taekwondo with my nephew in the

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Self-Defense Instruction

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The problem with too much martial arts’ self-defense instruction is that they are low percentage defenses against unrealistic attacks taught by some instructors, who have limited knowledge of street attacks.  Some systems were created for street or military training and are better than others.  However, the insularity of too many martial arts keep some instructors from exploring defenses for different

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