The History of Wanshu
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by Gert Corfitzen Jürgensen
1w ago
Wanshu, a Kata practiced in many martial arts styles, is a great Kata, with a long history. Wanshu is one of the most popular Kata among Okinawan karate systems. The name Wanshu in Mandarin means “Excellent Wrist” and refers to a typical technique of this form. Another translation of the word “Wanshu” is “dumping form,” “dragon boy dumping form,” and “Strong Arm Form” for the dramatic grab-and-throw technique seen in most versions. Wanshu Wanshu contains rising punches, numerous level changes, open hand blocks, and a spectacular throw sequence near the end of the Kata. Trying to combine power ..read more
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Shin Gi Tai
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by Gert Corfitzen Jürgensen
1w ago
The Essence of Shin Gi Tai. In Japanese martial arts, a profound concept stands as the cornerstone of training and philosophy: Shin Gi Tai. This concept embodies the unity of mind, technique, and body, shaping the very core of martial arts practice. The Three Pillars of Shin Gi Tai. Shin: Cultivating the Mind. At the heart of Shin Gi Tai lies Shin, which translates to mind. This aspect delves into the mental fortitude and clarity required in martial arts. It encompasses more than mere concentration; it embodies a resilient spirit, unwavering focus, and heightened awareness. In the heat of comb ..read more
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The Importance of Okinawan Martial Arts Heritage
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by Gert Corfitzen Jürgensen
3w ago
When it comes to martial arts, Okinawa is a name that echoes with respect and reverence. The roots of Okinawan martial arts go deep, forming a strong foundation for a multitude of fighting styles. These styles aren’t just about physical prowess; they carry the spirit of generations, passing down wisdom that’s as practical today as it was centuries ago. Okinawan martial arts aren’t just about punches and kicks. They’re a journey through time, connecting us to the past while shaping our present. Imagine learning moves that your great-great-grandparents might have practiced – it’s like a living t ..read more
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Tracing the Story of Karate
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by Gert Corfitzen Jürgensen
1M ago
The main styles of Karate. Preceding this article, you will find three articles that offer valuable insights. The first, labelled “The life and history of Bodhidharma”, extensively explores Bodhidharma’s life and his arrival in Henan Province, China. The second article, “Bodhidharma and martial arts” delves into Bodhidharma’s profound understanding of martial arts. The final article delves into “The History of Incense Shop Boxing”. Now, let’s explore the captivating journey of Karate, a martial art that took root in challenging times, merged diverse styles, and emerged as a symbol of strengt ..read more
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Tiě Shā Zhǎng (Iron Palm Training)
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by Gert Corfitzen Jürgensen
2M ago
In traditional Chinese martial arts, Tiě Shā Zhǎng (鐵沙掌, 鐵砂掌, or 鐵絲掌), also known as Tie Shou Gong (铁手功), toughens both hands and legs. Despite the different terms, they all share the same goal of hardening the hands. Tiě Shā Zhǎng (Iron Palm Training) Iron Palm refers to the outcome of intense training focused primarily on strengthening the palm of the hand, although other hand parts may also be involved (back of the hand, fist, fingertips, etc.). This training includes various methods to toughen the hand. Many Iron Palm systems are classified as internal, meaning they use qigong exercises to ..read more
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Makiwara – The punching Board of Karate
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by Gert Corfitzen Jürgensen
2M ago
The Striking Post, a Symbol of Tradition and Strength in Okinawan Martial Arts. The Makiwara (巻藁), also known as the punching board, is a traditional training tool used in various styles of Karate. It finds its roots in Okinawan martial arts, it is one form of hojo undō, a method of supplementary conditioning used by Okinawan martial artists.  It is primarily used to develop striking power, accuracy, and conditioning of the hands, wrists, and forearms. The history of the Makiwara dates back many centuries and is closely tied to the development of Karate as a martial art. The term “M ..read more
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Your Ultimate Motivation Guide
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by Gert Corfitzen Jürgensen
3M ago
Have you ever experienced that feeling of being completely burned out and wondering how to reignite your passion for martial arts? In the dynamic world of martial arts, staying motivated is the key to unlocking your full potential. Whether you’re a seasoned practitioner or just beginning your journey, maintaining that inner fire is crucial for progress and personal growth. In this article, I’ll explore various strategies and techniques to keep your martial arts passion burning bright. Set Clear Goals. One of the most effective ways to stay motivated in martial arts is by setting clear and achi ..read more
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McDojo Phenomenon
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by Gert Corfitzen Jürgensen
3M ago
Unveiling the World of Dubious Martial Arts Studios: The McDojo Phenomenon. In the realm of martial arts, there exists a rather controversial entity known as the “McDojo.” This term has been coined to describe martial arts schools that prioritize financial gains over genuine skill development and traditional martial arts values. While they may appear attractive and welcoming at first glance, their practices often raise questions about the integrity and authenticity of their teachings. In this article, I delve into the world of McDojos, examining their characteristics, impacts on the martial ar ..read more
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Art of Self-Motivation
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by Gert Corfitzen Jürgensen
3M ago
Unleash Your Inner Samurai: The Art of Self-Motivation. Do you want to be successful and happy? An easy question with a simple agreed-upon answer: YES! Then what are you doing about it? We’ve all been there – those days when getting out of bed feels like a Herculean task, and motivation seems to be on an extended vacation. But fear not, for self-motivation is the key to conquering such moments and achieving your goals. In the world of martial arts, the spirit of self-motivation is akin to a warrior’s determination. Finding Your Inner Fire. In martial arts, the concept of “ki” refers to one’s v ..read more
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Muscle memory
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by Gert Corfitzen Jürgensen
3M ago
Unleashing the Power of Muscle Memory in Karate. The Science Behind Effortless Execution. Have you ever noticed the fluidity and precision of experienced karate practitioners as they execute powerful strikes, graceful stances, and intricate movements? Behind their impressive performance lies a fascinating phenomenon called muscle memory. In this article, we will explore the concept of muscle memory and its relevance to karate, specifically in performing kihon (basic techniques), kata (forms), and bunkai exercises with a partner. Understanding Muscle Memory. Muscle memory refers to the ability ..read more
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