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Don't let negative press and haters put you off!

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Submitted by rayhomewood on Fri, 11/14/2014 - 16:11

Hi everybody. There are a lot of nasty people on the internet with only negative things to say. This is particularly true of Should Shu both as an art and as an online teaching facility. Well, let them have their say - karma will come around. The most important thing is: don't let them put you off! If it works for you, that is all that matters :-)

Tabata Method and Intensity

Submitted by Xue Sheng on Tue, 10/21/2014 - 09:02

Jonathan Bluestein poses that a person can learn the entire course of study for a martial art in four to seven years. He explains that a serious student needs individual attention from his instructor as well as individual and peer practice time. Emphasizing proper technique and hand-on, one-on-one training, Bluestein suggests that a dedicated student can achieve a decent mastery of the art’s techniques in about 6600 hours of practice.

Whispering – not breaking

Submitted by Xue Sheng on Mon, 10/20/2014 - 19:00

The author counters the old school coaching advice of “no pain, no gain”, stating that gentle training can be just as effective as the above method, particularly in the right context. The example used by the author is ukemi, i.e., breakfalls, and their application in Judo and Aikido. The author concludes by making the point that the practitioner should gain self-improvement as the ultimate goal.

The Time it Takes to Learn a Martial Art

Submitted by Xue Sheng on Mon, 10/20/2014 - 09:00

In order to become proficient in martial arts, contrary to the commonly held belief that one must study for decades to acquire such knowledge, the average adult can put forth three or more hours of personal study per day in addition to three formal sessions per week in a class environment and gain knowledge of the discipline within a matter of four to seven years. The average person does not stress personal study.

100 Man Fight and what it could mean for you

Submitted by Xue Sheng on Sun, 10/19/2014 - 19:00

This author discusses the 100 man fight video, a video that is well known among younger people who study martial arts. This author then discusses old school techniques that his teacher used with him; such as being punched while doing forms, being punched while doing push ups, and other methods. The author states that the old methods can be very effective if they are used carefully.

The hammer and the nail

Submitted by Xue Sheng on Sun, 10/19/2014 - 09:00

Patrick Parker discusses in his blog why you are either the hammer or the nail in self defense. He creates a list of criteria, each bringing back the philosophy of why ukemi is the number one aspect of self defense. Parker stresses though that it is critically important to never underestimate your opponent, especially one deals with violence every day, as they have a great understanding of how to be a hammer versus being the nail.

Chick With Sticks

Submitted by Xue Sheng on Sat, 10/18/2014 - 19:00

Felicia is a forty-something Goju karateka, who began her study of weapons just a little over five years ago. She turned her same passion of weapons into learning the drums because they share many of the same characteristics. The bo, her first weapon, made it entirely apparent that she had a lot to learn about coordination between her two hands. That struggle helped push her to work longer and harder to master the weapon.

Motivation for the `long haul’

Submitted by Xue Sheng on Sat, 10/18/2014 - 09:00

The author, who is a practitioner of the Shotokan style of Karate, lays out what gives him lasting motivation in his particular style, and his life in general. While stating that his advice is by no means new or even original, and he has held to it since beginning martial arts. The key, asserts the author, is to “let go of our egos”.

The Impact of Youtube On Martial Arts Practice

Submitted by Xue Sheng on Fri, 10/17/2014 - 19:00

As a student of ‘arte suave’ (or a gentler version of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ)) since 2006, Rick Matz is a professional cage fighter who began the sport as a result of wanting to get better in the cage. Though self admitting that BJJ is not natural in terms of fighting, it has given new found success in his ability to train his senses and move his body around the mat.