Martial Arts

How to Use the Physics of Off Balancing and Throwing

This is the seventh and final article of Reader Week II. Author Michael Pepe is a student of Shorin Ryu Karate and diligent martial arts researcher and conceptual thinker. In this article, Michael explores how thoughtful martial artists can use basic principles of reality and physics to reorganize the way they see combat. ————————————————————————————————————————— [...]


Martial Arts Tools of Impact: Magnitude And Power

This is the fourth article in Reader Week II. Author Mark Anthony Ly is the owner of the Combat Tactic Group and is a kinesiology specialist. In this post, Mark discusses the idea of understanding the relationship between magnitude and power and how martial artists can use them to increase their striking effectiveness. ————————————————————————————————————————— [...]


The Power of Diamond Stepping

Few things are as critical yet as glossed over as footwork. With proper footwork the body can be moved in an efficient way while maintaining balance, creating driving power for strikes, providing hip availability for throws, and more. Kata attempts to teach us about footwork, but it's easy to get caught up with what the hands are doing [...]


The Spirit Pressure of Kiai

Recently a reader inquired about the matter of kiai. For those who may not be familiar with the term, kiai is most frequently described as a "spirit shout" used in hard martial arts during moments of impact. Kiai is frequently used in kata as well as sparring, basics, ippon kumite, etc. The crux of the question was as follows (paraphrasing): [...]