Long, Safe Martial Arts Practice at Home

Your home martial arts practice area probably looks nothing like that of the monk in the picture, but at the very least you can improve your space with the addition of some new tatami finish martial arts mats. If you practice without them, you could be cutting short the duration of your practice by years. Continue reading Long, Safe Martial Arts Practice at Home

Martial Arts to Protect Schools, Hospitals, and National Identity

That’s a tall order, but in Indonesia, that is exactly what Pagar Nusa does. It is the martial arts wing of the moderate Muslim Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), a social welfare organization in Indonesia, building and protecting hospitals and schools among other socially beneficial projects. Why would those kinds of institutions need protecting? Unfortunately, the rise of the Islamic State has prompted many in Indonesia to be on their guard, especially those most vulnerable to attack and to recruitment. Continue reading Martial Arts to Protect Schools, Hospitals, and National Identity

From Wrestling Champion to Mr. President

From now on, it’s just political wrestling for Mongolia’s new president. Khaltmaa Battulga, a wealthy businessman and former martial arts star, will be leading the country out of debt and back to a strong economy, according to his campaign focus. How many political/martial arts analogies will there be out of this election? Plenty, I’ll bet.  Continue reading From Wrestling Champion to Mr. President

Martial Arts vs. Martial Arts

Practicing traditional Chinese martial arts is an exercise in participating in historically honored traditions, even if the rice straw mats have been replaced by foam martial arts mats, the public events are not watched by a handful of  immediate observers but by millions with access to the Internet, and the competitions within one particular form have evolved into competitions between 2 or more particular forms of martial arts. Is this the new martial arts? Continue reading Martial Arts vs. Martial Arts