Self-Defense for Better Headlines

With the study of the martial arts comes the implied understanding: it’s ok to defend yourself. How would today’s headlines read if millions of women and minorities for centuries had believed that and been empowered to act on it? Tragically, the implied understanding simply isn’t true. There are many for whom self-defense can become the first step toward the destruction of all they hold dear. But it isn’t right, and it falls to the martial arts community to add self-defense, in its truest meaning and practice, to that glorious list of inalienable rights.  Continue reading Self-Defense for Better Headlines

Only the Best Will Do

Martial arts mats are the protective foundation for your practice, whether it’s at home or the studio. Your instructor makes sure you practice on a safe surface, so why should you have anything less at home? Installing some shock-absorbing, textured martial arts mats at home is quick, affordable, and will see to the longevity of your practice. Continue reading Only the Best Will Do

Get Even More Out of Your Martial Arts Class

Do you have a martial arts practice space at home? If not, you’re really hamstringing your efforts to improve your skills. You may be learning more than you ever expected in class at the studio, but practicing only once or twice a week isn’t going to help you achieve your goals anytime soon. The best way to maximize what you’re learning is to put down a few martial arts mats at home and practice every chance you can get. Continue reading Get Even More Out of Your Martial Arts Class

More Self-Defense for Women

Given the news headlines for the past few nauseating weeks, it doesn’t look like self-defense for women is ever going to become unnecessary. Sadly, it looks as though self-defense is the only defense some women have, and while knowing how to protect yourself is a good thing, living in a culture where violence against women is “just boys being boys” puts the responsibility for their safety squarely in the hands of women. The hypocrisy is unsettling at the very least, but learning self-defense is a smart move anyway. Continue reading More Self-Defense for Women

Be a Super Hero

If you happen to be watching The Defenders, you’ll notice that even if you’re an immortal or un-dead martial arts expert, you still practice and perform on martial arts mats. Look closely at some of the scenes and you see individual martial arts mats connected with tabs, bearing a Tatami finished surface. No doubt about it, these experts know the way to practice. Continue reading Be a Super Hero

Get the Most Out of Your Martial Arts Classes

Having some martial arts mats in your home can have a tremendous impact on the progress you make in your classes at the studio. The more you practice, the more you advance, the more skilled you become. When your opportunity to practice is limited to the studio, your progress will be slower. Install some high quality martial arts mats at home and keep the momentum driving. Continue reading Get the Most Out of Your Martial Arts Classes

Back to School, Back to Bullies

Kids are going back to school, so now is a great time to talk about bullying and how spending time on some martial arts mats with a skilled instructor can make the back-to-school experience less harrowing for your kids. There are plenty of great videos online to show you what you can expect of a class in defensive martial arts classes for your kids. They should give you some idea of what to look for in a studio near your home. Continue reading Back to School, Back to Bullies

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 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