If you’re a martial artist or martial arts fan who isn’t into MMA, you’ve probably dealt with the criticisms of the traditional martial arts by the MMA crowd that they’re inferior since they don’t provide as much in the way of actual self-defense. In fact, there was a recent controversy in China over a bout between a Tai Chi master and an MMA fighter that was decisively finished in a matter of seconds by the MMA guy who was seeking to prove his practice’s supremacy over the others. He might have had the edge in that particular match, but his critics recognized something he failed to see: the traditional martial arts have a lot more to offer than protection from people with MMA and Krav Maga training. Continue reading Is Old vs. New Really Necessary?
Pharmacist Lee Pinnell is no newcomer to fitness: he was considered for an appearance on American Ninja Warrior and is a triathlete. But the martial arts are brand new to him and his son, Shaw. Together, they have embarked on a journey into the art and so far, as colors of their belts indicate, they’re doing just fine. Continue reading All in the Family