Elvis Presley is an American icon for his love of both music and excess. When it came to enjoying himself, nothing could stop The King. However, there is a side to him that many people never realize existed.
The knife is as old as civilization itself, and still is the best tool for close-quarters self-defense. When I state this, I sometimes get some pushback from gun owners, usually along the lines of, “Well, if someone came at me with a knife I’d just shoot them,” or “Don’t you know what they say about bringing a knife to a gunfight?”
Most of us have been guilty of it at one point: confusing Brazilian jiu-jitsu with jujutsu. Some of it boils down to wording. For example, if you hear someone say “jiu-jitsu” by itself, they could be referring to either BJJ, or Japanese jiu-jitsu, also called jujutsu. Despite the similarities in names, however, BJJ and jujutsu (also called Japanese jiu-jitsu, also called jiujitsu… you see why this is confusing?) are two distinct arts.
Who else remembers movie nights as a kid? Whether you were at a sleepover, with your family, or on a night you had the house to yourself, there was nothing better than settling in with some popcorn and candy and going on a cinematic adventure. Recently, we asked our Facebook audiences what their favorite childhood martial arts movies were.
So, you’ve decided to start learning how to use the nunchaku! Good choice. It’s one of the most fun and versatile martial arts weapons, and it’s great for competition or simply learning for fun and twirling around your desk at work and nearly hitting your coworker in the skull (Ren, I am looking at you). Whatever your goals, you’ll get the best experience if you have the right gear.
While nearly forgotten today except for its use in modern Sherlock Holmes movies, bartitsu was one of the first forms of mixed martial arts the world has ever known. Developed by Edward William Barton-Wright in 1898, this style used a combination of techniques adopted from boxing, French kickboxing, jujitsu, and cane fighting to create what Barton labeled “A New Art of Self Defense.”
It was the mid-1990s and Quinton Hooper was neck-deep in the customs and culture of Japan. As a college student teaching English in the tiny village of Nagato, Hooper had arrived expecting to simply instruct teenagers. What the native-Texan found, however, was a chance to learn right alongside them.