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Say “Bonjour” to the French Martial Art of Savate

When thinking of martial arts involving kicking or boxing, many people tend to think of Japanese karate or muay thai from Thailand. However, with the recent popularity of several new forms of mixed martial arts and different international spotlights on traditional forms of martial arts, the French foot-fighting art of savate is gaining attention. If you’re new to the art, this introduction to the martial art may shed some light on the practice.
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The Inspiring History of Capoeira

This unconventional martial art is a combination of fighting techniques blended with acrobatic dance. The result is an art with complex movements that are as deadly as they are beautiful. Learning to perform capoeira can take some time. Those who practice this centuries-old martial art must master the art of constantly moving in a flowing style instead of the more common fixed positions found in many other styles of martial arts.
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7 Fun Facts on the Gentlemanly Art of Bartitsu

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.”
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Facebusters, Foot Fights, and Foils: The Overlooked World of European Martial Arts

 
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The Road to MASS19 Part 3: What to do at the SuperShow

  Hello! We’re back with more advice for the 2019 Martial Arts SuperShow from MAIA Executive Director Frank Silverman! In the last two posts, we’ve covered how to raise funds to get to the Show and what you absolutely have to pack. The next logical step is what to do once you’re at the Show! Take it away, Frank!  
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The Road to MASS19 Part 2: 5 Essential Items You NEED TO BRING

  Ready to head to the 2019 Martial Arts SuperShow? Not without reading this blog you’re not! Featuring advice from MAIA Executive Director Frank Silverman, this second of a three-part post series will cover what you need to bring to the Show – plus the five top essential items according to Mr. Silverman (even the one he admits to forgetting sometimes!).   (Psst - the first post is here if you missed it!)  
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Martial Arts Talk: Ted Sumner

  Have I mentioned recently how much I love working at Century Martial Arts? Every day brings something new – and some of the best days are those where we get visitors and guest instructors, like Grand Master Ted Sumner, 10th degree kenpo black belt and long-time instructor.
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Martial Arts and the Ancient Code of Honor

  In a society that increasingly is marked by contentiousness, bullying and insincerity, infusing young people with a strong moral compass has never been more important—or more of a challenge for parents. The overwhelming influence of social media, coupled with pop culture’s promotion of some less-than-stellar figures as role models, make growing up difficult in today’s world.
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Martial Arts Talk: Grand Master Fred Weeks

  One of the interesting things about my generation (millennials, or 90s kids, if you will—) is that we grew up with martial arts, even if we didn’t train. I never set foot in a martial arts gym until I was in my 20s, but I could have rattled off the names of a half-dozen or so styles, and I knew of multiple gyms/dojos around town. I never even thought about it, but now I realize that I the prevalence of martial arts in the US isn’t something to be taken for granted. I – and all young martial artists – get to enjoy the benefits of the work done by previous generations, including men like Grand Master Fred Weeks.
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Happy New Year 2019! - Letter from the Editor

  Hello everybody! Happy New Year’s! I hope everyone had a wonderful time the other night, and that you’ve all recovered from any…excessive celebrations by now (hey, sleep deprivation is no joke!). I hope you stayed safe and, if you live anywhere even as cold as Oklahoma, which is hardly devastating in terms of winter conditions but still, I hope you stayed warm.
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