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Do You Know These Four History-Making Martial Artists?

When you ask someone to think of a history-making martial artist, they may think of classic martial arts film icons, like Bruce Lee or Chuck Norris, or modern MMA newsmakers like Conor McGregor or Daniel Cormier.
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8 Fascinating Facts about the Art of 8 Limbs

  In the West, specifically, America, muay thai is primary known through its role as one of the foundational arts of MMA, along with Brazilian jiu-jitsu, wrestling, and Western boxing. However, what mainstream audiences see of muay thai in MMA barely begins to scratch the surface of this powerful, ancient art!
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6 Great Gift Ideas for Father's Day

  Many people get into martial arts because a family member started training first. In this case, it’s usually a relative someone looks up to: an older sibling, a mother, or father. I know several people for whom the latter was the case.   No one in my (immediate) family ever had an interest in martial arts, unfortunately. But I found other hobbies to share with them. My dad, for example, is an avid tennis player. He signed me up for lessons when I was a kid, taught me the finer points of the serve, and spend hours practicing with me on weekends when I played for my high school. Tennis was our thing.    Every Father’s Day, I make a point to get my dad something tennis-related. Sometimes it’s just tennis balls; other times I get fancier with tennis books, racquet clips, or tennis clothing. This theme isn’t just important because Dad likes tennis – it’s a reminder of the connection we have through the sport.     I know that for many of our readers, martial arts is the connection they have with their dad. This year, skip the ties and tools and fishing gear for Father’s Day. Give your dad a gift that’s a thank-you: for introducing you to your art, and sharing rides to the dojo. For not letting you quit when you thought you wanted to. For not letting you win in sparring, because he knew you could be so much better if you pushed yourself. For attending tournaments on the weekends, and for showing you what you could accomplish through martial arts, because he’d paved the way as a role model.  
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Stuck in a Fitness Rut? Here's Why You Should Try Martial Arts!

  Have you ever considered participating in martial arts for fitness benefits? Unfortunately, most people haven’t because they wrongly believe that martial arts are only useful for combat and self-defense. It is undeniable that those are valuable tools. Everyone wants to be able to protect themselves or their loved ones in a time of need. However, when people unfamiliar with the arts focus on the fighting, they fail to recognize the attributes that make martial arts great for improving overall physical fitness.
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Want to Know the Single Best Punch to Throw in a Fight?

  As a skinny 14-year-old haole (non-native Hawaiian) kid with long blonde hair, I definitely didn’t look like the typical aspiring boxer from Honolulu, Hawaii. But there I was, being driven to my first (dubiously sanctioned) boxing match.
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5 Martial Arts You Probably Didn't Know Existed

  Ask anyone off the street what martial arts they know of, and you’ll probably hear a standard chorus of answers. Some, like kung fu and karate, are well-known thanks to popularization in movies and TV. Others, like Brazilian jiu-jitsu and muay thai, gained popularity thanks to the UFC. Some martial arts, however, haven’t made it into mainstream media or use techniques too ~questionable~ to be viable in sanctioned MMA.
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The Basics of Mouthguard Care

Would you lick the inside of your gym bag? What about the mats at your gym? No! Of course you wouldn’t, because you’re a sensible person and you know that that’s just gross. But you might already be doing something just as bad. That’s right, I’m talking about mouthguards. They’re easy to forget about. You probably pop yours into your mouth before you roll or spar, spit it out at the end of class, toss it into your bag, and then – what? Leave it there overnight? Stash your bag in your closet or car?
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The Return of Ronda Rousey

It was the knockout felt round the world. At UFC 193,Holly Holm stepped into the cage with Ronda Rousey. At stake was the Women’s Bantamweight Championship belt. Tension between Rousey and Holm had already been high in the weeks leading up to the fight. Rousey in particular seemed prone to spouting off with her signature brash in-your- face confidence (or, as many people felt, arrogance). Insults were exchanged at the weigh-in, and it seemed that the rivals nearly came to blows then. At the start of the fight, Rousey refused to touch gloves when Holm offered.
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Gracie Family Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

GRACIE FAMILY HONORED WITH LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Three members of the Gracie family, Carlos Gracie, Helio Gracie, and Carlson Gracie, were posthumously honored with this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award in martial arts for their contributions to the creation of Brazilian jiu-jitsu. The award was presented as part of the opening ceremonies at the 2016 Martial Arts SuperShow, a yearly martial arts convention presented by Century Martial Arts and the Martial Arts Industry Association.
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Learn the Difference between Karate, MMA, and Jiu-Jitsu

Same Media, Different Arts Most martial arts have certain things in common. They sharpen the mind and strengthen the body. They teach self-discipline dedication, respect, and perseverance. And they can all be used to get out of threatening situations while minimizing danger to you and those whom you may be defending. When it comes to public recognition, Karate, MMA and Jiu Jitsu are all household names. And while the average non-practitioner has seen them on the big screen, they probably don’t know the difference between them.
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