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What Do You Know about Jeet Kune Do?

  What is jeet kune do? Broken down word by word, “jeet” means “to intercept;” “kune” means “fist;” and “do” means “the way.” Therefore, a rough translation of jeet kune do (often shortened to simply JKD) is “the way of the intercepting fist. However, the creator of JKD, the late Bruce Lee, placed little importance in the name. Rather, Lee emphasized the importance of how JKD taught students to learn about themselves.  
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5 Factors to Consider When Purchasing Your First Pair of Boxing Gloves

  When it comes to boxing gloves, the average person may have a hard time telling the difference between one pair and the next. Choosing the correct glove will not only improve your experience, but will also help you reduce your risk of injury. Whether you need gloves for fitness, bag training, or any contact sport, this article will help you to understand some of the basic differences between several styles of boxing gloves, including weight, material and the training style you intend to use them for.
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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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I Watched the Original "Karate Kid" Movie for the First Time, and I Have Some Thoughts

  You may be wondering how I went through nearly 30 years of my life without ever watching a classic such as The Karate Kid. I will be totally honest with you – I don’t know. It falls into several genres I ordinarily like (underdog story, action, martial arts), and I’m also pretty sure that working in the martial arts industry without having seen it is tantamount to a fireable offense.
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Things to Know Before Your First Day of Muay Thai Kickboxing

  Part of the Century Answers: First Day of Martial Arts Class series.
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How to Hold Thai Pads for 4 Basic Fitness Moves

  Working with Thai pads was always one of my favorite parts of martial arts training. At the start of every kickboxing class, the woman I normally partnered with and I would ask our coach, “Thai pads or focus mitts?” hoping for the former (sometimes we’d just grab Thai pads without asking, hoping to subliminally sway Coach).
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What's the Big Thai-dea? Why Thai Pads are So Popular

  Recently, I went over the benefits of Thai pads vs. focus mitts in partner training. Now, I’m a huge fan of partner training with any equipment. However, if that choice were refined to partner training with Thai pads vs. partner training with focus mitts, I’m Team Thai Pad all the way. And I’m not alone.
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Thai Pads or Focus Mitts: What Should I Use?

  Partner training is one of the best – and most fun!—components of martial arts or martial arts fitness training. It gives both parties an opportunity to work on distance and timing. It’s also a great way for trainers to work one-on-one with their clients, for a workout session that’s much more personalized.
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Century Answers: Advice for Your First Day of Training

  Hi! If you’ve clicked your way over to this blog, it probably means you’re a new martial arts student or thinking about starting soon. That’s awesome! There are so many reasons to train: for exercise, to learn new skills, to start a lifelong hobby, and even to gain new self-respect and self-awareness.
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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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