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Mike Seeklander of "The Best Defense" Shares his Thoughts on Tactical Training, BOB, and the Self-Defense Skills Everyone Needs

  We all have at least one role model martial artist that we’d love to get to train with. For some, this dream training is strictly hypothetical (sorry, Bruce Lee fans), but other people get the chance to train with their icons at seminars, tournaments, or events like the Martial Arts SuperShow. Recently, I got the chance to train with someone I greatly admire: Mike Seeklander.
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From Obscurity to the Olympics: The Punok Story

  THE PUNOK STORY
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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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Can You Pass this Kali Pop Quiz? 

  Are you a fan of kali? This Filipino martial art has gained popularity across the world. It’s one of the best weapon-oriented arts to learn, whether you want to know how to use them effectively in combat or defend against them. You might be skilled at the martial art itself, but how does your brain do when it comes to training? Here’s a five-question kali quiz to sharpen your mental edge.
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What I've Learned for 18 Years of Competing

  Samery Moras is a 4th-dan black belt taekwondo competitor. She is a five-time member of the US Collegiate National Team and member of the 2014 US World Cup Team. Samery is still active in competition, and also owns and teaches at two taekwondo schools in Utah. Her mission is to push herself to a personal best and inspire others to do the same! So when Century reached out to her and asked her to write a blog helping other competitors prep for their first tournament, she was happy to help! Here’s what Samery had to say:
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Do You Know the World's Oldest Martial Art?

  It’s no secret that the martial arts are nothing new. Of course, there are a few like Brazilian jiu-jitsu and krav maga, whose existence is completely confined to the modern age, but the general practice of recording a structured style, and passing the techniques down from masters to novices across generations, goes back centuries – and longer.
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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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Everybody Was Kung Fu Fact-ing!

  Unless you’ve been living in the middle of nowhere, shunning all human contact and avoiding media for the last several decades, you’ve heard of kung fu. Chances are you’ve seen it portrayed in movies or on TV (like David Carradine’s Kung Fu series or the Kung Fu Panda cartoon franchise, depending on what generation you’re from). But how much do you really know about this ancient art?
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Happy Birthday to Superfoot!

  If you’re a part of the martial arts world, chances are you know about Bill Wallace: author, actor, and undefeated karate champion.
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Proper Striking Technique on a Wavemaster® Freestanding Bag

The Century® Wavemaster® line of punching bags is held in high regard by the world of martial arts. If you’re new to working with a freestanding bag, it pays to learn proper striking technique prior to beginning your workout regimen. Your body will thank you. Training Equipment Safety is an important consideration, so before we start talking about technique, let’s go over basic training equipment. Working out with a training bag, no matter the type or brand of bag you use, can be damaging to your hands. It’s a common misconception that if you are strong, you’ll be able to handle striking the bag bare-handed. In fact, this could not be more wrong.   The stronger you are, the more likely you are to strike the bag with enough force to injure yourself. This is especially true when you first start using a bag and your hands are less conditioned. Proper hand covering, such as hand wraps or bag gloves, is a must. If you’re planning to work on your kicks with the Wavemaster, you might want to consider wearing shin guards and boots or other martial arts-safe shoes. Your feet and shins could suffer damage from unprotected bag workouts.
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