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The Bo: From Covert Weapon to Sport Staple

By Century Martial Arts
4/20/2018 4:03:00 PM
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The weapon called the bo, or bo staff*, has appeared in pop culture for decades, from the ancient Chinese epic Journey to the West and Robin Hood**, to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Pacific Rim. It’s still a favorite in martial arts dojos today, and new forms are still being developed for it. The bo has a long and storied history that dates back to some of the earliest days of recorded history.

 

Read more A cool man does a karate kick with a bo staff.

Can You Pass this Kali Pop Quiz? 

By Century Martial Arts
3/16/2018 10:00:00 AM
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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.

Read more Kali master Apolo Ladra demonstrates a form used in the weapons art.

How Much Do You Really Know about Karate Weapons? 

By Century Martial Arts
2/8/2018 4:00:00 PM
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Many martial arts dojos offer weapon-based training. In sport karate especially, weapons forms is a popular category to enter in tournaments. Competitors are eager to show off their skills, and bright, flashy weapons help capture the audience’s attention.

However, the opposite used to be true! Weapons training was carried out in secrecy, never in the open, and the weapons themselves looked nothing like they do today.

Read more Like kama!

Do You Know the World's Oldest Martial Art?

By Century Martial Arts
2/2/2018 1:00:00 PM
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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

By Century Martial Arts
1/25/2018 4:00:00 PM
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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.

Read more Okay, so this pic is MMA. You've heard of that one.

Everybody Was Kung Fu Fact-ing!

By Century Martial Arts
1/8/2018 4:45:00 PM
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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?

Read more Eric Lee, a kung fu Master.

Basic Knife Handling Techniques

By Century Martial Arts
1/13/2017 2:59:00 PM
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People have been using edged weapons since the beginning of time. In recent years, there has been an increased interest in edged weapons, and how they can be used for personal protection. A large number of martial arts incorporate some type of edged weapon training into their curriculum. The training ranges from blade work incorporated into katas, to demonstrations and combat applications. Spears, swords, knives and more are all used.

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The Evolution of Sport Karate

By Century Martial Arts
10/12/2016 4:08:00 PM
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As you read in the last blog post, many martial arts weapons evolved from farming tools. We gave you a little quiz to see if you could guess which weapon came from what tool. Here are the answers – how well did you do?

 

1) Tonfa were used for grinding rice or beans

2) Eku were used for paddling a boat

3) Cutting grass was done with tools similar to a kama

4) A nunchaku was great for threshing grain

5) You could carry two water buckets with a bo staff, one on each end

6) The shape of the sai makes it obvious it was a small pitchfork

 

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The History of Weapons in Martial Arts Part I

By Century Martial Arts
10/5/2016 12:33:00 PM
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Just about any martial arts school you go into today will offer some form of weapons training. This is especially true if the school teaches karate, the art responsible for developing the use of many of these weapons. Given how ubiquitous this training is today, would it surprise you to learn that there was a time when weapons training was carried out in utmost secrecy?

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Choosing the Right Bo Staff

By Century Martial Arts
2/19/2016 4:15:00 PM
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Are you one of the thousands of people in the US and throughout the world who trains in using the rokushakubo, or bo staff? It’s a popular weapon for karate practitioners, and for good reason. Training with a bo staff is great conditioning for the upper body, and there are an almost infinite number of bo techniques and tricks that beginning and skilled practitioners can learn.

Or maybe you don’t train with a bo staff but you want to learn. Stop thinking and go for it! There’s no better time to start learning a new martial art form than the present. Here are some tips to start your bo staff journey off right:

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