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Woman-Victim Puts Would-Be Robber in a Jiu-jitsu Choke Hold

I’ve never seen or heard of a woman accomplishing a successful pin in a street fight using Jiu-jitsu, so this is a first and it’s worth mentioning. Apparently, in late August or early September of 2015, a Brazilian woman, Monique Bastos, was approached by two men on a motorcycle while walking to Jiu-jitsu class with […]

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Types of Martial Arts

There are so many different types and styles of martial arts, if you’re looking for a school for yourself or your kids, it may be hard to choose the right one unless you already understand the differences. There are Korean martial arts, Chinese martial arts, and Japanese martial arts, as well as martial arts originating […]

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What is Taekwon-do?

Taekwon-do is a Korean martial art. There are a variety of different Taekwon-do styles that are floating around out there today, but essentially all of them use the same basic movements. Some styles are geared more toward competition while others are geared at self-defense. The basic movements for this martial art are remarkably simple and […]

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Female Martial Artists

It’s important to have female martial arts instructors available at martial arts schools, in my opinion. I’m a female martial artist and I’ve never been in a class that incorporated a woman’s point of view into the curriculum. Much of what I learned happened in a very nurturing environment with my husband because the fact […]

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Should Men Teach Self-Defense for Women

Way back in the year 2000, when I gave birth to my daughter, I knew that she’d learn martial arts. At the time, I didn’t know that I would be one of her primary instructors, but I knew that she’d be taking classes because I always wanted her to know something about self-defense, even as […]

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What’s the Point of Taekwondo Patterns?

When I first started practicing martial arts in Lincoln, Nebraska at the University, I did not understand the purpose of the forms. In fact, I really didn’t understand any of it. I had taken taekwondo during a semester off while I was trying to get my poop in a group and it was more of […]

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How Pressure Points Can Make You a Better Martial Artist

If you’re just starting out as a martial artist, the idea of pressure points may be completely new to you. It wasn’t until I worked with another taekwondo instructor in Sterling, Colorado that I started learning about the value of pressure points and how to use them as part of a sparring or self defense […]

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Stop Physical Bullying Using Self-Defense Pressure Points and Soft Spots

Bullying is a complex problem especially when it happens during school. Children are terrorized and have no escape (they can’t quit school, after all).  Often, if a child attempts to defend themselves, they get caught and punished for their efforts. And really, what are teachers and principals supposed to do? Bullying could easily escalate into […]

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