Western Arts

Woman Raped by BJJ Practitoners – Gracie Family Speak Out

January 18, 20130 Comments

On New Year’s eve a terrible incident occurred where a woman was raped by 2 Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioners. The incident took place on the East Coast (Washington D.C.) and the victim as well as the perpetrators knew each other as they train at the same BJJ school. While this heinous act does not have […]

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Testing Your Martial Art Skills

January 14, 20130 Comments

Do you ever “test” your martial art? The Gracie family is famous for their open challenges (do you recall those ads in Black Belt magazine in the 80s and the early 90s?). They even put out videos with their challenge matches called “Gracie in Action”. Here’s a student of the Gracie Academy, who has taken […]

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Ted Wong Seminar Footage

January 7, 20131 Comment

Sifu Ted Wong was one of Bruce Lee’s closest students and friends, and one of the few who was invited to train with Bruce Lee at his home. Sifu Ted joined Bruce Lee’s L.A. Chinatown school in 1967 (after Bruce’s lecture on the opening day of his school), and trained with him until circa 1972. […]

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The JKD Leg Obstruction

January 7, 20131 Comment

The JKD leg obstruction is a technique that is taught as part of Chinatown-era Jeet Kune Do taught by Sifu Tim Tackett’s JKD Wednesday Night Group (WNG). This technique was handed down from Bruce Lee to Sifu Bob Bremer and is one of the “bread and butter” techniques of the WNG brand of JKD. The […]

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American Kenpo – In Ed Parker’s Own Words

December 27, 20120 Comments

Ed Parker introduced the first American version of Karate to the United States, and started a commercial school in 1954. He called this art American Kenpo Karate. American Kenpo was created to make the traditional martial arts movements more practical and current (to the type of attacks seen in a more modern environment). As a […]

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Chuck Norris and the Gracie Family Connection

December 27, 20120 Comments

Many people don’t know that Chuck Norris was one of the catalysts in spreading the word of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) and the Gracie family in the United States. Chuck Norris began studing BJJ under the Machado’s (Carlos Machado) in the 80s and introduced the Gracie’s on a full scale to the UFAF (his Tang […]

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Russian Martial Arts Styles: Sibiriskiy Viun – RMA Systema SV

December 24, 20120 Comments

Sibirskiy Viun is another system coming out of the Kadochnikov System and is headed by Dmitry Skogorev who started his training in the Sambo section under DINAMO (in the 80s). Originally a SAMBO player in the 80’s, Dimitri began studying Russian style with a wide variety of notable teachers in the early 90’s. His school […]

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1964 International Karate Championships

December 22, 20120 Comments

The International Karate Championships, or the IKC, was the brainchild of Ed Parker – the founder of American Kenpo Karate. The inaugural event was in August of 1964 at the Long Beach Auditorium with thousands of spectators and over 850 contenders competing in various events. In addition, this event was attended by martial arts luminaries […]

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