Martial Arts

Kobudo: Okinawan Weapon Arts

Okinawan Kobudo is a traditional martial art from Okinawa, Japan, that focuses on using various weapons for self-defense. “Kobudo” translates to “ancient martial way,” and it encompasses the practice and techniques of weapons such as the bo, sai, tonfa, nunchaku, kama, and other lesser known weapons. Read on to learn more about Okinawan Kobudo!

The Founder of Krav Maga – Imre “Imi” Lichtenfeld

Imi Lichtenfeld led the effort to develop Krav Maga, the unarmed fighting system used by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). Krav Maga was originally developed for a small group of Jews (pre-WWII) as a system of proven techniques, that could be quickly learned to defend against physical attacks. Over time Krav Maga was systematized as the primary empty-hand training for military personnel. During his service in the IDF, Imi Lichtenfeld developed and refined his hand-to-hand combat techniques. After leaving the military, he adapted Krav Maga for civilian self-defense, enabling schools and training facilities to begin teaching Krav Maga to everyone. Read on to learn more about this fascinating history!

Funakoshi’s “Master Text”

Karate-Do Kyohan: The Master Text is exactly as the subtitle says. It is the central, definitive writing of Master Gichin Funakoshi – dubbed the father” of modern karate and founder of Shotokan Karate-Do. This book provides history, philosophy, practical training advice, descriptions of basic stances and techniques, and thorough descriptions and illustrations of the 19 core Shotokan kata. Read on to learn more about this important book.