Archive for June, 2011


Brazilian Jiu Jitsu(Bjj) is a form of mixed martial art that has been derived from the Japanese martial art form of Kodokan judo. This is basically a kind of art related to self defense . Being weak or strong does not matter much in this form as what matters is the technique. By using proper techniques even a weak person can defeat a strong one. This form of martial art basically focuses on ground fighting.

Involving a number of various techniques to overcome the opponent is the fundamental principle associated with Jiu Jitsu Gi. Different types of joint locks and chokes are some of the common approaches used in the sport. Such techniques when used appropriately help to immobilize the opponent thus making them unable to move.

As using proper techniques is what matters the most in Bjj, it is necessary to be well trained for performing the art. Training however should be taken from a person who is an expert in this form. There are various clubs that make such training available. Regular practice is essential to improve ones skills.

An appropriate outfit is the basic requirement of training. Using appropriate Jiu Jitsu Gi is very beneficial to the person who wishes to practice the form. The Jiu Jitsu Gi is often also referred to as Jiu Jitsu kimonos.  The components of the Jiu Jitsu Gi consists of a jacket, a belt which is tied around the jacket and a pant. The outfit usually has a good fitting so that the opponent is not able to take advantage of it.

While choosing a Jiu Jitsu Gi there are certain things that need to be kept in mind. Only outfits of blue, white or black color can be worn at international level. The outfit can only be of any one color. Combination of colors in outfit like black jacket and white pant is not permitted. The Jiu Jitsu Gi also has to be in good condition.

Other most important thing that matters while choosing an appropriate Jiu Jitsu Gi is the type of weaves it is made up of. The gi comes in different forms of weaves like single weave, double weave, gold weave and pearl weave. In comparison to the single weave a kimono having a double weave is much heavier and stronger. Jiu Jitsu Gi having either gold weave or pearl weave is of great comfort. However in comparison to pearl weave, gold weave is heavier. Also the main disadvantage that gold weave has over pearl weave is that it shrinks after washing.

A perfect kimono is most essential to master the art form. A best quality Jiu Jitsu Gi will help in learning all the moves of the sport without the fear of the gi ripping off. It is thus important to know the good and bad things related to all the available types of gi. The body mass index is the factor taken into consideration while choosing the appropriate size. One can thus choose the appropriate size and type accordingly.

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It was Gurdjieff who said that man is walking around asleep, and that he needs to wake up. This is intimated in the old Chinese tale of the man who woke from a dream that he was a butterfly, and wondered if he was really a butterfly dreaming that he was a man. This is the essence of action when one progresses from Yoga to Martial Arts.

There is a progression from the sleeping state to the waking state in this arrangement of discipline. Unfortunately, people don’t really sees this progression, or, at best, they get stuck in one of the steps of the progression, and never truly awake. One should never be satisfied with one discipline…one should explore this progression fully that one might fully awake.

Starting with Zen meditation, one learns that they are. One merely sits in the same place, prone only to what the world can inflict upon them (very little while sitting), and to the fantasies of their mind. As time moves forward, however, fantasies become less than entertaining, and there is an awakening to what is obfuscated by the fantasies…reality.

Yoga is wonderful as second step, as it acclimates a person to a variety of positions and potentials. One should understand that as one analyzes their potentials, one is coming into their vision of the universe. Yes, you might clean out your kidneys, but your vision of what is real is what is at stake.

After Yoga–mind you, I am offering this sequence in reverse here, I usually prefer going with a hard art like Karate, but the progression I am offering lends itself to this modification–Tai Chi Chuan would be a wonderful third step. Tai Chi Chuan is not no motion, it is more than no motion, and the wonderous visions of Zen and Yoga slowly take shape, and energies begin to move. The vast expanse of universe that is the core of every human being is beginning to move like a gargantuate locomotive.

After delving into Tai Chi Chuan one could progress into another form of Wudan Martial Arts, like Pa Kua Chang. This would be more motion, more ways of examining your vision of the world, more ways of growing your Great Space through the possibilities of motion. One should understand, by this point, that they are a vision; that behind the Great Space of the human being there is a viewpoint of it all: there is you, the I am.

Continuing our evolution, Shaolin Kung Fu raises up its astounding head. Motion becomes wilder, gyrating, but securing all is the vision behind the Great Space of you. Now one is a sparkler in the night, creating arcs of geometry to enhance the world.

And, we can continue our journey through a variety of martial arts, far beyond the mere desire to kill, far into the glorious essence of ourselves: the I ams of the universe. Mind you, as I said before, this progression is a bit backwards, usually people who are old will attempt this route, for their bodies are sedentary. But, old or young, we can all wake up: our bodies are the Universe; we are the I ams; there is a life to discover.


What is your next step? Fill in the pieces that will wake you up and lead you to a new reality! Whether it is Yoga, Tai Chi Chuan, Shaolin Kung Fu, or some other art, head on over over to Monster Martial Arts and arrange your journey! Pick up a free martial arts book at the top left of the home page.
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I was wondering  if people actually knew or understood why there are so many rituals and specific practices of etiquette in the martial arts. So, I thought today I might present my viewpoint on this topic.

Martial arts to me means building respect into your daily life. It is achieved by learning and following the often strict, ritual courtesy and etiquette that all students are told to follow when they are training in their martial arts school. Regardless of rank all must follow the prescribed guidelines for bowing, training, wearing of your uniform, speaking to senior students, entering the school, coming and going from the practice floor, leaving the school, and more.

The purpose of these rituals is not to force your respect for others but rather to develop a sincere and strong respect for yourself. If you do not respect yourself how can you respect others? When you respect yourself you can and will develop respect for others.

For example, take the action of “Bowing.” There are many that believe that they do not have to bow to another fellow student or person. That bowing is silly. That bowing has no meaning. That it is beneath them. But, this is not the correct way of thinking.

When you enter your martial arts school your mind should begin preparation for the training that is to follow. This initial bow allows you to focus your mind on what is ahead – your training for that day. It is like a key that unlocks your mind so that you are ready to receive the knowledge that will be transmitted that day. In reality you are showing respect for yourself and acknowledging that you want and are willing to learn.

During a martial arts class the act of bowing lets your seniors and fellow students know that you are paying attention and acknowledging the information or practice that they are conveying to you. It is respect for the mutual interaction that takes you along your journey in the martial arts.

At the end of class bowing is in essence showing your thanks and gratitude for your school – a place where you can come and learn, for your teachers – that they are there and willing to teach you and consider you as family, and for your fellow students – as they are the ones that assist you in your learning by practicing with you.

There is a right and certain way, a praxis, a way of behaving, that emerges from your paradigms and mental programming that must be learned, nurtured and developed if you are to succeed in the martial arts and in life itself. You must practice your martial art in your school and you must continue to mentally practice your martial art throughout every day and in every moment of your living.

Part of the right and certain way is the establishment of an ethical and moral code that you can use as mental programming to shape your paradigms and create your praxis. To that end you must consider the concepts of Rectitude, Heroism, Compassion, Courtesy, Truthfulness and Loyalty.

RECTITUDE simply means making the right decision with consistency in any and all situations that arise during the course of your life. And you know that the RIGHT DECISION is the Moral, Just and Honorable one.

HEROISM has many interpretations and often depends on the situation at hand. But, in everyday life heroism simply means TO DO WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE in the right and certain way. A true hero is someone who accomplishes that which they set out do.

COMPASSION although easy to describe is often difficult for many to express. Compassion is a feeling that you get inside when someone else is experiencing pain or suffering. The martial arts stresses action and to that end you must find ways to express compassion for your family, friends, and anyone who may be having problems in their life. Helping is an expression of compassion.

COURTESY is truly needed in today’s society. The “modern world” with its “all about me” attitude could greatly benefit from the simple acts of courtesy. Please, Thank You, Gratefulness, opening the door for someone who has their hands full are all easy expressions of courtesy and they cost you nothing! And you get so much in return. Remember YOU MUST GIVE IF YOU WISH TO RECEIVE.

TRUTHFULNESS is the right and certain way. It is the way of sincerity. When dealing with yourself or others truth is the only way. To be truly aware and be able to see the path to your success you must be true to yourself and others in all dealings and interpersonal relationships. If you are untruthful then the universe will believe that you think being untruthful is acceptable and it will conspire to bring untruthfulness to you from all directions.

LOYALTY, devotion and obedience are all tied together. You should be loyal and devoted to your parents and family and realize that these are the origins, roots and foundation of your life. In the martial arts it is important to be loyal to the school or organization to which you belong. You should realize that it is they that are guiding you along your path of growth, development and improvement. If you can not be loyal you should not be there, it is as simple as that.

All of these things including developing a strong respect for yourself are the beliefs that you can use to shape your paradigm, develop your perceptions and create the praxis by which you live, love, laugh and succeed at everything in your life.

Martial Arts is for Everyone!

Kevin Hufford is a respected martial arts and qigong master and teaches classes, seminars and instructor certification in upstate New York, the USA and Internationally. He is the founder of a new and revolutionary system called Mind Power Qigong. For more information and to CLAIM YOUR COPY of “It’s Your Health, Create It NOW!” please visit –
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Grandmaster Ip Ching speaks of several benefits from mastering the principle of relaxation.  The first and possibly most important benefit of relaxation is that is sets the pattern for learning and eventually mastering the techniques of Wing Chun.

The goal of training is to build correct muscle and tendon memory.  Once you have drilled incorrect body memory they become a habit.  Your body must learn how to move on the correct line of force.  Just drilling punches or movements will not do it.  You have to force your body to become proficient in these movements.  For example:  Drilling punches concentrating on the correct line of power.  Keep your elbow on line.  The wrist, elbow and shoulder must align correctly with the stance.  Paying particular attention to the exact standards of the movement.  This concept remains true in all of Wing Chun whether in stepping, kicking or any techniques.

Again step-by-step is the key for a correct technique.   Illustrated here is another example of a direct line of force demonstrated with a kick.  First, you must keep your foundation leg directly behind your kicking leg.  Second, make sure that the foundation leg remains bent during application.

This principle also applies to defensive techniques.  In advanced stages you must learn to develop your defensive movements.  When attacked try to concentrate on the fastest possible defense.  For example:  When you are attacked with a Lop Sao technique there are several options for defense.  You might utilize a correct Bong Sao, Pak Sao or Tan Sao.  The option will depend on the speed and mastery of the technique you choose.  These skills are developed through consistent Chi Sao practice.

The second reason you should practice relaxation is that it will help you develop explosive power.  An equation taken from Newton’s Second Law of Motion states that one half mass times acceleration equals power.  When you relax, your muscles seem to have more mass.  When your arm is tense the antagonist muscles do not stretch hold the weight of the arm decreasing the mass potential of the movement.  Relaxation also increases your power by increasing your speed.  When your muscles are tense they pull against each other and hold each other back.  Fighting with tension in your muscles is like driving a car with one foot on the accelerator and one foot on the brake.  When your muscles are relaxed your movements will have much greater speed, and therefore much greater power.

Finally, staying relaxed in a fighting situation will help to avoid injury.  When muscles and joints are tense they are more prone to injury.  This situation is often seen in sporting events where athletes are struck during a flexed activity.  Severe injury is often the inevitable result.  When you stay relaxed your body will be able to move with the force of the attack.  Fighters often call this ability, “Rolling with the punch.”

When your ability to relax becomes intrinsic you will have found the key that Wing Chun has given you to unlock your potential.

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Master Ron Heimberger was a direct disciple of Grandmaster Ip Ching, he was one of the Directors of the Ving Tsun (Wing Chun) Ip Ching Athletic Association. Sifu Terry Estcourt represents Master Heimberger in the UK, anyone interested in learning and training Ip Ching Ving Tsun may contact Sifu Estcourt via
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High-energy karate is only part of the summer camp experience at Integrity Martial Arts! Children not only receive exceptional teaching from experienced instructors, but they also enjoy indoor games, themed activities and outdoor sports.

Active and Fun

Children get great exercise and love to come to Integrity Martial Arts’ summer camp. Integrity harnesses that excitement to teach Respect and Discipline through the martial arts. This is done in such a way that it nourishes children’s self-esteem through positive feed back, overcoming challenges, mastering responsibilities and achieving goals. In between classes, children play games like chess, visit a local park and spend time with their friends.

Real Self-Defense

The staff at Integrity Martial Arts believes that children face real dangers in today’s world and that self-defense is a valuable, possibly necessary skill. They are careful to instruct each of their students on what are appropriate and inappropriate uses of force.

Certified Expert Staff

Integrity Martial Arts doesn’t hire unskilled teenagers to teach their students. All of Integrity’s instructors are certified black belts with extensive experience teaching children of all ages and developmental levels. All senior instructors are certified in CPR and First Aid for the Professional Rescuer. Integrity’s chief instructor, Jonathan Metcalf, is one of only 10 people in the country certified to teach the martial arts by a Higher Board of Education. Integrity Martial Arts is certified as a youth day camp by Connecticut’s Department of Health.

Highly Recommended

Parents enthusiastically recommend Integrity’s programming because of the difference it has made with their children. Integrity Martial Arts has received endorsements from Connecticut’s Governor Jodi Rell, local town officials and several public schools in Enfield, Somers, and Longmeadow.

Not Just For Summer

Maximum Impact Delivered is a safe and fun way for children to spend the after school hours.  It is a program only available to qualified students. The program incorporates the Maximum Impact leadership program and service learning in addition to the trademarked martial arts program. Integrity Martial Arts has contracted with a licensed and insured transportation company to pick up kids directly from school and transport them to Integrity’s studio (dismissal to parents is at 6PM). Parents can choose pick-up from one to five days a week for children who live in Enfield and Somers (grades 1-6). Call now for availability.

Cool, Clean, Beautiful Facility

Integrity Martial Arts’ 5,000 sq. ft. air-conditioned facility has a large lobby, three martial arts classrooms, a playroom and a room designated for quiet time.

How Much and When?

Half and full-day programs (for beginner and advanced students) will run for ten weeks starting in June. Parents may register their children (ages 4-12) by the day, the week or for the entire summer. Integrity’s Summer Camp hours are 9AM – 5 PM (with early drop-off and late pick-up available at no additional charge). Discounts for full-summer registration or multiple family members are also available.

Check It Out!

Discover the difference Integrity Martial Arts can make with your child! Call them today at (860) 698-9226, stop by their studio at 585 Hazard Ave., Scitico Plaza in Enfield or visit their website at for Martial Arts for kids.

Integrity Martial Arts Academy provides Martial Arts for kids , Karate & Self Defense training classes in Enfield, Somers, East Windsor, Suffield CT & Longmeadow MA Schools. IMA offers after School programs in Japanese Karate, Kempo,kickboxing,XMA extreme martial arts, chanbara & summercamp, self-defense for kids and adults. Log on for more details.
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