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Why Do You Practice Martial Arts?

September 9th, 2010 · 39 Comments

Submitted by reader alwayslearning_drinkyourcup:

Everyone in less than ten words please try to explain why you practice the martial arts. I think I can show how we are all trying to do the same thing our perspectives and personal agendas just make us word it differently. Please just humor me i consider myself a scientist and could use as many perspectives as possible.

Go ahead. Ten words or less, please.

Quiz: Can You Name This Martial Art?

September 3rd, 2010 · 12 Comments

How much do you really know about the history of martial arts? Test your knowledge with this Martial Development interactive quiz.

If you don’t know the answer to any of these questions, you are welcome to look it up first, either online or offline. That’s not cheating, folks–it’s research! [Read more →]

Would You Choke a Deaf Shoplifter?

August 14th, 2010 · 5 Comments

Home video showing security guards from a Hollywood store in a scuffle with two men who appear to be deaf has become the talk of the Internet. Police said one of the men apprehended by the security guards, Alejandro Rea, was charged with robbery.

Joshua Fountain shot this video of the physical altercation outside of the Forever 21 clothing store at Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue.

Two security guards are seen in the video, with one of them on the ground holding one of the Rea brothers in a choke hold. Meanwhile, the other brother is circling frantically trying to help. The two men are making sounds and gesturing but they aren’t speaking. [continued at KABC]

If you were a plainclothes security guard, and someone walked out of your store with stolen merchandise, what would you have done? [Read more →]

Dating in the Dojo: Good or Bad Idea?

May 11th, 2010 · 12 Comments

Last week, I asked a random group of martial arts instructors and students the following question:

Do you think dating in the dojo is a good or bad idea? Why?

Here are their answers… [

Share Your Martial Arts Workout Playlist

February 5th, 2010 · 6 Comments

Which songs are on your martial arts workout playlist? Here are a few more of my favorites, and other classic martial arts themed hits.

Alright cree
Mix up the yoga with the tai chi
Mix up the roots dem with the lychee
Strengthen up my back
Now ready fi whine she
When time me come the gal dem haffi cry cree…

Cree – T.O.K.

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9 Famous Artists’ Quotations on Martial Arts

November 26th, 2009 · 8 Comments

As shown in The 20 Best Martial Arts Quotes of all Time, many of the most intelligent and insightful observations on martial arts originate outside its community. Let us now select a few more choice quotations from the art world at large.

A man paints with his brains and not with his hands.
~ Michelangelo [

The Single Most Important Lesson in Martial Arts

June 8th, 2009 · 38 Comments

Please answer the following question, in forty words or less (preferably in one sentence):

What is the single most important lesson you have learned in martial arts?

On June 30, I will randomly select one respondent to receive a prize, courtesy of contest sponsor Shambhala Publications.

If your complete answer exceeds forty words, you are welcome to publish it on your own blog or forum; just give us the summary, and drop a link to your full post below.

Your Answers

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2009 Martial Arts Tuition Survey

March 17th, 2009 · 10 Comments

What is the biggest secret in martial arts today? Is it the mysterious methods of harnessing chi energy? Nope. Is it the touch of death? Guess again.

The biggest secret is a simple matter of dollars and cents…

  • Do you know the average martial arts school tuition rate in your area? Probably not.
  • Are you paying too much? Maybe.
  • Is there anything you can do about it? Absolutely!

By refusing to publish their class tuition rates, commercial martial arts instructors hope to prevent potential students from disqualifying them on price alone. As a result of this secrecy, it was nearly impossible to determine a “fair” market price for martial arts lessons–until now.

Please answer our quick, anonymous class tuition survey. The results will be published here, to help students like you find the best school at the best price. [Read more →]

Win a Date with a Martial Arts Master

March 6th, 2009 · 15 Comments

K-OS, '4321'

If you could spend the afternoon with any martial arts master–of the present or past, living or dead–who would you choose? Where would you go, and what would you do?

Our Top Martial Arts Blogs – The Year in Review

January 16th, 2009 · 16 Comments

As voted by Martial Development readers in 2008…

Most Popular Posts

Totally Nude Tai Chi: A DVD Review With Pictures
After writing this, I learned that Tai Chi is just one disc in an extensive nude martial arts DVD series. Other titles include Judo, Kendo, Karate, and Changquan. I kid you not!

Five Questions With a Nei Kung Expert
My thanks to the Mo-Pai disciples who collaborated with me on publishing this interview.

Top Commenters
Thomas Tan
Rick Matz, Cook Ding’s Kitchen
Bob Patterson, Striking Thoughts
Richard C. Bauer, Dim Mak researcher
“Kungfuguy”, a.k.a. “Cobra-Kai”

Me, Chi and Bruce Lee

I have randomly selected one commenter to receive a free gift. [Read more →]