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James Figg - The First Bare-Knuckle Boxing Champion

As modern day martial artists, we owe a great deal to those who formulated and developed our arts. I love to read their works, and stories about these great men and women. By studying the past greats we can gain inspiration and we can fully appreciate our arts as we can view them in their correct historical perspective.

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The Nature of Fighting

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Naihanchi - Karate's Most Deadly Kata?

The kata Naihanchi (Tekki) is practiced within the majority of karate styles. The word 'Naihanchi' is said to mean 'sideways fighting' due to the kata's distinctive embusen (floor pattern). This embusen often leads to many karateka incorrectly believing that the kata is for fighting on a boat, or when your back is against a wall etc.

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The "Missing links" of Kata?

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No First Attack in Karate?

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Karate on the Ground

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