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A forum covering all things martial for all martial artists. Regardless of your chosen style, or whether you&rsquo;re a practitioner of a modern or classical system, in this forum we can all swap ideas and knowledge and help each other along our chosen paths.</p>

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5000 year old Egyptian grappling art - Beni Hasan Jutsu

There have been a couple of posts with references to Egyptian martial arts painted on to tombs in the desert, but there were no pictures, so when I saw the following, I thought I'd post it.

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Below is a tracing of what could be made out of the painting on the tomb walls.

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Block-Swim-Trap Drill

This week's Waza Wednesday video from my Sensei isn't a kata application, so I thought it would make more sense to share it in the "Martial Arts" section. In it, he shows a skill-building drill we practice, that also serves as an entry into strikes, locks, and throws. We demonstrate it against swinging "haymaker" punches, but it can be done against a wide variety of attackers, or from the kakidi (crossed/hooked hands) position. I hope you find it useful!

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Lots of Sanchin

I'm not sure how much Sanchin you can take, but there is lots of it here from different Kung Fu styles.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvw9-SIurKE&index=1&list=PL82BB14FF1E800689

I was told there's no bunkai for Sanchin... Not so sure about that.

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Yong Chun (Fujian) White Crane Fist Applications

I put this here because the kata application forum specifies only Okinawan and Japanese kata... wink

It's some White Crane Boxing applications based on several of their forms... Including "San Zhan" (Sanchin)

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Are locks really locks?

I was just reading Wastelander's Joint Lock "Throws"  post and it's a good point. We treat locks as locks because well we have to train them. But are they really, were they really? I've never really considered them as anything other than compliance methods. Yes the throws are pretty.

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Archery - Function dictates form

This video has been making the rounds on facebook recently.  I thought those on this site would appreciate the similarities with Mr. Andersen's work on restoring the combative nature of archery (and I love the term "war archer") and the changes in the form of modern archery to follow the function of hitting a stationary target (or looking good in movies).

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An Interesting Essay on The Japanization of Karate

This article came out in the Journal of Contemporary Anthropology back in 2012, and someone shared it with me, today. It's a long read, and nothing terribly surprising, but it's interesting nonetheless, and I thought some folks here might like to read it:

http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1038&context=jca

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Archeology of martial arts

It occurs to me that largely what karate practitioners are doing with bunkai is a form of archeology. Digging up useful techniques from the past. While it's intellectually interesting and somewhat rewarding I'm not sure it's a great way of recording, learning, teaching and ultimately training martial arts and self defence.

In Europe, 600+ years ago, they did not encode martial arts techniques into forms or kata (yes, Europe had martial arts 500 years ago) they wrote them down and illustrated them. Much as we would today but without cameras.

Here is the result:

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Zen and the martial arts (why it is BS)

Here is a link to a very interesting podcast from the BBC on Zen. I’m a regular listener to “In our time” and this one will be of interest to martial artists. The later part of the podcast touches on Zen and the martial arts, and is clear that it is a connection that was invented relatively recently i.e. there was NO historic connection between the martial arts and Zen.

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Kicking in Ancient Pankration

Came across this article that i thought was quite intersting.  My understanding is that kicking started to become more prominent in karate with "sport" karate and such.  However this article explains that kicking had a somewhat prominent place in the ancient art of pankration, which ws used in the original Olympic games.  Itd be interesting to see what kind of kicks were used, im guessing mainly front kicks.

http://www.fightingarts.com/reading/article.php?id=164

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