This is the section of my site where I share with you self defense techniques from other martial arts and fighting systems.
From time to time, you'll find new articles and reviews of self defense matters. The purpose of this section is to bring to you awareness of techniques from other martial arts that you can perhaps modify to your own training. You may also wish to incorporate them as part of self defense drills.
But not everything is hard work. ;-)
I also like finding out about self defense gear, books and learning aides... and when I find something good, I will tell you about it.
Use what's relevant... discard the rest.
If you're interested in the origins of Karate as a martial art, there are many books around that can give you an insight into this topic.
Sure, the knowing where Karate originated won't make you a better martial artist, nor will it make you a better fighter. However, martial arts and self defense are not just about punching and kicking each other silly. If you're serious about self defense and martial arts, you should also immerse yourself in their history.
Nathan Johnson offers a new approach to the origins of Karate as a martial art, and convinsingly demonstrates that the traditional movements of both Kung Fu and Karate grew from the spiritual practices of the Shaolin order of Buddhist monks and nuns.
Nathan argues that, contrary to popular assumption, neither Karate or Kung Fu were meant to be used as techniques for self-defense. What was intended to be then?
Ahhh... grasshopper... you gotta read the book to find out. :-)
But the book is not only about "speculative history" (Although I would not really call it "speculative"). Barefoot Zen also includes practical instructions for preforming kata with over 400 photographs, 35 illustrations, and 54 figures.
If you're in Asia, Australia or New Zealand, you can find this book here (a new window will open).
If you're in North America, you can find Barefoot Zen here (a new window will open).
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