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Martial Arts Basics

No matter their origin, code of ethics or moral foundation, all martial arts are saturated in a repertoire of similar techniques and skills that can be classified as martial arts basics. This holds true for traditional martial arts and modern mixed martial arts styles.

Some martial arts basics include striking, kicking, leg kicks, sweeps, punches, slaps, finger pokes, parries, evasion tactics, footwork, elbow and knee strikes, and specific kinds of stances that reflect defensive or attacking positions. Other basic skills that may occur within specific sets of styles include takedowns, throws, head butts, grappling, chokes, rolls, ground techniques, wrestling, joint manipulation, stomping, submission holds and striking vital areas of the body.

Mastering martial arts basics is usually accomplished through repetition, forms, sparring or fighting.

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  1. Dr. Jerry Beasley’s Top 10 Martial Arts for Self-Defense

    Dr. Jerry Beasley’s Top 10 Martial Arts for Self-Defense

    It’s one of the most common questions martial experts hear: Which martial art should I study for self-defense? Well, one of our resident experts succinctly explains which 10 martial arts might fit the bill!
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  2. Richard Machowicz on Kids and the Martial Arts: How to Deal With Bullies

    Richard Machowicz on Kids and the Martial Arts: How to Deal With Bullies

    Richard “Mack” Machowicz is an ex-Navy SEAL, co-host of Spike TV’s Deadliest Warrior and author of the book Unleash the Warrior Within. He’s proficient in taekwondo and has studied muay Thai, kali, boxing, Brazilian jiu-jitsu and Paul Vunak’s take on jeet kune do. However, this SEAL Team hand-to-hand combat instructor
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  3. What Inspired You to Begin Your Martial Arts Training?

    What Inspired You to Begin Your Martial Arts Training?

    I love our Facebook community. On Monday, we asked them why they began their martial arts training, and their answers were so inspiring that I just had to share them with you.
    “I was picked on as a child and had a lot of anger issues. I joined karate when I
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  4. Knockout and Concussion Statistics for Violent Encounters

    Knockout and Concussion Statistics for Violent Encounters

    Editor’s Note: Because it’s impossible to defend yourself when you’re unconscious, knockouts play a critical role in any fight, whether it takes place in the ring or on the street. In our September issue, we explored the physiological effects of a knockout and why head trauma is such a controversial
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  5. Dr. Mark Cheng’s Top 10 Martial Arts for Self-Defense

    Dr. Mark Cheng’s Top 10 Martial Arts for Self-Defense

    Almost every day at Black Belt, we’re asked the same question: “What’s the best martial art for self-defense?” To find out the answer, we asked Dr. Mark Cheng, an expert in Chinese medicine and martial arts.

    “I chose the following arts because of my personal experience with them,” Dr. Mark Cheng
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  6. Free Jujitsu Techniques E-Book From George Kirby

    Free Jujitsu Techniques E-Book From George Kirby

    Can empty-hand jujitsu techniques improve your weapon skills? We asked our friend George Kirby this question, and the result is our latest free ebook—Basic Jujitsu Techniques: 4 Budoshin Moves to Improve Your Jujitsu Weapons Training.

    Long before the Brazilian jiu-jitsu tidal wave washed over the world, George Kirby was diligently spreading
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  7. Learn the Self-Defense Laws Surrounding Deadly Force

    Learn the Self-Defense Laws Surrounding Deadly Force

    In Spider-Man, Uncle Ben told Peter Parker, “With great power comes great responsibility.” The fact that the statement originates from a comic-book character doesn’t make it any less true. It’s especially applicable to the martial arts and the use of deadly force. Deadly force is the most serious issue you
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  8. 6 Sparring Drills to Improve Your Martial Arts Training

    6 Sparring Drills to Improve Your Martial Arts Training

    The martial arts were created as a means of weaponless self-defense. That’s why almost every art has sparring at its core. By taking the basic martial arts techniques you learn in class and applying them in controlled fighting situations, you’ll learn how you react under pressure.

    Unfortunately, many students are afraid
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  9. How to Break Boards with Leif Becker (Part 3)

    How to Break Boards with Leif Becker (Part 3)

    World-champion breaker Leif Becker instructs Black Belt’s very own multimedia manager Rachelle Lagnado in the art of board breaking. In this exclusive video, Rachelle learns how to break a series of double boards!


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  10. How to Break Boards with Leif Becker (Part 1)

    How to Break Boards with Leif Becker (Part 1)

    World-champion breaker Leif Becker instructs Black Belt’s very own multimedia manager Rachelle Lagnado in the art of board breaking. In this exclusive video, Rachelle learns the body mechanics of breaking.


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