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Modern Martial Arts

Traditionally, martial arts were defined as fighting arts that originated in Asia that had moral codes in which the art’s philosophy was a way of life and that one would train in the physical, mental and spiritual ways of the art. Those that trained in just one of these three ways weren’t considered complete martial artists. Western combative forms like boxing, wrestling and fencing were therefore not considered martial arts.

However, Western scholars and egos are changing the definitional landscape of what a martial art is. It’s becoming recognized that any fighting art, regardless of whether there exists a morality code or the intention behind the art’s use, they’re all considered martial arts. With this mentality change, modern martial arts are surfacing everywhere as practitioners alter traditional arts, add in novel ideas and give the art a new name. By providing a sports tweak, a street-fighting shtick or a military application, the modern martial arts philosophy is becoming more about survival of the fittest whether it’s on the battlefield, street or in the ring.

Martial arts purists contend that many modern martial artists aren’t martial artists but are highly skilled technicians of martial arts techniques.

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  1. Get Close-Quarters Combat Training With Seven Krav Maga and Kapap DVDs From International Self-Defense Experts!

    Get Close-Quarters Combat Training With Seven Krav Maga and Kapap DVDs From International Self-Defense Experts!

    Are you into the close-quarters combat training styles of Avi Nardia, Albert Timen, Alain Cohen, Mike Lee Kanarek, Richard Ryan and the like? Are you interested in realistically depicted street-fighting scenarios and step-by-step breakdowns thereof? Then Black Belt has a new group of krav maga and kapap DVDs that might
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  2. Krav Maga Expert Eyal Yanilov Shows You How to Defend Against a Knife Attack on the Ground

    Krav Maga Expert Eyal Yanilov Shows You How to Defend Against a Knife Attack on the Ground

    Eyal Yanilov and his krav maga defenses against variations of the front kick were featured as the cover story for the March 2011 issue of Black Belt (which happened to be the third of five special 50th Anniversary issues leading up to the June 2011 50th Anniversary Collector’s Issue, all
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  3. Combat Focus Shooting Expert Rob Pincus Discusses the Not-So-Picture-Perfect Reality of Self-Defense Against a Knife Attack on the Street

    Combat Focus Shooting Expert Rob Pincus Discusses the Not-So-Picture-Perfect Reality of Self-Defense Against a Knife Attack on the Street

    You’re out for a walk in the city at night and a man approaches you. Before you know it, he comes at you for a knife attack. What do you do? In a martial arts magazine, self-defense experts could suggest a variety of counterattacks — some from the traditional martial
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  4. Combat Hapkido’s John Pellegrini on Women’s Self-Defense, MMA and Military Training

    Combat Hapkido’s John Pellegrini on Women’s Self-Defense, MMA and Military Training

    To help us learn more about traditional training in a modern world, our friend GK Zachary from AdultMartialArtist.com sat down with combat-hapkido founder John Pellegrini.

    Pellegrini’s been inducted in more than 20 martial arts halls of fame and has been on the cover of 17 self-defense magazines, including our own. Why?
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  5. The Man Behind Bruce Lee’s Tao of Jeet Kune Do: Gilbert Johnson

    The Man Behind Bruce Lee’s Tao of Jeet Kune Do: Gilbert Johnson

    On the eve of Tao of Jeet Kune Do’s release, public awareness will be awakened again to the legendary man who wrote this book: Bruce Lee.  As a child, I used to call him “Uncle Bruce.”  But there was another special human being who I regard just as warmly.  And when
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  6. Krav Maga Expert Eyal Yanilov Shows You How to Disable an Opponent and Defend Yourself From the Ground

    Krav Maga Expert Eyal Yanilov Shows You How to Disable an Opponent and Defend Yourself From the Ground

    Eyal Yanilov is, by far, one of the most respected krav maga practitioners in the world today. He is currently listed as “master level 3/expert level 8″ in krav maga – the highest rank krav maga founder Imi Lichtenfeld ever awarded to any student. Yanilov’s official title today is chief
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  7. The Secret to Mental Warfare: Winning in Advance

    The Secret to Mental Warfare: Winning in Advance

    Mental warfare is half of your fight game, yet many martial artists neglect this area of their training.

    In this second installment, we’ll explore the secret to controlling the battleground of your mind and six advanced tactics to give you the edge in mental warfare, whether in the ring, on the
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  8. The Secret to Mental Warfare

    The Secret to Mental Warfare

    Bruce Lee once said, “The possession of anything begins with the mind.”
    From ancient philosophers like Sun Tzu to modern MMA coaches such as Greg Jackson, most experts agree that battles are won or lost in your mind. Mental warfare is half of your fight game, yet many martial artists give
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  9. How to Use Krav Maga for Self-Defense Against a Shirt Grab!

    How to Use Krav Maga for Self-Defense Against a Shirt Grab!

    Would you know what to do if an attacker grabbed your shirt in a bar, at an ATM or on the street? Krav maga expert Alain Cohen shows you a simple yet fiercely effective krav maga counterattack for exactly this situation in this excerpt from his six-DVD krav maga set,
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  10. How to Win a Street Fight Using Self-Defense Techniques, Fight Psychology and Combat Conditioning

    How to Win a Street Fight Using Self-Defense Techniques, Fight Psychology and Combat Conditioning

    There are a few videos floating around the Web of old-time catch-as-catch-can wrestler Billy Robinson. In one of them, he recounts easily handling a famous strongman in the early 1970s. After beating him over and over, Billy Robinson claims the bewildered powerlifter asked him, “What makes you so good?”

    Billy Robinson’s
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