Monday, June 21, 2010

Steven Seagal Training Session with Anderson Silva

Just saw an interesting training session of Sensei Steven Seagal (7th-Degree Aikido Black-Belt) with UFC Champion Anderson Silva. it is in Portugese, but you should be able to follow most of the footage. Enjoy.

Sensei Carter

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Karate, Kung Fu, Jiu-Jitsu, Aikido - What's in a name?

A famous quote by Bruce Lee reads:

".....unless human beings have three arms and three legs, then we will have a different way of fighting. But basically we all have two arms and two legs so that is why I believe there should be only one way of fighting and that is no way."

As I am going in to my 25th year of martial arts, I have spent most of my time studying three grappling arts, namely Nihon Goshin Aikido, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, and Japanese Jiu-Jitsu. I have also studied Judo, Kempo and Karate. What I have concluded is all good, practical, street-effective martial arts have more things in-common then different. That brings me to an important point. It is not the type of martial art that is most critical, but it is the effectiveness, experience and professionalism of the martial arts program.

With the re-release of THE KARATE KID, I suspect there will be a surge of interest in the martial arts. I would recommend to youth, parents, and families the following guidelines when looking to enroll in a martial arts program.

1. Call, email or visit 2 to 4 schools.
2. Talk to the owner or chief instructor about monthly tuition, enrollments fees, contracts, etc.
3. Visit the academy and take note of three important things.
a. Does the teaching style of the instructor meet your expectations?
b. Does the learning environment appear safe, positive and professional?
c. Are the techniques practical, realistic and street-effective?

If the dojo meets those three important factors, then it should be a good fit for you and your family.

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