Martial Destination: Dr. James Guo, Scholar and Warrior. Promoting China’s Ancient Battlefield Spear

Couple weeks ago, I had the chance to travel to Toronto for a few days and as I was preparing my trip, I thought I could squeeze in some training while in the city. I have been aware of the Big Spear (Da Qiang) training for a few years now after attending a competition in […]

Dagestan’s Peaceful Warriors – Part 3 – A Documentary

On October 2015, Al Jazeera released a wonderful documentary covering the life of Mr. Gusein and Olga Magomaev/a and their Five Directions of the World Martial Arts School. At one point in the documentary following Mr. Magomaev’s concerns for his pupils due to the raise of Islamic terrorism, the footage switches to a fire that […]

Martial Destination: Dagestan’s Peaceful Warriors – Part 2 – An Interview with Sabir “Cobra” Bagautdinov

Many people seek martial arts training from the source be China, Japan, Korea or Thailand; there is a draw in many of us to fulfill a long life dream to visit where “all started”. I was no different and did the “China Thing” over a decade ago. However, there are outstanding instructors closer to home […]

Dagestan’s Peaceful Warriors – Part 1

On October 2018 at UFC 229 Dagestani MMA fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov successfully defended his Lightweight title against the always colorful Conor McGregor putting Khabib and his native Dagestan in the spot light. Khabib’s victory is however, not the only one for fighters from the republic, in fact Dagestan has been a Mecca for combat sports […]

A Blast from the Past, Martial Arts in Colombia

By W. Acevedo In a previous post we presented a general overview of the introduction of different Asian martial arts to Latin America and the state of martial studies which has continue to evolve as new contributions towards our understanding of these and other fighting practices e.g. machete fighting, have being published in these countries. […]

Chinese Martial Arts History and Practice by Stanley Henning

As the saying goes “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step” it’s been thirty three years since I started my martial arts practice and over a decade when I discovered a paper that triggered my interest on the historical evolution of Chinese martial arts. The article in question was “The Chinese Martial […]

Practical Application of Chinese Martial Arts with Tim Cartmell

When I started my at times rocky martial arts journey thirty three years ago, Chinese martial arts (CMA) was (at least for me) something unattainable. The only arts at hand in my city were Japanese and Korean, which I trained for almost a decade. However, I always felt something was missing, in the early 1990s […]

Training to Fight with Chinese Martial Arts in the Republican Era Part II

Security forces training While the books used in our survey already discussed in part I were aimed to civilians a few had either the police or the army as target audience. One of the first comprehensive curriculums created in the early XXth Century was Ma Liang’s Zhonghua Xing Wushu (New Martial Arts of China) published […]