History of Martial Arts

What is a Brief History of Martial Arts?

Tracing the history of martial arts can be difficult. Even historians cannot currently agree upon how martial arts came to be. Part of the problem stems from the fact that a lot of the early history was never written down. I have illustrations from thousands of years ago depicting people who are purported to be engaged in a martial arts …

Martial Arts Style

What Are the 12 Most Popular Types of Martial Arts?

If you’re looking to join martial arts for your fitness, spiritual harmony or to hone your mind and body, picking the right martial arts style is essential if you’re going to enjoy yourself. Because the world of martial arts is so diverse with so many different styles of martial arts out there, choosing a martial arts style can be a …

TaeKwonDo and the Olympics

TaeKwondo and the Olympic Games

The art of TaeKwondo is still a fairly new martial that has only been around for less than a hundred years. But in the short time the martial art has been practiced it has had a meteoric rise in popularity. It is now practiced by millions across the world and had the honor of becoming an Olympic sport in 2000. …

Kihap in Taekwonfo

What Is The Kihap (Yell) in TaeKwonDo?

The word Kihap is a portmanteau of the Korean words “ki” and “hap.” Ki is an incredibly important concept in East Asian martial arts,. While ki is literally translated as “air,” “gas,” or “breath,” it is more commonly used as a term for a person’s energy, life force, or even mood. It is essentially a spiritual and psychological bridge between …

TaeKwonDo Injuries

The most common Taekwondo injuries and how to treat them

I spoke to Kevin Jensen and John Lee from Infinite Health for some expert advice about taekwondo injuries and treatments. Kevin is a massage therapist who has worked with the Argentine National Taekwondo Team and competed himself in World Youth Taekwondo championships in Canada, the Costa Rica Open and 2x Pan-American championships in Mexico. John Lee is a qualified physical …