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 …

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 …

Cleaning Martial Arts Gear

How To Condition Your Shins for TaeKwonDo

In a kick heavy martial art like Taekwondo, those new to the martial art often deal with injured shins. Their shins are not conditioned for the demand that a martial art like Taekwondo puts on them. This leaves many new to training wondering just how they go about conditioning their shins? I have compiled a complete list of ways to …