Martial Arts Halloween

Even Martial Art stores are honoring the Best Day Ever! (That’s the 31st of October, not that you needed to ask! 😉 )

Centurymartialarts.com

Centurymartialarts.com

Brilliant.

If you need a full blown Ninja uniform. . .or a glowing saber (listen, you never know!). . .they’ve got you covered with a few fun…and discounted…goodies!

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Centurymartialarts.com

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Martial Arts Humor – The Feline Ninja

This actually happens to me… My Bast figures aren’t quite so large, though, so they may not be the best guise for my boys…

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But…They try.

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If I stay perfectly still, she might think I’m a statue too…

 

Wait! I've been spotted! QUICK!

Wait! I’ve been spotted! QUICK!

 

If I quickly dart behind here, she'll never see me!

If I hide behind here, she’ll never see me!  Thanks, Bast!

 

To hell with this hiding stuff. I'm still a Ninja.

To hell with this hiding stuff. I’m STILL a Ninja!

Martial Arts Humor – Unnecessary Injury

It isn’t exactly funny. . .but interesting that there are so many memes about this!

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I’ve been talking about this a lot lately – I simply have no interest in partnering with students who want to go full-bore.  The purpose of my training is to learn techniques, to replicate them properly in order to create the correct muscle memory.  I’m NOT interested in going bananas, and cranking my partner’s limbs…OR my own!

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Don’t get me wrong, rolling, kicking, sparring, punching…at your full potential is great too, of course! – but this is more with respect to when we are specifically training techniques.  I see (and sadly have FELT) rushing far more than I’d personally like – you can’t go at a snail’s pace for sure, but unless you solidly have the technique, it’s important to be mindful.  

When you are in a class and learning techniques designed not only to lock joints, but flat-out BREAK them, staying in FULL CONTROL of your body and movement is integral.

Along with that? Keeping yourself tidy – again, mindfulness – so that you don’t put your partner at unnecessary risk (yes, I have had my face gouged my nails. “Ugh, your DNA is under my nail!” my partner said.  My response wasn’t so cheeky, as I wiped the blood off my face.)  Cleanliness and grooming matter when you are in a close contact sport.

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These days, I’d rather say, “slow down,” “hold looser,” or “dude, maybe you want to partner with someone else.” 

More substantial – avoidable – injuries?  NO THANKS!