Jack Hoban—a former Marine Corps captain and one of the acknowledged "founding fathers" of ninjutsu in America—reveals the core physical techniques of this mysterious and often misunderstood martial art. Trained by Masaaki Hatsumi in Japan, shidoshi (senior instructor) Jack Hoban is an ideal instructor to teach ninjutsu to new and experienced practitioners. Volume 1 covers junan taiso (stretching and conditioning exercises), san shin no kata (fundamental "body-spirit" exercises) and kihon happo (fundamental techniques). Also features weapons coverage. Volume 2 covers taisabaki (basic body movement), ukemi (injury prevention), taihenjutsu (movement to avoid danger), rolling, breakfalls, cartwheels and leaping techniques. Also includes instruction for ninja walking and advice on how to avoid sword cuts. Volume 3 covers kamae (body attitudes, stances), uchi waza (striking) and keri waza (kicking). Volume 4 covers introductions to basic weapons training and philosophy of the new warrior. Also includes stick techniques (hanbo, three feet; jo, four feet; rokushaku, six feet), a review of hand strikes, kamae with and without weapons, combinations and ways of immobilizing an armed assailant.


Dr. Craig's Martial Arts Movie Lounge

When The Fast and the Furious (2001) sped into the psyche's of illegal street racing enthusiasts, with a penchant for danger and the psychotic insanity of arrant automotive adventure, the brusque bearish, quasi-hero rebel, Dominic "Dom" Toretto was caustic yet salvationally portrayed with the power of a train using a Vin Diesel engine.

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Host country Japan continued to run roughshod over judo at the Olympics Thursday winning both golds on day 6 of competition in Tokyo. Shori Hamada's match in the women's 78 kg division was over almost before it began as her French opponent, Madeleine Malonga, missed on an inside trip attempt just 10 seconds into the contest allowing the ground specialist, Hamada, to take it to the mat. Hamada worked her way free of Malonga's legs and into a hold down position for an easy pin to take the gold medal.

In the men's 100 kg category, Japan's Aaron Wolf waited until overtime against South Korea's Cho Gu-ham before going for his own ouchi gari, inside trip. Unlike Malonga though, Wolf, whose father is American and mother Japanese, landed his perfectly putting Cho flat on his back for an ippon, full point, to take the finals. Japan has now tied their own record for most gold medals (8) in a single Olympic judo competition with three events still to go.


There are hundreds, if not thousands of articles and advertisements, all touting the myriad of benefits children receive from studying martial arts. Let's assume the reader is already sold on the idea of having their child study martial arts, and now it's just a matter of finding the right school. As a former school owner myself, I thought I would share three things to consider when choosing a martial arts school for your child.
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