The behavior of a martial arts student can reflect poorly on the behavior of his or her teacher. This behavior often makes itself evident at seminars and tournaments. As a former tournament referee, I realize that we don't always see every point and sometimes we have a different opinion of what constitutes a point than do some of the spectators. However, that is never an excuse to verbally abuse a referee.
Three Kickboxing Legends Step Back Into the Ring!
Spoiler alert! Kickboxing superstars Jean-Yves Theriault, Wally Slocki and Bill Wallace recently returned to the ring in Ottawa, Canada. Motivated not by money or belts, the former champs did it for charity — and for the benefit of fans everywhere. While raising money for a good cause, these legends proved that the martial arts can be a pursuit for practitioners of any age.
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Photos Courtesy of Capital Conquest<p>Capital Conquest 2019 featured everything from arnis to Zen. A who's who of martial arts instructors from Austria to Spain and Croatia shared their knowledge with attendees. The roster included the following people:</p><ul><li>UFC champion Carlos Newton — Canada (MMA)</li><li>PKA world champion Bill Wallace — USA (karate)</li><li>PKA/ISKA world champion Jean-Yves Theriault (kickboxing)</li><li>ISKA cruiserweight world champion Darrell Henegan — Canada (taekwondo)</li><li>Joe Lewis Eternal Warrior Society inductee Wally Slocki — Canada (karate)</li><li>NHL coach Greg Pollock — Canada (strength and conditioning)</li></ul>
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Even though the 2019 Martial Arts SuperShow is just around the corner, you still have time to make plans to attend
In my opinion, one of the highlights is Bill Wallace's world-famous “morning stretch" class. Why is it a highlight? At the SuperShow, I always find so many things to do, often with other martial artists, that I stay up a little too late while having a little too much fun. To make up for that, I love to get in an early workout before the expo opens.
At Superfoot's morning stretch, it doesn't matter how many stripes you have on your belt, how many tournaments you've competed in or how many students you have enrolled. What matters is that you're interested in bettering yourself by working out with the undisputed authority on flexibility, conditioning and kicking.
No Pain, No Gain
What is the role of pain in martial arts training? Does the popular expression “no pain, no gain" apply to what we do? Is pain good in some scenarios and bad in others? Here's what I have found out over the years.
You probably can guess some of the names on Superfoot's list — Joe Lewis, Chuck Norris, Mike Stone — but we doubt you can guess them all. Journey back in time to the era of karate tough!
In the early 1980s, I was asked to name the top 10 karate fighters of the 20th century. Here's my list again — for the benefit of all the martial artists who never saw it when it ran and for those who are too young to have lived through those early years of martial arts in America. No. 1 on my list of the top 10 karate fighters was Joe Lewis. I picked him because I have never met anybody who said he enjoyed sparring with Joe Lewis. I sparred with him several times and learned a lot, but I didn't enjoy it — it hurt!
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