martial arts history

Straegies and Philosophies from 6 martial arts masters!

Leo Fong is one of the wisest people I know. Now in his ninth decade in the martial arts, he's also one of the most experienced, accomplished and versatile. When he talks, I listen. A few of the pearls he's dispensed over the years have been rattling around in my pocket for some time now.

As a firm believer in the power of principles, Fong encourages his students to seek the deeper truths of the martial arts. "There is an important difference between understanding what makes a clock tick and knowing how to tell the time," he once said.

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That a director of my city's opera company would call me seemed a little odd. There are probably some monkeys who know more about opera than I do. But the director was inviting me to lunch, so of course I went.

It turned out the company was producing a performance of Madame Butterfly, the Puccini opera that tells the story of a doomed love between a French military officer and a geisha in early 19th-century Japan. The opera has come under fire for its stereotyped, utterly fanciful depictions of Japanese culture. The local company was trying to anticipate such criticism, and the director asked me, since I serve on the board of some organizations related to Japanese culture, what I thought.
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Croatian soldiers and innovation of the necktie.

The old and wise books about the world's history of mankind state that a garment item which was a symbol of a small European nation, with its beauty, won the whole world.

Like many great things that marked mankind, this item has also influenced the entire humanity. This little garment is today the most widespread fashion detail in the world, and is owned by around 600 million people everywhere around the world. They always wear the symbol of that small nation around the neck, between the shirt and the jacket.

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KI ( chi ) – inner energy

AI – uniting, joining

KIAI (Kihap or kyap) is the consequence of a special kind of breathing. It is usually said that it is a guttural sound, but the right KIAI comes from the abdomen as a result of strong expiration.

The real KIAI is the consequence of the unconscious part of the human being and it is not deliberately provoked.

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