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With a world as vast as ours is, it is no surprise that there is a large amount of opinions and information regarding the martial arts we train. Sifting through the conflicting ideas to find the truth can be difficult, however it is an important step for anybody wishing to steer their training in a good direction.

Luckily, you aren't alone in your pursuit for the truth in martial arts.

We previously listed seven common misunderstandings martial art students have, now here are seven more!

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Martial arts teaches more than techniques for fighting or sport, it expands the student's horizons and teaches lessons that apply to life beyond the mat. Colton Brown, from Piscataway, N.J. has traveled the world as a Judo competitor, and after an impressive career that has included the 2016 and 2020 Olympics, Brown announced his retirement as a Judo competitor from Tokyo. Thankfully, Brown shared his answers to the five questions that have been asked of members of the USA Judo Team. Read his answers below, and heed the wisdom of an apex competitor.

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Kata (Form) –Japan, Kuen (Form) – China , Hyong ( hyung, ITF –tul, WTF- poomsae , pattern) - Korea, Qyong Vietnam, AKA- Burma Khawankay –Kashmiri, Obyzatelnyy (Form) – Russia, Form- Europe, America

Kata is a form of unique obligatory exercises involving a series of hand and foot techniques of punches and kicks connected by certain moving, and these movements represent a fictional fight against an imaginary opponent. Therefore kata is a defined series of striking techniques suitable for training martial arts techniques. Kata is also choreographed patterns of movements practised either solo or in pairs (practised is also on the team). Solo training of kata is the primary form of practice in some martial arts, such as – Japanese fencing - Iai do. In the martial skills of the East llike judo, aikido, kung-fu, ju- jutsu, tae kwon do as well as karate, the old masters perform these exercises properly to stay in good physical condition. Some movements in kata require from the practitioner an exceptional balance, the others endurance and breathing control. By practicing various kata one used to reach universality, or to exercise different striking techniques and keep good physical condition.

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From the modernization of life and especially from Covid- 19, mental health issues are rising quickly. Today, people are significantly turning and looking for more mental health support. We need to find effective outlets and solutions to stop matters from worsening and improve wellbeing.
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