Reflections of a Christian Kungfu Master

Ricks bookThere has been much written about the dangers of Christians practicing Chinese Kungfu. Sadly this has been done out of a spirit of fear and misunderstanding. In this book Master Wilcox uses his 37 years of experience to dispel many of these misconceptions. Topics discussed are: What is the true origin of Kungfu? Who created the Yin Yang symbol and why? What is chi? Is the Chinese dragon really a satanic symbol? Can I train Kungfu as a Chrisitan? Written in simple, easy to read language, Master Wilcox answers all of these questions and more! Check out his book or purchase here.

Choosing the Best Martial Arts Style

Finding the Best Martial Art
Written by By Eddie MaClean  

blackbeltsmFor anyone who wants to learn a martial art, there is a lot to know in regards to the many different styles. Of course there is the question of finding the best martial art, which is a question a lot of people ask with so many martial arts styles to choose from, it can be very complicated to pick one to learn.

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A Grand Seminar

Tuhon Ruby executes a throw with Guro Eric Marks.

Tuhon Gaudiosa Ruby teaches the Comjuka-Kali art
Written by Guro Robert Moore  

Tuhon Ruby made her yearly visit to Blue Ridge Kung Fu Arnis Academy from her headquarters in El Paso, TX., and shared the Comjuka-Kali (meaning Combat-Judo-Kali) system with her Boone students. It was a pleasure to learn from such a knowledgeable Tuhon in the Kali art and she, along with her husband Punong Guro Gary Ruby, taught a great seminar April 14-16, 2011.

She is called “The Queen of Filipino Martial Arts” and has traveled all over the globe teaching and showing her system. It is a family based, and shared combative martial art, that is comprised of combat weapon fighting, unarmed combat, combat ground fighting, as well as Filipino customs and cultures. During this seminar, we touched on it all.

Thursday, the senior students were treated to the native language of the Philippines, Tagolouge, in which Tuhon and Punong Guru had fun hearing us learn the words. Understanding the language is a critical part of the art and a must to know in order to advance. We messed up plenty of words but in the end, we had too much fun.

Friday, the kids had a blast with Tuhon. She taught how to defend against a bully. Guru Marks was the bully for most of the night and was tossed around a few times from Tuhon. Well, more than a few times. Please check the images from the kids class online here. Other images are in the gallery also.

Saturday was an all-day event which started at 10 a.m. The lower belts were treated to Tuhon, she drilled them hard, and the high black belts

were treated to Punong Guro Gary Ruby who kept us going form after form after form. The lower belts focused on knife attack defense, knife attacks, forms, and stick drills. The higher belts progressed through the forms up to black belt level working the kahoy (stick), the kutsilio (knife), and the empty hands. Some stick drills were also worked on towards the end.

This was an outstanding seminar and the knowledge gained is extremely valuable.

The next generations of Kali warriors should think about attending a seminar of Tuhon Ruby’s if she comes to Boone. She teaches plenty of skill to have in the bag in order to defend against the unexpected.

Mixed Martial Arts

Mixed Martial Arts has become an Increasingly Popular Combat Sport

Mixed martial arts has become an increasingly popular combat sport. MMA, as it is commonly shortened to, makes use of various fighting techniques and a minimum set of rules to create an organized but hands-on contact sport. In the past, mixed martial arts has been criticized as being nothing more than free-for-all fighting, but with rules and guidelines in place, MMA has been able to shake off most of the negativity that seems to surround it. Mixed martial artists are people who have trained for the MMA, and people who compete are referred to as MMA fighters.

So, what is MMA? Mixed martial arts is a structured setting in which two people fight one another, without endangering one another. Special training and cross-training is what ensures MMA is never considered as nothing more than street fighting. It is also becoming very popular in the United States and even around the world.

MMA has a long history, dating back to the Olympic Games in Greece in 648 BC. The purpose of MMA at this time was to provide combat sport, amusement and training for Greek soldiers. Rules for the fight were minimal and basically ruled out eye gouging and biting, and a fight ended when one or both solders became incapacitated. The fighting at this time was very brutal, and many participants often died from the encounters they had with one another.

Today’s MMA is much more structured, but still allows for interested participants to get out aggression and tension, which is probably why it is so popular. More rules are in place that prohibit eye gouging, biting, hair pulling, fish hooks and other painful, underhanded techniques, so more people are willing to try their hand (no pun intended) at mixed martial arts.

As mentioned earlier in this article, MMA is comprised of several fighting techniques. Having a mixed bag of fighting techniques ensures lively and unique fighting styles and competitions, which is part of the allure of the sport. Some commonly found fighting techniques in MMA include boxing and kickboxing, judo, freestyle wrestling and shoot wrestling, Sambo, Muay Thai, Kyokushin karate and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. A lot of these fighting, offensive and defensive techniques have some common themes among them, but each style of fighting has its own unique aspects, which is why MMA is so interesting when everything is brought together.

MMA is often criticized as being nothing more than brawling and a way of encouraging violence, but those who take part in the sport understand there it is a lot more than “just a fight.”

About the author:
Kim Green is appreciating the art in Mixed Martial Arts more and more as she shares her insight to the wide world of MMA.

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