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Martial Development

Unlocking human potential through martial arts

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How Mario Napoli Beat Chen Village Taiji

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 18:58:27 +0000

How a sick man with one bad knee defeated the All-China Push Hands champions of Chen Village.

Charles Manson and the Many Faces of Tai Chi

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 10:41:20 +0000

Has Western cultural bias redefined Tai Chi as an upper body exercise?

Karate Kata Secrets of the NBA

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 06:34:12 +0000

Wilt Chamberlain used a free throw kata -- and it didn't work. What does this teach us about Karate?

Empty Your Cup, Part Deux

Sun, 30 Oct 2016 09:48:07 +0000

“Empty your cup,” the master said.  “Your cup is overflowing.” “Maybe stop pouring then?” I replied. “It’s a metaphor,” he snapped.  But it was too late anyway.  My loafers were ruined. “Now clean up that mess,” he ordered with a stern look.  ”And brew another pot!”  I quietly walked back to the kitchen.  This was … Continue reading Empty Your Cup, Part Deux

The Automotive Applications of Tai Chi Chuan

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 06:54:45 +0000

Over the past few months, I have made a careful survey of Seattle’s Tai Chi skills.  I have toured the community centers, local parks, and martial arts studios.  Watched many classes, spoken to dedicated and passionate instructors.  After reviewing these groups, I can tell you exactly where to find the best Tai Chi in Seattle. … Continue reading The Automotive Applications of Tai Chi Chuan

Unlocking the Warrior Spirit: Duckling Edition

Thu, 28 Apr 2011 13:30:24 +0000

It’s not the size of the duck in the fight, but the size of the fight in the duck that counts.

From Homeless to World Champion: The Story of Kickboxer Marco Sies

Tue, 19 Apr 2011 11:35:44 +0000

Excerpted from The Master Method: Four Steps to Success, Prosperity and Inner Peace by Master Marco Sies Growing up, I experienced difficulties and personal conflict that I’ve worked very hard to overcome. Some of these struggles stemmed from negative influences and people who told me I wasn’t good enough…I was inferior…I wasn’t smart…I was too … Continue reading From Homeless to World Champion: The Story of Kickboxer Marco Sies

Are Action Movies Ruining Martial Arts?

Tue, 12 Apr 2011 13:00:13 +0000

In New York Magazine, Kyle Buchanan laments the decline of the modern action movie: …Actors often brag about how much Krav Maga or karate or capoeira they had to learn for their roles, but to judge from the onscreen world of modern action movies, that kind of skill set is hardly rare: A built-in understanding … Continue reading Are Action Movies Ruining Martial Arts?

The Best of Karate Kyle Contest

Sat, 09 Apr 2011 06:13:09 +0000

The Contest I need you to help Karate Kyle express his seething rage. First, decide what he needs to say. Second, jump over to and type in your idea–you’ll receive a captioned image immediately. Finally, save it, and leave a link to your original creation in a comment below. Submissions will be accepted until … Continue reading The Best of Karate Kyle Contest

An Idiot Travels to Shaolin Temple

Sat, 02 Apr 2011 06:59:19 +0000

Karl Pilkington in An Idiot Abroad