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Importance of the Back Kick

The back kick is an extremely powerful and potentially lethal weapon. It can be much more powerful than a roundhouse kick, carrying over 1,500 lbs. of force upon impact. However, proper execution is more difficult. The primary challenges to the back kick are accuracy and power.


Meditation after Training

Meditating after training helps to calm down brain waves and relieve excess body heat through the mouth and pores by repeating simple motions with corresponding breath work. In a short...


Rubber Band Man

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The rank of 4th degree black belt takes close to two decades of continuous training to achieve. Within in that time frame, there are periods of progress, stagnation, and even decline in energy level and skill. A rubber band by itself already has a certain shape. You can, however, stretch it out with some effort. Furthermore, with extra pull, it stretches out exceedingly, and with less pull it shrinks back closer to its original shape. That is where the similarity lies between the journey towards attaining 4th degree black belt and a rubber band. It is not uncommon for a student to train with high intensity and dedication in the months leading up to their black belt tests, not just 4th degree.