Hot Martial Arts How-Tos

How To: Use the pressure points of the arms in self defense

The arms are the part of the body most used by Westerners in fighting. As a result, targeting and disabling an opponents arms is a great way to end a fight quickly without the risk involved in hitting an opponent's head. This three-part video details pressure points all over the arms and various ways of striking them in order to hurt and disable your opponent, ending your engagement with limited damage to both yourself and them.

How To: Be a Shaolin Kung Fu Master

For almost 15 centuries the Shaolin Monastery has been synonymous with the greatest fighting skills on the planet. Boxing Classic: Essential Boxing Methods references the Shaolin Monastery as the birthplace of Chinese Boxing, and the practitioners of this martial art are known to be skilled beyond imagination. The battles fought by Shaolin Monks have become legend worldwide, retold though the ages in print, performance and film. While the origins of Shaolin Kung Fu are often disputed, and man...

How To: Sit in Seiza in Kendo

This is an instruction video about how to sit in seiza in Kendo. It is very important to know how to how to sit in seiza becasue in kendo we sit in seiza all the time! It is also useful to learn because seiza is a part of Japanese culture.

How To: Attack the pressure points of the leg while fighting

Disabling your opponents legs is the fastest way to make sure that you can get away from a fight situation without killing your opponent. Attacking the pressure points associated with the large blood vessels and nerves in the legs is an effective way to do that. This two-part video features an extensive walkthrough of the legs pressure points and ideas for attacks that can be used against them to get your fight over with as quickly as possible without risking killing someone.

How To: Use the pressure points of the neck in combat

The neck is one of the most important and fragile parts of the body. It has few bones and muscles and very many blood vessels and nerves, making it a natural haven for pressure points. This video will teach you how to locate and strike many of these pressure points in order to improve your self-defense or martial arts skills. It includes demonstrations, diagrams, and detailed instructions for utilizing the information obtained in real-world self-defense situations.

How To: Tie a karate belt on your child (or another person)

In this how-to video, Sensei Paul Adams will teach you how to tie your belt on your karate kid. The belt will be very stiff at first, but will loosen up over the years. Take the middle of the belt and place it on their belly. Take the ends and pull them all the way around until they reach the belly again. Make sure the belt is snug the whole time. Place the right side over the left and pull that end under both layers of the belt. Once this is done, pull the left end over the right and tie a t...

How To: Wrap Your Hands for Muay Boran (Ancient Thai Boxing)

Muay Boran Muay Boran (Ancient Boxing) is an all-inclusive term for the ancient boxing arts of Thailand, from which modern Muay Thai was born. In the old days, fighters would wrap their hands with strips of twisted hemp cloth or hemp rope. Although it is commonly thought that fighters would dip their wrapped hands in broken glass, this is largely a myth. They did, however, dip their hands in water in order to harden the rope.

How To: Use the pressure points of the torso in self-defense

This seven-part video series is absolutely a must-watch for anyone who regularly finds themselves in self-defense situations. Each of its parts details how to use a different pressure point on the human torso effectively and as safely as possible in hand-to-hand combat. It includes demonstrations, explanations, and all of the information you will need to strike your opponent down using the many pressure points in their chest.

How To: Do an arresting handling & restraining technique

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to do an arresting technique for handling and restraining. As the opponent begins to punch you, grab the opponent's wrist with one hand. Then push the other arm under the opponent's bicep and under the armpit. Now pull the opponent towards you and push their arm to their back. Make sure you grab over the opponent's hand. Then use your knee to push against and opponent's hamstring and pull down their shoulder to throw them down on the floor. Continue l...

How To: Train with Japanese Sai

In this martial arts video series, learn how to train with the Japanese Sai from 3rd degree Black Belt Michael Lewis. Michael will demonstrate Sai fighting techniques such as how to use a Sai to block a bo staff strike, how to block and counter strike with a Sai, how to use a Sai disarm an opponent armed with a bo staff and an opponent armed with an escrima stick, and how to use a Sai to block and disarm an opponent with a katana blade.

How To: Do Hapkido techniques

Master Rafael Negron, 6th DAN Master Instructor, and Jessica Sherlock, 2nd Degree blackbelt. Hapkido is an eclectic Korean martial art that is literally translated as “the way of coordinating energy” or “the way of coordinated power.” Hapkido is ultimately used as self-defense and combines other skilled martial arts with common attacks. he main focus of Hapkido is footwork and body positioning used to employ leverage.

How To: Do a judo throw

The Judo throw became one of the most famous judo moves for a reason. Done right, it is a devastating (and very cool looking) maneuver. In this tutorial, Judo Black Belt and BJJ Brown Belt Mark Massey teaches us the Kuzure Osoto Gari (and the more traditional) Osoto Maki Komi throw.

How To: Keep an opponent pinned

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt Octavio Couto Jr. is a real pro when it comes to fighting. He is going to be teaching you how to properly keep an opponent pinned down to the ground for a substantial amount of time. In this seminar, Octavio demonstrates a unique side control position known as the 100 kilo and a few other great moves to use in order to help you gain complete control over the person you are fighting. If you don't know what the 100 kilo is or how to do it, just follow this video a...

How To: Fight with escrima sticks

In this video series, our expert Tres Tew will teach you all about escrima stick fighting. He will teach you how to block with an escrima stick, how to strike with an escrima stick, how to do a shoulder crank with an escrima stick, and how to do a push block with an escrima stick.

How To: Perform a northern style Kung Fu combination

In northern style kung fu, practice the rising block, reverse punch, shin kick, side kick and side punch combination to add power to a martial arts arsenal. Perform this unique attack combo with tips from a professional kung fu instructor in this free martial arts video. Perform a northern style Kung Fu combination - Part 1 of 20.

How To: Break a choke hold while seated using a pressure point

This martial arts/self defense video will show you how to break a choke hold using a pressure point, from a seated position. These are nerve points that you use to disrupt your attackers nervous system. Remember that in using these forms you must always keep a calm mind. It is also important to know when your opponent is disabled after using this chokehold.

How To: Do basic techniques of Jeet Kune Do

In these martial arts training videos, learn the basic principles behind Jeet Kune Do, using no way as way, and having no limitation as limitation. Our teacher will guide you in some beginning movements and techniques, including how to do a simple ready stance and how to combine kicks and punches for a powerful advantage in combat.

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