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What Martial Arts Style Should I Choose?
In order to get the most benefit from the martial arts, you need to choose the style that best fits your goals. Because there are so many great martial arts to choose from, finding the right one can be a daunting decision.

The first thing to consider when choosing a martial art is what you expect to gain from your time in class. Are you trying to learn self-defense, or are you joining a martial arts school for aerobic exercise purposes? If you are looking at the martial arts as a way to increase your fighting abilities, what type of strikes, throws, or defensive techniques do you want to learn? Let’s take a look at some of the more popular martial arts to help you get an idea of which style is best for you.
Top 5 Funniest Karate Videos of all Time
In general, the martial arts are a very serious activity. But, every once in a while, it is a good idea to take a step back and laugh at some hilarious martial arts videos that have been filmed over the years. I spent some time this morning scouring the internet for the funniest karate videos of all time. If you are aware of any other really funny martial arts videos, please let us know...because we love to laugh. Now, sit back and enjoy these funny karate movies!
What Gear Do I Need For My First Martial Arts Class?
One of the most frequent questions our customer service team hears is “What supplies do I need for my first martial arts class?” I’d like to begin by stating that it is always best to discuss this question with your instructor prior to purchasing anything, but we will cover some of the more common beginner supplies.
Should I Enroll my Child in the Martial Arts?
With the release of the new Karate Kid movie last week, many parents are wondering if they should enroll their child in a martial arts class. If you or your child has never attended a martial arts school before, it can be a scary decision that comes with many questions.

The biggest concern amongst most parents is whether or not their child will be safe when practicing with other students. That is a very valid concern, because many of the martial arts require some contact with other students when practicing self-defense techniques, throws, or sparring. However, most instructors request help from assistant instructors during kids classes to try to prevent accidents from occurring. In addition, most schools enforce a minimum age requirement for sparring and other techniques that require contact between students. The best advice I can give you would be to watch your child take at least one introductory class prior to joining any martial arts school. You will be able to tell very quickly whether your child is comfortable in the dojo by his or her body language when interacting with other students and the instructors. In most towns, there are multiple schools to choose from, so you will probably want to visit a few prior to joining any dojo.
Our Quest for Unique Martial Arts Supplies
When we first opened shop in the 1970’s, there was not a huge variety of martial arts supplies for us to carry. We sold a small assortment of Karate uniforms, traditional weapons, books, and training equipment, but very little protective equipment or accessories. During the 80’s and 90’s, as the martial arts grew in popularity, we saw a huge increase in new items we were able to offer our customers. Over the last 10 years however, it has become increasingly more difficult to find new and unique martial arts supplies. Don’t get me wrong, variations of existing products are developed regularly. Everyday it seems like I come across a supplier selling a new color of sparring gear or a kick-shield with a slightly different design, but I am always on the lookout for something “completely” different from the norm.

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