How To Improve Your Sparring

It’s been a while since I’ve written a martial arts post and think it’s about time to cover some more important concepts.  In this article, we’re going to cover three concepts that tie together to improve your overall skill.  These are useful in sparring, but are also principles that equally applicable for self-defense.

This concept is based on a pyramid where you must gain a solid foundation on the existing level before progressing to the next level.  Those three levels, in order, are Coordination, Application, and Flow.   Continue reading “How To Improve Your Sparring”

Way of the Warlord: Final Phase

This week we complete our Way of the Warlord program here at A Kings Castle.  This is designed to be an interactive physical, mental, and martial arts program where the authors of the site give out a two week challenge to the readers to better ourselves and become better men.

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Way of the Warlord: Phase 12

This week we continue with our Way of the Warlord program here at A Kings Castle.  This is designed to be an interactive physical, mental, and martial arts program where the authors of the site give out a two week challenge to the readers to better ourselves and become better men.

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Way of the Warlord: Phase 11 Update

This week we continue with our Way of the Warlord program here at A Kings Castle.  This is designed to be an interactive physical, mental, and martial arts program where the authors of the site give out a two week challenge to the readers to better ourselves and become better men.

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Way of the Warlord: Phase 10 Update

This week we continue with our Way of the Warlord program here at A Kings Castle.  This is designed to be an interactive physical, mental, and martial arts program where the authors of the site give out a two week challenge to the readers to better ourselves and become better men.

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Way of the Warlord: Phase 9 Update

This week we continue with our Way of the Warlord program here at A Kings Castle.  This is designed to be an interactive physical, mental, and martial arts program where the authors of the site give out a two week challenge to the readers to better ourselves and become better men. Continue reading “Way of the Warlord: Phase 9 Update”

When You Must Regress In Order To Progress

“Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb.”

-Winston Churchill

Oftentimes, when we are trying to improve something, we reach a plateau that seems impossible to surpass.  No matter how hard we try, the wall blocking our path sometimes seem impenetrable.  The frustration sits in and many either give up or throw themselves against the wall with reckless abandon. Continue reading “When You Must Regress In Order To Progress”

3 More Basic Rules of Sparring

Last week I posted an article on some of the fundamentals of sparring.  While these basic rules were primarily geared towards sparring, and to a lesser extent self-defense, some of my followers on Twitter saw real-life lessons outside of martial arts that these rules applied to.

Due to the warm reception to that article (and the fact that I can talk about martial arts ad nauseam), I decided to compile another short list of basic sparring rules.  Continue reading “3 More Basic Rules of Sparring”

Way of the Warlord: Phase 8

This week we continue with our Way of the Warlord program here at A Kings Castle.  This is designed to be an interactive physical, mental, and martial arts program where the authors of the site give out a two week challenge to the readers to better ourselves and become better men.

Continue reading “Way of the Warlord: Phase 8”

The 3 Basic Rules of Sparring

My recent life has been inundated with all things martial arts as I prepare for my testing.  I figure since my mind is naturally wandering through this jungle, I will offer some tidbits of information that may be useful to others.

Today I am going to cover the original rules I was taught about sparring.  I’m not talking about rules designed to keep people safe such as no eye gouges, groin shots, or biting, but rather some simple concepts to improve your sparring and quite possibly your ability to defend yourself should the need ever arrive. Continue reading “The 3 Basic Rules of Sparring”