Most Martial Arts & Self Defense Programs Are Totally Wrong for Women and Middle-Aged Men!

Regardless of whether or not you’ve trained in a formal self defense class or martial arts program, I’m sure that you have the same perception of the trained martial artist as young, male, fit, and very athletic. And yet, these guys are actually the least likely to be attacked in a self defense situation.

While they are the “most” likely to get into a fight, or to be attracted to the allure and fame of sport karate or mixed martial arts – they are not the typically victim of a street self defense attack.

This article discusses this, and several other reasons why most self defense and martial arts programs are wrong when it comes to arming women and older men with the skills necessary for effective self defense against a real attack from a real world attacker.

As pointed out in the self defense book called, “The Karate-Myth,” there are certain myths and misconceptions that our society has, as a whole, that get in the way of your learning effective, real-world self defense. One of these is the idea that just because someone has a black belt in this or that martial art, automatically means that he or she can defend themselves against an enraged attacker or street criminal.

Sorry. Just not so.

In fact, many martial arts systems are not focused on modern, real-world self defense.

The execution of some really cool skills… yes.

Self protection… no.

The reality is that, for women, the concept of self defense is a very difficult subject. Not because there is no defending themselves in a women’s self defense situation, but because even the best scenario includes the male attacker being about two and half times stronger than the female victim!

It’s true. If you were to stand a man and a woman, side-by-side, and all things were equal…

Same height, weight, size

Same fitness level

Same state of health, in fact…

All things considered…

She would still be outgunned by a ratio of 2 to 1!

And, when we think about the average man or woman of middle age, we get the idea that they probably…

Aren’t very fit, athletic, or quick

Haven’t exercised since high-school (if they were active then), or…

Are very conservative when it comes to dealing with aggression or wanting to fight

That means that, regardless of how committed they are to learning to defend themselves, the least likely they are to remain in a program that tries to turn them into the equivalent of a 20 year old male.

Probably explains why the typical, middle aged man or woman drops out of martial arts training within the first 100 days. In fact, studies where these folks were interviewed show that it was because there was not real world self defense training being offered that matched what these students knew they would be facing if they were really ever attacked.

The point here is that, if you’re serious about self defense, and you can relate to what …

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A Short History of Sports Photography

The history of sports photography is tightly related to the trends of sport gaining popularity throughout human history. The technology of photography from the early 1800s onward leaped forward in bounds and aided an emerging media, sporting journalism.

The inspiration of athletics and sport in art can certainly be seen in the work of the ancient Greek masters of sculpture, however this type of expression was not as prevalent in modern sporting venues until the invention of wet-collodion and dry-plate photographic processes. These processes allowed for posed studio images on glass plates and tin-types, but were just not ‘fast’ enough for the ‘stop-action’ images we are used to seeing today.

As the 19th Century was coming to a close, in the 1880s scientific motion studies of athletes in action were produced in the United States and Germany, the technology was still not considered on the sporting field. This all changed with the advancement of photography and sports journals in the last part of the century. As the first sports journals began to appear around 1900, the public became more and more interested in the sports image, which often would include images of players on the tennis green, golfling or on the hunt for wild game.

In the history of sports photography the earliest of contributors were more concerned with the activities of the country elite, but by the end of World War I, readers of sporting journals were becoming interested in the professional athletes of American baseball and tennis. The majority of these early images were of prominent players in posed situations, giving te sense of action. Baseball players were posed with bat in hand at the plate, teams were lined up for group shots and so forth, however the ‘action’ shot was still not widely seen.

With the 1930s more and more images of athletes in action were appearing in magazines, assisted in their growth through camera systems allowing photographers shutter speeds up to 1/1000th of a second. This gave way to styles highlighting blurred subjects suggesting movement and ‘stop-action’ images of the athlete in activity. Photographers began adopting signature styles and the popularity of the genre began to grow rapidly as the public began to expect the excitement of seeing their favored athletes in ‘action.’

In 1954, Sports Illustrated – the vaunted digest of sports and athletics – premiered and suddenly the position of being a sports photographer became even more engrained in the public eye. The magazine highlighted the exploits and professional and amateur athletes the world over, increasing the need for the art form and those who practiced it. By this point, technology had more or less caught up with demand, with the advent of small, compact single lens reflex (SLR) cameras and the fast shutter speeds offered in the models. The history of sports photography is strongly tied to lens technology, as well, had advanced to offer the photographer a wide choice of methods to compress perspective and using depth of field for dramatic effect.…

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Baiting Deer In Arkansas – Whitetail Bowhunting in Arkansas

Baiting Deer In Arkansas

Arkansas, known as the Natural State, is a prime destination for whitetail bow hunting. Herd conservation practices have resulted in a very large population of these illusive creatures that makes hunting them one of the highlights of the fall and winter months. Archery season opens the first day of October and ends the last day of February, providing hunters with the longest season for hunting of any game in the state.

Whitetail bow hunting can be done in a couple of different manners. The first involves wearing camo from head to toe and spending a lot of time in a tree stand overlooking a known trail that is used by whitetails on a regular basis. The hope is that one will eventually pass within range of a bow shot and be dropped by the waiting hunter.

The second method of whitetail bow hunting is more challenging. This method, known as “still hunting” involves very slowly moving through the woods in search of whitetails. The reason for the term “still hunting” is that it can sometimes take fifteen minutes to move five feet. The archer using this method of hunting is using every one of his senses to try and locate his prey. In a sylvan forest, this can be very difficult. Whitetails are known for their ability to hide and make use of even minimal cover to elude hunters. Baiting Deer In Arkansas

In addition, whitetails have all the advantages over the hunter. They have superior hearing and a keen sense of smell that allows them to become of the presence of man long before he is aware of the deer. Visual acuity in whitetails can be limited, however, making wise use of camouflage clothing and very slow movements the ideal method of stalking a whitetail. Even though the deer is aware that a man is close, he may be fooled about the exact location until it is too late if a hunter is careful enough.

In addition to the very long season offered for whitetail bow hunting in Arkansas, some cities have become so overrun with these animals that they have opened up hunting inside the city limits provided the hunter is able to pass a proficiency test with his archery tackle to assure a safe hunt. For avid bow hunters, this test is very simple and hunting within the city limits of a town that is overrun with whitetails is one way to practically guarantee fresh venison for the table.

Whitetail bow hunting in Arkansas is one of the most popular outdoor sports in the area. Whitetails are a favored target of many different hunters and the challenge of bow hunting is a favored way to spend some time in the great outdoors. The skills needed to be a successful bow hunter are generally passed down from generation to generation in the hope that our children will develop a healthy respect for the environment and a willingness to become a steward of the forest …

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10 Basketball Skills You Should Learn

Learning how to play basketball is learning its fundamentals. Here are those:

1.    Dribbling – is important to penetrate to the hoop, move the ball across the court, get away from the defense, and find a good passing lane. There are different types of dribbles:

•    change-of-pace,
•    crossover dribble,
•    behind the back,
•    pull back dribble,
•    low dribble,
•    basic dribble,
•    between the legs dribble

2.    Passing – A good offensive attack requires good passing from players. This helps find an open man, to find a good shooter or to get away from a defender. There are several types of passes you need to learn:

•    Overhead Pass
•    Chest Pass
•    Push Pass
•    Baseball Pass
•    Off-the-Dribble Pass
•    Bounce Pass

3.    Shooting – The object of the game is to win by scoring the most points. Therefore, improving the team’s shooting is important to win a game. There are several ways to score in the game:

•    Jump Shot
•    Dunk
•    Alley oop
•    Free throw
•    Layup
•    Three-Point Shot
•    Hook Shot

4.    Rebounding – is essential to gain or regain possession after the shot. Usually, the team who has the most number of rebounds after the game has more shot attempts and chances to score.

5.    Offense – is the only chance that the team has a shot at the basket and scoring. Playing a good offense requires coordination among players and individual skill to execute well plays. 

6.    Defense – To be able to get a chance to score and gain possession, the team should play good defense and try to stop their opponent from scoring. As said, “A good defense is a good offense.”

7.    Moves – There are different kinds of basketball moves that are important in executing both a good offense and a good defense. Moves are helpful in finding an open man, make a good shot or create an amazing play.

8.    Violations – Knowing the kinds of basketball violations improves your game.

9.    Assist – is given to a teammate to help him score easily. Thus is it important to find an open man on the court

10.    Foul – is often an accidental contact made by the defender to his opponent or an aggressive move by the ball-handler towards his defender. However, a foul is also used as a strategy to stop the clock or to keep the shooting player from scoring easily. Learning how to use your fouls well is important in the game.…

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Single? Maybe. Avoid Online Dating Lies and More

At first glance, you’re impressed with the profiles of several attractive, successful singles. But, what your friend failed to tell you is that what you see online, isn’t always what you get in person.

According to Paul A. Falzone, CEO of The Right One and Together Dating, the largest brick-and-mortar dating service in the world, “Online dating sites are used by the honest and dishonest alike. Men and women use the anonymity of the Web to lie about their age, appearance, name and even gender. For example, cheating spouses will use online dating sites to hook up with someone when they go out of town. It’s important to be aware of the perils of online dating before you get burned.”

Falzone alerts online daters of the red flags which signal potential dates to avoid:

R U free 2nite? The “texter” who has a few seconds to send text messages, but is always too busy or not available to actually chat on the phone or via email. This type likes communication to be kept to a minimum, unless s/he initiates it. Dates are often made and cancelled at the last minute with a variety of excuses used. S/he is often out of town a lot and inaccessible. These are common signs of someone who is not single and/or not being honest with you. Move on. You can do much better.

Beauty or beast? Beware of dishonesty through photo misrepresentation. Note that a good profile usually provides more than one photo of that person. If the photo looks too professional, chances are, it is – and perhaps even “borrowed” from somewhere else. And yes, there are people who deliberately post their high school photo from 15 years ago to attract your interest.

Think you hit the jackpot when you get a nice response with a good-looking photo? One of the ways competing online dating sites draw you in is by responding to you with profiles of “beautiful people” from another dating site. After you’ve clicked over to that site and signed up to meet that gorgeous creature, oftentimes you’ll find they don’t even exist. Save your time and money by responding to those who are members of your dating site.

Little lies. So you recently arranged to meet that single, 6’4″, trim and muscular, brown-haired former college basketball captain whom you found online. Upon meeting in person, you find out that the only thing true in his description of himself was his hair color. Some believe that telling “little lies” on their profile with regard to a couple inches in height or a couple pounds in weight won’t matter. Be aware that those who misrepresent themselves on the “little things” may have no problem lying about “bigger things” such as their marital status and age. Don’t settle for what you read in a profile. Verify the information they have offered by asking about their age, relationship status, height and weight. They may refuse to answer your questions or they may provide different …

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The Advantage Of Playing Indoor Sports

It can be very upsetting when we have been working all week long and have looked forward to playing our favorite game on the weekend only to have it cancelled due to bad weather. With our climate changing so much, the weather is something we can never be too sure of. The heat seems to be more severe each following year, and the humidity is sometimes stifling. The sun’s UV levels are classed as extreme so often, it is worrying each time we head outside. Skin cancer is a constant worry for all outdoor situations. Playing indoor sports is a great way to be sure of getting to play regularly and not having to worry about weather or skin damage.

Netball has been played outdoors for years, and is an enjoyable game if the weather is kind. However it is subject to the same limitations as other outdoor sports when our climate changes to summer heat and storms. Even as a spectator it is not the most comfortable environment. Indoor sports solves all these problems and more. You don’t miss your game or socializing with mates, you play in comfort and enjoy it much more. We all know the difficulty of hitting a ball in tennis with the sun in our eyes, and it is no different than trying to make a shot in the hoop playing netball in the same situation.

Playing indoor netball is a great way to pass our leisure hours. With adequate lighting, climate controlled surroundings, and gear supplied, why wouldn’t you give it a go? You are not stressed when playing and feel good after the game is over. No more feeling overheated, or drowned out by sudden storms. With the skin cancer numbers increasing as well, playing indoors protects us from sunburned skin, which can lead to melanomas. This in itself is a very good reason to choose to play indoor netball. The courts are always smooth and maintained making for safer play. Friends and family who come along to watch the game can sit in comfort as well.

After the game is over you can join friends and family for a chat over a cup of coffee, again in the comfort of a pleasant atmosphere and temperature. Perhaps seeing the pleasure you derive from playing indoor sports will encourage your family and friends to take up the game as well and form another team. They too will benefit from all the advantages of playing indoor sport. Check out your local indoor sports club today and join up. The great thing is you can play night or day, making it easier to plan ahead. You definitely won’t regret it.…

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Why Louisville Would Be A Great Fit For An NFL Team

The NFL is a league that loves to expands to new and untapped markets within the United States. There are many major cities out there in the US that can make that argument that they are deserving of a new NFL franchise should the NFL decide to expand or relocate one of their current franchises. This article will discuss why Louisville would be a great fit for an NFL team.

Louisville Has A Solid Sports History And Culture

Louisville has a long history with sports. First of all, Louisville is home to the Kentucky Derby which is a well attended and watched event on television. Second, Louisville is home to the Louisville Slugger which is a popular brand of baseball bat used by several prominent baseball players. Third, the University of Louisville Cardinals have solid basketball and football programs year in and year out.

Louisville has also been home to some of the greatest legends. One of these legends is Muhammad Ali who would go on to become one of the best boxers ever. Another individual from Louisville is Johnny Unitas who would go on to become one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history. There are many other sports figures who are from Louisville but there are too many to be put on this list.

Louisville would certainly be a good fit for an NFL team. One might make the argument that college sports dominate the landscape in Louisville, which certainly is true. However, since the NFL schedule is usually played on Sunday afternoons, it would not be hard to accommodate both the collegiate sports schedules and the Louisville NFL team. In fact, the addition of an NFL team in Louisville would bolster the already solid sports history and culture of Louisville and give the sports fans there another team to cheer for.

Having An NFL Team In Louisville Is Good For The Neighboring Television Markets And Sports Markets

As with any expansion or relocation of a team to a new city, one of the biggest factors is the neighboring markets which the team would expand to. In this case, placing an NFL team in Louisville would reach out to the entire state of Kentucky, southern Indiana, and southern Illinois. If the team is successful in their first few years, they would be able to reach out farther.

It is true that there are other NFL teams which compete in those markets. For example, the Cincinnati Bengals and Tennessee Titans reach into Kentucky. The Indianapolis Colts reach into southern Indiana. The St. Louis Rams reach into southern Illinois. The Louisville NFL team would have to face competition from those teams in terms of reaching out into the desired markets.

However, I would argue that this competition is a good thing because it encourages fans in those areas to become more active in terms of which team to cheer for and would force the neighboring teams to field a better product in order to keep Louisville from claiming those fans. …

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Snowboarding Tips – Essential Strategies For Beginners to Experts

Basic snowboarding tips for beginners really come down to common sense. For example, always wear sun block! And when you have a fall – which inevitably you will! – try not to put your hands out as this can result in serious injuries.

If you want to progress from a beginner to a more advanced snowboarder there is a strategy to follow and it comes down to three headline tips for snowboarding success. I won’t go into tips about snowboarding gear in this article other than to say avoid cotton clothing as it retains moisture (sweat!) and think more about practicality and safety rather than trendy looks.

The essential tips for snowboarding are –

1) Focused Training. You must understand the basic principles and apply them. Don’t try to run before you can walk. Treat each technique, move or trick individually and focus on one at a time.

2) Physical Training. It goes without saying that stamina is required in snowboarding. Some time spent either in the gym or out doing some good old fashioned running or walking will pay you benefits and increase your enjoyment once you get to the slopes. Painful as they may be, you can’t beat squats as a training exercise for snowboarding. If you have weights, hold them as you do 20 reps, rest and repeat. If not, hold a couple of cans of beans or whatever you have in the cupboard!

3) Mental Training. I don’t want to sound too way out there now but the environment you’ll be in as a snowboarder is alien to many beginners and a key tip is to think about that, prepare yourself and visualise it. Visualisation is key to success in most sports now and by spending time imagining yourself cruising down the slopes you will build the inner confidence necessary to keep you going after a few falls and bumps. Picture yourself cool and confident moving gracefully and you’ll build the muscle memory to make it a reality.

Be safe out there on the slopes and follow my tips and you’ll become a snowboarding junkie!…

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Who Invented Track and Field? – A Short History of the Sport

Like many of today’s action sports, track and field has its origins in the first Olympics in Greece. When you begin to investigate who invented track and field, you find that, again, like soccer, track and field disappeared during the “dark” ages, and reappeared with modern organization during the 1800’s.

Since they did not have jeeps and tanks and trucks in the ancient world, soldiers took pride in their athleticism. Running was one of the very first competitive sports, and it is a favorite of today’s games as well. There is some dispute as to exactly when the Olympic Games began, with a gap in guesses from 776 BC to as early as the ninth or tenth century BC.

There was a gap in the games as well, during the Middle Ages. In 1896, they were again held in Athens, as organizers tried to bring back the ancient tradition. One feature of these games was what is now known as a “marathon race”. It was called “marathon” to honor the run made by Pheidippides in 490 BC from the Greek city of Marathon to Sparta. He ran the entire day in order to warn fellow soldiers of Persian invasions at Marathon. That distance was about 149 miles; today’s races are about 26 miles, considerably shorter. When London hosted the 1908 Olympics, their “marathon” run was 26 miles 385 yards (42,195 kilometers), from starting point to the stadium.

So, if you want to consider who invented track and field, you might want to give that honor to Pheidippides. However, bronze tripods were discovered that pre-date his run, to the tenth century BC, that some believe may have been awards for earlier games at Olympia. Or, if you want to look at the more sophisticated development of track and field, consider the year 1849, in England, when the Royal Military Academy organized their first track and field meet. Perhaps they should receive credit for who invented track and field?

Ancient games eventually expanded to include more races, boxing, wrestling, and a pentathlon with five running, throwing, and jumping events. In the US, organized track and field events date from the 1860’s. Collegiate and amateur groups were formed here in 1873 and 1888 respectively. Organized sporting events for men grew with the first NCAA national championships in 1921. Women, who had only recently received suffrage in the US, were included in the games in 1928. Making history, in 1952, the Soviet Union sent its first teams to the Olympics. The fierce competition between the USSR and the USA ran for the duration of the Cold War, over the next 30 years. In standard Olympic tradition, wars are suspended for the duration to enable all countries to participate in peace.

Today, favorite events include multiple sport competitions in the Pentathlon (5 sports), Heptathlon (7), and Decathlon (10). The Athletics Congress (US), and the International Amateur Athletics Congress determine the sporting rules. Games are limited to amateurs; professional athletes cannot participate or they are banned.…

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Do not Aim for the Ribs – Boxing How To Guide on the Right Hook Body Shot

Another in our series of boxing how to guides on body punching, this one examining the right hook (or back hand hook) to the body.

Knowing how to throw a right hook to the body enables you to deliver massive power to a very specific and precise location; the soft tissue below the ribs on the left side of the opponent's body. It is worth understanding that you are not aiming for the ribs. The rib cage is by design a tough structure. For maximum impact it's far better to take the path of least resistance and strike the soft tissue.

In general, and depending upon your position in relation to your opponent, this body punch is designed to hit the spot behind the guarding arm of the opponent. Precision is great, but raw power and aggression is the trick to knowing how to get the most from this crushing body punch.

Before we get onto the mechanics of how to throw the right hook to the body, you need to be aware that this is not a right uppercut. I'm sure plenty will decide that this is an uppercut, but really it is not. There is a subtle difference between a short range hook and a short range uppercut, with the uppercut to the body striking home in the center of mass. Understand this difference and it will have a positive impact on your body punching skills.

Boxing How to Guide – The Mechanics

  1. From the boxing stance, bend your knees in order to lower your centre of gravity. This is quite simply a duck, which aside from being a defensive action also acts as a precursor to a body strike.
  2. As the duck is taking place, generate an explosive thrust by pushing from the ball of your back foot. This thrust provides the energy to deliver massive rotation of the upper body (counter-clockwise from the orthodox stance).
  3. The bend of your front leg (from the duck) enables the necessary amount of hip rotation. Without the bend, your hips will complete maybe only 25{64aad3a316df32ff60dab9c8534014c5cfdef308ef860a6ce60ff66eaa8cfaf6} of the rotation necessary to give the punch the required power on impact.
  4. During the rotation, release your back hand in an arc at an angle of 45 degrees to the ground. Ensure that the punch accelerates towards the target to add to the massive leverage produced during the rotation; this is how you will maximize the power.
  5. Return your arm and body to the starting position as per the boxing stance.

Boxing How to Guide – Common Faults

  1. Be aware of your range. Be sure that if you use this punch at a longer range the opponent is vulnerable to it. In short, the further you are away from the opponent when using this shot, the greater the risk of you taking a punch before yours lands. Reduce the risk of a long range 'bombing' with this punch by stepping in with a jab ahead of letting loose with the hook to the body.
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