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  •  in Tracy - American Top Team Tracy Martial Arts and Kickboxing - Part five in our series on the top Martial Arts that influenced the way we train today . The mid to late 1980's.

    Part five in our series on the top Martial Arts that influenced the way we train today . The mid to late 1980's.

    While the "Ninja Boom" lasted well into the 1980's and early 90's, another Martial Art began to really take hole around the world. The Korean Martial Art know as Taekwondo was it. Even today in late 2018 Taekwondo is still the most widespread and most practiced Martial Art on the planet. While the roots of Taewkondo may stretch back centuries, the modern Martial Art has only existed in its current form since the end of the Korean war. Master Jhoon Rhee was the first Taekwondo teacher to immigrate to the United States and is considered the "father of Taekwondo" in America. Why did Taekwondo explode on to the Martial Arts landscape? Simply one word, KICKS! Taekwondo is clearly the most ....

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  •  in Tracy - American Top Team Tracy Martial Arts and Kickboxing - Part 4 of our series on the Top Martial Arts that influenced the way we train today. The 1980's.

    Part 4 of our series on the Top Martial Arts that influenced the way we train today. The 1980's.

    By the start of the 1980's the Kung Fu craze was starting to die down and the country was about to have not one but two major Martial Art influences for the decade. The first part of the 80's was owned by the Ninja!! Every wear you turned in the Martial Arts world or in the media you saw the influence of Ninjutsu. The craze for the art started slowly in 1967 when the James Bond film "You only live twice" hit the theaters. This was the first time the black clad assassins were shown to the mainstream public. By 1980 the art of Ninjutsu was all the rage. The only problem was that there were virtually no qualified teachers to satisfy the demand for the art. A hand full of teachers who had been ....

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  •  in Tracy - American Top Team Tracy Martial Arts and Kickboxing - The top Martial Arts that influenced the way we train today part 3.

    The top Martial Arts that influenced the way we train today part 3.

    In our previous postes we have looked at the Late 1940’s, 1950’s and the 1960’s. Now we are up to the 70’s. The Beatles have broken up and disco is all the rage. In the Martial Arts the Chinese Kung-Fu systems are exploding in popularity. Thanks to the film icon of one Bruce Lee. While Lee was formally trained in the Martial Art of Wing Chun by his Master in Hong Kong, “Yip Man”. What made him famous on the silver screen was a more flashy and eclectic style of Chinese arts mixed with elements of Taekwondo, boxing, judo and Okinawa Kobudo (weapons). With Lee gaining popularity in the West , we began to see the rise of “Kung Fu Theater” on TV ....

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  •  in Tracy - American Top Team Tracy Martial Arts and Kickboxing - The top Martial Arts that have influenced the way we train today. Part 2.

    The top Martial Arts that have influenced the way we train today. Part 2.

    Ahh the 1960's. A time of political upheaval (much like today) and the rise of some of the most famous Martial Artists and styles on the planet. the contribution by the pioneers of the 60's Martial Arts seen cant be overlooked. Last week we looked at the late 40's and into the 1950's as the starting point for the Martial Arts boom that we are still riding today. Now we move into the 60's where things really get interesting. The major shift came in the form of "striking" systems becoming more available to the public. Prior to this time mostly grappling styles such a Judo were prevalent, although Karate teachers such as: Robert Trias , who in 1946 a returning U.S. Navy veteran, began ....

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  •  in Tracy - American Top Team Tracy Martial Arts and Kickboxing - The top Martial Arts that have influenced the way we train today. Part 1.

    The top Martial Arts that have influenced the way we train today. Part 1.

    If you were training in the martial arts in the 1950’s through the 1980’s and for some reason just woke up in today's Martial Arts world, you would find it practically unrecognizable. The landscape has changed so much over even that last 15 years. What used to be the arts that were popular are no longer practiced by many people at all. The reasons for training have dramatically changed as well. This is both a good and a bad thing depending on what your perspective is. First let's look at the most popular Martial Arts throughout the years starting with the 1950’s in the United States. The 1950’s were where it all started. When U.S. soldiers were returning from ....

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  •  in Tracy - American Top Team Tracy Martial Arts and Kickboxing - Why all the LAME Posturing???

    Why all the LAME Posturing???

    Let’s get one thing strait right off the bat. I love MMA. Well, I love Martial Arts and combat sports in general. I’m not in any way putting down MMA, it’s athletes or coaches. That being said, What’s with all the Lame Posturing MMA people? What’s with the “tough guy act”? We all know you are tough (well, the athletes who actually step in the cage/ring are tough). You don’t need the chest pumped out, chin held high, look down your nose at everyone who walks by attitude crap! Believe me. Most fight sports fans are educated on the particular sport they are into, be it MMA, Muay Thai, Boxing, Wresting, BJJ or submission grappling. You ....

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  •  in Tracy - American Top Team Tracy Martial Arts and Kickboxing - Why adults don't train in Martial Arts

    Why adults don't train in Martial Arts

    Coming from a guy who started Martial Arts training as a kid way back in 1983. I have seen the whole spectrum of training. From a kid in the adult class in a rough school of hard knocks type of dojo to the more modern type of school where there are more families involved. From the hard core competition style school to the reality based street self defense based academies. I have had instructors who NEVER gave a compliment, to the instructors who were always ready with a high five. I started as a kid, trained all through my teen years and have continued all through my adult life. In my experience, there are only two (2) reasons adults don’t train in the Martial Arts. Just about ....

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  •  in Tracy - American Top Team Tracy Martial Arts and Kickboxing - You must have a good teacher.

    You must have a good teacher.

    Training under a good martial arts teacher isn’t always perfect. Often there are obstacles to overcome, and some are rather challenging. No matter how tough things are, though, your life is far easier than it would be if you had a poor teacher. Plainly put, you have virtually no chance of succeeding against the obstacles that surround training under a bad instructor. Nearly all the problems in the martial arts today can be traced back to poor teaching. I don’t mean just those teachers who are inadequate because they pretend to have skills they don’t have or who teach because it satisfies some ego problem. I also mean teachers who are honest, well-intentioned and ....

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  •  in Tracy - American Top Team Tracy Martial Arts and Kickboxing - The true and not so true history of the Martial Arts belt system.

    The true and not so true history of the Martial Arts belt system.

    Much has been said about the origins of the Martial Arts belt system. Lets start with the "Legendary origin". It never ceases to amaze me that to this day, many very established and well known Martial Arts teachers still don't know or are unwilling to pass on the truth to their students. The legend, or untrue version that so many teachers pass on is that the belt system started out a long time ago with the white belt. Over a long period of time the practitioners belt would become soiled with dirt, grass stains, blood sweat and tears of the individual, from training outside. The belt would then gradually become darker over time as the belt became "more experienced" so to speak. Going ....

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