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  •  in Tracy - American Top Team Tracy Martial Arts and Kickboxing - What is "Kiai"

    What is "Kiai"

    WHAT DOES KIAI MEAN? In many martial arts there is this concept widely practiced but barely explained. I’m talking about KIAI. Most people think is just a yell. But KIAI is more than that. I mean to the general public, people yelling at the dojo looks a little silly and how many times have we lost our voices because we yelled too much during class? For some KIAI, is a yell when executing a technique or strike, other wise known as a martial shout. Although some do yell when executing techniques with high energy, KIAI goes beyond a loud yell. Composed by the kanji of KI (energy), and AI (unification), KIAI can literally be translated as the harmonization of Ki energy ....

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  •  in Tracy - American Top Team Tracy Martial Arts and Kickboxing - The most important person on the mats, your training partner.

    The most important person on the mats, your training partner.

    In a world where "its all about me" as so many people think; the concept of "Uke" is hard to understand. In Japanese, the term Uke refers to a blocking technique in most martial arts. However, the term also can be translated as to "receive". Children especially struggle with this concept and must be guided to understand the deeper meaning. Many adults also struggle with it as well. To receive is to take the brunt of the impact while training in order to help the situation in the future. A senior student should always have their junior student training partner in mind. many Martial Artist only think of their own training and never what impact they may have on the next generation. For ....

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  •  in Tracy - American Top Team Tracy Martial Arts and Kickboxing - Part 8 in our series on the top Martial Arts that influenced the way we train today. MUAY THAI

    Part 8 in our series on the top Martial Arts that influenced the way we train today. MUAY THAI

    We have made it to the 2010's and up to today. Hands down, the next Martial Art on our list is the national sport of Thailand, Muay Thai or "Thai Boxing"! Muay Thai has slowly been gaining popularity around the world for the last fifteen to twenty years. However, it has been the success of high level MMA fighters in the UFC who have helped demonstrate the effectiveness of the art. Muay Thai is both a combat sport and a Martial Art. Kickboxing, often confused as Muay Thai is very different. Muay Thai is called the "Art of the eight limbs", due to its use of two hands, two elbows, two knees and two feet (actually shins are used to kick, not the feet). The Thai style also utilizes a wide range ....

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  •  in Tracy - American Top Team Tracy Martial Arts and Kickboxing - Part 7 in the series on The top Martial Arts that influenced the way we train today.

    Part 7 in the series on The top Martial Arts that influenced the way we train today.

    Part Seven (7) The art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or BJJ. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is first and foremost a grappling or ground fighting art. Today it is one of the main pillars of Mixed Martial Arts or MMA. It is best known for its ability to control a opponent on the ground and allow its practitioners to "submit or Tap Out" their adversary with the implementation of chokes, and joint locks. The original style was developed by Carlos and Helio Gracie in Rio about 1925 after they were taught Judo (see earlier post on Judo). Carlos took the Japanese Judo style and began to make modifications to it and his younger brother Helio then took the teachings and further modified the system into what we see ....

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  •  in Tracy - American Top Team Tracy Martial Arts and Kickboxing - part six in our series on the Martial Arts that changed the way we train today.

    part six in our series on the Martial Arts that changed the way we train today.

    We are now up to the 1990's. If you missed any of our previous blogs on the Martial Arts that influenced the way we train today, you can go back at read them on our web site. on November 11th 1993 the Martial Arts world changed forever. On that date the first Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was held at McNichols Sports Arena in Denver CO. Prior to that, there was a never ending argument between Martial Artists of all styles as to what Martial Arts would beat the other. Who would win between a boxer or a karate guy, or a wrestler vs a Kung Fu fighter etc? The controversial event featured a mix of many different martial disciplines such as Karate, Kenpo, Kung Fu and one of the game ....

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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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