My father learned self-defense techniques in the army. My mother learned Savate, a French form of kick-boxing, as a girl in France.
I studied Judo for a number of years as a boy (see picture). At age seventeen I suffered a fracture of my lower spine at the coccyx along with crushed spinal discs. Because of these injuries I did not participate in Judo again. I continue to be interested in Judo and other martial arts sports. Several of my friends and acquaintances practice Aikido, JuJitsu, Karate, or Tae Kwon Do.
During the years I competed actively in Judo, my favorite techniques included tai-otoshi, seoi-otoshi, and hiza-guruma. I won most all of my contest matches using one of those throws.
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Aiki Budo Centre , located in London, Ontario, Canada. specializes in Yoshinkai Aikido which "concentrates on fundamental basic movements and techniques, many of which have practical self defence applications."
Aikido Eastside in Bellevue, Washington, USA has George Ledyard (fifth Dan) as Sensei.
Aikido of Tamalpais in Mill Valley, California, USA includes as instructors Richard Strozzi-Heckler, George Leonard, and Wendy Palmer.
Aikido Search allows searches for Aikido dojos throughout the United States.
AikiWeb acts as a repository and dissemination point for Aikido information.
Maui Aikido-Ki Society on the island of Maui, Hawaii is a branch of Ki Society International, founded by Koichi Tohei. Chief instructor is Shinichi Suzuki Sensei.
Melbourne Aikikai Home Page is located in Indian Harbor Beach, Florida.
North Texas Aikido is located in Allen, Texas.
United States Aikido Federation offers information on Aikido; Morihei Ueshiba, the developer of Aikido, a dojo directory, and links to other aikido resources.
Fencing, Iaido, Kendo, Kenjutsu, Sword Fighting
Naginata by the Southern California Naginata Federation in Torrance, California offers the history of the naginata (a spear-like weapon used in feudal Japan) and information about the modern practice of the martial art of Naginata.
Indonesian Martial Arts
Bob Orlando's Martial Arts teacher Chinese, Indonesian, and Filipino martial arts, including kuntao, silat, and pukulan. The school in located in Denver, Colorado, USA.
Pukulan Pentjak Silat Bukti Negara by Todd Ellner offers general information on this Indonesian art of self-defense, a formal curriculum of the style, important people in the system, links to other interesting sites, and more.
East Coast Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is located in North Jersey. Includes ReadAudio/Videos of Louis Vintaloro in several contests.
Hillside Jiu-Jitsu and Karate Center is located in Hillside, New Jersey. Instructors are Ernest L. Miles and Michael T. Morrison.
Joe Jitsu offers self-defense video tapes.
Judo Information Site by Neil Olenkamp offers a comprehensive set of information about the sport and art of Judo.
Melbourne Aikikai Judo (Melbourne Judokai) Page is located in Indian Harbour Beach, Florida, USA. Site discusses the history of judo and offers links to other judo sites.
Official Daito Ryu Aiki Bujutsu Homepage offers a complete reference for the Japanese martial art of Daito ryu, which provided the foundation for Aikido, Hapkido, Judo, and Shorinji Kempo.
Official Florida Judo Incorporated Page is the official site of the state governing body for Florida's part of United States Judo.
Shaz's Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Discussion Group is web-based.
Tetsu-no-Kokoro Jiu-Jitsu Club is located in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada.
Karate, Kung Fu, Wing Chun, Hapkido
American Center for Chinese Studies provides information on Kung Fu.
American Kenpo Karate Academy is based in Albuquerque, New Mexico with over thirty satellite schools across the country and in Mexico. Offers a general history of Kenpo and a family tree of the academy's particular branch.
Bamboo Forest Kung Fu aims "to preserve the heritage of the original Jook Lum system as passed on to the fifth generation Master, Gin Foon Mark."
Brazilian Kyokushin Rome Page (in English and Portuguese) describes the philosophy of this dojo under the direction of sensei Marcos Costa.
Bushido Karate Dojo "is a concept that started in the early 1950's. It is a most unique training hall, based on the fact that it is a blending of several major traditional systems of martial arts. What further enhances its uniqueness is the approach to training. At one level, it is a blend of Gojuryu and Kyokushin, with the influence of Isshinryu and Shotokan. On another level, a strong emphasis is placed on the academic aspects, there being much reading required. The idea: To make a well rounded and knowledgeable martial artist."
Dragon Kenpo Karate Academy by Ed Hutchison offers video training in self defense.
E/B Productions offers instructional Shotokan Karate training videos for self-defense.
Family Karate Schools Association in Ontario, Canada is headed by Sensei Lou DeAdder, 3rd Dan. There are currently four schools: Ajax, Pickering, Whitby, and Newmarket. Students study a traditional open style of Japanese Karate called 'Kazoku Kai ' - this translates to 'The Association of Family.'
Five Elder Arts by James Lacy is dedicated to the 18 Daoist Palms System (Sup Bat Mo Jung Pai).
Garden Grove CA. Shotokan Karate of America discusses the heritage of Shotokan Karate of America. Offers class schedules, pictures, an events calendar, a store, and more.
Golden Lion Kempo by David Sadao Nishimoto combines Chinese Kempo and American Kenpo.
Jin Mu Hapkido is headquarted in La Puente California and teaches a very eclectic version of Hapkido as passed down from Yong Sool Choi. Head Master: Master Sae Yong Kim.
Karate BC is recognized as the Sport Governing Body for Karate in British Columbia, Canada. Has over 5,000 registered members. Members of the National Karate Association, World Karate Federation, Sport BC, and the IOC.
Kempo Kay (in Spanish, French, and Basque) offers information on this form of Kempo which represents a combination of the Ishizakaha Kempo and Chiang styles.
Kun Tao by Master Guy Savelli in Kirtland, Ohio offers free kuntao biweekly physical, mental, and spiritual exercises. Free healing through visualization and prayer consultation.
Lambert Ichi Ryu Karate Home Page offers pressure point fighting seminars.
Matsumura Shorin Ryu by Larry Mason offers an information exchange for those interested in this style of karate.
Mesa / Arizona Wing Tsun is under the direction of Sifu Keith Sonnenberg, a 3rd level technician with 30 years experience in the martial arts.
Seido Karate United Kingdom Branch was established in 1985 and is a non-commercial organisation dedicated to the study, practice and teaching of this martial art. It is affiliated to the World Seido Karate Organisation Headquarters in New York, USA and to the English Karate Governing Body.
Seido Sydney Karate Dojo opened in 1989 and is affiliated with Grandmaster Tadashi Nakamura's World Seido Karate Organization.
Shaolin / Kick Boxing Institute in Garland, Texas, USA has Sifu Tony Jordan as chief instructor.
Team Karate Center in Woodland Hills, California is under the directorship of Fariborz Azhakh. Includes very useful tips on being a martial arts teacher.
Townsville Tropical North Old Australia Martial Arts , located in North Queensland, Australia, teaches Choi Kwang-Do. Includes a photo album and a FAQ (frequently asked questions) about Choi Kwang-Do.
Traditional Uechi-ryu Karate Institute dojo is located at the University of Massachusetts - Boston. The Founder, President, and Senior Instructor is Sensei Jay Salhanick, Godan.
Uechi-Ryu Karate at The University of Virginia by Tim Ahearn discusses the Uechi style, provides a schedule of classes at the University, and offers links to Uechi-related web sites.
University of South Florida Karate Club in Tampa, Florida is the oldest active martial arts club on that campus, having been found in 1968. "Members test and train train and test under the South Atlantic Karate Association (SAKA), a division of the International Shotokan Karate Federation (ISKF). ISKF is the international representative of the Japan Karate Association/World Federation (JKA/WF). The USF Karate Club is headed by instructor William McDavitt, 4th Dan, JKA. Mr. McDavitt has been teaching Shotokan Karate at USF for over ten years. He also teaches the college-credit beginner and intermediate karate classes as well as the self-defense class offered by the University."
Wado International Karate-Do Federation (Canada) offers information about the Wado-Ryu style of karate, Wado people, and Wado events.
West Los Angeles Karate School offers traditional Japanese Shotokan style karate-do martial art for young adult through seniors.
Wild Bunch is the (Bob) Kinney Karate Association, which describes itself as "a hard hitting and kicking American eclectic martial arts organization" that originated in Tulsa, Oklahoma and has active classes throughout Oklahoma, Arkansas, and California.
Wing Chun Network - Kung Fu offers a Wing Chun chat room and message board, a technique gallery, and much more.
Wing Lam Enterprises Home Page in Sunnyvale, California teaches Kung Fu.
Pilipino Martial Arts
American Modern Arnis Associates "is a national organization dedicated to the purpose of propagating and promoting American Modern Arnis and advancing high standards of excellence in the Filipino Martial Arts in general."
Arnis Balite is the "Filipino Martial Art of Hand, Foot, & Stick Fighting."
Doce Pares Eskrima (in German and English) is the official homepage of the German Eskrima Association, which is affiliated with the Doce Pares Eskrima Club from Cebu City in the Philippines.
Independent Escrima/Arnis Associates is "a martial arts training organization that is dedicated to excellence and personal growth."
Kali Ilustrisimo: Filipino Martial Arts is dedicated to all practitioners of arnis, kali, and eskrima.
Kamagong Self Defense by Master Ricardo Sebastian discusses this martial art named after the Kamagong tree which thrives in the Philippines. Kamagong "seatures a fascinating array of hand responses which quickly consume the attacker in paralyzing pain; leaving the defender unscathed and safe."
Modern Arnis Mano Mano Organization Deutchsland offers a history of the Phillipines and its martial arts, and Arnis dictionary, and more.
Puso Eskrima Club "is a non-partisan organisation dedicated to the Filipino and Jun-Fan Martial Arts as a vehicle for continual self-improvement. Puso Eskrima Club is based in Wigan, Lancashire, England."
San Miguel Eskrima , founded by Filemon D. Canete, offers a modern version of the "old" style of Doce Pares from the island of Cebu. It is an expression of the older methods of Filipino fighting which stressed the use of the blade.
Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Taekwondo offers information for schools, clubs, black belts, ATA, ITF, WTF, and Kukkiwon Certificates.
ACTC Martial Arts Alliance (Alliance Chung Do Kwan Tae Kwon Do Club) "is a non-profit, federally tax-exempt martial arts club located at 259 N. Union Ave. in Alliance, Ohio. Instruction is offered in the following arts: Chung Do Kwan Tae Kwon Do (Chan Hon Hyungs), Hapkido, Combatique, and Hakko-Ryu Jujutsu."
Delfs' TaeKwon-Do And Fitness Centre by Charles Delfs is located in Bradford, Ontario (Canada). Offers classes in Tae Kwon Do, Ju Jitsu self-defense, and Kwon Dobic aerobic fitness.
elayne-'s Home Page offers information on Tae Kwon Do and Kong's Tae Kwon-Do School in Pottstown, Pennsylvania.
General Taekwondo Information by Barry "Barrell" Nauta provides information about the history of taekwondo, ethical backgrounds, and techniques.
Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim and The Art of Jung SuWon provides information on Kim's martial arts academy.
Miscellaneous Martial Arts and Self-Defense
Adam Gibson's Martial Arts Video Store offers martial arts instructional videos by Adam Gibson.
American Hapkido Association in Feeding Hills, Massachusetts "promotes the true form of the Korean Martial Art of Hapkido under the Founder Choi, Yong Sool."
American Martial Arts Center in Blacksburg, Virginia teaches Hsing-I Chuan, Pagua Chuan, Tai Chi Chuan. and Karate.
American Martial Arts Supply offers monthly Karate trivia, a black belt club, wholesale prices on martial arts training gear and equipment, and links to other martial arts sites.
American Martial Way Association offers self Defense seminars and workshops for corporations and organizations, Martial Arts classes and demonstrations, information on 'How to Choose a Martial Arts School', etc.
Atrium Society includes a section on Martial Arts for Peace.
Blackbelts Home Page intends to offer information about a number of martial arts including Karate, Kungfu, Jujitsu, Kempo, Kenpo, Shaolin, etc.
Black and Blue Video Productions in Jacksonville, Florida produces martial arts instructional, video tours, curriculum, television show, and sport karate tournament videos.
Bruce's Home On Internet is "dedicated to the free, creative martial artist, Bruce Lee, and his fans around the world."
Canadian Daito-ryu Homepage offers information on this Japanese martial art which combines elements of the traditional systems of the Minamoto and Aizu clans.
Chen Style Taijiquan Web Source offers a comprehensive resource dealing with the martial art of chen style Taijiquan -- its history, styles, techniques, and practitioners. Includes teacher directory and animation.
Cheng Hsin was founded by Peter Ralston, first non-Asian to win the World Championship full-contact martial arts tournament in 1978.
Discount Martial Arts Supply in Winnetka, California, USA, offers book, videos, training supplies, and more.
Five Elements Martial Arts in Keller, Texas offers classes in several martial arts and also martial arts supplies.
Gordon Nore's Martial Arts Photo Gallery offers photos and explanations of techniques in Aikido, Hapkido, Arnis, and Karate.
How to win any fight by Hi-Impact Training offers video tapes demonstrating how "you can quickly learn how to easily destroy any attacker."
Jackie Chan Fan Club is dedicated to the martial arts film maker.
Karate Store is an online martial arts store offering over 600 products.
Kickboxing Ring Report by Russ Shawney offers coverage of international news of kickboxing, Muay Thai, full-contact and freestyle fighting, and more.
Kobushi Multimedia offers multimedia CD-ROMs for the martial arts.
Koo Self Defense International is the world headquarters web site for this street self defense training system developed by Master Roger Koo.
Korean Martial Arts Centre hosts the World Dahn Moo Do Association and the Canadian Kuk Sool Won Association.
Martial Arts Network by Matthew Defede lists martial art schools, upcoming events, news related to the martial arts, and more.
Martial-artists in Sweden by Lars Westergren offers a list of notable martial artists/budoka in Sweden.
Martinez Classical Fencing and Historical Swordsmanship in Manhattan, New York City preserves the tradition of viewing fencing as the study of the sword in its realistic application in personal combat.
Mats Hjelm's Bujinkan WWW offers information about this Japanese martial art headed by Soke Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi Ph.D.
Muay Thai (in Portuguese) discusses this martial art of Thailand.
Official Saigo-Ha Daito-Ryu Homepage offers a comprehensive site for the study of Takeda-Ryu.
Pahuyuth Start (in German) discusses Muai-Thai school of Berlin, Germany.
ProLine, Inc. offers the Spar Pro, an anatomically accurate sparring manikin.
Realistic Self-Defense in Vancouver, Canada contains extensive information about self defense and Wing Tsun Kung Fu.
Sakura Martial Arts offers a searchable online catalog with many martial arts items.
San Jitsu Ryu is "Guam's first Internationally recognized martial art system. A devastating form of combat incorporating limb breaking, as well as weapons ('balos' and knife). This is the official home page giving the history of San-jitsu and its founder; documentation on the system; examples of techniques; U.S. Headquarters location, etc."
Savate by Nicolas Saignac provides information on this French form of kick-boxing. Includes a history, places to train, events calendar, books on savate, and more.
Sobudo Takeda Ryu Nakamura Ha located in Spain is a school for the traditional Japanese martial arts of Aikido, Iaido, Judo, Kendo, Shuggi Jutsu, and Shuriken Jutsu.
United States Korean Martial Arts Federation , located in Ridgeland, Mississippi, is under the direction of Master J. R. West. The federation "was formed to provide instruction, guidance, and certification for schools who practice and teach traditional Korean martial arts in a traditional setting. This includes Korean commands, Korean doboks (uniforms), Korean philosophy and Korean Techniques."
Vajra Mushti Home Page by Ronnie Paskin discusses ancient Indian martial arts including Malavidya Vajra Mushti, Malahkhara-Gatka, Nakh-A-Kha-Mushti, and Kalari-Ppayatum.
Virtual Library: Martial Arts offers a large index of martial arts sites on the web.
World Head of Family Sokeship Council is "the world's largest and most prestigious martial arts grandmasters council of all International styles. The Council does not grade individuals up to grandmaster rank, but only accepts those who have already established their rankings and reputations in the world martial arts community. The list of members comprises some of the most renowned names in martial arts history. This is the official home page listing is members; history; purpose; founder; International Hall of Fame; and photo gallery."
Yang Style T'ai Chi Ch'uan by Tony D. Zhu discusses the history of this style and the relationship between Tai Chi and health and Tai Chi and the martial arts.
Yun Jung Do International is located in Carseldine, Australia. "Yun Jung Do is the art of total human development. It is a carefully planned program of exercising physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual dimensions with the ultimate purpose of enriching and enhancing one's life. As a discipline, Yun Jung Do goes beyond the traditional boundaries of a martial art. To begin with, it encompasses much more than just physical aspects of a martial art."
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