What truely is a martial art?

A martial art is identified as any skill that is usefull within warfare. The definition of martial means “military.” So traditionally, a martial art is a military art. The first things that usually pop into your head when discussing modern fighting systems do you think leaping, kicking, punching, blocking, inverting elbows, twisting necks, throwing, and weapons combat. But also horsemanship, javelin throwing, archery, spear fighting, halberd fighting, wrestling, knife fighting, rifle, shotgun, and pistol shooting, demolitions, logistics, and battle strategy can all be classified within as the field of martial arts. Anything that a soldier might do in battle is a martial art. By martial art usually it is meant aikido, arnis, boxing, capoeria, chow gar, choy la fut, hapkido, …

What Should Your Look for in a New Camera?

If you are embarking on a hobby or even a professional career in photography, you have a multitude of models and features to choose from. Instead of getting lost in the sea of choices or getting stuck with the wrong model, you can base your decision on certain features that cater to the specific requirements that you have. Your choice of a camera can be narrowed down based on a few key evaluation criteria. The parameters discussed here will serve as a simple guideline to help you put into perspective the features that you might like to have in your camera system. These parameters are discussed at 2 levels: -Based on degree of functional use of available features -Based on …

The History of Karate

The history of Karate is a long and meandering path of development, across seas from Japan and Okinawa, through the heart of long-ago China and over the mountains into ancient India. For many karateka training in a traditional, style, there is a certain satisfaction in making a connection to the past through training as their predecessors trained (or close to it) and, by observing tradition, carrying on values and practices still considered useful and important. But what is traditional? Through the ages, martial arrs undergo many changes: they adapt to new circumstances, they branch-off and are altered, they are lead by new people. Others die with their inheritors. In the end, what we have may be likened to the message …

The Great British Aikido Controversy

British Aikido Board – Jack Poole – Henry Ellis The Aikido Controversy The Aikido Controversy is now a part of British Aikido History. It was a long and difficult fight to protect the true history of British Aikido from the false claims of Mr Jack Poole and The British Aikido Board. Sport England totally exonerated Henry Ellis. The BAB were instructed to give Henry Ellis a full public apology after admitting that Mr Poole had received an award to APPEASE him. The BAB also admitted that Mr Poole could only substanciate his history from 1968. The Controversy (Why such a controversy) Two years ago I received a circular, via the British Aikido Board, inviting me to Mr Jack Poole’s celebratory …

The Biography of Sensei Derek Eastman – Part 2 of 2

Q-DW: With all the years of hard training and instruction going up through the kyu grades what was the final path to your first dan ? A-SE: I was always fortunate that not only did I receive personal instruction and guidance directly from Sensei Williams and my own Sensei, and all the dan grades previously mentioned. I also think that being assistant instructor to the beginners class from 7th to 4th kyu, I was able to form a good practicing relationship with a small select group of students who all later became the second generation of ” HUT” dan grades. The group was made up of people like Ron James at 6ft 5ins tall and about 250 lbs seemed like …

The Biography of Sensei Derek Eastman – Part 1 of 2

I have known Sensei Eastman for some 12 years and during those years I have heard so many stories about both Sensei Eastman and Sensei Ellis and their dedication to the early promotion of UK Aikido, some of the history highlights their hard training and appreciation of a true martial art, yet there are many amusing anecdotes. Sensei Eastman is the only Aikido student from 1950’s “Hut ” dojo who has never given an interview stating that “Sensei Ellis’s story is more interesting than mine”. I asked Sensei Eastman to let the readers decide that on agreeing to this interview. Introduction Q -DW: Sensei Eastman , first I would like to thank you for agreeing to this interview. A -SE: …

Specialized Styles of Photography

Photography is an all encompassing term used for all types of image capture but there are in fact distinct variations in the manner in which photography is approached in different genres. Different genres of photography require a different style and perspective. The techniques used by photographers vary based on the subject, the situation and the end use of the image or scene. Photography has always been considered an art and a creative process. This creativity is enhanced by the availability of camera features that make possible a wide range of ideas and styles. Outlined below is a list of genres that call for specialized treatment in the process of creating outstanding photographs. These thematic approaches will be discussed in detail …

Shark Fishing: A New Found Addiction

Shark Fishing From the Beach It is a well known fact that during summertime Sharks move from the deeper waters offshore into inland waterways and beaches. Why do they do this? Well the Sharks seek warmer shallow waters to carry out mating rituals and to either lay eggs or give live birth. So why is this important? It is very important if you are interested in swimming or in landing huge fish from the bank. There is no other type of fishing (that I know of) where the angler has an exceptional chance of hooking on to a 500lb plus fish while fishing from the bank. Living near the Gulf of Mexico during my youth my family would take at …

A Short Break In Rome Is Better Than No Rome At All.

Word Count: 449 Summary: There are many reasons to take a short break in Rome, and this article gives you a few more, and recommends a great “Insider” resource to get you started. Keywords: short break in rome,rome short break,travel rome.rome travel Article Body: Ahh, Roma. It should be written in every person’s destiny that they shall travel to the Eternal City at least once in their lifetime, to experience the romance, the history and the charm that is the capital of Italy. A short break in Rome may seem like a compromise, but in reality, even a few days is enough to experience a wonderful slice of life so different to one’s own existence. To sit and ponder life’s …

A Serene Paradise At Santi Mandala Resort & Spa For Your Bali Villas

Word Count: 595 Summary: What drive people to choose villas for their holidays? Peace, serene, complete privacy and stay off the beaten track are the main reasons. Villas are situated in the countryside offer beautiful natural landscape around them as well. These tendencies involved the enchanting island of Bali in the late 90s. The financial crisis in 1997 affected the whole of the Asia Pacific region – people didn’t want to spend money. But Bali had a mini building boom. This was largely thanks … Keywords: ubud,bali,hotel,villas,accommodation Article Body: What drive people to choose villas for their holidays? Peace, serene, complete privacy and stay off the beaten track are the main reasons. Villas are situated in the countryside offer beautiful …

A Quick History of Sydney for Prospective Travelers

Word Count: 524 Summary: Sydney is a city full of rich history that any traveler would like to discover for themselves. It is an ideal vacation destination for those travelers that want a sense of history and development as well as great weather and nearby activities. Keywords: sydney, travel, sydney history, holiday, vacation, trips to australia, airfares, cheap flights, travel guide, tourism, travel itinerary, discount flights, web fares, tourist attractions, tourism NSW, NSW Article Body: As the state capital of New South Wales in Australia, Sydney is certainly full of rich history that any traveler would like to discover for themselves. Established in 1788 when Briton Arthur Phillip claimed Australia for England, Sydney has grown to be one of the …

A Quick Guide To Venice

Word Count: 345 Summary: Is Venice the most romantic city in the world? It’s certainly hard to beat, especially when you’re staying right in the centre of things. Where is it? Venice is a city built on water – just off the north east coast of Italy, facing the Adriatic Sea – and is famed for its canal network, opulent palazzos and beautiful religious buildings and art. It has an airport on the mainland but from there, you need to take a water bus to reach the city. Where can I stay? The b… Keywords: Article Body: Is Venice the most romantic city in the world? It’s certainly hard to beat, especially when you’re staying right in the centre of …

Alien landings in the Lake District?

Word Count: 613 Summary: News that the latest space probe has discovered a discarded Kendal Mint Cake wrapper on the surface of Mars, and, what appears to be an alien space-craft seen landing on Skiddaw and discharging small people armed with cameras, confirms once and for all that Cumbria and the Lake District is probably the most popular visitor location in the Universe. Keywords: Lake District traditions,cumbria accommodation,cumbria information,lakeland,windermere,ambleside,coniston,hawkshead,ullswater,scafell,helvellyn,lakeland traditions, lake district folklore Article Body: News that the latest space probe has discovered a discarded Kendal Mint Cake wrapper on the surface of Mars, and, what appears to be an alien space-craft seen landing on Skiddaw and discharging small people armed with cameras, confirms once and for all that Cumbria …

Alice Springs – Australia’s Outback Capital

Word Count: 708 Summary: The town of Alice Springs is located in the middle of the Australian continent and is the unofficial but undisputed capital of the Australia’s vast outback. This unique town is rich in history and natural features, and is the perfect base from which to explore Australia’s Red Centre which includes world famous features such as Uluru (Ayers Rock), Kata Tjuta, Kings Canyon and the MacDonnell Ranges. Keywords: alice, springs, central, australia, northern, territory, tour, travel, holiday, vacation Article Body: The town of Alice Springs is located in the middle of the Australian continent and is the unofficial but undisputed capital of the Australia’s vast outback. This unique town is rich in history and natural features, and …

Alicante Beautiful Costa Blanca City

Word Count: 681 Summary: Alicante, Spain is located in Eastern Spain in the southern portion of the land of Valencia. Alicante is surrounded by Murica to the south, Valencia to the north, mountains to the north and west, and the Mediterranean Sea on the east. Popular travel destinations in the Alicante province include Alicante, Torrevieja, Benidorm, Alcoy and Elche. Alicante is the second largest city in the Valencia region. It is a popular tourist destination, particularly in the summer. About s… Keywords: alicante,airport,travel,guide,spain,holiday, Article Body: Alicante, Spain is located in Eastern Spain in the southern portion of the land of Valencia. Alicante is surrounded by Murica to the south, Valencia to the north, mountains to the north and west, and …

Alicante – A Jewel In Spain’s Crown

Word Count: 532 Summary: Alicante or Alicant (Valencian Catalan) is the largest city in the Costa Blanca region of Spain and is one of the most beautiful places you could wish to travel to if you take the time and the effort to explore the region and some of it’s sheer beauty. Keywords: alicante,alicante job,costa blanca,alicante estate real,alicante hotel,airport alicante,alicante weather,alicante property Article Body: Copyright 2006 Utopia Creative Solutions Ltd Alicante or Alicant (Valencian Catalan) is the largest city in the Costa Blanca region of Spain and is one of the most beautiful places you could wish to travel to if you take the time and the effort to explore the region and some of it’s sheer beauty. Located between …