Larry Bethers – EzineArticles.com Expert Author

Born in Provo, Utah 1951. Married August 1972. 5 kids, 9 grandkids. Graduated from BYU twice, UVU once. Commissioned Regular Army 1973. Medically discharged 1990. 12 Years Special Forces, 6 years Law Enforcement. Ranked in Shotokan (1st Dan) Hwa Rang Do (3rd Dan), Goshin Jitsu (6th Dan). Interests include motorcycles (1984 Gold Wing). Self employed.

Martial Arts – Pressure Points on the Body

Recreation and Sports: Martial Arts • Published: January 13, 2011

Just knowing where the points are located does not mean you can use them in a fight. Points must be struck at the proper angle and direction and at the proper depth in order for them to be truly effective.

A Few of the Key Pressure Points in the Arm

Recreation and Sports: Martial Arts • Published: January 12, 2011

Arms. They make great weapons for fighting. You have fingertips for gouging, the edge of the hand on the little finger side for striking, knuckles for punching or back fist strikes.

How to Find Women’s Self Defense Classes, and How Long Should the Session Be?

Recreation and Sports: Martial Arts • Published: December 7, 2010

There are classes out there that offer realistic self defense training and are based on adrenalin stress training. Those are the classes you should be looking for.

Learn Self Defense – It May Save Your Life!

Recreation and Sports: Martial Arts • Published: December 2, 2010

Self Defense can come in a variety of ways. Many folks take up a martial art in hopes of learning to defend themselves while others opt for a “self defense class”. But are martial arts self-defense oriented and are self-defense classes worth your time and effort.

Martial Arts Styles and Techniques

Recreation and Sports: Martial Arts • Published: December 2, 2010

Different martial art styles located under the same art, different arts in the same culture, different cultures have differing martial arts. Or do they? Different styles under the same art such as karate: you have Shotokan, Wado Ryu, Shotokai, Goju, Kyokushinkai, Shorin Ryu, Shorin Ji Kempo and on and on.

A Martial Artist’s Guide to Teaching Basic Women’s Self Defense

Recreation and Sports: Martial Arts • Published: December 1, 2010

We have a multitude of weapons at our disposal. I would teach the basic use of those weapons. Palm heel strikes, knee strikes, elbow strikes, head butts, and eye gouges. I would teach them how to spit and how to scream like a wounded bear. I would teach them to scream only one word – FIRE!

Street Fighting Techniques When Confronted by a Group

Recreation and Sports: Martial Arts • Published: November 30, 2010

In all cases when you are in a public place you need to be alert. Using a color code alert system is a good start.

Fighting Techniques and Tips to Help Keep You Safe

Recreation and Sports: Martial Arts • Published: November 30, 2010

Fighting is an ugly affair. We can talk about fighting techniques and have some pretty good stuff.

Martial Arts Tips – Fighting Using Pressure Points

Recreation and Sports: Martial Arts • Published: November 23, 2010

Kyusho Jitsu or the art of using pressure points or vital points is the subject of this article. You can guess that by the title, eh? There are about 108 pressure points used in the martial arts. The points can correspond to the Meridians of Chinese Medicine, Yin/yang, Times of the Shichen, elements theory, or they can be related to the location of blood vessels and nerve channels.

Bunkai No Waza (Interpretation of Kata With Techniques)

Recreation and Sports: Martial Arts • Published: November 23, 2010

I have heard many contemporary martial artists complain about kata and that it is such a waste of time to practice these useless techniques in a sequence that no one will ever attack you with. They obviously do not understand the importance or function of kata and with some of the traditional bunkai I must agree they are worthless.

The Viability of Pressure Point Fighting

Recreation and Sports: Martial Arts • Published: November 9, 2010

With every joint lock there is a preceding strike to set up the joint lock so it may be employed with little or no resistance. Catching a fist flying at my nose and doing a joint lock is possible but not very probable.

Is Martial Arts Training Fun for Men and Women?

Recreation and Sports: Martial Arts • Published: November 2, 2010

Fun? Really? I guess it depends on what you are doing in the martial arts to classify it as fun. Or if you are a sick, twisted fool that is into self-abuse and mayhem, brutal martial arts training can be fun. It boils down to what your motivation for training is. If you are into competition, patches, trophies, name recognition and glory then a commercial school oriented to the sporting aspects of martial arts is where you want to go. If you want realistic self-defense training perhaps going to a dojo with fewer trophies on the wall is something you want to seek.

Exercises That Will Improve Your Martial Arts Ability

Recreation and Sports: Martial Arts • Published: October 29, 2010

We all love to exercise, right? Pushups are good for your body! At least that was the mantra of the Airborne Department at Fort Benning, Georgia in 1974. For martial arts the exercises are very simple: those that build strength, exercises that build stamina and endurance, stretching, special exercises that help build speed and reflexes.

In a Perfect World

Recreation and Sports: Martial Arts • Published: October 27, 2010

In a perfect world we would not need such mundane things as policemen. We would not need emergency rooms or EMTs. We would not need locks on our doors, alarm systems, and guard dogs. We would never have to put bars on our windows. We would not have to concern ourselves with murder, rape, armed robbery or aggravated assault.

Rededication to Martial Arts Training

Recreation and Sports: Martial Arts • Published: March 27, 2010

Throughout our martial career we may develop a tendency to become complacent in our training. We get lazy. We are tired from the stress of work (or the lack thereof), family and the other things in life that contend for our time and energy.

The Principle of Proper Alignment

Recreation and Sports: Martial Arts • Published: March 5, 2010

In jujutsu as well as in any other of the grappling and striking arts proper alignment is critical and must be instilled into your training right from the beginning. Constrictions must be properly aligned if you are to accomplish a workable strangle or choke (one seals the blood, the other seals the breath). When throwing, you must have proper alignment if you are to execute the throw and keep your balance.

Did I Make the List?

Recreation and Sports: Martial Arts • Published: February 26, 2010

Those familiar with Dan Zan Ryu system of jujitsu are familiar with “The Boards.” These are lists of techniques as developed by Professor Okazaki back in the early 1920’s to organize his system of jujitsu.

The Value of Conditioning

Recreation and Sports: Martial Arts • Published: February 4, 2010

In our society we, as a general population, are fat and soft. Many of us disdain physical activity unless it involves a six-pack, a bag of chips and a remote. This is a sorry state of affairs to be in.

Old Fart Rambles On

Recreation and Sports: Martial Arts • Published: February 3, 2010

So why do I need to understand the underlying principles behind my martial arts techniques if I can imitate my instructor and do the techniques? Fair question if all I ever want to do is be a clone of my instructor. But if I want to make the art my own then I must have further and deeper understanding of what I am doing.

Push Me, Pull Me, Just Respect Me in the Morning!

Recreation and Sports: Martial Arts • Published: January 27, 2010

Good martial arts, like good comedy requires good timing. If you miss your window of opportunity you will likely receive a stout reprimand and have the joyful experience of counting your missing teeth. Training to effectively employ good push/pull must be done in the dojo well before you need to use it in the street. You must explore and dissect each technique to see where the push/pull is and how it is best used.

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