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What’s with all the ranks?

Karate student one asks student two, “What rank are you?” Student two answers, “Yellow with a green stripe and one yellow tip. What about you?” “Green belt with a black partial stripe and two white tips!” Both turn to student three and ask, “What about you?” “Green/red, with a purple stripe, one blue tip, one red tip and one black tip!” All three students stare at each other in confusion. What is the deal with all the Karate ranks?  Are…

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Is My Style Better Than Yours?

Hey – what style of martial arts are you practicing there?  Hmm – I wonder if my style is better than yours?  Probably. This is a thought that’s probably passed through the mind of almost every person who has ever trained in martial arts – including me!  I think if we’re completely honest with ourselves (and each other), there is no denying we’ve had this thought.  After all, we’re only human, and humans are competitive by nature. Martial arts is…

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