A Soviet System of Martial Arts

The old KGB fighting style, Systema, is making a comeback in both Russia and their neighbouring countries after a revival swept the country, giving way to some of the best Systema trainers idolised like times gone by. Systema, which simply translates to ‘the system’ in Russian, is a little-known combat style that can be traced…

The return of Umbrella Martial Arts

For hundreds of years, the umbrella has been a useful gadget to both protect us from the rain, and in the case of emergencies, protect us from attackers too. As early a the 1800s, fancy men were batting away ruffians and beggars with their fancy umbrellas, often drawing their flintlocks and shooting right through the…

Should Women Train Differently to Men?

People have always been asking whether martial arts are biased towards men. Questions often cover the fact that fighting was historically a male to male necessity of war, and that many of the techniques involved are tailored to the male physique and body structure. In Ancient China, men and women were trained differently in Qigong…

Is it a dance or is it a fight?

This Brazilian martial art developed by African slaves is one of the few martial arts that focuses almost more on the music than the fight itself. Capoeira is the and fighting to music is the game. So is it a traditional dance, or is it really a martial art? We try to find out… According…

What the hell is Kalaripayattu?

Originating in India some 2000+ years ago, Kalaripayattu is one of the regions most ancient martial art fighting systems, but what exactly is it? And why is it becoming more talked about so long after its humble beginnings? According to some sources, Kalaripayattu is actually considered to be one of the oldest surviving fighting systems…