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Where was Aikido founded?
Aikido is a soft martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba. This art focuses on joint locks and throws.

Enter Kyle Funakoshi, a martial arts instructor based in Milpitas, California. He grew up in Hawaii, where he started training in shotokan techniques when he was 5. His sensei was his father, Kenneth Funakoshi, a man who’s no stranger to the pages of Black Belt — he appeared on the cover of the June 1992 issue.

Kyle Funakoshi and his family moved to San Jose, California, 24 years ago so they could administer their association’s many dojo from a more centralized location. Since then, they’ve built a reputation for offering the highest-quality instruction in the Japanese art.

Some people can’t wait for the advanced techniques. Advanced techniques they assume, are “the good stuff.” This basic stuff I am learning now is just a waste of time, I want the advanced stuff where you really learn to beat the opponent easily with the secret and advanced parts of the system.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Advanced techniques are for advanced people. They are not necesarily advanced or better techniques, but they are meant for people who already dominate the basics. In other words, knowing advanced techniques don’t make you advanced… advanced techniques are for the advanced.

Miyamoto Musashi, 17th century Japanese swordsman, twice arrived late to duels and defeated both opponents. Upon his next duel, he arrived early, and ambushed the force that was assembling to ambush him.

Jackie Chan broke twelve concrete blocks with his hand, while keeping the egg he was holding intact.

Bruce Lee carried a .357 magnum everywhere once he became famous as the guy no one could beat in a fight.

During the filming of the Bond film, “Never Say Never Again,” Sean Connery angered his martial arts instructor so much that he broke Connery’s wrist. The instructor was Steven Seagal.

Originally, to practice kung fu did not just mean to practice Chinese martial arts. Instead, it referred to the process of one’s training. You can say that a person’s kung fu is good in cooking, or that someone has kung fu in calligraphy; saying that a person possesses kung fu in an area implies skill in that area, which they have worked hard to develop.

In a speed demonstration, Bruce Lee could snatch a dime off a person’s open palm before they could close it, and leave a penny behind.

Bruce Lee could throw grains of rice up into the air and then catch them in mid-flight using chopsticks


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