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Explore the wisdom, experience, and insights of Grandmaster Michael Rowe in our semi-daily blog series. Delve into the world of martial arts, self-discovery, and holistic well-being as Grandmaster Rowe shares his thoughts, reflections, and valuable lessons. This blog is your guide to the profound journey of martial arts philosophy, self-mastery, and the boundless potential within.

The term reality based self-defense (RSBD) is most likely the most over-used term in the martial arts world. When it first came into use it was less of a badge of honor and more of a differentiating term that separated what self-defense instructors (such as myself) were teaching from that of more traditional martial arts, such as Karate, Kung Fu, Tae Kwon Do etc. It wasnââ'¬â"¢t used as a critique of these styles and systems or to try and suggest their techniques don't work but to identify that our approach to dealing with real world violence was very different to...
I have come to understand that the essence of practicing forms—or "hyung," "poomse," "kata," as they are known in many disciplines—transcends a mere sequence of movements. My journey through this ancient practice has unraveled a tapestry of benefits spanning the mental, physical, and spiritual domains. Today, I invite you to explore the deeper significance of these forms, which are both the alphabet and the poetry of martial arts.
Modern tools and equipment are not a guarantee of survival. A mindset and training plan are.
We conclude out 3 part series on Martial Arts and Stress Management by exploring how the principles learned in martial arts extend beyond the training space.
Here we dive deeper into the mind-body synergy inherent in martial arts. We discuss how techniques such as controlled breathing, meditation, and focused movement contribute to stress reduction.
We are what we do repeatedly....
The practice of Taekwondo forms offers practitioners a holistic journey encompassing physical mastery, mental discipline, practical martial application, artistic expression, emotional and spiritual growth, and a connection to tradition, fostering a well-rounded and transformative experience.
In this post we explore the fundamental connection between martial arts training, particularly Taekwondo and Combat Hapkido, and stress management. Highlight the physical and mental discipline cultivated through these practices, emphasizing their role in fostering resilience and calmness amid life's challenges.
When we think of self-defense tools, a cane might not be the first thing that comes to mind. However, as a self-defense subject matter expert with over 40 years of experience, I can tell you that a cane is a versatile and effective tool for personal protection. What's more, it serves a dual purpose, offering not only self-defense capabilities but also enhancing mobility. In this blog entry, we will explore the benefits of using a cane both as a mobility device and a self-defense tool.


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