Martial Arts

Myth Understood

How Onna-Bugeisha, Feudal Japan's Women Samurai, Were Erased From History

While most Japanese women were subject to rigid social expectations of domesticity, onna-bugeisha women warriors who were known to be to be every bit as strong, capable, and courageous as their male counterparts
Christobel Hastings
9.24.18
ten questions

Ten Questions You Always Wanted to Ask a Kung Fu Master

"Monks train really hard, so they're able to tow a car with their penis."
Daniel Darmawan
8.28.18
entertainment

Liam Neeson's Stunt Double Taught Me a Particular Set of Skills

Under the tutelage of Neeson's long-time stunt coordinator Mark Vanselow, I got to look like a badass battling my way through a train car of goons.
Justin Caffier
7.30.18
Broadly

Fighting Fascism at the UK's Feminist Antifa Martial Arts Gym

Solstar in North London describes itself as a "red gym" run on left-wing principles. Founders Ella Gilbert and Paula Lamont explain how boxing can be a form of political resistance.
Ayoola Solarin
7.10.18
Photography

Powerful Photographs Challenging Gender Roles in an Indian Martial Arts School

Photographer Nadja Wohlleben's new series 'A Sword & A Sari' explores self-defense and female empowerment in the Republic of India
Nadja Wohlleben
6.28.18
Sports

The Secret Behind the Craziest Stunts in Action Movies

No Hollywood magic required.
Jeremy Price
5.25.18
kickboxing

Tenshin Nasukawa: Kickboxing Messiah

The Japanese star is very much the real deal.
Jack Slack
5.22.18
Desus & Mero

This May Be the Most Intense Roundhouse Kick We've Ever Seen

It's like regular karate, but much more abbreviated.
Sarah Bellman
3.23.18
1-800-RU-SLAPPIN

Beware the Russian Speed Slap Warriors of YouTube

Thanks to Reddit, we get to revisit the art of “Russian systema.”
Samantha Cole
3.22.18
Film

The Extreme Sport Behind the Fight Scenes in 'Black Panther'

Nope, it's not CGI.
Jeremy Price
3.9.18
Broadly

Learn to Fight with the Kung Fu-Trained Nuns of the Himalayas

Women at the Druk Gawa Khilwa nunnery on the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal meditate and lead Buddhist prayers. They also train in combat.
Ahmer Khan
10.26.17
FIGHTLAND

Uru-Can, the Obscure Form of Martial Arts Created by the Brazilian Army

Created by the Paratroopers Armed Forces in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Uru-Can blends Karate, Taekwondo, Kung Fu, Judo and Jiu-Jitsu. There are approximately 500 people in the country who practice it.
Cláudio Goldberg Rabin
5.31.17
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