Martial Arts Round-Up – May 20, 2011

By Sensei Serge Sognonvi and Carmen Sognonvi
Originally published at

Here’s a round-up of the best martial arts-related news stories and blog posts that we came across this week.

Learn the Winning Secrets of Georges St-Pierre
Georges St-Pierre is one of the best pound-for-pound mixed martial artists on the planet. What is it that makes him so effective? In this post, karate school owner Matt Klein breaks down the secrets to GSP’s success.

“Boards don’t hit back”: Part 1
Bruce Lee made these words famous in “Enter the Dragon.” What he meant, of course, was that if you want to be a good fighter, you need to be able to hit someone actively resisting your attack, not just immobile targets. In this post, martial arts instructor and blogger Dan Djurdjevic explores how to structure your training so that you “bridge the gap between the dojo and the street.”

The Gift of Fear vs. the Price of Worry & Ignorance
In this post, jiu-jitsu instructor and blogger Lori O’Connell reviews the book The Gift of Fear: Survival Signals That Protect Us From Violence by Gavin de Becker, which explains the process by which fear is generated and shows how it serves to warn us of danger.

Kyudo Mugen: Karate Is Like Boiling Water
Martial arts blogger Jesse Enkamp can’t stand people who “take a break” from karate. Why? Because he believes it’s one of the worst possible ways to sabotage one’s training. In this post, Enkamp explains what boiling water has in common with karate training, and what you can learn from it.

What Should I Be Working On?
Before you earn your black belt, it’s easy to know what you need to work on. You know all the forms and self-defense moves you must learn to earn each successive rank. But how about after you reach your black belt? In this post, blogger and martial arts student Michele explains how black belts should plan their training.