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Martial Arts

The Martial Arts is an important part of many peoples lives in the US, as well as all over the world. In this and subsequent pages, I am documenting my long pursuit of the Asian masters. The martial arts experience is a rewarding endeavor, but can also be addicting. Hard practice releases endorphines, just like long distance running, which augments the naturally additive effect of a perfectionist sport.

The first thing to do when talking about the martial arts is to describe the various domains and metaphors which represent training. The most popular style is Tae Kwon Do, which emanated from Korea. Other styles that appealed to large audiences are Japanese karate, Chinese Kung Fu, Chinese/American Kenpo, among others. The primary growth of these styles came about when servicemen would train overseas and then bring the style back to the states. As described on later pages, the martial arts got a big boost from Bruce Lee, back in the 1960s. He showed up one day at the Long Beach Internationals Karate Tournament and challenged anyone in the crowd to fight. Another jump happened when Rorian Gracie printed a challenge to fight anyone in a no rules fight in the late 1980s.

My first glimpse of the martial arts was at a YMCA in Dallas in 1951. A small Japanese man would come in, fully dressed in coat and tie and teach people dressed in Judo uniforms or gi's. I was training in wrestling at the time and paid little attention to the group of people that were rolling around on the mat.  I would not understand the significance of what they were doing until many years later. 

The rest of this discussion centers around three subjects: My career in Japanese Karate, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and a magazine that I published, The Martial Art Magazine.

Japanese Karate

Brazilian Jui Jitsu

Martial Arts World Magazine

Left - Bob McCauley working out with Rorian Gracie in a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class in CA

 

 

 

 

 

 

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