Jiu Jitsu Techniques and History

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By Jeff Patterson 6/18/09 In the early 1900’s Esai maeda, a jiu jitsu instructor from Japan, went to Brazil. After arriving in Brazil Esai met Gastao Gracie who was a very well known prominent business man.  Gastao helped the Japanese immigrate to Brazil and helped them find work and residence. Esai was very grateful and… Read more »

Bruce Lee: Founder of JKD

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Bruce Lee was a renowned icon of martial arts and originator of the theory of Jeet Kune Do. He was a dynamic figure, catalyzing the field of martial arts and leaving a pronounced legacy that still reverberates throughout the world. Sifu Bruce Lee’s was first introduced to the marital arts by his father from whom… Read more »

Portland Boxing Class: Six Count Boxing Combination

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October 14th, 2011 Professor Jeff asked if I would be up for contributing to a blog for Portland boxing at NWFA. What a great idea: to share tips and insights on training- but from a student’s perspective- so that other students and prospective students can benefit. I will be doing this a couple times a… Read more »

Understanding the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Guard Game

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By Jeff Patterson 8/12/09 The guard position in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is defined by having your back on the ground and your legs between you and your opponent. There are many variations of the guard; two of the most common are the closed guard and the open guard. Having your opponent in your closed guard… Read more »

Six Healing Sounds

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The Six Healing Sounds is a Taoist qigong and sitting meditation. The Six Healing Sounds set falls on the health and spiritual/psychological end of the qigong spectrum.  This set is a very calming routine and is an excellent qigong form to work in the evening. It helps shed the tensions of the day, calming your… Read more »

Tai Chi Push Hands

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There are thousands of people teaching tai chi and tai chi push hands around the world. Personally, I have trained with many teachers here in the states as well as teachers in China. I have found that even with the “Masters” there are few who really have a good understanding of how to apply the… Read more »

Portland Rigan Machado BJJ Seminar – Portland, Novermber 12th

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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Seminar with Rigan Machado Saturday November 12th Rigan Machado is an 8th degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Carlos Gracie Jr. An outstanding fighter, Machado was world champion in BJJ for seven years running and amassed a record of over 360 documented wins. Equal to his ability as a competitor are… Read more »

Fighting Stances

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There are different fighting stances a fighter or competitor will use depending on the type of event, fight or situation. The strategy and style of the competitor will also vary with the event depending on the fighter’s ability and education. Different styles or methods of fighting have strategies that may include hand held weapons, kicking,… Read more »

Qigong and Sticky Hands with Dr. Yang Jwing-Ming

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Renowned author, Tai Chi and Qigong master, Dr. Yang will be holding a seminar in Portland, OR. Intended for all skill levels, this seminar will focus on the foundation of your Qigong practice; developing a strong root of understanding to support your training. We will also be exploring and playing various sticky hands concepts, improving… Read more »

Youth Martial Arts: The Community

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By Jennilyn Nelson “So, I’d like to check in, ask how Peter is doing lately,” says Joseph, an eleven year-old martial artist from our Youth Power program. He leans against my desk, eyes looking concerned. Peter is Joseph’s nine year–old brother. Leave it to an older brother to seek an impromptu progress report. The other… Read more »