theMALC

the Martial Arts Learning Community

The Martial Arts Learning Community (The MALC) is a Non-Profit Agency chartered in the state of Delaware. The MALC supports various studies of the history and development of the Martial Arts, studies using a scientific approach to identify Best Practices in the Martial Arts, and the publishing of these research works. The MALC supports the study of the Martial Arts as physical education. Our community produces educational seminars and promotes both national and international amateur sports competitions. The MALC will provide programs and services not currently available that will benefit Martial Arts students and teachers, their community, and our world as a whole.

Recent Articles

Rage

by Dennis Lawson

I recently read a thought-provoking Scientific American interview with R. Douglas Fields, a neuro-scientist, whose new book – Why We Snap: Understanding the Rage Circuit in Our Brain - will be of particular interest to Martial Artists. Fields identifies nine specific triggers that generate an immediate rage response in our lower brain.

They are:

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Talking Kenpo – The Language Of Motion

by Dennis Lawson

I recently delivered a speech to a group of non-Martial Artists. The theme was “The Body Speaks”. Since I took the opportunity to educate my audience about the Martial Arts and Ed Parker’s Kenpo in particular, I decided to publish this presentation as an article. Whenever I use (illustrate) in the text, my body was speaking.

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Choosing The Right Weapon

by Ooni Wasselman

In Perogia, militant factions waged a bloody insurgency to free the people from an oppressive, governing regime. It was there that I trained with a group of fighters who ranged in age from 12 yrs. to the unusually old age of 35; unusual in the sense that most of the male population die young, sacrificing their lives for a cause that moves forward at a snail’s pace.  The war has been going on for so long that local historians can’t put a number to years of history behind it. At times, the rebels forget what they are fighting for…freedom, as they know it, is a fading cause, occasionally resurrected in moments of passionate patriotism or drunken stupor.

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Are We Overloading Our Adult Students?

by Dennis Lawson

Why do I have fewer adult students today than I had five years ago? I dealt with this question during a consulting call from a dojo owner. Like many martial artists running a traditional curriculum, he has expanded his teaching format to include groundwork, training students for amateur MMA bouts in his area, and he instituted separate women’s self-defense classes. After implementing these changes, he still has fewer adult students this year.

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