New Directions

by Dennis Lawson on Jan 30th, 2013

The Martial Arts Learning Community (TheMALC) has now published 2 newsletters each month for over 4 years. The editing staff decided that it was time to make some changes. Starting in February 2013, we’ve initiated the following changes in our publishing schedule: We will begin publishing a single newsletter each month.

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Celebrating 50 Years Of Kenpo Karate In Ireland

by Dennis Lawson on Jan 1st, 2013

In 2008, nearly 5 years ago now, I received a call from my associate, Mr. Gerry Lynch. Mr.

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Colored Belts In Modern Martial Arts Or The "Rainbow Mudansha"

by Dennis Lawson on Jan 31st, 2012

On the matter of colored belts many people continue to labor under the assumption that a colored belt, even a brown one, has any meaning in the Mudansha / Yudansha structure that was the precursor of the various belt systems used in today’s martial arts. As I noted in my previous article on this subject, traditionally, the graded ranks or Yudansha were the only obi color change for the Kodokan’s, the home school of Judo, uniforms. Jigoro Kano, the founder of Judo, developed this ranking system for his students.

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by Dennis Lawson on Apr 29th, 2011

When discussing the martial arts we often hear about the lineage, origin, or development of a particular style or system. No one knows when the martial arts, as we recognize them, developed in human society. Some say they developed in China or came from India or even Egypt or Greece.

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Lessons From The Battle Of Fredericksburg 1862 - For The Martial Arts

by Dennis Lawson on Dec 31st, 2009

As part of my continuing research on how organizations function, I look for lessons wherever and whenever they present themselves. Recently, I watched Fredericksburg again. This documentary film concerning a decisive battle early in the American Civil War offered many lessons that can aid any martial arts organization.

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