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What Tatami? Martial Arts Jigsaw Mats Hub now in Ireland!

You've asked and we have answered. Due to popular demand we have now setup a small martial arts mats hub in Dublin Ireland. Pre-arranged collection for orders is now possible.
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How can I measure my martial arts training?

Need to make your ideal competition weight? Wondering what how many calories you lost during your karate class? Need to know which martial art best suits you? Or just need to set your goals suas BMI? ch Pad-Up! offer a FREE suite of online training tools that accomplish just that.
How can I learn to defend myself without being fit or strong? Dim Mak is an ancient martial art that manipulates pressure points with devastating effect. Points can have various effects ranging from discomfort to death, temporary and permanent paralysis, loss of control of bladder or bowels etc

What is Dim Mak and can Dim Mak help me defend myself?

Dim Mak is the ancient art of manipulating forbidden acupuncture points. These 108 points when struck correctly can cause varying degrees of discomfort, paralysis, loss of control of bladder and bowels to even death. Traditionally the Chinese masters only passed down the devastating skill of Dim mak (Dian Xue) to their most trusted students for fear of the skill being used against them or misused for the wrong purpose. After much deliberation with his Chinese masters Shifu Steven Burton has been permitted to teach this ancient skill in a responsible manner. Pad-Up! In association with 5 Thunder will be launching IRELANDS  1st INSTRUCTOR TRAINING PROGRAMME with Steven Burton commencing on April 26th... spaces are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.
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by pad-up on 04 Apr 2014
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Dim Mak: The Manipulation of Pressure Points in Martial Arts

by pad-up on 29 Nov 2013
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5 Thunder Dim Mak China Tour 2013 - Part #2

by pad-up on 22 Nov 2013
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Five Thunder Dim Mak China Tour 2013 - Part #1

by pad-up on 13 Nov 2013
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Never Underestimate your Opponent

by pad-up on 07 Nov 2013
  One of the most dangerous things a martial artist can ever do is to underestimate your opponent. This app...