The benefits of a martial art (Part 1)

As is obvious, I'm a huge proponent of martial arts for people from any age (especially for kids, but I'll write this in general.) And not just for the typical "discipline" reasons that most people propose (though that's one big reason.) There's a litany of reasons, so therefore in the spirit of the Internet, I'm going… » 4/18/14 7:58pm Yesterday 7:58pm

The Road to Black Belt: The Terror of the Low Kick

Ah, the joys of being punched and kicked as a hobby. You might think if one is training in the dojo 3 or 4 times a week and doing conditioning at least twice a week, that it might get a bit easier. Unfortunately, the body you are born with, and its pain receptors, never really changes a great deal. The pain you feel… » 3/29/14 12:52pm 3/29/14 12:52pm

Your Friday afternoon workout

In continuing with our fitness theme, I want to provide a weekly workout suggestion. Most workouts will require no more than yourself and an open space. At most, I'll incorporate a jump rope or some readily acquired free weights. Otherwise, here are some fun (hahahah... fun) workouts to add in to your routine (if you… » 3/14/14 12:45pm 3/14/14 12:45pm

The Ari Schwartz Not-So-Expert Guide to Fitness

So, here's the honest truth: I am not an "expert" on fitness. I'm not a trainer. I don't even really know much about the science of fitness. But I'm interested in fitness from the perspective of someone who enjoys fitness as a hobby. So, these weekly articles on fitness will be written in part from the perspective of… » 3/10/14 8:31pm 3/10/14 8:31pm

Dear Christians: Please Stop Telling Non-Christians that Christmas is…

As a non-Christian in the West, December is the most obvious reminder that you are not the typical Westerner. The bogus "War on Christmas" notwithstanding, it's frustrating to have otherwise liberal Westerners tell Jews, Muslims, and other non-Christians that Christmas is "secular." » 12/06/13 10:29pm 12/06/13 10:29pm

The media's horrible love affair with Asma Al-Assad

I don't know Asma Al-Assad. I bet you don't either. But I bet you've been hearing about her from CNN and in Vogue, who dubbed her a "Rose in the Desert." I recently listened to a CNN article that tiptoed around Mrs. Assad, asking if she's "comfortable" with her husband's actions, and saying that she is in a "tough position"… » 8/30/13 3:00pm 8/30/13 3:00pm