I have a busy day on Sunday so I need to knock this out today! Here we go…
- My Martial Arts TopList hits 125 blogs! It looks like there’s a few a spammers but I can say we are beyond 120 which is pretty cool. When I started that list three years ago there was only me! Maybe this weekend I’ll clean it up. I had one reader who was not aware it existed at all so I thought I’d promote it here in case I have any new victims folks who’d like to add their blog.
So far we’re still wedding dress free!
- Swedish boxing champ passed on to that Great Gym in The Sky.
Swedish Ingemar Johansson, who in 1959 became heavyweight champion of the world by knocking out Floyd Patterson, has died at the age of 76, a childhood friend said on Saturday.
- If you are near Wichita Kansas here’s a Karate tournament you may want to check out.
The annual Mickey Gomez Wichita Invitational Karate Tournament will be held Feb. 28.
- Kung Fu Panda director to direct a Masters of the Universe remake.
Based on the iconic ’80s toy line from Mattel, He-Man focuses on the adventures of a Conan-esque sword and sandals adventurer in the magical-land of Eternia.
- Bahrain now has one of only 300 JKA-approved dojos!
“Karate is becoming increasingly popular in Bahrain and we now have more than 100 members, with numbers growing by the month,” she said.
- No offense to the martial artists in this one but I have to admit that reading this made my eye twitch.
This is not a film plot but a demonstration staged at the World Taekwondo Federation headquarters in downtown Seoul. The combination of the Korean martial art and a musical has brought on a new type of fusion martial art.
- Ralph Macchio is not so sure about having Jacki Chan play Mr. Miyagi. Well I got news for Ralph: Neither am I!
Rumor has it that the new “Karate Kid” is giving Miyagi a massive overhaul, even going so far as to change him from Japanese to Chinese and moving parts of the film to China itself.
OK, my eye just twitched again…
- This video illustrates the dreams I typically have if I eat too much before going to bed.
Dicing its way into Asian territories February 19th is KUNG FU CHEFS, a culinary kung fu comedy starring martial arts movie great Sammo Hung…
- Helio Gracie passes away.
The local mixed martial arts community was saddened by the death of Helio Gracie, founder of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu or Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as it’s now commonly referred to.
- OK, I’m posting this one just for the fact that I’m surprised it made the news! Apparently running a dojang pays well?
Kelli Shoup and her husband, Keith, bought a 3.5-bath, 3,684-square-foot home at 620 Woodcrest Lane in Lemont from Suburban B&T Co., for $510,000 on Nov. 18… She holds a fifth degree black belt and is currently a master candidate.
- If you are in California here’s a chance to train with Shaolin Monks.
Shaolin monks are considered to be qi gong experts, and Aliotta has invited four – one from Los Angeles and three from China – to visit his martial-arts academies in Encinitas and 4S Ranch near Rancho Bernardo.
- UK martial artist credits Tae Kwon Do with giving him self-confidence.
Almost instantly after he began training, the bullying ceased. And Randall didn’t even have to raise a finger against his aggressors. It was the way he carried himself, the way he looked people in the eye. “All of a sudden, I felt better about me. I felt confident,” Randall said after a recent class. “I don’t get bullied anymore.”
From the blogs:
- I found this comic here. Pretty much sums up what I’d probably say…
- The Wise Grappler offers know-it-alls some sage advice.
My response was that being successful in BJJ really isn’t hard; the hard part is getting the students to shut up, listen, and do what they’re told to do.
- Tap or Snap gets to experience Modern Army Combatives.
Little did I know, it’s a little different than straight Jiu-Jistu.
Suino Sensei Holds the rank of 7th Dan Iaido (Shudokan Martial Arts Association), 6th Dan Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu, and 5th Dan Iaido (International Martial Arts Federation – IMAF).
- While preparing my Praying Mantis compilation I happened upon this very interesting site. For sure I suspect that many of you could make good blog fodder out of some of their videos!
- OK, last week I closed with a video of Ip Man (aka Donnie Yen) punching the stuffing out of Karateka. This week I’m closing once again with Karate vs. Wing Chun. The only difference is that this time the fight is not choreographed for a movie and the Karateka win.
Notice the Karateka’s respect for his injured opponent which is signified by turning his back to him? Also note that the same Karateka helps carry the defeated Wing Chun guy off the stage.
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