- Quadruple amputee loses his first MMA fight.
Afterward, Maynard had not lost his humor. “I had never really gotten hit before [in training]. I wanted to see if I could take it. At least I accomplished that goal.”
- Karate for fitness? Gee like that’s a big secret!
Karate has a lot of benefits to the body. You are training your reflexes, your muscles as well as stimulating your central nervous system. Along with strength, agility is put to the test. You build endurance. You build strength. You build quicker reflexes. It’s also stimulates your mind.
- Tyson documentary film opens.
He says he used to imagine his fists smashing through his opponent’s faces and out the backs of their heads.
- Now here’s a blast from the past! One corrections officer teaches self-defense to fellow officers.
When teaching self-defense, Allen said the biggest challenge is reaching the officers who might have martial arts training as well as those who aren’t as athletic.
Either way hats off to him. It’s a crappy job that’s definitely underpaid and under appreciated–especially after you compare it to law enforcement.
- Aikido is all wet? Maybe not…
Recently I had the pleasure and honor of meeting Senta Yamada sensei for the first time. What follows is a loose translation of Yamada sensei’s words, embroidered by the larger picture I sensed he was pointing toward.
- Karate tournament kicks of in Pittsburg.
Over 150 athletes will converge on the St. Mary’s-Colgan Fieldhouse today for the Japan Karate-Do Genbu-Kai 2009 Invitational Tournament.
- Watch out if you sign a contract at your martial arts school! For every good school that requires a contract I’m sure there’s at least of a few of these bad variety.
I received back a letter stating my condition was not a physical disability and the best they can do is put my contract on hold for 4 months.
- One criminal picks the wrong house to rob!
O’Connor took down the intruder, but in the darkness the burglar was able to get free and run out the front door, Thompson said.
- Oh you just gotta love this one! Some dilrod decided to beat up his girlfriend in front of a Karate school.
“He was saying, ‘F you guys. I’ll kick your butts,’” DuPlechian said. “And the black belts were saying, ‘Hey, buddy, we’re not the ones who decided to beat our girlfriend in front of a karate school.’”
From the blogs:
- I for one think that this mom should get back into the martial arts.
There was a time in my life when I used to be passionate about running, swimming, martial arts…
- If you are in Japan you might want to attend this.
A one day training course will be held at the soon to be completed SHOTO CENTRE in Skudai, Johor Bahru on the 6th of June, to commemorate Fubakoshi O’Sensei’s 52nd Anniversary.
- Dan thinks that San Shou is where it’s at.
Everyone is trying to figure out the right balance between brutal, no rules, fighting and a sport that’s interesting and enjoyable to watch.
- Low Tech has some good advice for those of you with busy schedules.
The following is a list of some considerations when making our training as brief and productive as possible…
- Is there really such a thing as natural talent?
How much practice? Research estimates it’s in the neighborhood of 10,000 hours. They even refer to it as “the 10,000 hour rule.” That roughly approximates 20 hours of practice every week for ten years.
- Ikigai interviews a ninth dan!
I am pleased to present this interview with Sensei William Dometrich, 9th Dan of the Chito Ryu style of karate.
- Lost in translation?
Last week, action movie star Jackie Chan gave a controversial speech to Chinese business leaders. What remarks caused such an uproar?
- Since disabled martial artists came up in the news you might want to look at this post, too.
Other than the excellent blog at Gisoku Budo, Mokuren Dojo is the only blog I know of that has dedicated a significant number of posts to the topic of martial arts for people with physical disabilities…
Let’s close with a few knife defense videos from Turtle Press.
These feature Sang H. Kim. If you like your knife defense with a Korean flavor then you might want to check Mr. Kim out. I own several of his videos and highly recommend him–especially if you have trained in the Korean side of things.
First we’ll start with an interview of Mr. Kim.
Now the Turtle Press videos:
Those of you who hail from traditional Karate or any derivative of Tae Kwon Do should take a look at the first video and listen to what Mr. Kim has to say. More than once I’ve been critical of Tae Kwon Do on this blog but I am so out of a larger respect for the art. At the end of the day I truly think that the MMA craze is missing a component that can only be found in traditonal Korean, Japanese, or Chinese arts.
It really is NOT about how effectively you can beat someone up!
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