Martial Arts News:
- Here’s a DVD review of Seagal’s latest flick, “A Dangerous Man“. Sounds like the fight scenes are actually pretty good so I may have to check this one out.
However, what sets A Dangerous Man apart from Seagal’s other films is how the fight sequences are filmed. They’re incredible. Director Keoni Waxman successfully glorifies Seagal’s unique style of martial arts fighting techniques, and miraculously makes Seagal faster, stronger, and meaner than ever before.
- Bobby Lashley steps down from TNA wrestling to focus fully on MMA.
…Lashley indicated that he wasn’t necessarilyy done with professional wrestling, but did want to focus on training for his MMA career full-time.
- Interesting. A girls-only martial arts class.
Sigong Robert Firestine’s been teaching Shaolin Kung Fu to girls for the last ten years.
“It doesn’t require you to be stronger than the opponent in order to gain the advantage,” Firestine explained.
- Karate is coming to the Wii. So much for an original story line.
In All Star Karate, players will follow the life of a young, martial arts novice whose noble attempt to save an elderly man from a pack of ninjas brings him face-to-face with a true karate master. The sensei, a cantankerous old-timer, offers his services and teaches his new protege the proper techniques and disciplines of karate and guides him toward achieving the black belt.
- Jets coach fined for making an improper gesture at a MMA contest.
Jets coach Rex Ryan has been fined US$50,000 by the team for making an obscene gesture at a mixed martial arts event last weekend.
- Wisconsin just had an interesting martial arts tournament.
Last weekend, young talent from all over the Midwest gathered in northern Wisconsin to compete in a karate, jiu-jitsu, and pankration tournament; according to organizer Dave Sixel, the weekend turned out even better than expected.
- Nunchukas don’t hurt people. However, morons who wield them while drunk apparently do!
The defendant admitted to using nunchukkas but said he had been drinking cask wine before the incident and could only remember police arriving to quell the violence.
- It’s a nice story about Taekwondo in India, however, it’s not a 2,000-year-old art!
The martial art Taekwondo meaning “Way of the foot and fist” has a history of 2000 years. In Nagaland a taekwondo trainer, is using his martial art skills to steer Naga youth towards a positive and constructive attitude towards life and society.
- Karate veteran achieves 7th dan!
Dunnigan has just returned from Okinawa, Japan, the home of karate, after being successfully tested for a seventh-degree black belt.
You could count on the fingers of one hand how many Canadians have reached this venerated status.
- Krav Maga reaches Hollywood.
Big names such as Jennifer Lopez and Angelina Jolie have signed up for LA-based lessons in Krav Maga.
- One Aikido instructor promotes non-violence.
The nonprofit encourages the practice of the Japanese non-violent martial art of aikido and promoting it as an effective vehicle for self improvement and spiritual growth, and as a harmonious way to resolve everyday stress and conflict.
- There can be only seven.
George Kerr has been practising judo since he was eight; now he’s one of only seven people in the world to have attained 10th Dan.
- Here’s a new blog with an interesting take on Aikido.
Make no mistake, I respect Aikido and its principles. I do not respect the people who over the years with their inflated grades and ego’s have tried to change what was once a martial art into some quasi religion.
- Colin breaks down Tae Kwon Do’s inside middle block.
However, the main point is that the middle block can generate a good amount of force.
- Wim finishes what I started.
So far, this blog has been one hell of a ride and, aside of a couple disasters, it’s been pretty damn good. Which in and of itself is a crucial factor in why I’m this active with my blog: I enjoy it. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t bother.
Low Tech Combat finds a cool video that features Defendo Kotka.
On site realistic environments. Normal clothes. Aliveness throughout. Indoors. Outdoors. Functional strength and conditioning.
Matthew discusses how to escape joint locks, arm bars, etc.
If you feel yourself being put into a lock or bar, instead of resisting it with muscular strength experiment with rolling your body and moving with the motion.
This may be one of the top 10 lessons I’ve learned in Chin Na – sense what your opponent is doing, relax, and move into the lock. More often than not it counters what your attacker is doing and also puts you uncomfortably close to him or her.
Low Tech’s find almost made sidebar video of the week.
However, I decided to give that award to a find from last week!
The thing I really liked about this video is the evasion. You can see that in most of the examples it must have taken years of practice to anticipate the attacks and simply not be there.