- Pacquiao thumps Clottey.
Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines dominated Joshua Clottey, a native of Ghana who lives in New York, from the opening bell Saturday night to retain his welterweight title and cement his status as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world.
- A wise warning for women and men!
The man jackass accused of brutally beating a nurse in a Midtown bathroom because she wouldn’t dance with him is reportedly claiming self defense….
“It could happen anywhere. We have to be careful.”
- New York martial arts instructors may be exempt from licensing.
Instructors teaching New Yorkers how to do downward dogs or karate kicks may soon join the state’s dance, music and acting teachers with an exemption from state licensing.
- A judo grand master hosts a special event.
The Botswana Judo Federation (BJF) will next weekend host an African Judo Union Sport Director’s course for English speaking countries and Southern African countries, which is organized by the African Judo Union (AJU).
- There’s a new martial arts school in Burlington.
Bushido Judo School, a nonprofit martial art instruction program, is open at 911-A S. Main St. in Burlington.
- One Army major is teaching karate in Iraq!
“It’s a unique challenge, because I have Iraqis, Ugandans and Americans in my class,” said Boone. “You don’t see a lot of formalities in here, because, with these guys, they have to deal with formalities all day. So it’s a relaxed atmosphere.”
- Several people capture titles in a Pittsburgh karate tournament.
Numerous other local students either placed or won individual events.
- Happy birthday to Prime Chuck. Mr. Norris keeps himself busy these days by writing for World Nut Daily.
Sure, we all know the star of “The Octagon” hasn’t actually aged since the day he thought he saw a gray hair and made Father Time taste his boot heel, but we still set aside one day each year to celebrate everything Chuck Norris has given us.
- Jim Ross to announce MMA?
WWE announcer turned MMA enthusiast Jim Ross talks to Heavy.com about getting hooked on the sport and how he would fare as an announcer for MMA.
- Tae Kwon Do master and ex-FBI agent visits West Seattle.
After earning his Masters Degree in international business at UW, Chin Ho Lee was appointed as Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
- Kalamazoo hosts an open karate tournament.
Karate is about more than self-defense as spectators at the first-ever Kalamazoo Open Karate Championships recently discovered.
- A student with Down Syndrome may earn his black belt.
“Earning a black belt is tough — but for Adam to get his black belt, it’s like the difference between climbing Mt. Brighton and climbing Mt. Everest.”
- Jon Law talks about using distractions in self-defense.
Using distraction to diffuse a situation does work, I know from personal experience.
- Dojo Rat talks about how his experiences in other martial arts are changing his Tai Chi.
This got me thinking about “Shen Fa” or “body method”, and how things I am learning in Bagua and Xingyi are subtly changing my Tai Chi Chuan.
- Matthew cautions us that even Funakoshi was surprised.
There are a couple of valuable takeaways that we can extract from these small tales. The first is that nobody gets a free ride when it comes to personal safety.
- Jiu-Jitsu Sensei continues her lessons in ground defense.
I was recently asked what my general rules that I apply to all ground defense (for street application as opposed to sport). It’s pretty straight forward. I’ve laid them out in this post.
- Even Muay Thai has sensitivity drills!
Muay thai fighters, via many years of clinch practise also develop their sensitivity attributes to such a level where they too can clinch fight whilst wearing blindfolds.
- This week it was Martial Development that made me laugh out loud.
Starring Chiranjeevi–the Desi Chuck Norris–Alluda Majaka thrilled audiences with its gritty, no-nonsense action sequences.
I have to say that I really enjoyed Mark’s Muay Thai sensitivity drills. Usually you see this in kung fu — it’s pretty cool to see it in another art. So, here are the videos that he featured. Enjoy!