State of the Neck:
I did not wake up in Mexico missing a kidney. This is good. I’m on a week’s worth of steroids, muscle relaxer, and Naproxin. This too shall pass.
- The Lord of Lawsuits joins Americare.
Americare Services, Inc. today announced that famed Hollywood actor, musician, martial arts artist and philanthropist Steven Seagal has joined the Americare Services board of advisers and will help promote the company’s popular CallMD 24/7 Doctor-on-Call service…
- We also get to see the last eight “Lawman” episodes in October. I’ve decided not to review them for Blogcritics. However, I do plan to review his craptastic Southern Justice, once they start to air!
Seagal plays Elijah Kane the leader of an undercover group of cops that chases down the bad guys in the Seattle, Washington area.
”It’s being filmed from July to December in Vancouver, Canada”, a source on the production tells Moviehole. “There are 13 episodes ordered and it will air world wide through Voltage’s foreign sales efforts. It will be an action/crime drama – one hour procedural. Crime of the week kind of thing.”
I can only hope that they have Segal fight a bear!
Martial Arts News:
- An Indian boxer wins another title.
India’s MC Mary Kom won her fifth World women’s boxing title in Bridgetown ( Barbados) on Saturday.
- Kevin James to play an MMA fighter?
James will play a physics teacher whose school is facing drastic budget cuts. In order to earn money to save his best friend’s job and the music program that his students hold dear, he moonlights as an MMA fighter, and ultimately winds up doing battle in the UFC.
- Crowe is going to play a kung fu fighter in his next movie.
Speaking with cable channel E! online, RZA said “Russell’s gonna be the baddest man alive. That man will knock you out.”
- Okay, I have no idea who this guy is and I really don’t care. Regardless, it sounds like he used a little Krav Maga on some photographers.
Although several photographers were attacked, only one suffered bruising around his eyes. X17online has learned that the photographer will be pressing charges.
- Here’s an interesting story about a real fight club.
For nearly two decades, Bruce Silverglade, the owner of Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn, has waged a tirelous battle to preserve a brand of boxing that is geared toward businessmen.
In the area of smokers, white-collar boxing is akin to the nice boy who sits in the front of the class and gets straight A’s.
- Here we go again.
A karate instructor who works with children was arrested late last week after prosecutors said he was sexually abusing some of the students at his studio.
- Boxing can be a way to freshen up your exercise routine.
Are you a wrestler, runner, hockey player or football player and want to add some variety to your workouts?
- Chuck Norris helps the Osmand brothers become macho?
When the Osmond Brothers thought their dance moves were too effeminate, they knocked the door of the ultimate macho man to teach them how to dance more manly with karate-style moves
- Only Kid Rock would get into a fight at a Waffle House!
Kid Rock says he never landed a punch on the man who’s now suing him over a 2007 fight at a DeKalb County Waffle House.
- If you are in the UK it looks like you get to watch a little Tae Kwon Do action!
Via online and digital ‘red button’ access, viewers will be able to watch the world’s best international taekwondo athletes battle it out against a British team bidding to take victory in one of the few home internationals prior to London 2012.
- This story is just sad.
It had been closed since Wednesday when the owner, a 52 year old Salinas man, was shot early in the morning. Central Coast News found out the victim had just earned a black belt in Taekwondo and may never be able to perform again.
- Some rich guy tries a little drunken kung fu!
Hawke’s Bay millionaire merchant banker Sam Kelt has been convicted of disorderly behaviour after a court heard he performed a “flying kung-fu kick” at a passing car.
- Wing Chun gets a boost thanks to Yen.
“I see this as a great opportunity to promote the Chinese traditional martial art of Wing Chun,” said Wang Desheng, a 34-year-old martial artist, who has been looking forward to this moment since childhood.
- Japan did well at the World Judo Championships.
Japan dominated at the world judo championships on Saturday, winning all three gold medals on the third day of competition.
- Krav Maga is popular in London.
Here in London, men and women wearing bulbous groin guards and protective gear come to learn the kind of moves that would make Jack Bauer blush; the kind that have been banned in nearly all other forms of competitive combat. Eye gouging, headbutting, biting, elbowing and kneeing in the groin, as well as loud swearing, are all on the teaching syllabus, alongside traditional punching and kicking.
Damn! They even get to swear in class?
- Here is a very interesting account of the fight that allegedly caused Bruce Lee to abandon Wing Chun.
That the fight with Wong was the reason Lee quit, and then later repudiated the Wing Chun style, was confirmed by Lee himself in an interview with Black Belt. “I’d gotten into a fight in San Francisco (a reference, no doubt, to the Bay Area rather than the city) with a Kung-Fu cat, and after a brief encounter the son-of-a-bitch started to run. I chased him and, like a fool, kept punching him behind his head and back. Soon my fists began to swell from hitting his hard head. Right then I realized Wing Chun was not too practical and began to alter my way of fighting.”
- I’ll admit that I’m biased. However, I do believe that Karate, Tae Kwon Do, and Tang Soo do are all great “foundation” styles.
Why everyone should begin with Karate
Simply put, Karate is simple. All those who enter martial arts for the first time should at least try out Karate. It’s absolutely necessary. The style is straightforward and does not present the artist with any complex angles of movement that other styles often will punch you in the face with.
- Let’s just hope that for Lori’s sake she was wearing underwear!
As I was stepping back into a stance having finished the technique, I heard a loud ripping noise coming from behind me.
The new student objected to bowing for religious reasons.
- Chris ponders Chi and Science.
Our “science” is firmly based on inanimate models and data-recording devices, whereas chi (in the central sense of this book) is intimately related to distinctively animate phenomena and cultivated human sensing. An additional problem is that Western science–especially “medical science”–has become dogmatic, so that it rejects any logical conclusion which lies outside its paradigm.
I just have to respond to the part I put in bold.
“For a theory to be part of science we must be able to imagine the possibility that some kind of evidence, if it were available, would tend to make us doubt the theory. It has been said that for a theory to be scientific it must be refutable” (Goldstein, 211). “Pseudoscientists delight in irrefutable hypothesis. If no possible state of affairs is allowed to count against what they say, they need have no fear of the facts ever proving them wrong” (Radner, 40).
Therein lies the problem: Chi allegedly exists but all of the scientific tests of Chi have failed. Also, if Chi exists outside of the realm of science (i.e. the physical world) then how can anyone know that it exists? Apparently a lot of us are missing this “Jedi Gene” which allows Chi proponents to verify the existence of Chi, and also lets them operate in this “other world” (whatever that is).
In order for scientific research to be considered valid, it must be open for critical analysis and refutability. Pseudoscientific research methods often do not provide the ability to be adequately replicated, yet pseudoscientist consider their knowledge claims to be irrefutable.
- Somewhat related:
We think we trust experts. But a new study finds that what really influences our opinions, more than listening to any expert, is our own beliefs.
“People tend to keep a biased score of what experts believe, counting a scientist as an ‘expert’ only when that scientist agrees with the position they find culturally congenial.”
- The staff here at Striking Thoughts found some rare forest footage of our old pal, Dojo Rat. Who knew that he actually met Chuck Norris?
- Master Wong may have had one too many Red Bulls. Anyhow, it’s still fun to hear him talk about his version of Chi Sao.