The Lord of Pasta:
Our beloved Lord of Whoopass was seen Down Under playing with his sausage.
Martial Arts News:
- Here’s something you’ll probably never find Master Wong doing.
Jobe, who is 48 and a fourth-degree black belt, began the free Saturday sessions at the church’s St. Andrew site on Portland Avenue a few months ago.
- Yip Man was a success so it stands to reason we’d see another movie about Bruce Lee.
“Bruce Lee, My Brother,” which opens this week around Asia, focuses on the iconic action star’s teenage years and family life in Hong Kong, where he first trained in martial arts and worked as a child movie actor.
- Krav Maga makes the Time blog.
“People gravitate toward it because of the Israeli army connection,” he adds, “but also because it has practical uses beyond just getting fitter or stronger.”
You heard it right. There is a push on to include women sumo wrestling in the next Games. And while Japan is involved in greeting their ancient sport into the Games, more European countries are pushing just as hard.
- One black belt takes on bullying.
“When I was picked on in school, I started taking karate,” Gallo explained. “The bullying stopped, but it had nothing to do with kicking or punching.
- Krav Maga seems to be the next big thing.
“Krav Maga is really good for using the minimum amount of time for the maximum results,” she said. “It uses intuitive body movements, movements you would do anyway if someone pushed you, and builds on that.”
- And to think I have trouble motivating myself to go for a run.
…he was diagnosed with a disorder that ended up robbing him of almost 90 per cent of his sight.Unperturbed, Johnstone continued with his training, building on the foundation of wrestling, goju-ryu karate and daito-ryu aiki-jujutsu that he had been developing since the age of 14.
- What caught my eye in this article is the reference to something called Kong Soo Do.
Body Mind Systems is a comprehensive martial arts training system teaching eight martial arts that encompass the foundations of all martial arts styles: kung fu, bagua zhang, tai chi, judo, kong su (taekwondo/karate), aikido, traditional Asian weapons and samurai sword.
- From Mr. Wikipedia:
Kong Soo Do (공수도) is a Korean martial art. Its name is composed of the Korean pronunciation of the Chinese characters for “karate-do”. In English it means “empty-hand way”. However, it is different from karate-do. It is influenced by individual backgrounds of instructors.
Just when I thought I had heard it all!
- Bunkai has a new video up.
…we looked at the rather odd sequence near the end of kata Nujishiho (Niseishi), where the movements do not fit the usual way of generating power in Karate (or at least, not the Shotokan way of doing this kata) and the chambering position of the reaction hand is unusual too.
- Matthew wants you to nominate a Sensei!
It’s in this spirit that we celebrate the holiday season, and hopefully we can make one generous Sensei’s holiday a whole lot brighter.
Your job is to go to the contest page and nominate an individual who has brightened the lives of others and should be rewarded for their selflessness.
- Want to learn some Taji but don’t have access to an instructor? Then you might want to check this out. For those that are new to my blog, Steven Smith is Bob Patterson approved. (Yeah, yeah, add a quarter to my “approval” and you probably can buy a cup of coffee. Seriously though: He’s worth checking out!)
All of our Courses use High-Definition Streaming Videos. (You’ll need access to high-speed internet.)
- Accidental Aikidoist hits the big time!
Second I’ve been mentioned on AikiJournal!
- (Un)Caged Fighter is giving Dojo Rat and Ricewind some competition.
Since I left you guys some pics of hot ninjas on Halloween I will continue the tradition with more pics of nice looking women ( I would make it Thanksgiving themed but there aren’t any “sexy” pilgrim or turkey costumes).
- Wim offers some practical self-defense advice!
If this list describes you (and I’m confident it does for most of you), then your life isn’t in immediate danger. Nor will it be in the foreseeable future. So do you really need to be armed to the teeth every time you step outside? I don’t think so.
It’s rare that I disagree with Wim. However, this time I must! My wife seems to agree with Wim. Despite her comments I constantly remind her that, much like what happens to Steven Seagal in his movies, one day we might be attacked by Russian Ninja Assassins while dinning out. When that day comes all this training will finally pay off. One day…
- Both come from “Sakenpo”. This guy friended me on YouTuber and upon clicking though I noticed his videos.
Defense against a spinning back kick (aka reverse side kick):
Striking with knockout power:
So what do you all think of Brassard’s videos? I’m going to let you all comment on the second video. Since the reverse side kick is one of my bread-and-butter kicks I think I’ll comment on it.
It is true that balance disruption as a defense to the spinning back kick is not always taught. The only constructive feedback I’ll offer is this: Despite being a plausible option, the video makes the back kick defenses appear to be foolproof. The reality is that it’s much harder to do in a fluid situation than the video would lead you to believe.
Timing and set-up is everything with a good spinning back kick. If you are better at controlling the ranges of fighting than your opponent then it’s very possible to fire off a reverse side kick and score. Seriously: My old fat 40+-year-arse did it in Tae Kwon Do and Mantis Kung Fu. I also have had success in my current kickboxing sparring where take-downs are an option. Throwing that kick is a calculated risk that can result in being taken down or disrupted, however, it’s far from being certain.
Let’s close with one of my favorite MMA fighters, Cung Lee. He’s famous for making use of the spinning back kick in a setting where someone could close on him. (apologies for the annoying music)