Yesterday I went to another cardio kick class. It appears that my tae kwon do conditioning is coming back. I still have trouble keeping up, however, I had to stop less and I am mostly able to walk this morning. Anything that helps me balance out my addiction to desert and Mr. Martini can’t be a bad thing.
- The Lord of Pasta gets to shake down some inmates.
Actor Steven Seagal is searching inmates on work release who are checking in to serve their time. He is also filming a reality show for A&E.
- Happy birthday to the Prime One.
Chuck Norris is immortal and doesn’t have a birthday. But if he did, it would be today.
- The Prime One also continues to weigh in on topics that he’s probably not qualified to weigh in on.
What happens when sociopolitical agendas or scientific paradigms dominate academic views to the exclusion of a minority even being mentioned?
Sorry Chuck-o, I respect your martial arts but I can’t let that one go!
1. The U.S. continues to suck at international scientific literacy standards. The era of factory jobs is dead and dying. It’s a simple fact that our students need more scientific education because it’s now a global business world. You can’t round kick your way to better scientific literacy. You have to teach it in school and have higher standards that align with what is internationally accepted. That our we risk becoming Third World.
“Although university science faculties have often viewed general education requirements with disdain,” he said, “analyses indicate that the courses promote civic scientific literacy among U.S. adults despite the disappointing performance of American high school students in international testing.”
2. Related to his question: what happen when sociopolitical agendas drive things? I’ll tell you what happens! The same thing that happened when a certain conservative religious group controls school boards, and excludes both people and knowledge that does not fit with their antiquated worldview! Sucks to be on the other side, doesn’t it, Chuck-O?
*political rant off*
Martial Arts News:
- Malaysia just had a big karate tournament.
Participants, who include students from 24 schools from in and around the State capital, Sarawak, Peninsular states as well as from Indonesia, are competing in 32 categories in the five-day event.
- We may see Gracie one more time.
Gracie first hinted at the possibility when UFC announced the Rio show last year.
- Another flavor of MMA?
Shaddock has been teaching a combination of submission wrestling fighting style called Shalorus Integrated Combat System, or SICS for short. It incorporates traditional boxing, Olympic wrestling, Muay Thai, Russian Sambo and catch wrestling.
- One judo club does well.
The six golds, six silvers and six bronze medals were the most successful one day result in the club’s 40-year history.
- I wonder if I can reverse this and use my ugliness as a weapon? Incidentally here’s a photo of Ms. Alcivar.
Patricia Alcivar, 33, nicknamed “Patty Boom Boom” in the ring, said her looks have helped her earn a 4-0 record in the pros with three knockouts by causing opponents to underestimate her, the New York Daily News reported Friday.
- Feuds, firearms, fists, and one correctional officer!
The officer whipped out his service-issued Glock .9-mm and the pair began to struggle before several shots were fired.
- Charlie Sheen may box.
WANT TO SEE MY “FISTS OF FLAMING FURY?
- Another one for the legend of Lee.
In a full-contact match at a YMCA handball court in Seattle in 1962, Lee knocked out a Japanese black belt called Uechi in seconds.
“The karate man arrived in his gi, complete with black belt, while Bruce showed up in his street clothes and simply took off his shoes. The fight lasted exactly 11 seconds,” said witness Taki Kamura. “Bruce had hit the guy something like 15 times and kicked him once. I thought he’d killed him”
- Here’s one of my martial regrets! My graduate studies where at this school. However, I was holding down two part-time jobs and studies so I did not thing I had the time. Too bad because the program is highly ranked in this area.
The IU Hapkido/Self-Defense Club teaches these and many other moves necessary to becoming a black belt in hapkido.
- If you live in Iowa you might have had the chance to watch this.
This Saturday, 150 martial arts students from around the region will be in Muscatine for the first Tae Kwon Do Black Belt Association Tae Kwon Do Championships.
- Three-to-one is just bad odds.
A Jujitsu martial arts master was killed by at least three men who attacked him before suffocating him to death in Puncak Jalil, Seri Kembangan.
- 82 and still teaching jujitsu!
In graceful moves reminiscent of a slow-motion line dance, Cohe takes down men half his age. A slight side step, an arm lift and a wrist grab is all Cohe needs to fell an opponent – and it happens over and over in his classes.
- Here’s an interesting story from Blue Snake Books.
It was then that I laughed and told him that I’d not been truthful; the board really was pine…I just wanted to demonstrate to him how his mind and attitude could dramatically affect his performance.
- Bunkai is featuring some cool videos from a recent seminar!
A little while ago I posted about a recent kata course hosted by my own Sensei, Paul Mitchell, 4th Dan.
- Dojo Rat weighs in on my earlier TKD post. Here’s a random bit of history: He and I first met on the interwebs after disagreeing over tae kwon do. Since then I’ve probably moved closer to his view. I can’t admit he may be right, I’d never hear the end of it! I’ll go as far as “partially” right.
This is not a new discussion. In it’s inception, the founders of Tae Kwon Do literally fought over these issues. Not surprisingly, rivalries focused on Korean National politics and power struggles that established hierarchy among Korean operatives and agents of the government working in foreign countries.
- Related to the DJR TKD post, here’s some great advice for all of us!
We should always be willing to challenge our assumptions and accept that reality can unfold very differently from what we expect, regardless of what we’ve trained in, learned, or experienced.
- I love the new title of Martial Arts Spectrum’s news feature! “Refractions!” Maybe I need a naming contest for “martial arts news?”
A sometime series containing random thoughts and observations from across the Spectrum.
- Kris Wilder has gone podcast crazy! If only I had more time to listen…
Todd Durgan, longtime practitioner of American Kenpo Karate system talks about the art of Kenpo…
- Wim found some rare Bob Patterson training footage. Damn you video camera!
You’re not a boxing kangaroo son…
The first comes from Bunkai. You can check out the rest at this channel.
The second one I saw over at the Dragon’s Orb. Here we see a little silat in action. Note the hook and knee lock? That’s a Mantis staple. Current Teacher still practices silat, however, we’ve mostly focused on stepping on the foot. In the kung fu paradigm (at least as much of it as I was exposed to) you’d collapse the knee or just hook and pull the heel out. It’s cool to contrast this with silat’s approach!
I just noticed this over at TDA. I’d add it here too but three videos starts to cram up the post. Anyhow check it out if you want to see the Filipino art of Pekiti Tirsia and some cool close quarter knife drills!