Our Beloved Lord of Pasta & Whoop-ass:
- The master of carbohydrates has a new job as a border cop!
“He’s like the rest of us that live down here; he has a sincere passion for his country and he wants to do more to help.”
Ahem. He used to live in New Orleans until a certain television show went sideways. But, I digress…
“His positioning of his upper body during interactions in particular is quite astounding.”
(PRIME) Chuck Norris:
- Here’s a first look at the Prime One on the set of Expendables II!
“Even when the first Expendables movie was coming together people were questioning why Chuck Norris wasn’t involved.”
- Bob Wall reminisces about Norris and more.
“I spoke to Wall recently about his famous karate studio, in which actor Chuck Norris eventually became his business partner.”
- This is my former neck of the woods!
“Martial arts students from the Black Hills, Nebraska, Wyoming and Sioux Falls competed in the 2011 championships, sponsored by Rapid City’s Dynamic Martial Arts…”
- Dana White supports gay MMA fighters.
“I’ll tell you right now, if there was a gay fighter in UFC, I wish he would come out,” UFC President Dana White said Thursday. “I could care less if there’s a gay fighter in the UFC. There probably is and there’s probably more than one.”
- Harrison takes a gold in judo.
“The 21-year-old Harrison is the second-ranked judoka in the world.”
- A young TKD champion takes his third title!
“The Heights resident Michael C. Rodriguez continues to establish himself as one of the nation’s elite young Taekwondo competitors, recording his third major championship of 2011…”
- Another legend passes away.
“ Legendary boxing trainer Amilcar Brusa, who trained ring legend Carlos Monzon and thirteen other world champions, died Thursday in the city of Santa Fe in Argentina at the age 89 according to his family.”
- And so the Olympic TKD drama continues…
“China’s top taekwondo official has been detained on suspicion of corruption, the official Xinhua news agency said Tuesday, with just months to go before the next Olympic Games.”
- I love it! An 11-year-old girl puts her karate training to good use!
“She started attending karate classes for fun and fitness but when schoolgirl Jade Pidden was confronted by a 6ft-tall attacker her training took over.
Eleven-year-old Jade delivered two swift blows – an elbow to the chest and a punch in the face – and the man fled, holding his hand to one of his eyes.”
- One karate master achieves 8th dan!
“This honor is reserved for karate instructors and students who have been practicing the art for over 30 years, have earned the respect of Shido-kan members from all over the world and can effectively represent the master of the style wherever they go.”
“No matter how you spin it, if you are beating a semi-conscious person with a steel pipe while they’re on the ground, you are PROBABLY using excessive force…”
- Charlie talks about how training methods can damage your body and, in the process, gives us a history lesson, too!
“If you look at any photo’s of Funakoshi demonstrating technique, he is always in a fairly high stance. Shotokan was mainly derived from Okinawan Shorin Ryu (created by Yasutsune Itosu). If you go to Youtube and search for “Shorin Ryu kata”, you’ll see that most of their movements are done in a higher stance than modern Shotokan.”
Shotokan deepens the stances, later tae kwon do borrows the habit, and later still sport tae kwon do goes back to high stances! Again, I’m just sayin’…
- There’s still hope for us old farts!
“Research from the K.G. Jebsen Center goes well beyond the Dallas findings, and shows that fit 50-year olds can be as fit as 20-year olds who don’t exercise much.”
- Rick links out to an eight-part series on the martial arts! Who says the 80′s sucked?
“In the early 1980′s, the BBC did an eight part documentary on Asian Martial Arts.”
- Are supplements worth the money? The ECC Blog thinks so!
“Above are the results from a recent survey completed by one of our patients who has been on the supplements about 90 days. “
I’ve been looking into supplements as a means to increase my energy level so for sure the ECC Blog post caught my eye. I suspect part of my problem is my job. However, as we age our testosterone levels drop which leads to a whole host of problems. Right now I’ve just started a B complex vitamin that also contains ginseng. We’ll see if it does anything besides spiking my BP and making my pee look like a lightsaber…
- Zacky Chan gives us much to ponder. I need to apply this lesson to my daily job!
“My sensei says, do not let your aikido interfere with your daily life. If you get sick or injured from aikido, then you can’t go to work. If you come to aikido during your only free time, then you won’t be spending it with your family and friends.”
- Matthew needs writers!
“Now I’d like to open the floor and give some readers a platform to share their experiences and ideas. This will be a “Reader’s Week” where every day I will feature a new and interesting article.”
- Vesia gives us the Laws of Wisdom.
“But the following portion of this ancient text, ideas clearly inspired by Daoism, Confucianism and Zen, are timeless tenets to live by for anyone in any culture.”
- So many books and not enough time!
“Whether you train to win in the ring or survive on the street, this book will show you why some fighting skills work and why some don’t.”
- Ross shows a cool video from the real Rocky.
“As for his approach to training, Marciano kept it rather simple. You won’t find anything too fancy in the video above. What he did however was work extremely hard with the basics. He ran hard, hit the bags hard, sparred hard, worked through loads of calisthenics, etc.”
- Colin breaks down some one-steps!
“Using it to practice a wide variety of techniques is one way to achieve diminishing returns from your ‘traditional’ type practice. In my opinion, the one step is partly an exercise in learning distancing and timing. But the main goal is in the application of basic blocks as effective self defence tools for all students – that specifically means beginners.”
“For the grappler this must be to close the distance, smother the attack and take them down. By this I am not suggesting groundwork. Simply go down a level while applying a lock without committing yourself to struggling on the ground.”
That armor explains a lot about some of the things we see in aikido, judo, and some forms of jujitsu!