Mar 262012
 

Found this interesting video on a Qigong master. In this video they use an infrared camera to measure the “energy” he puts out. Then like all good martial arts master, he dons a cape and does a few more tricks.

I was skeptical at first, but when I realized that he was also a super hero, it helped me put things into perspective. And after all, what better way for a doctor to prove his treatments work to walk across sheets of paper. I mean its directly applicable. But anyway still mighty interesting. I figure if I show Ki failing I should show some clips of it working too.

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Mar 192012
 

As a martial arts instructor, I have found the growing popularity of the UFC and MMA on a whole to be really helpful in marketing and heck, just talking about my martial arts. People know what Kick boxing is, or what Brazilian Jiu Jitsu means. When I say Judo, I don’t receive nearly the amount of blank stares I used to get.

I read an article in Black belt magazine where Bill “Superfoot” Wallace said that MMA was a fad that would burn out soon. Of all the old martial arts greats, I tend to agree with Superfoot the most. However on this issue, it sounds like traditional martial artist denial. During the 1980s when the ninja craze hit, everyone was jumping on the ninja band wagon. Ninja turtle rip off logos were seen in dojos, everyone was teaching swords, nunchaku, and sai, even if their martial art didn’t include them. But MMA is different. It didn’t try to simply market itself to kids and nerds. It tried to get the respectability of boxing, with the mystic of martial arts. It wasn’t enough to get Tiger Claw and Century to sponsor things it worked to get sponsors outside of the martial arts world. It even recruited fighters from outside the martial arts world! It created an environment that made adults want to watch and kids dream of participating. More after the jump

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Mar 142012
 

Truely impressive comflasing abilities. Hopefully this guy is good at dodging attacks too, because someone is going to knock him out one of these times as he springs out of no where. You have to keep watching at least until the trash bag portion. I personally want to know why ninjitsu schools don’t assign stuff like this as homework for their students…. of course, maybe they do and we just never see them…

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Mar 122012
 

Tying your belt is one of the simplest things a martial artist learns to do. This skill will help you with nothing in real life. I can think of nothing other then your martial art’s belt that you will use the knot you learn, but ironically, any martial art touched by Japanese martial culture ties them pretty much the same.

For a few martial arts, the belt (obi) is used to fight with, but for the rest, its a cheap piece of cotton that mostly says “Dude, I am better then you.”
Of course sensei’s around the world will gasp and mentally round kick me in the head, but lets face it, if it wasn’t to rub the fact that you are higher ranking in someone else’s face, we would all receive a card to keep in our wallets, that way we could identify ourselves in the rare event that someone cared what rank we were and allow us to avoid the deadly sin of hubris (that’s pride for those of you who slept through school).

No matter what your rank, and no matter what your skill, nothing kills your martial arts credibility like tying your belt wrong. Its like writing a wonderfully well reasoned and eloquent paper, no matter how awesome your thought, your point will be dismissed out of hand because you misspelled a word. As a public service to you, I am presenting you with skills that will blow the socks off your martial comrades.

Three different ways to tie your belt!

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Mar 092012
 

Found this clip from a German telivison show…I have no idea what is being said, or why anything happens as it does, but if you watch Jackie Chan will break some slabs of…I guess they are stone…. with an egg in his hand, without breaking it.

And you might ask me, what does that have to do with fighting? I have no idea, but its pretty awesome anyway.

My question is where does everyone get these breaking materials? If you by slabs of concrete from Lowes or Home Depot, they don’t break like that! Also, who knew that Jackie Chan spoke German?

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Mar 082012
 

Chael Sonnon has totally revolutionized trash talking in his own life time. Never again will fight match making be determined soley on where a fighter stands in the rankings, it will be based on each fighter’s aggressive PR campain.

To be honest, I think this attempt fell a little flat, I was hoping for something a little funnier, but you have to hand it to this guy he pursues his rematch with Anderson Silva with an energy that presidential candidates should envy. Continue reading »

Mar 012012
 

I was lazy yesteday so I missed our Wednesday update. So as I was racking my brain for ideas to make up for it, I thought, “Hey, anti zombie martials”. And yeah I know I’ve done a post before (look here) But there is a big difference between talking about Zombie fighting and watching someone fight Zombies. I guess actually fighing zombies would be better, but Zombies aren’t real silly!

So indepth research has lead to this gem disappointment

And for you lazy bums who won’t actually watch something until a friend independenly varifies that its worth watching, I’ll break it down for you. Dude in a Tae Kwon Do uniform fights three dudes dressed as zombies, but does really bad kicks (he is a TKD guy after all) and so decent judo. The Zombies seem confused and alternate trying to bite him and trying to kick and punch him.

And the worst part is that this is the best video of anti-undead fighting I could find. America is woefully unprepaired for the 2012 zombie inva