Oct 222012
 

I hate when I do that, basicly gave away the entire article in the title. That basicly means I am typing something that no one is going to read…oh, heh, so just a normal blog post for me.

In anycase, for anyone who has watched Xena, or anyother hokey show with woman warriors,  are used to this over done plot point. You know the one, warrior maid refuses to marry until she meets the man who can defeat her in combat. Because that is what women really want in a husband. Not a great job, not a caring personallity. No, they want a man who can and will rough them up and boss them around….naturally these shows are written by men who never have and never will get to know real women.

Or will they? In China there are two women, Xiao Lin and her sister Yin  who say they will not marry until they are challenged and defeated in combat by a suitor. Lin says “They can choose open-hand combat or any weapon they wish but we won’t be  holding back. If they can’t beat us, they aren’t worthy.” Her sister Yin says “We tried dating agencies but the men we met were all too weak. ‘We could beat  them easily. So we went back to ancient ways, called bi wu zhao qin, which was  how warrior princesses would find their men.”

And to top it all off, they will be wearing masks so their suitor/opponents won’t know which one they are fighting, or even what they look like until afterward. It sounds like a scam to me.

 

Jul 252012
 

Wow, just wow. With the Olympics going on, Martial arts like Judo are enjoying more of the spotlight then they normally get since for a change you can actually watch it on tv. The rest of the time martial arts like Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, and boxing are more easily viewed, if only through MMA matches. Because of this, Black Belt Magazine did an interview with the current head of the United States Judo Association, Gary Goltz. You can watch it below.

During one of the questions about BJJ, Sensei Goltz laughingly says that Judoka say BJJ stands for “Basically Just Judo”.  And with a blog named “From the Guard” I think you can decide for yourself what my personal reaction to this statement is. Of course if you are paying attention, you will notice that he says that BJJ is more like what Judo was before the 1960s…. which makes you wonder who gets to claim who…

Oct 312011
 

The only remaining master of the Indian martial art Shastar Vidya, master Nihang Nidar Singh is looking for an heir to the style. Singh has many students around Europe, but he claims that the most advanced students he has have only just reached the point where they can fight him without being hurt. I assume because their beards are no match for his yet.

Shastar Vidiya

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Oct 142011
 

Yet another great white ninja

The post on Ashida Kim reminded me of some other…Ninja Masters. Today I would like to poke fun at Frank Dux. Grand Master Frank Dux is the subject of the movie Blood Sport, and claims to be trained in Koga Ryu Ninjitsu which he has updated into the modern Dux Ryu Ninjitsu using the experience he had being the world heavy weight champion of the secret international (often to the death) fighting championship “The Kumite” (which was formerly called “The Parade of Death”). Continue reading »

Oct 102011
 

 

 Today I bring you some vintage 1989 footage of a…fight(?) aired in South Africa. In this video is self proclaimed Ninja Master Ashida Kim. Kim is the dude wearing a ninja outfit and boxing gloves. Now I have waited on posting this video for a while because I still can’t figure out what the referee is wearing. After much thought, I’m going to go with a jet pack. Surprisingly, the other opponent seems out of place, looking strangely…fighterish. I am getting tired of seeing Bruce Buffer in a tux, Joe Rogan in some Affliction type get up, I think its time that Dana White starts kicking it up to South African standards. I want Herb Dean in a jet pack, Joe Rogan dressed (and acting) like a robot, Bruce Buffer dressed as Hulk Hogan. Yeah! Well I can dream

 

Oct 032011
 

 

 …wow, its…just wow. If you haven’t watched the video, I don’t know if words can describe what we just witnessed…ah…have you ever woken up in the middle of the night and said to yourself do you know what we need, something more violent then MMA? Something manly. Arm Wrestling is manly, but do you know what else is manly? Punching the snot out of the other guy while you arm wrestle him!

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Sep 202011
 

 Every martial art tends to venerate its founder. Those of us who grew up on a diet of martial arts movies and shows attribute almost supernatural powers to the old school masters. For example Chuck Norris can solve a rubix cube in one turn. Its true, I read it on the Internet. Bruce Lee can apparently defeat anybody at anything. His surviving students claim that if he had wanted to, he would have been one of the top three boxers in the world, and that he was really a great grappler, he just never taught it to anyone. No matter how you look at it, we had a time where there were some really great martial artist wondering the world. The question is always asked, how good a fighter were these men really. We hear about how awesome they were, how fast, how deadly, but who did they ever fight? So I’ve compiled a list of famous martial artists and their respective fighting records.

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Sep 142011
 

Here is an old martial art from India. You might have heard Kung fu fighters saying the Shaolin Temple is the source of all martial arts, well this martial art claims to be the parent of Shaolin kung fu.

 The style is called Kalarippayattu. That is 14 letters! Off the top of my head, Kalarippayattu wins the award for longest name in martial arts, easily edging  out Tae Kwon Do (9), Jiu Jitsu (8), Hapkido (7),  Karate (6),  Kendo (5), Judo (4), and Te (2).

Anyway the art comes from South India some time around the 11th century. Its training includes strikes, joint locks, throws, and extensive weapon usage. The style was even outlawed during the British occupation of India. This caused it to drop out of the public eye. I’ll let them and the Kung fu crowd fight over who parented who, but its kind of cool to see a martial art developed without interference of Japanese influence.

Sep 062011
 

In light of my last post, I figured I’d bring up a really old martial arts tradition, that of Dojo Yaburi, or as we know it, challenging a dojo.

I am sure that you are like me, being raised on a strict diet of martial arts programing that showed martial artists blocking swords, throwing fireballs, flying, punching through brick walls, and challenging other martial arts and taking their signs with them as trophies. I can’t speak to the first bit, but as for the second bit, challenging a dojo, that was a very real and traditional part of martial arts in the past. It sounds like something the ‘roided’ up guys from the local MMA gym, or at the very least a few ’80’s Cobra kai karate dudes would do, but it was a part of traditional martial arts.

Doesn’t sound like your average traditional karate school action does it? Well the practice goes loosely like this. Challenger enters dojo and asks for a match with the sensei or master. Normally at this point, the dojo will be cleared to make room for the match, and some sort of agreement will be signed. At this point the challenger will be paired against a senior student. This is supposed to make sure that the challenger is qualified to fight the instructor, so the instructor does not waste his time, but I’ve always felt it was so the instructor would get a chance to see how the challenger fought. If the challenger won his match with the senior student, the instructor would fight him. Now in movies, the challenger would take the dojo’s sign with him, and that did happen, but it wasn’t a rule. Normally the purse for winning was simply the loss of face for the dojo, but many schools offered a cash prize if anyone managed to win, for example Helio Gracie and his Gracie challenge.

Now, to all you young martial artists out there, please don’t get up from your computer and go down to your local tae kwon do school and challenge their instructor during their kid’s class. There is another side to this. First, the school had to accept your challenge, and that doesn’t mean that they would accept your challenge right then. I don’t care if your instructor is here or not! I demand to fight him! Any reasonable excuse could postpone the match for a short term. Many schools would charge a fee for accepting your challenge. We’d love to fight you, please sign here and here and we will need $500 cash, thanks. After all, if you beat them, the school loses face, and maybe students, if they win, what do they get? Oh, and that fee was non refundable even if you won. Lastly they ask you about your credentials. It says here that you have a black belt in guitar hero. Umm..Is that your mom waiting in the car?  A dojo is not obligated to fight any hobo who sneaks in the door.

Failure to meet any of these rather reasonable demands would result in the dojo not viewing your challenge as such and instead as a crime. This means that the dojo would feel totally justified to send everyone in the school after you at one time, or call the police and have your arrested for starting trouble in their place of business.

Its also good to remind everyone that although dojo yaburi is very rooted in tradition, it has never been considered polite or proper behavior. Do expect any accepting sensei to do his level best to make sure you leave in a horizontal position.