May 032012
 

I’m not really sure if this counts as martial arts related. I mean, tazers are self defense weapons, which is related to martial arts… so if you take a hand full of MMA rejects and make them play a weird football/soccer hybrid, surely this counts.

Well it doesn’t matter anyway. Of the eight people who read this blog only three are aware that its martial arts related anyway, and the other five are personal friends or family who read the blog out of guilt. Which I inflict on them. So click on share tabs…or I’ll make you feel guilty

Thanks Dad.

Anyway, Ultimate Tazer Ball. Have you noticed that if you put the word “Ultimate” before any sport, it always lowers the IQ of the average participant? Well in this case, you get a gient soccer ball (which you are perfectly alowed to carry in your hands) and try to get it into the opposing team’s goal. And you have tazers which you can shock the life out of your opponents. I know what you are thinking. Why? Not sure, its nice to know that there is something less intellegent then Shock Fighting but I’ve posted a video of it anyway.

Jan 252012
 

I like to poke fun at the over the top claims of martial artists. I always wonder, if they are so near god like in their super powers, why are they always pauged by limitations such as: powers can only be performed on their own students, powers can only be performed when no one is watching, powers are too deadly to perform at all, unless they were going to kill you.

Therefore, when a martial artist makes a claim and backs it up, my otherwise cinical heart swells. For the life of me, I can’t figure out how this can be faked. The bb is fired too far away to the lady shooting it to be such a good shot that Isao Machii could already knows where exactly the bb will be. They are outside, not in a tv studio, and that makes it harder to see. And the fact that they are using a bb instead of a bullet makes you think that sane human beings are behind this stunt. Of course, I did see David Copperfield walk through the Great Wall of China on TV once too. But I digress, this was still wicked awesome.

Nov 092011
 

(Completely safe to watch) I thought, hey its Wednesday, you guys need something to make you laugh, and I can’t come up with an intelligent post. So here is a compromise.

 I’m not really sure how he didn’t notice his pants coming off. And if you do manage to lose your pants while doing a kata, you would think pulling them back up would be easier then taking them off and finishing without them. I guess there is the possibility that losing the his pants was part of his plan, but if so he still fails for not being able to really disengage. Now I’m not trying to be a jerk, we have all lost our pants during a martial arts competition at one point or another…oh…or is that just me? I’ve said too much!

 

Oct 262011
 

I belive children are our future, unless we stop them now.

 

So impressive. I love the fact that the child looks so scary, but when he talks, you can tell he’s just a normal little boy. A normal little boy who moves with more grace while doing pad work then most fighters I know. I know this raises issues of how healthy it is for kids to be training like that, and we wonder if their father is pushing them too much, but there is also the chance they are loving it, and its good that a father spends that much time with his kids. I wonder if he’d adopt me?

Oct 112011
 

 

As much as we enjoy the bone breaking aspects of the martial arts, all martial arts have one thing in common, Self Improvement. Above is a video series my buddy Grizzly started in his personal quest for self improvement. So far we are on episode 5 and he’s already lost 31lbs, and has kept us all entertained. He puts out new episodes every Friday, and other funny vids even more often. Check out his youtube channel and let me encourage you to subscribe to it. Grizzly, (a.k.a. Justin Almanzar) is a martial artist who trains Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Full Contact karate. The lady who appeared in this Episode is Chrissy Fuller, a cop, BJJ and Judo Champion. They make me laugh. So check them out and show some support.

Sep 212011
 

Looking through my old videos when I found this. Why can’t more companies make commercials like this. It couldn’t have been too much more expensive then what we normally get. Enjoy

Sep 082011
 

When I see these people, I die a little inside.

I’ve outlined how the martial arts world is split three ways, the Combat Sports side, The Reality self defense side, and the traditional martial arts side. If a representative of any of this factions would like to claim this school, you are welcome to it. They are called the New York Jedi, and they train light saber fighting, and Jedi meditation.

um…

Its really hard to mock these people…they are doing such a good job all by themselves. Well anyway they have kata they practice, and they have ranks. The picture is of one of their Jedi masters. It goes to show you that there is a market for anything if you try hard enough.

 
Aug 312011
 

You don’t have to watch the whole thing to get the idea. Crazy awesome kick volley ball.


 

Anyway the sport is called Sepak Takraw, (which I am pretty sure translates to crazy awesome kick ball) is a sport played all over south Asia. Its played with a woven rattan ball and scoring is just like volley ball where you play to 21 points. The difference is of course that you can only touch the ball with your legs or chest, and is played in teams of three. Now there are records of games like this being played back as far as the 1500’s, and the game in its current form has been played since the early 1800’s.

It started out as a Chinese military game played to help soldiers increase their flexibility and give them something to do in their spare time, so if it looks like it was invented by kung fu fighters, that because it most likely was. If you are like me, this sport is new to you, but the US sent a team to compete in the world championship in 1989 and we won gold! Of course we tried again in the 90’s and lost badly, but who’s keeping score?

Jul 222011
 

Well its that time again, Hollywood decides to cash in on MMA by producing a movie that doesn’t really resemble mixed martial arts at all. This sets into action a very predictable set of events, first every local martial arts school will be clogged with a bunch of teens who’s first words will either be, “I want to be a cage fighter” (Shutter) or “I want to train UFC.”(grabs own hair to keep from head butting young person). In either case this results in the Internet being clogged by traditional martial arts teachers writing about the depredations of MMA competition, and whining by students at MMA schools about the place being over run by “Tap out kids”. The owners of the MMA schools don’t say much, they just write out their deposit slips and wait for Never Back Down 2 to come out!

Ok, as you might have figured out, the story is about four young wannabe fighters, a boxer, a clerk, a wrestler, and an young mma fighter (I guess one that isn’t very good). These young men trade clichés while training under a former MMA Champion to get ready for a competition that is run by a local college student (?!). I’d pick on the plot, but lets be honest, martial arts movies have never been burdened with deep story plots. Anyway, training, blah blah blah, teen angst, blah blah, some hot chick that is pretending to be in high school, blah blah, Lyoto Machida.
Yes, that is correct Lyoto Machida is appearing as himself to teach these rough and tumbled youths karate.
Anyway, Never Back Down II: The Beatdown comes out on September 13, and despite my misgivings, I’m going to keep an open mind about it for as long as I can.