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.

 

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 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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Dec 022011
 

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming crazy kung fu master

We martial artists look at other athletes and sneer. They aren’t in the same class as we are. We are warriors. We have no off season. Life is our season! There are no scholarships to be earned in martial arts, we pay for the privilege of being hammered and twisted and slammed over and over. So how would you feel about signing up to do nothing but train 24/7 at a remote location for 10 years?

Yeah, I’m dedicated, not crazy. I’d miss the internet, friends, pets, even my wife. Well Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, decided to just that. He wanted to take young martial artists and get them to dedicate themselves to a 10 year training program out in the mountains. The discription from their website is as follows.

“YMAA Retreat Center in Humboldt County, CA is a nonprofit organization established in 2005 by the founder of YMAA (Yang’s Martial Arts Association), world renowned author and teacher, Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, Ph.D. The purpose of this organization is to restore and preserve traditional Chinese martial arts and culture to their original level of high quality and standards.”

Although Yang is the only live in instructor, he also brings in other kung fu masters to work with his students. How many? Only 12, and so far, four years into the project, 7 have quit. In early 2012 Yang is going to allow six more students to join for a shorter five year program, so if you are interested, give’m a call (707) 502-8739

Yang says that after the 10 year program is finished, he plans on retiring completely. Crazy or not, this is pretty cool. I am still kind of confused as to how you get a 10 year commitment out of people, but salute to you, you crazy kung fu cult.

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 292011
 

I think I already touched on these weapons before, but they are still cool enough that they needed more of a focus. I feel the urge to mock these weapons, but I think this is bitterness from all the self inflicted wounds I picked up trying to learn the three sectional staff when I was younger.

 

Got to hand it to the Chinese. If there is a hard way to fight a guy, they’ve found it and made an art of it.

 

Oct 042011
 

The more you sweat in the gym, the less you bleed in the ring. Sounds like common sense. When you see fighters like George St Pierre or Randy Couture, it seems like they are proving the point. Many fighters look like the action figures I owned growing up. Roy “Big Country” Nelson looks more like a dude I would be running from at a rest stop then someone we’d be watching in the UFC (no offense Mr Nelson). Continue reading »

Sep 282011
 

Martial arts are apparently much more a part of the culture then they are over here. In another example of why Asia is cool, the Chinese government has installed punching bags in train stations so that commuters can release their stress.

 

 

Accourding to the goverenment report, the average comuter will spend 30 hours a year standing and waiting for the train. I guess getting sweaty in your business attire does not worry them. One has to wonder how stressed out these people are that their need to beat something can’t wait until they get home.