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 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

 

Feb 102012
 

If you follow the UFC at all, you know Joe Rogan. He’s the really loud commentator who give the impression that he is on cocaine most of the time. I think this is due to being on cocaine most of the time. Of the two commentators who host the UFC broadcasts, he is the only one who seems to know anything about martial arts.

This comes as little surprise to most UFC enthusists who know that Mr Rogan is one of the senoir students of 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu’s Eddie Bravo, who ironicly is normally always stoned. I hesitate to metion Mr Bravo ever since the rant I was lucky enough to touch off when I talked to Royce Gracie on the subject. However what some of us might not know is that Joe Rogan is a second degree Tae Kwon Do Black belt and national champion. And according to GSP, he has the best spinning side kick.

So who knew

Oct 312011
 

I know, a double post on a Monday? Calm yourselves, the world isn’t ending. Sometimes change can be a good thing.
I guess I should preface this. The best unarmed zombie fighting martial arts. I know you are thinking, “Who in their right minds fights zombies unarmed.” I counter with, “Zombies aren’t real! So logic plays a very loose role here. Idiot!” …Sorry about that last remark, I get emotional when I talk about zombies.

Here are the basic ground rules.

1. If you get bitten, you die and become a zombie

2. To kill a zombie you have to some how destroy its brain, although severing its spine will stop its body.

3. These are running zombies, not the really slow shuffling zombies.

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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 »

Sep 302011
 

Tae Kwon Do takes its share of mockery in the martial arts world. The Combat sports people like to pick on if for the lack of contact, the Traditional crowd claims they are too sport orinted, and the Reality self defense dudes say that the high kicks wouldn’t work in real life. Like any martial art, there is plenty to be made fun of in TKD. However, I don’t feel like poking them, not today. You see I repect TKD for a very simple reason. They are very good at what they d. It doesn’t matter if you like BJJ people, you have to hand it to them, they can grapple. Judo folks can throw. Boxers can hit hard and slip punches like no body’s business. Alot of martial arts don’t seem to be too good at anything. Every time I hear a martial arts instructor picking on another martial art, I want to interupt and ask, “So what do you do?” Tae Kwon Do people can kick like a… crazy…kicking…thing, and they can do it while someone else is try to hit them.

Here’s a video of some awesome TKD. There is a music track, so you can listen or mute it as you choose.