10/14/2013 03:48:00 AM
Yeah you read that right. It's a nun who kicks ass in the name of the Lord! No I'm not blaspheming, it really is the story of a black belt nun who gives tae kwon do lessons in Singapore to kids recovering from cancer.
10/08/2013 03:27:00 AM
Check out this military, humanoid robot and its abilities to not only walk across uneven ground but can also balance and resist attempts to push it over.
It's interesting to see it make tiny adjustments to balance its centre of gravity just li
09/26/2013 02:26:00 AM
"We're really responding to a need the prisoners are expressing for something to help them with the tremendous amount of mental strain and mental pressure that they're under," says Sam Settle, the charity's director.
Well if it cuts the strain and m
09/11/2013 04:22:00 AM
I first read about 'Mensur' as a sport in a book about sword fencing: By the Sword buy Richard Cohen. I found it a strange practice in that there was no footwork, no body displacement, no closing distances and strategy. To me it seemed just like a wh
05/15/2013 15:58:00 PM
One comment: "Sweet!"
01/15/2013 03:30:00 AM
A great TED talk here from a guy called Andy Puddicombe about how we can bring meditation into out lives. It just takes 10 minutes a day! For me I often feel I don't have time for meditation. This video tells of Andy Puddicombe's story and gives a fe
01/02/2013 03:34:00 AM
Exercise more this year
But is it worth it?
This BBC article claims that not everyone appreciates what level of activity or how often they should be doing exercise in order to see health benefits.
It also touches on Jamie Timmons' research into h
12/20/2012 02:15:00 AM
You might not consider yourself a fighter. More a lover perhaps? Well according to researchers at the University of Utah we may have fists which have evolved for fighting as well as loving.
"They found that the structure of the fist provides suppor
12/07/2012 06:12:00 AM
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11/23/2012 02:39:00 AM
Well, well. It seems the most secret of martial arts is finally hanging up its dogi. Or maybe that should be tabi.
11/20/2012 02:04:00 AM
10/24/2012 03:50:00 AM
Exercising in your 70s may stop your brain from shrinking and showing the signs of ageing linked to dementia, say experts from Edinburgh University.
09/05/2012 03:02:00 AM
"Researchers at University College London have found that an individual's perception of time does seem to slow as they prepare to make a physical action."
08/22/2012 04:43:00 AM
Always interested on physical health and how this impacts on our minds, here's an article about how a muffin top may be linked to dementia in later life
07/20/2012 07:08:00 AM
A big reason why I haven't posted much over the past year is that I've moved house. And city. And, in fact, country. No reason not to let my martial arts practice slip, but I need to prioritise get involved in a club I like with a teacher I respect and I think this takes some time.
In the meantime I've been thinking a lot about perception in the city: physical awareness and personal space in an urban environment teeming with people. Can you feel another person's energy, or intentions on a packe [..]
07/19/2012 09:27:00 AM
The easiest way to meditate and the way most of us in the martial arts first practice meditation is by focusing on one's own breathing. Check out this little introduction to breathing meditation. For beginners but also a nice refresher.
"Generally, the purpose of breathing meditation is to calm the mind and develop inner peace."
03/23/2012 04:22:00 AM
Another great Shastar Vidiya clip.
Nidar Singh and The Chakar:
03/20/2012 09:15:00 AM
This article about a Florida man who shot a teenager, claiming self defence, highlights Florida's seven-year-old self-defence law, nicknamed the "shoot first" law.
It's worth reading this article and reflecting on how you feel about self defence and what you think might constitute it. Not only from a legal point of view but a moral one also. How would you have acted in this situation?
At one point when
03/09/2012 03:36:00 AM
Whatever happens at the Olympics, I think Afghan female boxer Sadaf Rahimi's already a winner
The BBC site says, "Under Taliban rule, women in Afghanistan were forbidden from participating in any sports." Here's a BBC video about Rahimi's fight to the top
And another by Al Jazeera:
03/06/2012 14:33:00 PM
Well they said it was withdrawn because it was deemed racist, but I say it just looks plain freaky!
Check out the banned video here:
Interestingly it features a Bruce Lee yellow leotard clad lady passively resisting a practitioner of a Chinese chuan fa, a Brazilian capoerist and a kalaripayattu master. (ref. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17276838)
Don't know what kalaripayattu is?
And if you're not at all au fait with Indian martial arts you should also check out [..]
02/06/2012 02:34:00 AM
Towards the end of a short video I saw on the BBC site entitled The art of boxing, I was struck by this quote by the boxer and artist Thaddine Swift Eagle Johnson. An inspiring short video, it looks at her life as a champion boxer and the challenges she faces but also touches on her philosophy and how to look at things when life seems bleak.
She says, "Be the best you can be in your world, or
someone else's world. Be that champion in someone else's world. Smile to someone on the street. You do [..]
01/30/2012 09:58:00 AM
Not as weird as it sounds. This pianist has developed an idea of continuous music and which necessitates long periods of piano playing sometimes culminating in 19 notes a second being played. Lubomyr Melnyk says that this requires a martial arts mindset: in order to achieve this speed one needs to turn one's body "into water".
"The technique is based on a martial arts, kung fu use of the body and the energy"
01/05/2012 02:36:00 AM
BBC News - Iron Butterfly: Memoir of a female Kuk Sool Won master
Nice little film from the BBC about a young female martial artist who follows her dream.
"As a young girl growing up in 1950s South Korea, Choon Ok Harmon faced a dismal future as the youngest of seven brothers and sisters living off money their mother earned free-diving for shellfish in the ocean."
Also an interview by the publisher of the book and (ghost) writer:
01/03/2012 04:59:00 AM
What with the last few months being somewhat turbulent I need to stay focused on task when I'm busy, but when I have down time it's important for me to dis-connect from those issues. Meditation is a good way but for me it is hard to stop that buzzing in my brain (and I don't mean this lovely Belgian coffee)!
12/31/2011 12:20:00 PM
A diet rich in vitamins and fish may protect the brain from ageing while junk food has the opposite effect, research suggests.
10/10/2011 16:27:00 PM
Everything is a remix
check out robgwilson's take on the Matrix film's many martial arts references.
Cool and informative video.
Everything Is A Remix: THE MATRIX from robgwilson.com on Vimeo.
09/23/2011 08:01:00 AM
"Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the Japanese belief system Shinto."
Mentioned in the discussion:
Keyhole tombs, Japan (Kofun)
09/10/2011 13:16:00 PM
Photograph, courtesy of Constanze Schweda
Frederick the Great
His uniform was a simple officer's suit, without trim or accoutrements to show, as a true philosopher, "that outward appearance means nothing".
Which made me think of a karate uniform and why we pull one on and why it's appearance is simple. Is it to remind us, like Frederick's uniform, that outward appearance is not important? Everyone should be treated equally so there is no place for fi [..]
08/28/2011 07:44:00 AM
A warrior for just causes, or a vigilante?
or a nutjob?
I appreciate his sentiment that if he sees someone getting beaten up he won't just walk by but is it right for him to use his 'powers' to go and look for trouble?
What do you think?
08/21/2011 04:48:00 AM
Again my interest is piqued by something I read linking the ideas of dance to martial movement. This time the sources is not from the far East but Europe: the ancient Greek war dance.
I'm reading a fascinating and comprehensive account of sword fencing throughout history (By The Sword (Gladiators, Musketeers, Samurai Warriors and Olympians) by Richard Cohen, Macmillan, London 2002) which in it's preamble of early sword fighting history touches on the ancient Greeks. The Greek infantry or Hoplite [..]
05/18/2011 04:05:00 AM
After a week or so I can now take stock of the grading and think about what went well and what didn't and how the preparation helped...or not?My main concern leading up to the day was memory recall of the techniques. I've grained long enough to know
05/16/2011 16:17:00 PM
Black belt grading came and went (it was the 7th May 2011) and I was lucky enough to meet and take the exam with a very capable kenshi. All went well apart from a few brain jams plus putting locks and wrist restraints on sweaty people on a hot day te
05/02/2011 15:36:00 PM
Richard Holmes made military history very presentable without losing any gravitas or intelligent discussion. Modern military presenters like Dan Snow tend to sensationalise and recount the 'fluff' at the top of the story without going deep. Not Richa
05/02/2011 15:19:00 PM
Well, as the saying goes, if I don't know it now I never will. With only five more days til grading and one more official training session I can only revise my 83 techniques, 9 katas, 6 philosophy subjects as well as general ukemi, different stances
04/21/2011 05:35:00 AM
This is doing the tour of Facebook (thanks NJ) at the moment: Wing Chun in action..."Hong Kong Airlines is training its cabin crew to use wing chun on unruly passengers"http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2011/apr/20/martial-arts-hong-kong-airlines#
04/04/2011 06:28:00 AM
I found this snippet recently and found it interesting, as I thought that one was a different way of saying the other! Kamsahamnida = formal, used when you are talking to anyone who is older or more educated or in a higher social statues than you. A
03/30/2011 12:03:00 PM
Video of Angelo Dundee here:http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/world_news_america/9406099.stmDundee cornered for the champions such as Muhammad Ali...!"That's the key. If you have fun at what you do you're gonna excel at it."
03/27/2011 04:52:00 AM
03/27/2011 04:38:00 AM
Expertly filmed in three parts...total running time for the Shorinji Kempo demo, about 20 mins. Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy!
03/03/2011 06:33:00 AM
Come and see the Shorinji Kempo demonstration at Japan Day, Kaetsu Centre, 5th March.Our demo is on at 3:00 but the day starts at 12:00 and there are plenty of great activities and other martial arts demos to look forward to! Check out the official p
02/28/2011 06:13:00 AM
Check out the animation and dance choreography: very interesting show.Shadow swordfight presentation brought to you by Funny Tube
02/10/2011 10:33:00 AM
Martial arts are often seen as sports for hard people who like to fight. Or sporty people who want to express themselves physically. But there is another side to martial arts and that is the intriguing philosophy underpinning the external manifestati
01/24/2011 04:47:00 AM
This post is in response to Sue's questino about my preparation for Shorinoji Kempo shodan grading. Check out her full blog 'Countdown to Shodan', here.I wanted to outline my approach to my impending dan grade exam. The way I'm looking at it I need t
01/20/2011 02:57:00 AM
I've been out of training this week because of my shoulder pain. I eventually went to the doctor to check what I could do to self treat it and she explained I probably have Supraspinatus tendonitis: an inflammation of the supraspinatus tendon. Tendo
01/06/2011 17:13:00 PM
Tonight was the first training slot after the Christmas break and I have to admit that during the holidays I took every occasion to eat well. Such was my consumption though that when I actually got down to exercising this evening I sweated chocolate
01/02/2011 17:31:00 PM
This short video clip shows TO and MH using weapons to see how classical techniques feel when 'extended'. I found this particularly useful in training as it made us work harder at the technique but also gave back some insight into the inner workings
12/31/2010 03:27:00 AM
George Kerr, top judoka and president of the British Judo Association, has been recognised in the Queen's New Year Honours list. The 73-year-old was given a CBE for his services to judo, coming soon after being awarded the Order of the Rising Sun by
12/24/2010 10:45:00 AM
12/24/2010 10:36:00 AM
The Shorinji Kempo closing ceremony went well and sake was drunk. A time for reflection on this year's achievements and the goals for the coming year.
12/05/2010 04:27:00 AM
Science of Kensetsuwaza – Joint LocksKnow your joints: don't panic, don't crank it on. Increase your knowledge.Nice post.
12/04/2010 07:51:00 AM
"The essence of good cricket is having a clear mind, so the strategy for the fielding side is to get the batsman thinking about other stuff - whether it's the runs he has or hasn't scored in the past, what his feet might be doing, what his head posit
12/03/2010 03:11:00 AM
But what sort of kick is that Chuck Norris!?