Friday, November 24, 2017

THE WISDOM OF ... Mr. Miyagi


12 years ago today, the beloved Pat Morita passed away at the age of 73. Indubitably his greatest role was that of Mr. Kesuke Miyagi in The Karate Kid movies.

In memory of Pat Morita (Jun 28, 1932-Nov 24, 2005), I am posting another entry in my "The Wisdom of ..." series.

Enjoy!



Daniel: Hey, what kind of belt do you have?
Miyagi: Canvas. JC Penney, $3.98. You like?
Daniel: [laughs] No, I meant...
Miyagi: [laughs; then, seriously] In Okinawa, belt mean no need rope to hold up pants.
Miyagi: Daniel-san...
Miyagi: [taps his head] Karate here. 
Miyagi: [taps his heart] Karate here. 
Miyagi: [points to his belt] Karate never here. Understand? 



[Daniel is about to have his first match in the tournament]
Daniel: All right, so what are the rules here?
Miyagi: Don't know. First time you, first time me.
Daniel: Well, I figured you knew about this stuff. I figured you went to these before. Oh great, I'm dead. I am dead. You told me you fought a lot.
Miyagi: For life, not for points.




Miyagi: First, wash all car. Then wax. Wax on...
Daniel: Hey, why do I have to...?
Miyagi: Ah ah! Remember deal! No questions!
Daniel: Yeah, but...
Miyagi: [makes circular gestures with each hand] Hai!
Miyagi: Wax on, right hand. Wax off, left hand. Wax on, wax off. Breathe in through nose, out the mouth. Wax on, wax off. Don't forget to breathe, very important.
Miyagi: [walks away, still making circular motions with hands] Wax on, wax off. Wax on, wax off.



Daniel: Hey - you ever get into fights when you were a kid?
Miyagi: Huh - plenty.
Daniel: Yeah, but it wasn't like the problem I have, right?
Miyagi: Why? Fighting fighting. Same same.
Daniel: Yeah, but you knew karate.
Miyagi: Someone always know more.
Daniel: You mean there were times when you were scared to fight?
Miyagi: Always scare. Miyagi hate fighting.
Daniel: Yeah, but you like karate.
Miyagi: So?
Daniel: So, karate's fighting. You train to fight.
Miyagi: That what you think?
Daniel: [pondering] No.
Miyagi: Then why train?
Daniel: [thinks] So I won't have to fight.
Miyagi: [laughs] Miyagi have hope for you.



Miyagi: Now, ready?
Daniel: Yeah, I guess so.
Miyagi: [sighs] Daniel-san, must talk. [they both kneel]
Miyagi: Walk on road, hm? Walk left side, safe. Walk right side, safe. Walk middle, sooner or later [makes squish gesture] get squish just like grape. Here, karate, same thing. Either you karate do "yes" or karate do "no." You karate do "guess so," [makes squish gesture] just like grape. Understand?
Daniel: Yeah, I understand.
Miyagi: Now, ready?
Daniel: Yeah, I'm ready.



Miyagi: Your friend, all karate student, eh?
Daniel: Friend? Oh, yeah, those guys.
Miyagi: Problem: attitude.
Daniel: No the problem is, I'm getting my ass kicked every other day, that's the problem.
Miyagi: Hai, because boys have bad attitude. Karate for defense only.
Daniel: That's not what these guys are taught.
Miyagi: Hai - can see. No such thing as bad student, only bad teacher. Teacher say, student do.
Daniel: Oh, great, that solves everything for me. I'll just go down to the school and straighten it out with the teacher, no problem.
Miyagi: Now use head for something other than target.
Daniel: Hey, I was just kidding about that.
Miyagi: Why kidding?
Daniel: Because I'd get killed if I go down there.
Miyagi: Get killed anyway.



Miyagi: Karate come from China, sixteenth century, called te, "hand." Hundred year later, Miyagi ancestor bring to Okinawa, call *kara*-te, "empty hand."
Daniel: I thought it came from Buddhist temples and stuff like that.
Miyagi: You too much TV.



Daniel: [after seeing Miyagi practice the crane technique] Could you teach me?
Miyagi: First learn stand, then learn fly. Nature rule, Daniel-san, not mine.
Daniel: Where'd you learn it from?
Miyagi: Father teach.
Daniel: You musta had some father, man.
Miyagi: Oh yes.



Daniel: When do I learn how to punch?
Miyagi: Better learn balance. Balance is key. Balance good, karate good. Everything good. Balance bad, better pack up, go home. Understand?



Daniel: Where am I, this ring over here?
Miyagi: Hai. Number three.
Daniel: What's that guy kneeling like that for?
Miyagi: Don't know.
Daniel: Don't you know anything you can tell me?
Miyagi: Hai. No get hit.



Daniel: I don't know if I know enough karate.
Miyagi: Feeling correct.
Daniel: You sure know how to make a guy feel confident.
Miyagi: You trust the quality of what you know, not quantity.



Miyagi: [Daniel has just gotten his driver's license and Miyagi has given him a car for his birthday] Just remember, license never replace eye, ear, and brain.
Miyagi: [notices Daniel has suddenly gotten quiet] What matter?
Daniel: I'm just scared. The tournament and everything.
Miyagi: You remember lesson about balance?
Daniel: Yeah.
Miyagi: Lesson not just karate only. Lesson for whole life. Whole life have a balance. Everything be better. Understand?



WORDCOUNT

(This section I will not add towards November's tally as well as the header picture and video I made above... I will only use hand-drawn pictures or animated GIFs I've created towards Nov's NaNoWriMo totals):

It looks like I made my goal of 50,000 words via text and pictures towards the National Novel Writing Month/NaNoWriMo. Although I had a secondary goal of blogging everyday which I was not able to accomplish, but with NaNoWriMo, the ultimate goal was to blog regularly.

This post: 822
November running tally: xx,xxx words
Words in excess of NaNoWriMo's 50,000:  yy,yyy

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy ThanksGIFing/Thanksgiving! (2017 edition)

Welcome to my Happy "ThanksGIFing" 2017 post! Previous posts can be found here:


Happy Thanksgiving to my readers who celebrate! I give thanks to many many things, however, suffice it to say, I give thanks to you readers for your continued support in spreading word about my blog and sharing posts!  


I thank you for joining me in my Sojourn of Septillion Steps... THANK YOU!!


OK, here we go... here are the most popular GIF Sets of 2017 (well the day after Thanksgiving 2016 through Thanksgiving 2017) ... ENJOY!!




2017 Most Popular GIF Sets in Ascending Order




Kicking off the Top 10 most popular 2017 GIF set countdown ...








9th most popular set ...








Coming in at #8 counting down to the most popular GIF set, this set is MONEY :) 










7th most popular GIF set I've made in 2017 ...











Counting down, this is the sixth most popular GIF set ...










#5 - halfway there ... these were cool for me to make in isolating for this specific takedown ...










#4 - a great movie for the knifework training scenes ...









This blog's 3rd most popular 2017 GIF set ...






The second most popular GIF set I've made for 2017 ...











And now we have counted down to the most popular GIF set for 2017 I've made ...








Some of my favorite GIF sets which didn't make the Top 10 ...
















  • "I Am Wrath (2016)" GIF Set 1




















  • Hope you all enjoyed this recap of the GIFs I've made for 2017. Happy ThanksGIFing! Looking to make more GIFs for 2018!

    I remain very truly yours in GIF-making :),

    Stickgrappler

    Wednesday, November 22, 2017

    Not now Cato! (The Curious Konnection between Cato Fong & Ukei Kato)



    Some years ago, I read a book written by Ellis Amdur called Hidden in Plain Sight:  Tracing the Roots of Ueshiba Morihei's Power. There was a page where Amdur recounts an anecdote of Ukei Kato of Kito-ryu which made me think of another personage by the name of "Kato". No not Bruce Lee's character in The Green Hornet, but the character "Cato Fong" as portrayed by the awesome Burt Kwouk in The Pink Panther series of movies which starred one of the greatest comedians ever, Peter Sellers, as the beloved Inspector Clouseau.

    Inspector Clouseau would have Cato attack him anytime and anywhere so as to keep Clouseau's reflexes and awareness razor-sharp. I made two animated GIF's from the movie, A Shot in the Dark, of one of Cato's surprise attacks as examples.


     


    Back to Mr. Amdur's fascinating book, he proposes that Neigong usually thought to be only taught in the Chinese Martial Arts can also be found in the Japanese Martial Arts. Neigong can be defined as "internal training" that is usually associated with the styles but not limited to:  Xingyi (Modern Pinyin)/Hsing I (older Wade Giles), Bagua (Modern Pinyin)/Pa Kua (older Wade Giles) and Taijiquan (Modern Pinyin)/Tai Chi Chuan (older Wade Giles). It is Mr. Amdur's belief that not only can Neigong be found in the JMA, but that it was the source of Ueshiba Morihei's power! The following passages below made me think of Cato Fong.

    In Chapter 1:  The Chinese Connection, Mr. Amdur looks to establish how Neigong found its way to Japan. I couldn't help but chuckle and think of the late Burt Kwouk after reading this page.


    Hidden in Plain Sight:  Tracing the Roots of Ueshiba Morihei’s Power
    By Ellis Amdur
    Copyright 2009
    ISBN 978-0-9823762-0-1
    Page 36


    … a senior-ranked sumo wrestler challenged (Ukei) Kato while the two of them were dining in a tea house. Kato first tried to demur, but the wrestler insisted and when he made ready to attack, Kato suggested it would be a more legitimate test if the wrestler waited until he was off-guard.

    The  wrestler agreed and Ukei sat down and started eating and drinking. After a while, Ukei summoned the young servant girl to bring him a cup of sake. As he took it from the tray and put it to his lips, the wrestler (who had been watching carefully) seized the opportunity and rushed in to knock Ukei down with a tremendous shove. Ukei moved slightly, seeming only to pluck the attacker’s hand lightly away from his shoulder, but actually sending him sprawling to the floor. When the wrestler looked up he saw Ukei seated just as he had been, sipping his wine calmly, not having spilled a drop.

    The wrestler, chagrined, left, but rather than returning home, hid and waited for Kato to pass, then attacking him again.

    But just as before, Ukei sent him tumbling into the dirt with just a small shift of his body, not even disturbing the flame in the paper lantern he carried . Only then did it dawn on the hapless sumo wrestler just what sort of individual he had challenged. Suddenly a bit frightened, he apologized profusely. But then he asked, seeming somewhat perplexed, “Uh, by the way, did you actually throw me or did I just stumble and fall down on my own?” To which Ukei replied, “Well, that’s hard to say, I’m not so sure myself.”

    This event, which apparently took place when Ukei was around 70, is highly reminiscent of the “forgotten ki” mentioned above and suggests that Ukei himself had reached a state in which he was not overtly conscious of his own actions. 19

    19 “Famous Budoka of Japan:  Mujushin Kenjutsu and Kito-ryu,” Kono, Yoshnori, Aikido Journal 111 (1997).



    And now I bet you cannot get the image out of your mind of Cato and the sumo trying to surprise attack Inspector Clouseau and Ukei Kato respectively LOL




    WORDCOUNT

    (This section I will not add towards November's tally as well as the header picture and video I made above... I will only use hand-drawn pictures or animated GIFs I've created towards Nov's NaNoWriMo totals):

    It looks like I made my goal of 50,000 words via text and pictures towards the National Novel Writing Month/NaNoWriMo. Although I had a secondary goal of blogging everyday which I was not able to accomplish, but with NaNoWriMo, the ultimate goal was to blog regularly.

    This post: 2,654 = 654 words + 2,000 (2 GIF's at 1,000 each)
    November running tally: 67,722 words
    Words in excess of NaNoWriMo's 50,000:  17,722

    Tuesday, November 21, 2017

    Happy 59th Birthday Mestre Rickson Gracie!

    Happy 59th Birthday Mestre Rickson Gracie!!!

    Posting a video of his appearance from The Incredible Hulk (2008) in his honor today!




    In case the video doesn't display correctly, please check out:

    https://www.facebook.com/www.stickgrappler.net /videos/1672728899445004/

    Will embed when I hav a chance if the YouTube video doesn't display properly.


    For the animated GIF's I've made from this scene, please check out:






    For other entries on Rickson, please check out:




    For more info on Rickson:




    WORDCOUNT

    (This section I will not add towards November's tally as well as the header picture and video I made above... I will only use hand-drawn pictures or animated GIFs I've created towards Nov's NaNoWriMo totals):

    It looks like I made my goal of 50,000 words via text and pictures towards the National Novel Writing Month/NaNoWriMo. Although I had a secondary goal of blogging everyday which I was not able to accomplish, but with NaNoWriMo, the ultimate goal was to blog regularly.

    This post: 9,117 = 238 words
    November running tally: 65,068 words
    Words in excess of NaNoWriMo's 50,000:  15,068

    Sunday, November 19, 2017

    Slungshots in Movies: "Death Wish" (1974)



    Yesterday, I started a new project in documenting Blackjacks, Saps (aka Slapjack), Knuckle Dusters or Slungshots in Movies or TV.  In case you missed it, you can find it here:

     
    Today's entry is a scene featuring a 'slungshot' from Charles Bronson's Death Wish.

    "Death Wish" (1974) is the earliest movie I've come across with a 'slungshot' scene. Charles Bronson's "Paul Kearsey" fills a sock with 2 rolls of quarters and takes on a would-be mugger armed with it.

    Happy "Slungshot"-day!









     
     





    Some bonus GIFs

     
     
     
     
     



    For more information on Slungshots, please check out my friend's site:




    WORDCOUNT

    (This section I will not add towards November's tally as well as the header picture and video I made above... I will only use hand-drawn pictures or animated GIFs I've created towards Nov's NaNoWriMo totals):

    It looks like I made my goal of 50,000 words via text and pictures towards the National Novel Writing Month/NaNoWriMo. Although I had a secondary goal of blogging everyday which I was not able to accomplish, but with NaNoWriMo, the ultimate goal was to blog regularly.

    This post: 9,117 = 117 words + 9,000 (9 GIF's at 1,000 each)
    November running tally: 64,830 words
    Words in excess of NaNoWriMo's 50,000:  14,830

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