Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Green Hornet E2 Give 'em Enough Rope (16 Sep 1966)

48 years ago on this date of Sep 16 in the year 1966, the second episode of the new TV series, The Green Hornet, aired. Posted this episode to mirror the airdate from 48 years ago.

Enjoy Bruce Lee in action!




Green Hornet E2 Give 'em Enough Rope (16 Sep 1966)

Publisher Britt Reid employs his alter ego The Green Hornet to bail him out when a overzealous reporter, exposing a fake injury insurance scam, leaves Reid's newspaper vulnerable to a libel suit. A masked man in a black costume swoops down on a rope, strangling the reporter's source, and the reporter alleges the Green Hornet's behind the racket. Reid sweet-talks a luscious libel attorney, while The Hornet and sidekick Kato pretend to horn in on the racket. Al Hirt's blaring jazz trumpet backs the action.





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お誕生日おめでとうございます柏崎 克彦!! Happy 63rd Birthday Katsuhiko Kashiwazaki!!



お誕生日おめでとうございます柏崎 克彦!!
Happy 63rd Birthday Katsuhiko Kashiwazaki!!
(otanjōbi omedetō gozaimasu Katsuhiko Kashiwazaki!!)



A legend in Judo, nay, in Japanese Martial Arts, Katsuhiko Kashiwazaki was a Judoka known for his Newaza (groundfighting).

Found an instructional video he made posted to YouTube. Posting it today in his honor!

Enjoy!



Katsuhiko Kashiwazaki - Newaza of Kashiwazaki (Full video)





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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Samurai Swordmanship Vol. 3: Advanced Sword Program by Masayuki Shimabukuro (Full video)


On the 2 yr anniversary of Masayuki Shimabukuro's passing, i'm continuing my posting of his Samurai Swordsmanship series with Volume 3 today.

Samurai Swordsmanship from Black Belt Magazine features Black Belt Hall of Fame member Masayuki Shimabukuro (Weapons Instructor of the Year, 2006) and his senior student, Carl E. Long, demonstrating and explaining the history, construction, rituals and techniques associated with the samurai sword.

Volume 3 covers advanced concepts and features interviews with both instructors. Topics include mat cutting, forms, uniform care, sword etiquette, cleaning your weapon, thrusts, drawing and sheathing the sword and much more.





1 - The Basics






2 - Cutting Drills






3 - Drawing cuts






4 - Defense






5 - Forms






6 - Drills






7 - Cutting Mats






8 - Extras





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Tuesday, September 09, 2014

3,000 year-old Bronze Sword found by a boy in China!



Pretty cool news item came across my newsfeed. A boy playing in the river found a 3,000 year old bronze sword!


WHO: Yang Junxi, an 11-year-old boy
WHAT: Found a 3,000 year-old bronze sword!
WHERE: Jiangsu Province, China
WHEN: July 2, 2014




An 11 year old young man, Yang Junxi, playing near the Laozhoulin River in Linze Township of Gaoyou County found an ancient cultural relic. He found a 3,000 year old bronze sword in that river/township which is located in the Jiangsu Province of China.

The father of Yang Junxi, Yang Jinhai, considered his options after neighbors flocked to his home to check out the relic. Some offered to buy the sword from Yang Jinhai, but he felt it was illegal to sell the cultural relic. After a month and a day, the elder Yang decided to send the sword to the Gaoyou Cultural Relics Bureau on Sep 3, 2014.

Initial identifications found the 26 cm-long yellow-brown sword could be dated back to more than 3,000 years ago, around the time of the Shang and Zhou dynasties, said Lyu Zhiwei, head of the cultural relics office of the bureau.

"There was no characteristic or decorative pattern on the exquisite bronze sword. Made in a time of relatively low productivity, its owner would have been an able man with the qualification to have such artifact," he said.

"The short sword seems a status symbol of a civil official. It has both decorative and practical functions, but is not in the shape of sword for military officers."

It is the second bronze artifact found in the region after a bronze instrument was excavated in the nearby Sanduo Township.

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The relics bureau and municipal museum of Gaoyou City have sent the collection certificates and bonus for the boy and his father in honor of their deeds of protecting and donating cultural relic.


For the full story, please check: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/sci/2014-09/06/c_133625745.htm

Samurai Swordmanship Vol. 2: Intermediate Basic Sword Program by Masayuki Shimabukuro (Full video)


2 year anniversary this past Sunday, Sep 7, of Masayuki Shimabukuro's passing. I posted this entry below on that day in his honor:


Today, continuing with the 2nd volume which I found on YouTube in 10 parts.

Samurai Swordsmanship from Black Belt Magazine features Black Belt Hall of Fame member Masayuki Shimabukuro (Weapons Instructor of the Year, 2006) and his senior student, Carl E. Long, demonstrating and explaining the history, construction, rituals and techniques associated with the samurai sword.

Volume 2 covers intermediate concepts and features interviews with both instructors. Topics include mat cutting, forms, uniform care, sword etiquette, cleaning your weapon, thrusts, drawing and sheathing the sword and much more.





1 - The Basics






2 - Sword Etiquette






3 - Postures






4 - Drawing Cuts






5 - Two-Hand Cuts






6 - Thrusts






7 - Forms






8 - Drills






9 - Cutting Mats






10 - Extras






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Monday, September 08, 2014

Ross Enamait's new ebook - Untapped Strength

Photo Source:  http://www.rosstraining.com

The great Ross Enamait has a new ebook out called Untapped Strength. First the blurb about the book:

Untapped Strength is a 244 page e-book that is dedicated to lower arm development. This program is not intended for grip competitors, but rather athletes and exercise enthusiasts who wish to develop the lower arms to enhance performance and improve overall strength. Throughout the book, I detail a simplified approach to lower arm training that is intended to complement your existing routine. Regardless of your athletic goals, stronger hands, fingers, and wrists will enhance performance and reduce risk of injury. 

As a martial artist, grip strength is pretty important overall. Afterall, a strong grip allows you to retain your tool, be it a knife, sword, stick, staff, etc. A strong grip allows one to grip the clothing of an opponent which can be the beginning of a choke or a throw. Need I go further?


And just in case, you have been living under a rock - Ross Enamait is a high performance conditioning, strength developement and boxing coach. He favors homemade equipment and bodyweight exercises. He is well-known throughout the world and the Interwebz. His site is full of information in helping the athlete and martial artist maximize their performance and conditioning. Check it out if you haven't ever been there:




I'm going to be ordering this book and look to improve my lower arms and grip with Ross Enamait's help.


Ordering info here:


Do you already have the book? If so, please leave me a comment below with your review. I thank you in advance.


IN MEMORY OF: Evan Tanner (Feb 11, 1971 - Sep 8, 2008) (Archiving his blogs)




6 years ago today ... In memory of Evan Tanner, I'm going to archive all of his blogs I can find and add them to my site. This will be one of my ongoing projects.


Below are 2 links to the front page of his site and the 2000 or so comments upon the news of his death - I had to break it up into 2 posts, my webhost couldn't process it all on one page. Hopefully it displays properly, if not, I will clean it up and may have to split it up to 3 or 4 entries.

Do you have a memory or story of Evan you want to share? Please post in the Comments section below.

RIP Evan Tanner




Starting my archiving of Evan Tanner's blogs project with these 2 entries first:






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Sunday, September 07, 2014

IN MEMORY OF: Masayuki Shimabukuro (Mar 1948 - Sep 7, 2012) (Samurai Swordmanship Vol. 1: Basic Sword Program)



2 years ago today, Hanshi Masayuki Shimabukuro passed away. Posting his "Samurai Swordmanship Vol. 1: Basic Sword Program" in his honor.




Samurai Swordsmanship from Black Belt Magazine features Black Belt Hall of Fame member Masayuki Shimabukuro (Weapons Instructor of the Year, 2006) and his senior student, Carl E. Long, demonstrating and explaining the history, construction, rituals and techniques associated with the samurai sword.

Volume 1 covers basic concepts and features interviews with both instructors. Topics include mat cutting, forms, uniform care, sword etiquette, cleaning your weapon, thrusts, drawing and sheathing the sword and much more.






1 - The Basics






2 - Sword Etiquette






3 - Postures






4 - Drawing Cuts






5 - Two Hand Cuts






6 - Flicking The Blood






7 - Returning The Sword






8 - Forms






9 - Drills






10 - Cutting mats parts 1 & 2






11 - Extras (Interview with Masayuki Shimabukuro)






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