Tuesday, February 09, 2016

The Final Master GIF Set 1

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The Master (2015) aka The Final Master is a movie about a Wing Chun Kuen master who goes to Northern China to try to open up a kwoon (school). It features mostly weapons fighting and features the hudiedao/wu dip do/butterfly swords.

The Master is director Xu Haofeng's followup to his previous directorial effort in 2011's The Sword Identity and his 2013 script for director Wong Kar Wai's The Grandmaster. Xu is a Xingyi/Hsing I practitioner as well as having studied Taoism for 8 years under 2 masters.


What caught my eye is the reverse grip usage of the butterfly swords. Normally, in the Wing Chun I've seen, the swords are used in standard grip. I made some animated GIFs - both regular speed and slowmo on the defensive/parry motion.

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Monday, February 08, 2016

Happy Year of the Monkey!





I didn't have a chance to post on Jan 1, wishing the readers of this site a Happy New Year. Will take the opportunity today to do so with the Lunar New Year/Year of the Monkey.

Happy Lunar New Year! May the Year of the Monkey bring you and your loved ones Happiness, Health and Wealth!

I'm not that good with New Year's Resolutions.

I generally don't make resolutions as in making specific goals for 1 year ... kind of inspired by one of Scott Adams' books (creator of the Dilbert cartoon). Adams advocates a 'systems' approach instead of a 'goals' approach. If i don't make goal, i sometimes mentally beat myself up.

Looking to enable a system, and forming the habits that come from a systems approach for overall health.

Some of my NYR are specific goals though (lol at me)

  • Learn and teach my wife the Yang Short Form
  • Learn and practice some Silat Jurus
  • Learn and practice some Iaido katas
  • Add in Yoga's Sun Salutations into my solo workouts
  • Practice working up to being able to do Yoga's Peacock pose properly
  • More seated Meditation - work on sitting in Lotus Position properly
  • Add in some solo grappling drills (no mat, no carpet, will see what i can do)
  • Overall, continue to be active, watch what and when I eat, and trying to eat less

What are your resolutions? May they all come true!

Happy New Year!

Friday, February 05, 2016

IN MEMORY OF: SGM Ciriaco "Cacoy" Cañete (Aug 8, 1919-Feb 5, 2016)

Ciriaco "Cacoy" Cañete (Aug 8, 1919 - Feb 5, 2016) 

It is with sadness I report that Supreme Grandmaster Ciriaco "Cacoy" Canete has passed at the age of 96 in the Phillipines at 8:08PM.

SGM Canete was the last surviving member of the Doce Pares Eskrima Club which was founded in Jan. 1932. I'm posting some Eskrido videos below in his honor.

My deepest condolences to the Canete family and to Doce Pares practitioners.

RIP SGM Canete




Cacoy Doce Pares: Eskrima / Eskrido Isolations






Grandmaster Cacoy Canete Eskrido







Supreme Grand Master Cacoy Cañete Eskrido with Jerry Arrechea







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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Raven S2E5: Rip-Off (Jan 30, 1993)

I'm posting an episode from the 1993 TV series, Raven, mirroring the airdate from 22 years ago.


Enjoy!






Background:

Jonathan Raven (portrayed by Jeffrey Meek) is a ninja, former member of the Black Dragons clan and also a former Special Forces agent. Now he lives in Hawaii, helping those in trouble and searching for his long-lost son, while avoiding assassins sent to kill him by the Black Dragon clan. Herman 'Ski' Jablonski (played by veteran TV actor, Lee Majors), an extravagant private investigator and Jonathon's best friend, is helping him.




This Episode:

Raven and Ski discover a plot to kidnap a professor and steal a priceless middle Eastern statue on display at the museum.





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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Raven S2E4: Heat (Jan 23, 1993)

I'm posting an episode from the 1993 TV series, Raven, mirroring the airdate from 22 years ago.


Enjoy!






Background:

Jonathan Raven (portrayed by Jeffrey Meek) is a ninja, former member of the Black Dragons clan and also a former Special Forces agent. Now he lives in Hawaii, helping those in trouble and searching for his long-lost son, while avoiding assassins sent to kill him by the Black Dragon clan. Herman 'Ski' Jablonski (played by veteran TV actor, Lee Majors), an extravagant private investigator and Jonathon's best friend, is helping him.




This Episode:

A mysterious woman in red keeps popping up, tipping Raven off to shady deals by a rich industrialist using the cover of a hospital ship.





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