Self-defense, Martial Arts, and other dangerous words by Eric Taimanglo

Is Self-Defense a punch or a gunshot? What does "Self-Defense" really entail?

MMA: The Clinch - Fundamentals and Drills by Joe Silvia

Ausgepicht discusses the fundamentals of the Clinch as well as shares some drills to work the Clinch.

David Black Mastro - George Silver and The London Masters of Defence

TrueFightScholar discusses George Silver and Native 16th-17th century English Fighting Arts.

Southnarc (aka Craig Douglas) - Managing Unknown Contacts

SouthNarc discusses his plan when an Unknown Contact approaches you and how/what you should do.

Default Positions, Pre-Emptive Striking, and Mass Confusion By Lee Aldridge

Lee discusses what a Default Position is and why you need to ingrain one.

How To Make Your Own Rattan Sticks by Army Maguire

Army takes you step by step from start to finish in making your very own rattan sticks!

The Physical Body DVD Review by Stickgrappler

My review of a DVD on Kushti (Indian Wrestling) and its training methods.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Gina Carano vs Tonya Evinger (EliteXC: Uprising - Sep 15, 2007)

Gina Carano - Blood and Bones GIF Set

Today marks Gina Carano's 32nd birthday! Posting some animated GIFs I've made of her in action from Blood and Bones as tribute!


Isolated the above just for the punching

Call me!

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Happy 32nd Birthday Gina Carano!!

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Today marks Gina Carano's 32nd birthday!! Gina, I hope you have a wonderful day and that the year ahead is filled with much love, many wonderful surprises and gives you lasting memories that you will cherish in all the days ahead. Looking forward to your fights as well as many more movies. Fan for life. Happy Birthday!!

Posting 4 videos of her as tribute!


Gina Carano - 2009 Maxim Hot 100 (HD)

Gina Carano - Fight in Thailand
(short documentary with Master Toddy)

Gina Carano's first MMA fight vs Leiticia Pestova (June 10, 2006)

Gina Carano vs. Rosi Sexton
(WPFC 1 - World Pro Fighting Championship - Sept 15, 2006)

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Happy 67th Birthday Kareem Abdul-Jabbar!

Today is the 67th birthday of the legendary Kareem Abdul-Jabbar! Many know of his accomplishments in the Basketball arena:

From's profile and Wiki:

When Kareem Abdul-Jabbar left the game in 1989 at age 42, no NBA player had ever scored more points, blocked more shots, won more Most Valuable Player Awards, played in more All-Star Games or logged more seasons. His list of personal and team accomplishments is perhaps the most awesome in league history: Rookie of the Year, member of six NBA championship teams, six-time NBA MVP, two-time NBA Finals MVP, 19-time All-Star, two-time scoring champion, and a member of the NBA 35th and 50th Anniversary All-Time Teams. He also owned eight playoff records and seven All-Star records. No player achieved as much individual and team success as did Abdul-Jabbar.
At the time of his retirement in 1989, Abdul-Jabbar was the NBA's all-time leader in points scored (38,387), games played (1,560), minutes played (57,446), field goals made (15,837), field goal attempts (28,307), blocked shots (3,189), defensive rebounds (9,394), and personal fouls (4,657). He remains the all-time leading scorer in the NBA, and is ranked 3rd all-time in both rebounds and blocks. In 2007 ESPN voted him the greatest center of all time, and in 2008 they named him the "greatest player in college basketball history". Abdul-Jabbar has also been an actor, a basketball coach, and a best-selling author. In 2012, he was selected by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to be a U.S. global cultural ambassador.

Visitors to this site should know him as a martial artist ... as well as a student/friend of the late Bruce Lee.

But did you know that he is also an actor, U.S. global cultural ambassador, historian, and best-selling author (8 books!)? Multi-talented doesn't even begin to describe the Great Kareem Abdul Jabbar!

On this most special of days, I wish you, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, all the very best, all the joy you can ever have and may you be blessed abundantly today, tomorrow and the days to come! May you have a fantastic birthday and many more to come... HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!

Enjoy the videos!

Top 10 plays

Top 10 - The Longest Skyhooks

The Unstoppable Sky Hook

Game of Death theatrical release 

Game of Death - lost footage 

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Steven Seagal - Fire Down Below (1997) (Full movie)

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Been in a Steven Seagal mood. Made some animated GIFs of him in action. Please check out this Steven Seagal movie.


Steven Seagal stars as an environmental protection agent Jack Taggart. He is fighting big business types led by Orin Hanner who is dumping toxic waste somewhere in the Kentucky hills region.

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Today would've been Donn Draeger's 92nd birthday!

Today marks the 92nd birthday of martial arts pioneer Donn Draeger's birthday! 

Last year I also posted on his birthday:

Here are some videos in his honor ... Enjoy!

Donn Draeger & Kaminoda Tsunemori Jutte Jutsu

Donn Draeger Kusarigama Jutsu

Donn Draeger & Kaminoda Tsunemori Jo Jutsu

Donn Draeger & Kaminoda Tsunemori Kasumi Shinto Ryu Ken Jutsu

Further Information:

Happy 92nd Birthday Draeger sensei!!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Chuck Norris - An Eye for an Eye (1981) (Full movie)

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Here is another Chuck Norris movie for your viewing pleasure!


Sean Kane is forced to resign from the San Francisco Police Department's Narcotics Division when he goes berserk after his partner is murdered. He decides to fight alone and follows a trail of drug traffickers into unexpected high places.

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Happy 39th Birthday Anderson Silva!!

Today is the 39th Birthday of Anderson Silva!!! On this most special of days, I wish The Spider all the very best! May he have speedy and healthy recovery and regain his title... HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!

I am posting four fights and a highlights vid in his honor.


UFC - Anderson Silva vs Rich Franklin II


Anderson Silva vs. Tony Fryklund - Cage Rage 16

Anderson Silva vs. Yushin Okami - UFC 134

Anderson Silva vs Lee Murray - MMA Cage Rage

Best of Anderson Silva

Parabéns Anderson Silva!!!!

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Happy 31st Birthday Ben Saunders!!

Today is the 31st Birthday of Ben Saunders aka Killa B!!! On this most special of days, I wish Ben Saunders all the very best! May he have many fights/victories and a fantastic birthday and many more to come... HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!

I am posting one of his epic fights, a virtual knee clinic and a highlights vid in his honor. Enjoy!

Ben Saunders vs Brandon Wolff [UFC: Fight for the Troops (Dec 10, 2008)]

I counted 49 knees from the Killa B to the former Navy Seal Wolff. First 6, then 13,and then 3, followed by 15, and 6 more and finally another 6 for a total of 49 knees!

Ben "Killa B" Saunders Highlights (unfinished)

Here are some GIF's I made from the Brandon Wolff fight. The page may load slowly because of the GIF's - my sincerest apologies in advance.


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NOTE:  My deepest gratitude to my friend jonwell for telling me about this fight a few years ago when I missed it.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Keiko Fukuda would've been 101 today! (Last surviving student of Jigoro Kano, founder of Judo)

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Shihan Keiko Fukuda, the last of the surviving students of Jigoro Kano, the Founder of Judo, passed away last year, February 9, 2013, at the age of 99. She would've been 101 today.

If you have never heard of her, read on!


The Life of Keiko Fukuda, Last Surviving Student of Judo Founder Jigoro Kano
by Dave Lowry

Keiko Fukuda never made the cover of Black Belt. She lived to be 99, but she wasn’t that fierce or imposing. After all, there was a period of almost 30 years when she didn’t even get promoted in her martial art.

The other day I heard a black belt complain that he’d been stuck at third dan for six years and that the reason he wasn’t getting promoted was the national board that tests for his karate organization wasn’t fair. It made me think of Keiko Fukuda.

Starting Judo

Keiko Fukuda was the last surviving judoka to have been personally trained by the art’s founder, Jigoro Kano. She began practicing in 1935 at a time when the Kodokan had just opened a women’s division for its two-dozen female members. Keiko Fukuda was allowed to take up the art primarily because her grandfather had been one of Jigoro Kano’s jujitsu teachers. Even then, her family approved only because they thought she might meet a suitable husband on the mat.

Keiko Fukuda became captivated by judo. She continued training during World War II and took it up again when the martial arts ban was lifted after Japan surrendered. By 1953 she was among the senior-most female judoka in the world. She was awarded godan, or fifth-degree black belt. In 1966 she moved to the United States and opened the Soko Joshi Judo Club, where she taught for decades.

Keiko Fukuda was given the Order of the Sacred Treasure by Japan for her work in judo. She wrote books, taught around the world and created a kata championship that’s one of the art’s most prestigious events. And as of 1973, she was still a fifth dan.

Glass Ceiling

When Keiko Fukuda began judo, the Kodokan set up a separate rank system for women, recognizing only five grades of black belt. No matter how skillful one was, the rule was ironclad. Meanwhile, since 1926, men had been able to attain rank up to ninth dan. Not long thereafter, 10th dan was established.

The Kodokan has a long history of bumbling in the promotion and practice of judo. Often, the hierarchy has failed to recognize opportunities and remained reluctant to act in the best interest of the art. Its refusal to even consider changing the rank system for female judoka is a perfect example. Behind the scenes, beginning in the late 1960s, enormous pressure was exerted on the Kodokan to update this system, primarily on behalf of Keiko Fukuda. It was outrageous that male judoka who were decades junior to her now outranked her.
The pressure was applied in a variety of ways. Some Japanese judo masters tried to use graciousness and oblique diplomacy. Some Westerners were blunt about it, almost threatening. The Kodokan refused to give in until finally in 1973, threatened with international embarrassment, it relented. Keiko Fukuda was promoted to sixth dan. It had been 29 years since her last promotion.

In subsequent years, perhaps to make up for its policy, the Kodokan promoted Keiko Fukuda again. She became a Kodokan ninth dan. (She was awarded a 10th dan from the International Judo Federation, but the rank wasn’t recognized by the Kodokan.)

Judo Lifestyle

It’s difficult to imagine the road Keiko Fukuda traveled. Her father died when she was a child. Her uncle discouraged her participation in judo; it wasn’t something a girl of her caste should do, he said. Instead of marrying and having children, which was expected of women of her generation, she practiced judo. She endured the same injuries, disappointments and challenges as any serious martial artist, but she also faced unique obstacles related to the culture and atmosphere of the male-dominated dojo.

She came to the United States while still relatively young and had to learn the language and customs of a foreign land. For a time, she had no home of her own and lived with one of her students. Like every other budo teacher of her time in this country, she faced enormous difficulties translating the spirit and values of the martial arts to something Americans could grasp easily.

In all those years, Keiko Fukuda never complained about the treatment she got from the Kodokan. Her status as a personal student of Jigoro Kano should have elevated her to the realm of legend. If anyone had the right to say, “Do you know who I am?” it was her. She could have pointed to her accomplishments, to the awards and recognition she’d received. She could have highlighted the clinics she taught, the championships she founded, the scholarships she provided for young judoka, and asked, “Who has done more for judo than me?”

Instead of pleading or complaining, Keiko Fukuda went about following the way of judo. She taught, trained, supervised and coordinated events, tournaments and clinics. She never focused on grades or rank; she focused on her art until February 9, 2013, the day she died.

Are you irritated that you haven’t been treated “fairly” with respect to promotions in your dojo? Well, maybe you have a point. Maybe you’ve done more for your art than Keiko Fukuda has done for hers. Then again, maybe not.


My sincerest gratitude to my friend Tommy H. for reminding me about Shihan Fukuda's birthday. I hate backdating posts, but posted 4/14/2014 as-of 4/12/2014. Copied from:

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ADDENDUM: I hate mistakes and my father taught me: "That's why there's an eraser at the end of the pencil." In my haste to post this close enough in a timely basis to the actual birthdate, I made a mistake. I originally noted Shihan Fukuda would've been 100, when in fact, she would've been 101. I've corrected the title and body of this entry, however the URL still reads 100. My sincerest apologies.

Steven Seagal - Above the Law (Final GIF Set)

Here's the final set of my Above the Law GIFs featuring Steven Seagal doing Aikido. Links below to the other GIF Sets.



One more for good measure!!

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