Saturday, June 27, 2015

Sonny Umpad: Sangot (Sickle) GIFs

Yesterday would've been Sonny Umpad's 67th birthday. 


In his honor, I made some animated GIFs of him in action with the Sangot (Sickle). The Sangot flow teaches about circles, spirals and continuous movement. It trains how to never 'run out of angle'. I took the liberty to make the GIFs from the below source video.


Enjoy!




Pierre Hartman's tribute vid of Maestro Sonny Umpad






1 Complete Sangot demo



4 isolated GIFs







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Sonny Umpad: Kniferoll & Angles of Attack GIFs

Yesterday would've been Sonny Umpad's 67th birthday. 


In his honor, I made some animated GIFs of him in action - namely the kniferoll and angles of attack with a knife. I took the liberty to make the GIFs from the below source video.


Enjoy!




Pierre Hartman's tribute vid of Maestro Sonny Umpad







Kniferoll


Kniferoll - isolated just the right and left roll





Angles of Attack



Blazing speed!







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Friday, June 26, 2015

Maestro Sonny Umpad would've been 67 today - posting some great quotes.

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Maestro Sonny Umpad

(June 26, 1948 - August 24, 2006)


Today would've been Maestro Sonny Umpad's 67th birthday.


In his honor, I'm posting some of his great quotes.


Enjoy!



"To hit is easy. To get hit is even easier ... but to NOT get hit ...? That's where the art is."



"You can always tell someone who has no roots, because he guards the leaves. But the true student has roots and a trunk, so he is always willing to give away leaves freely."



"The stick is the husband and the knife is the wife."



"The blade arts must not be confused. They are not a sports game. 

It is about life & death. 

When you look at a blade on the flow of traditional angles, the movements are very beautiful. 

Once they are used in actual combat or in use for real, they turn dark, very dark. 

Just hope that you don't have to use it or call on the dark side."



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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Happy Father's Day 2015!

Happy Father's Day!!!










Saturday, June 20, 2015

Ken Shamrock X Kimbo Slice (Bellator 138)

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I had zero interest in this fight. Of the two fighters, if I had to root, I would be rooting for one of MMA's OGs, Ken Shamrock. Posting this fight in case others missed and wanted to watch it. Found video on YouTube, not the best.


I may make GIFs.


Enjoy!











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Friday, June 12, 2015

Fudo Myo-o sculpture

Fudo Myo-o
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Japan

Fudo Myo-o, 12th/14th century

Wood with polychromy and gilt-bronze accessories
41.6 cm (16 3/8 in.)

Sources:  Art Institute Chicago / Wiki

The name Fudo Myo-o means “the immovable or unshakable one.” He is one of five myo-o, or lords of light, whose threatening appearance guards the Law of Buddhism. He is equipped to guide the spiritual traveler past temptation on the path to enlightenment. Fudo’s bulging eyes, piercing stare, and protruding fangs express the intensity of his wrath against evil. Seated on a stylized rock formation that symbolizes his steadfastness, he once held his attributes, a rope and sword (these have been removed for conservation), which were used to subdue evil forces and to cut through the ignorance that is the source of suffering. This finely modeled figure reflects the highly detailed, realistic direction taken by Japanese sculptors in the Kamakura period (1185–1333).

In the Shingon tradition of Esoteric Buddhism, the Five Great Wisdom Kings (五大明王; Godai Myo-o, Wǔ Dà Míngwáng), also known as the Five Guardian Kings are a group of Wisdom Kings who represent the luminescent wisdom of the Buddha and protect the Five Wisdom Buddhas.

This sculpture is of Acala (不動明王, Jp: Fudo Myo-o; Ch: Bùdòng Míngwáng) "The Immovable One" - Wrathful manifestation of Buddha Mahavairocana.

Please check out for another of the Five Great Wisdom Kings:


Gozanze Myo-o sculpture by Nakabayashi Gennai

Gozanze Myo-o
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Artist:  Nakabayashi Gennai

Period: Japanese, active 1650/1700


Gozanze Myo-o, 1680
Wood with polychromy
107.5 x 64 x 47 cm (42 3/8 x 26 3/8 x 18 1/2 in.)

Sources:  Art Institute Chicago / Wiki


This sculpture depicts Gozanze Myo-o, a four-faced, multi-limb deity, trampling Daijizaiten and his consort, Uma, the gods of unruly human passion. The figure belonged to an ensemble of five sculptures arranged within the sanctuary of an Esoteric Buddhist temple. The group was known collectively as the Godai Myo-o (Five Great Lords of Light), and together the sculptures symbolize the rage against all threats to Buddhism and all obstacles to enlightenment. Such icons were introduced to Japan from China by the monk Kukai in the ninth century, and they were used in ceremonies to bless and protect the nation.

In the Shingon tradition of Esoteric Buddhism, the Five Great Wisdom Kings (五大明王; Japanese:  Godai Myo-o; Chinese:  Wǔ Dà Míngwáng), also known as the Five Guardian Kings are a group of Wisdom Kings who represent the luminescent wisdom of the Buddha and protect the Five Wisdom Buddhas.

This sculpture is of Trailokyavijaya (降三世明王, Japanese: Gozanze Myo-o; Chinese: Jiàngsānshì Míngwáng) "The Conqueror of The Three Planes" - Wrathful manifestation of Buddha Akshobhya.


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