Friday, December 19, 2014

"John Wick" Bar Shootout Trailer GIF Set



I made 13 animated GIFs from the great gun-fu movie with the awesome Keanu Reeves in "John Wick".


This GIF set is made from the Bar Shootout Trailer found on YouTube and not the release Blu-Ray/DVD which is coming on Feb 3.  Once I get my Blu-Ray copy, I may make a new GIF Set of the Bar Shootout (or not).


Enjoy!




The Bar Shootout Trailer scene spliced up




Here is the full trailer of the Bar Shootout in an All-In-One GIF




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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

THE WISDOM OF ... Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell



Happy 45th Birthday Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell!! 


In the Champ's honor, posting another in my "The Wisdom of ..." series with extracted tips from his book, Iceman:  My Fighting Life.


Liddell writes in his book:


I didn't just wake up one day and decide I could be a UFC champion. I worked toward it every day of my life, even before there was such a thing as the UFC. All I ever wanted to do was make a living fighting. It didn't have to be professionally. Before becoming a UFC fighter I was working in a dojo and as a bartender. I could have done those two things forever. And if I had written a book about that kind of life, except for the fights themselves, most of it wouldn't be all that different. Every chapter in this book features a lesson that helped me become who I am in and out of the cage, from the time I learned to box when I was three years old to the days both of my kids were born to the night that Rampage knocked me on my butt. You may finish this book and not remember one detail of my life—although I’m sure you’ll be telling your friends some stories. But at the least, if you rip out the table of contents and carry it with you (after you buy the book), you’ll have the road map that helped me become the light heavyweight titleholder. And the lessons apply whether you’re studying for the SATs, sitting in a cubicle hating your boss, or training to be a UFC fighter.


So here are the Table of Contents which are also the Life Lessons that helped The Iceman become Champion! If you would like to understand any or all of the Lessons, buy and read his book! Also, along with the TOC, there some other tidbits/tips which I've included.


Enjoy!






  1. GET THE F**K UP
  2. LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER
  3. KNOW YOUR STUFF
  4. BE WILLING TO LEARN
  5. WHY? ’CAUSE SCREW THEM.
  6. DON’T ALWAYS FOLLOW MOM’S ADVICE
  7. NO COWERING, NO SCOWLING, JUST STARING
  8. PRACTICE WHAT YOU LOVE
  9. NEVER UNDERESTIMATE ANYONE
  10. BEING MENTALLY TOUGH IS NOT A SOMETIMES THING
  11. SIZE DOESN'T MATTER
  12. TAKE IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL
  13. YOU’RE NEVER TOO TOUGH TO SHOW THE LADIES YOUR SENSITIVE SIDE
  14. THE MORE YOU MOVE, THE MORE SOMEONE HAS TO TRY TO KEEP YOU STILL
  15. APPRECIATE RISK
  16. NEVER LET A LITTLE THING GET IN THE WAY OF MAKING A BIG THING HAPPEN
  17. A FIGHT’S A FIGHT, NO MATTER WHERE IT IS
  18. BE ABOUT BEING THE BEST
  19. TURNS OUT MOJO DON’T PAY THE BILLS
  20. IF YOU DON’T FIGHT, YOU DON’T TRULY KNOW IF YOU CAN WIN
  21. ALTITUDE TRAINING IS BULL
  22. REGULATION IS GOOD
  23. WITHOUT ANY SUBSTANCE, YOU CAN NEVER HAVE ANY STYLE
  24. TO LEAVE NO DOUBT, YOU'VE GOT TO KNOCK A GUY OUT
  25. LOYALTY IS EVERYTHING
  26. FORGET PLANS AND EXPECTATIONS
  27. LOSING AS A MAN IS BETTER THAN WINNING AS A COWARD
  28. YOU CAN WORRY ABOUT LOSING, OR YOU CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT
  29. IT NEVER PAYS TO MOUTH OFF
  30. NEVER LET ’EM BREATHE
  31. IT’S NOT ABOUT STRENGTH, IT’S ABOUT STRENGTH OVER A LONG TIME
  32. WHEN YOU GET AN OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE A GOOD TIME, YOU'VE GOT TO TAKE IT
  33. WHEN YOU'VE GOT A GUY DAZED, KNOCK HIM OUT
  34. PATIENCE DOES PAY OFF
  35. HAVING A GOOD CHIN COMES NATURALLY
  36. YOU NEED TO BEAT SOMEONE OVER THE HEAD TO GET WHAT YOU WANT
  37. WE’RE FIGHTERS. A LOT OF US HAVE ISSUES.
  38. SOMEONE UP THERE HAS A GREAT SENSE OF HUMOR
  39. IF A GUY SAYS HE’S READY, HE’S READY. WHO AM I TO SHOW MERCY?
  40. A MOHAWK ENHANCES YOUR COMMERCIAL APPEAL
  41. REVENGE IS PRETTY DARN SWEET
  42. YOU CAN’T WAIT TO FINISH A GUY
  43. SCREW IT. RETAKE IT.
  44. IT’S A PRETTY GREAT LIFE WHEN YOU MAKE IT DOING WHAT YOU LOVE
  45. NEVER CHOKE ANYONE OUT UNLESS YOU’RE GETTING PAID FOR IT
  46. YOU HAVE TO STAY CHILL WHEN THE LIGHTS ARE BRIGHTEST
  47. GET THE F**K BACK UP






HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF WHEN YOU’RE ON YOUR BACK:

The best way to protect yourself from your back is to duck your head and hold your opponent. But the main thing is to be working to get up and be offensive on the bottom. That is your best defense. Because if a guy is trying to stop you from getting up, he is not hitting you or setting you up for submission. Always be moving from side to side and hip to hip.





HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF WHEN YOU’RE STANDING UP:

Elbows in, hands up, chin down.





MY THOUGHTS ON HOW TO THROW A KNOCKOUT PUNCH:

Knockout punches are about timing and accuracy as much as power. Knockouts happen from catching a guy in the right spot at the right time. But, if you do that and don’t have any strength behind your punch, you’re wasting an opportunity. It’s all hips and snap, a lot of practice and twisting. I've been working on it since I was twelve. Some say knockout punchers have it in their genes. I do think it’s a fast-twitch muscle thing, but you have to practice. It starts with a good stance. You need staggered feet so you can stop takedowns and kicks, too. You have to stand wider than a typical boxing stance, which gives up a little on the power, but if you are on your back and can’t throw punches, what’s the difference? Then twist your hips as much as you can; imagine if you didn't have a spine and were trying to twist all the way around. The arm means nothing; it can come from any angle. It’s all about the power you generate in your hips.





MY TYPICAL DAILY MEAL:


  • Cottage cheese and fruit for breakfast
  • Sandwich for a snack, turkey and cheese in a pita
  • Pasta with chicken and mixed vegetables for lunch
  • Protein/carbohydrate shake Chicken with rice and broccoli for dinner






HOW TO LOOK MENACING:

I never had to try to do this. If I’m not smiling, everyone thinks I’m mad at them. But it’s natural; If I look at someone serious, I look mad.





HOW TO BEHAVE LIKE A GROWN@SS MAN:

You've got to take care of yourself. I’ll look for my buddies when it’s time to go, give them fifteen or twenty minutes to come back to where we were hanging out or for me to find them. But that’s it. After that, you’re on your own. You’re a grown-ass man, okay? Get home by yourself. We’re not holding your hand.





CHOOSING A TATTOO THAT’S RIGHT FOR YOU:

Make sure it means something to you. I always thought it was silly that people walk in and say I’ll take that right there and they are pointing to a little thing in a book. I’m not trying to stop people from making a living, but it should be something that means something to you. Put it wherever you want, but make it matter.





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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Green Hornet E14 - Freeway To Death (16 Dec 1966)


48 years ago on this date of December 16th in the year 1966, the 14th episode of the new TV series, The Green Hornet, aired.

Posted this episode to mirror the airdate from 48 years ago.

Enjoy!




Green Hornet episode 14 - Freeway To Death (16 Dec 1966)



While investigating a construction company insurance racket, Daily Sentinel reporter Mike Axford comes under attack from a bulldozer. He is rescued by the Green Hornet (who, unknown to him, is actually his boss Britt Reid). In an unusual turn of events, Axford agrees to work with the Hornet in discovering who is behind the racket. The two try to bluff their way into meeting with the organization's head. But when Mike alone is contacted about the time and location of the meeting, he decides to head off by himself to wrap up the story. Britt Reid suspects Axford may be ...
 




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Sun Lu-tang: My Personal Experience (translated by Scott Meredith)



Sun Lu-tang: My Personal Experience
translated by Scott Meredith 


Ever since I began training boxing in childhood, my teachers always told me “Boxing embodies the Tao”.

I was skeptical about it. But when I learned ‘concealed energy’, and the unification of hard and soft, my movements became lively and swift and then I understood the truth of it.

When I got together with fellow trainees, we shared our personal experiences and results. But as I progressed to understanding the next level of ‘mysterious energy’, although I remained willing to talk about it with classmates, I didn’t want to share my experiences with outsiders. But now I want to write my personal experience for people who have started on the same path in the hope that we can all improve together.

As I began the progression to ‘mysterious energy’, after practicing formal sequence (of Xing Yi Quan) I would finish with upright standing, trying to to unify my spirit and energy. And every time I did that, I'd feel some slight subtle movement in my perineal area. At first it was barely perceptible. When doing my quiet standing after each day’s practice, I’d sometimes feel it and sometimes not. But over time, the movement became stronger and more frequent, until it got to the point that as soon as I returned to standing at conclusion of any formal drill, all I had to do was concentrate for a moment, and I would feel a vectored energy discharge. I realized that this was the spontaneous energetic movement of the true yang-power, which is described in classical works on Taoist static meditation.

The ancient Taoist meditation masters thoroughly understood this process, which they referred to as movement arising from the stillness of their seated practice disciplines. What I was doing was the inverse of that - I had been creating stillness (the upright standing) subsequent to the movements of my prior boxing practice. It’s hard to understand. This state is also described in the ancient boxing classics with the phrase “omnipresence without movement”.

Anyway I persisted relentlessly in my daily practice. Finally I reached the point that immediately on assuming the upright standing posture, my entire body entered a state of absolute emptiness, within which the true yang power resonated and flowed. This condition has been characterized by Taoist Master Liu Hua Yang as re-experiencing one’s original nature. In this state, if I moved even slightly the real yang resonance would immediately discharge. I realized I could use the boxing method itself to transform this raw potential.

I used my mind to sink my insubstantial spirit, filling my dan-tian. At the same time I used the insubstantial spirit to slightly elevate the perineal area energy accumulation (cf. Translator Note 1), which resulted in full coordination of inner and outer activity. Thereafter, when I merely directed my mind briefly to my dan-tian, even for just a moment, the real yang resonance would immediately concentrate itself and rise up into that area. At that time my body would experience a sensation of absolute ease. At that time I hadn’t yet heard of the doctrine of TAO (cf. Translator Note 2), but anyway I felt as though two powerful forces were interacting within my dan-tian. After standing in this state for up to four or five hours, I would gradually come back to my normal self. I believe that this immobile state was the result of my gradual accumulation, through the formal boxing practice, of two kinds of breath that were retained in my dan-tian after that practice finished. These internally retained breath elements were entirely different from the breathing of daily life. I had not intentionally created or retained these internal breath elements, but after a practice session I would have persistent experience of them. Zhuangzi wrote that the superior man breathes from his feet, and my experience was consistent with this basic idea.

I was then able to use these elements of internal breath to smooth and refine the movement of the real yang resonance so that it uniformly suffused my entire body. Thus I continued as I have already written, with the process of raising the resonance up to my dan-tian, and every time I practiced a boxing sequence my inner and outer movements were absolutely coordinated into one. I would practice gently and slowly, always careful to maintain my balance. When I practiced the formal sequences, I would take care to keep my limbs relaxed, my movements soft and harmonious, maintaining that feeling of emptiness. Over time, my dynamic boxing practice came to generate exactly the same state as the static work I described above. Sometimes I would stand after performing only one sequence, sometimes after two, and then begin moving again. No matter what, I would always elevate the internal yang resonance to my dan-tian, and leverage the internal breath elements generated by the boxing practice as feedstock for the internal flow. The flow begins at the coccyx (Cf. Translator Note) and rises through the vertebral points (Cf. Translator Note 4), then to the upper gate/Jade Pillow (Cf. Translator Note 5), then to the crown of the head, before lowering down the front, exactly as taught in seated meditation methods, back to the dan-tian.

Sometimes the flow would circulate two or three times before settling into the uniform state of full-body permeation, while at other times it would make three or four orbits before suffusing into the uniform state. There seemed to be a correlation between the number of circulation orbits and the number of prior practice sets. But that was only in the beginning. Later, even without any prior practice at all, whenever I would merely sit down, or take any action at all, I could use the internal breath elements to achieve the same preliminary circulation. Finally I could achieve it even while asleep. I’d be sleeping soundly when the internal yang resonance would suddenly activate itself, immediately awakening me.

Again I was able to use the breath elements derived from the boxing practice to transform this into the uniform state of energetic suffusion. Finally the yang resonance no longer spontaneously activated itself during my sleep, and my entire body inside and out, as well as all four limbs, would suddenly transform from the state of full suffusion to the ultimate state of complete emptiness. I experienced this as a kind of shower of complete bliss. I could apply this internal breath to achieve this ultimate state even while dreaming. When I awakened I would realize that I had experienced that while dreaming. Later I experienced a final abbreviation of this process so that as soon as I fell into deep sleep, I would enter the state of ultimate emptiness. In daily waking life, while walking or sitting, my limbs would suddenly feel absolutely light or empty, and my body would enter a state of absolute comfort. After each evening’s practice of the boxing sequences, when I went to sleep each night, I would almost always experience this transform to ultimate emptiness.

But if I went to sleep without practicing, I would be less likely to experience the shift. Finally I understood that the internal practice as described here strengthened my internal state to the point of warding of any illness of body, mind, or spirit. I also realized that the process I had gone through in my boxing practice was identical to that taught in classical Taoist meditation, thus these two arts have exactly the same theoretical basis. What I’ve written about here, above, is my own personal experience of internal and external transformation. I’ve laid it out openly for the benefit of all fellow practitioners.



Translator Notes:
  1. For quibblers - I am full aware that perineal, thus this can be alternately translated as ‘anus’ but ‘perineal’ is more faithful to the felt nature of the actual experience
  2. Citation missing from original text
  3. Wei Lu Guan
  4. Jia Ji Guan
  5. Yu Zhen Guan


Translator Commentary:

(from Scott Meredith)

This important piece is written in semi-classical Chinese, the difficult hybrid style of writing that came into being in the interim between the lingering attachment to the ancient imperial exam system based on millennia-old seminal works of Chinese civilization and the early 20th century efforts to modernize and standardize the written and spoken language, often heavily influenced by Western grammarians. This piece leans more toward the really hard-core ancient style. Thus if you run this through Google translate, the result is total garbage and gibberish. I have done my best to render the most complete, thorough, and accurate translation. But this piece talks about things far beyond most people’s experience and uses terms that philosophers and linguists have debated for centuries. There is simply no way to avoid endless quibbbles about whether I’ve translated this or that phrase, every mysterious word, accurately. Best then to avoid tedious legalism. The process Master Sun describes is something I have personally undergone in almost every detail. Take it as a finger pointing to the moon - once you see the moon, forget about the finger. Focus on the moon. And as always, if you don’t like how I’ve done it, do it yourself.





NOTE:  On this date, 81 yrs ago, Dec 16, 1933, Sun Lu-tang passed away at the age of 72 years. Posted this essay in his memory.

Monday, December 15, 2014

IN MEMORY OF: Ed Parker Sr (Mar 19, 1931 - Dec 15, 1990)



Ed Parker Sr passed away 24 years ago today at the age of 59 in 1990. He is one of the Legends of Martial Arts.


Posting an appearance of his on The Lucy Show in his honor.


Enjoy!





The Lucy Show - Lucy and Viv Learn Judo (1963)





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Saturday, December 13, 2014

"The Liar, The Cheat and the Thief" by Maija Soderholm drops today!

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Photo Credit:  Maija Soderholm

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Photo Credit:  Maija Soderholm

Back in October this year, I gave you all an heads-up on my friend Maija Soderholm's upcoming book. Time flies! The looooooooong wait is over... it is dropping today!



Maija posted to her Facebook last night:



Just got the hard copy proof of my book in the mail. This might really be happening ..

                    *****************************************

Hitting the 'red button' to publish tomorrow - All the usual channels, Smashwords, Kindle, Amazon. Video drills set to accompany book are not available yet, but will be available shortly. Still organizing and working out how best to offer the download - There are I believe 68 drills in the book, and we made about 40 videos to work in concert with them so it's quite a bit of work ... 

Please check back here for updated links for book/ebook purchases or search Smashwords, Kindle, and Amazon for them.



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Happy 98th Birthday Archie Moore!!

Archie Moore (December 13, 1916 – December 9, 1998)
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Today would've been Archie "The Old Mongoose" Moore's 98th Birthday!


Moore wound up his career with a record of 185 Wins, 23 Losses, 10 Draws for 219 total fights. His 131 KO’s is the most in Boxing History!! Ring Magazine named him the 4th greatest puncher of all time. In Boxing History, Moore had the longest reign in Light Heavyweight Championship history. He is rated by prominent boxing website BoxRec as the greatest pound-for-pound boxer of all-time.


My friend 'martinburke' had this to say about Archie Moore (excerpted from Underground's Boxing forum):

No other fighter better illustrates the changes in boxing after WWII. Moore was a member of Murderers' Row, a formidable group of black fighters from the mid 1930s-mid 1940s. These guys were ducked shamelessly and were forced to fight one another repeatedly to make a living. As a result, their records are not indicative of their talent.

Moore was a great fighter, truly great, but he wasn't great enough to separate himself from the pack. He got his wins, but he lost some too, and that kept him out of title consideration.

But after WWII, things changed. Moore and his contemporaries passed their peaks, and while Moore hung on, the rest retired. And the new crop of fighters coming into their primes didn't have as much experience, with less fights per year against other less experienced opponents.

Against this crop of fighters, regular old Archie Moore became the Ol' Mongoose. Did he somehow become better as he got older and fatter??

No, his competition became worse. Not as well-schooled, not as battle-hardened, not as experienced. The same Moore who was just a middle-of-the-pack contender in the war era became one of the PfP greats of the 1950s.


Posting 2 documentaries in Archie Moore's honor. Enjoy!





Archie Moore - SportsCentury (Documentary)





And Still Champion! The Story of Archie Moore


The 1967 documentary about the light heavyweight champion boxer Archie Moore. Written by Frank Chin. Narrated by Jack Palance. Photography by Phil Sturholm.






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9:10:11 AM 12/13/14 - Make a Wish!

9:10:11 12/13/14 --------> 9 Hours, 10 Minutes, 11 Seconds, 12th Month, 13th Day, 14th Year … 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14


A Numerical sequence … The Magic of Numbers … the Magic of Time …



Numbers and Magic are everywhere. One just needs to “Look” or “See”. No Third Eye needed! Expand your Awareness, Consciousness, and Knowledge. Widen your Experiences. Think Outside-the-Box!


*Makes a Wish*


Did you think of the Significance of the Time coupled with the Date?


Is it an Auspicious Time? Let’s see if my Wish comes true with this post!!


Did you make a Wish? If not, you have another chance! Don’t miss it tonight!!! 9:10:11 PM ... unless you are thinking of 10:11 AM/PM ... Don’t say I didn’t tell you about it!



Some numbers to crunch:

  • Make a wish at 9:10:11 AM, or 15:16:17 (on a 24-hour clock ... this is 3:16:17 PM), or 9:10:11 PM
  • 12-13-14 is special because it is made of 4 sequential digits 1, 2, 3 and 4
  • After December 13, 2014, the next sequential numbers date is 01-02-03, to occur on January 2, 2103 ... 89 years from now, for some of us middle-aged or in our Golden Years, we won't see that date :(
  • Using the European DD-MM-YY convention, Feb. 1, 2103 or 1-2-03 will be a tad later than the American convention MM-DD_YY


However, prior to 2103, here's some sequential digit fun on the calendar:

  • April 3, 2021 is awesome ... 4-3-21 ... Wonder if NASA will have a rocket launch on that date :) We'll find out won't we? It's only 7 years away
  • Feb 2, 2022 appeals to my alliterative heart ... 2-22-22 - Only 8 years away - Join me then to make another Wish!
  • Jan 2, 2034 gives you something similar ... 1-2-34 - YAY! Only 20 years away! I'll be 69, how about you?
  • Jan 23, 2045 lets you use all double-digit listing ... 1-23-45 ... 31 years away ... still do-able ... 80 years old.


Now about your Wish and my Wish, I think this quote from Stephen Richards is apt: “No matter what your wishes, they are not crazy so long as they are not crazy to you!”


Make a Wish! Good luck in your Sojourn of Septillion Steps! 





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P.S. Shame on me for missing 10/10/10 ... posted this on 10/11/10 with no acknowledgement of 10/10/10 :(




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