Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Happy New Year 2014 & 2013 Popular Posts

Happy New Year to the readers of this site! 

First off, let's start the New Year with a haiku from Kobayashi Issa!

New Year's Day

New Year's Day-- 
everything is in blossom! 
I feel about average.

~Kobayashi Issa (1763-1828)

May all your resolutions come true! May the New Year be better than the last for you and your loved ones! And hoping your New Year will not be average like Kobayashi Issa's LOL

I wanted to post the Popular Posts of 2013 for your edification. So let's take a gander, shall we?

Top 25 Popular Posts of 2013

  1. SELF-DEFENSE: Lee Aldridge - Eye Jabs, Telegraphing, and Pre-Fight Movement (Not sure why this article is #1 yet Lee Aldridge's others didn't crack the Top 25?!)
  2. TRENDING NOW: The Jabbing File by Rastus (this doesn't make sense as this entry linked to The Jabbing File by Rastus which didn't make the Top 25)
  3. THE WISDOM OF ... Rickson Gracie (I'm so embarrassed by this one - I misattributed a blog by Dan Lukehart to Rickson - Oh well, Live and Learn!)
  4. I'm going to post Paul Vunak's Top 50 Combat Secrets (Popular instructor)
  5. Tony Blauer - Ten Commandments of Street Survival (Popular instructor)
  6. IN MEMORY OF: Tom "Billy Jack" Laughlin (Aug 10, 1931 – Dec 12, 2013) (Popular actor and movie)
  7. Bruce Lee's Way of the Intercepting Fist graphic (although I thought the graphic was cool, some of it was wrong though)
  8. James Coburn would've been 85 yrs old today! (Popular actor)
  9. Tomahawk-throwing champ scares off burglar in her home (great feel-good self-defense story)
  10. Tomahawk in Mel Gibson's The Patriot (2000) GIF set 1 (I love making GIFs, this was a popular movie as well as a popular actor)
  11. IN MEMORY OF: Wong Shun Leung (May 8, 1935 – January 28, 1997) (Popular instructor)
  12. IN MEMORY OF: Pendekar Paul De Thouars (1930 - Sept 11, 2013) (Popular instructor)
  13. MOVIES: Once Upon a Time In China 1 (Full movie)(Popular actor as well as classic movie)
  14. What Happened to MARTIAL LAW? By Dr. Craig Reid(Popular TV show)
  15. “Six Inches of Steel”: Bowie knife fighting instruction by Louis Ohnimus (1890) (Great that a period source for the knife shrouded in mystery)
  16. Randy Couture's Takedowns Animated GIF's Set 1 (My favorite MMA fighter proves he's still popular even after retirement)
  17. IN MEMORY OF: Chris Kyle (April 8, 1974 – February 2, 2013) (That day was sad when America lost one of its heroes)
  18. Randy Couture's Dirty Boxing animated GIF's (Randy doing what he does best!)
  19. I met Donnie Yen at the 4th Annual New York Chinese Film Festival (Magical day for me!)
  20. Jet Li’s The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate (Full movie) (it looks like I wasn't the only one who liked this movie despite the reviews!)
  21. IN MEMORY OF: Remy Presas (Dec 19, 1936 - Aug 28, 2001)(Popular instructor)
  22. Dr. George Thompson - 7 Things Never to Say to Anyone, and Why Part 1 (Great article on tactical communication by the founder of Verbal Judo))
  23. IN MEMORY OF: Great Grandmaster Antonio E. Somera (1957 - Oct. 28, 203 5:19AM) (Sad that both GME Leo Giron and GGM Tony Somera are not with us)
  24. Krabi Krabong's Mae Sawks (Arjarn Arlan "Salty Dog" Sanford doing what he does best - using the Mae Sawks!)
  25. ARTICLES: Personal Protection: Concepts for survival in the street (Great article by Andrew Williams, Rolf Clausnitzer and David Peterson)

There you have it! The Top 25 Most Popular Posts of 2013. In a separate entry, I will post my Favorites as well as the most Shared posts.

What's a New Year without resolutions?

My resolution:

This year I'm aiming to post much more of my own writing. My hangup is that I'm not a writer nor am I wordsmith. The words doesn't come easily, but 2014 I resolve to be writing more. Last year, I wanted to post at least once a day and it looks like I missed posting on March 19-20, March 24 - I don't even remember why! But I made up for that by posting 555 times, which averages out to 1.52 posts a day.

This year I probably won't be posting every day, but still will updating the site often.

My best wishes for the coming New Year to you and your loved ones! May it bring health, wealth and happiness (not necessarily in that order)!!



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