No offense to Ralph Macchio, but he ain't the Karate Kid. - Barney, How I Met Your Mother, the Bro Mitzvah, S8 E22
Now I try to avoid situations from the past that may threaten me. How do you do that? I go through life like a Karate Kid. - Britney Spears, MTV's Britney: for the record. 2008
It's all about the paper, you say it's not, but it probably is, I swear my soul turned black like the Karate Kid. - Muzzy Muzz, Cannon Gang and Green Light - The Movement

Sep 24, 2017

Dojo of the White Tigers


artwork by Petter Amland

Sep 19, 2017

West Wind Karate


Have you been searching for a well-balanced, street smart self-defense system that's FUN, exciting and effective?

At West Wind Karate in Utah, we have perfected a program that combines the best of many styles into a blended system that DELIVERS FAST RESULTS, regardless of your age, gender or fitness level!

With scenario based training, you'll practice and role play a multitude of attack situations. Whether a person is coming at you in an alley with a knife, grabbing you as you enter your vehicle, harassing you in the elevator, you will gain the strength, power and wisdom to defend yourself.

You'll enjoy a fun, safe and exciting environment ... a variety of forms, exercises and training drills, to condition and strengthen your body from head to toe.

Training is based on how joints move, which gives greater power and efficiency with no lockout movements that over-stressed joints. West Wind Karate teaches techniques that use parts of the body that are less prone to injury or breakage.

You don't have to be a victim. Learn highly effective and powerful self-defense skills that will protect you and your family

www.westwindkarate.com

Sep 17, 2017

In Ancient Japan, Lover Divided by a Tragic Twist of Fate


(by Lauren Kern nytimes.com 11-17-06)

Named for ninjas equipped with superhuman capabilities, Ten Shimoyama’s “Shinobi” is equal parts tragic love story and fantastical martial arts showcase.
 
The year is 1614, and a ban on war between two Japanese clans — the Igas and the Kougas — that has been honored for nearly 400 years is lifted by the dubiously intentioned Shogun. He calls for five of the most gifted fighters from each side to battle one another, claiming that the last man (or woman) standing will become his successor.
 
Oboro and Gennosuke, promising young heirs who have been carrying on a secret, forbidden romance, are appointed leaders of opposing teams — a twist of fate that would have been significantly more dramatic had their previous interactions generated any electricity beyond their ethereally radiant good looks.
 
The film’s mountain and forest locations are also stunning, and the fight sequences rousing and expertly staged, if heavy on the computer-generated imagery.
During one of the more memorable showdowns, Oboro draws on her signature power — a potentially deadly stare referred to as “piercing eyes” — and we see the gaseous emission travel through her rival’s insides.
 
If only the film had offered even a fraction of that kind of beneath-the-exterior access to the characters’ bodies and souls. But despite a wealth of magical and visual splendor, the film’s obtrusive resemblance to a video game, in appearance and (lack of) emotion, cannot be easily glossed over.
 
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http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/17/movies/17shin.html
 

Sep 15, 2017

Middleton Karate


Karate is a great way for young and old to challenge themselves physically and emotionally. Regardless of whether you want to become a competitive athlete, learn self-defense techniques or simply become more physically fit, we provide a structure for all students to achieve their goals not only in Kenpo but in life! Come try a class today!

Have stress? Get rid of it by kicking and punching at FIGHT CLUB! Designed as a controlled class with emphasis on combination work and cardio. Fight Club is for people who wants to fight without getting hurt or egos of other students in the way. In this class, you will need proper protective gear and an awesome attitude. You are sure to sweat like no other workout! Try it today.

www.middletonkarate.com