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

Aug 30, 2011

Ed Parker, founder of American Kenpo

"There are no pure styles of karate. Purity comes only when pure knuckles meet pure flesh, no matter who delivers or receives."

Aug 29, 2011

Bruce Lee, founder of Jeet Kune Do

"Jeet Kune Do, ultimately, is not a matter of petty technique but of highly developed personal spirituality and physique. It is not a question of developing what has already been developed but of recovering what has been left behind. These things have been with us, in us, all the time and have never been lost or distorted except by our misguided manipulation of them. Jeet Kune Do is not a matter of technology but of spiritual insight and training."

Aug 25, 2011

Aug 21, 2011

Battle of the Karate Kids

There is a debate that has raged for a couple of years now, a debate that could decide the course of humanity. Well, maybe not quite but a worthy debate nonetheless. That debate is how does the new Karate Kid compare to the old and which one is better.

First there was a debate as to whether the new one should even have been made or not. That debate has been laid to rest though and the answer is yes, it is ok that it was made. The new Karate Kid was a good movie, maybe it will never reach the status as the original, but it wasn't a bad movie at all.

When I watched the new version I caught myself comparing the old and the new and was surprised to find myself liking some aspects of the new better than the old. I know, sacrilege, but it is true, there were a few aspects of the new that beat the old.

But I thought that the best way to compare the two is to do some side by side comparisons of different aspects of both and keep a running score and ultimately see which one was better.

I told myself I had to be fair and give credit where credit is due. I also thought the best way to do this was to keep a scoreline, say 1 point for a win and a half of a point for a tie.

I'll go for as long as I can find things to compare and see where it takes me. Who knows, this work I am about to do may turn out to be so important that a Nobel Prize may be in order when I finish.

Good luck to both participants, and may the best movie win.

Aug 12, 2011

UFC 129 results: 'The Karate Kid' Lyoto Machida explains front kick that knocked out Randy Couture

(by Geno Mrosko 5-1-11)

Not only did Randy Couture fail to solve the Rubik's Cube that is Lyoto Machida, the Rubik's Cube actually grew legs and faked him out with one and punted him in the head with the other.

"The Natural," widely regarded as the single greatest gameplanner in the history of MMA, had no answer for Machida, who has clearly evolved since dropping consecutive fights to Mauricio Rua and Quinton Jackson, respectively.

Machida made no bones about the fact that he was honored to have been chosen by the Hall of Famer to be his final fight. After such a legendary career, if nothing else, the Brazilian would earn added fame simply by association.

That was before the Crane kick, shades of "The Karate Kid."

Shortly into the second round, Machida sent Couture to the mat in a heap of sagging flesh, jarring his brain inside his skull and loosening up a few teeth in the process.

Unsurprisingly, Steven Seagal was just around the corner, ready to take his share of the credit. But does he deserve it? Let's hear it straight from "The Dragon's" mouth:

"This kick is from Karate, it's the Kanku Dai," Machida told "When I started my preparation, after I did a hernia surgery, I couldn't do everything in training, so my father (Yoshizo) told me to train three or four types of kicks and use them in sparring, but very carefully, because they hurt a lot, it's like the elbow. When I came to Canada I met Steven Seagal, and he told 'Lyoto, this kick will hit.' But I wasn't worried to use it or not, I'd do it if the opportunity came. I came more relaxed to the second round and hit that. It's not like it came from nowhere. ... Everybody at the stadium called me ‘Karate Kid' after that (laughs)."

Seagal gets partial credit, at the very least.

No matter who is responsible for helping him train it, Machida is the man that actually went into the cage and executed it. This just a few short months removed from his stablemate, Anderson Silva, landing a similar kick in his fight against Vitor Belfort.

Lyoto Machida exclusive: “Everybody called me ‘Karate Kid’”

(by Guilherme Cruz 5-1-11)

With a kick a la “Karate Kid”, the former UFC light heavyweight Champion Lyoto Machida knocked legendary Randy Couture out at UFC 129 to get back to the victories in a spectacular fashion. Heading back to Brazil, “The Dragon” spoke with and talked about the pressure, knockout, Couture’s retirement, Jon Jones and UFC Rio.

What are your thoughts on the fight?

I was very well trained for this fight. I was with a confident for this one like I wasn’t for the last fights. I increased my training, demanding more from my sparrings, and I felt comfortable in every single situation. When he held me on the clinch, I knew I would get out of there. I wasn’t expecting such an impressive victory, but I knew I couldn’t leave it to the judges.

How did you felt for being Couture’s last opponent? You were very emotional after the fight…

It was all the context… I needed the win too much, I was fighting a legend, a man that helped to build this sport. It was an unique moment. A legend retiring and me doing his last fight… When will it happen again?

And where did you take that kick from?

This kick is from Karate, it’s the Kanku Dai. When I started my preparation, after I did a hernia surgery, I couldn’t do everything in training, so my father (Yoshizo) told me to train three or four types of kicks and use them in sparring, but very carefully, because they hurt a lot, it’s like the elbow. When I came to Canada I met Steven Seagal, and he told “Lyoto, this kick will hit”. But I wasn’t worried to use it or not, I’d do it if the opportunity came. I came more relaxed to the second round and hit that. It’s not like it came from nowhere.

It was just like “Karate Kid’, right?

That’s true… Everybody at the stadium called me ‘Karate Kid’ after that (laughs).

Did you feel an extra pressure for seeing that the whole crowd for chanting Randy’s minute one minute before you knocked him out?

At that moment I wasn’t hearing anything anymore, I was just so concentrated on the fight. But I felt that when he walked in… I realized that the crowd was totally on his side. No that they were against me, but they preferred him. That’s normal, he’s a legend.

After all the criticism you received before the fight, you came more aggressive to this bout?

I felt myself more aggressive… I kept my style, but with an upgrade.

Where do you see yourself in the division now?

I swear, swear and swear… I don’t think too much far away, I take step by step. I know every fight is important to become better. I don’t have that pressure to become the champion again. I’ll get that chance. I even prefer to take another fight first to feel myself stronger and safer.

And who will be this next fight?

I don’t know that either, I don’t have a clue. There’s a lot of fighters: Ryan Bader, Rampage, Phil Davis… I’m just waiting.

A lot of people pointed you as a possible threat to Jon Jones. Do you think your style is the best to defeat him?

I believe so, my style matches well with his. He’s very eclectic, has many resources, bu I have too, and my timing and distance would help me a lot.

What do you expect for the future? Will you fight at UFC Rio?

I’d like to have a chance to fight at UFC Rio, but I believe it’d be hard to. After the fight ends we need a time to rest. Maybe I won’t have time to fight at Rio.

Aug 4, 2011

Gichin Funakoshi, founder of Shotokan Karate

"The Ultimate aim of Karate lies not in defeat or victory, but in the perfection of the Character of its participants.....[to subdue the enemy without fighting is the highest skill, know your enemy and know yourself, in a hundred battles you will not be defeated]"