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

Jul 26, 2012

The original training grounds


 
Shaolin Temple, Song Shan mountains, Henan Province, China
 



Jul 23, 2012

A different order of events

Movies, as we all know, usually differ from the book. Sometimes a lot, sometimes a little.

One thing that made reading the book fun was stumbling across a different order of events from when Daniel starts training with Mr. Miyagi to when Daniel has his birthday party.

Let's compare!

Movie:
Saturday Oct 29th - wax on wax off
Monday Oct 31st - ask Ali out for their first date
Saturday Nov 5th - first date
Friday Nov 11th - sand the floor
Saturday Nov 12th - paint the fence
Sunday Nov 13th - paint the house
Monday Nov 14th - go to the beach, learn balance, witness Crane technique
date unknown - ask Ali out for their second date
date unknown - go to the lake to practice balance
Friday Nov 18th - second date, Country Club, head to Mr. Miyagi's home
Saturday Nov 19th - start training alone
date unknown - learn how to punch

Book:
Saturday Oct 29th - wax on wax off
Monday Oct 31st - ask Ali out for their first date
date unknown - sand floor
date unknown - paint fence
Saturday Nov 5th - first date
Sunday Nov 6th - paint house
Monday Nov 7th - ask Ali out for their second date, go to beach, learn balance, witness Crane
Friday - second date, Country Club
Saturday or Sunday - go to Mr. Miyagi's home
Monday - tell Ali off at school
date unknown - go to the lake to practice balance, learn how to punch
next day - start training alone

I will go into detail on a couple of these subject in upcoming posts.

One thing that makes more sense with the book version is that it makes it sound like Daniel went to Mr. Miyagi's house a day or two after the incident at the Country Club, not that same night. I've often wondered about the movie version where Daniel shows up to Mr. Miyagi's house in his stained shirt on his bicycle. Why on his bicycle? He wasn't picking Ali up on bike, he would have had the car. Why not show up to Mr. Miyagi's house in the car?

By having him go to his house a day or two later, like in the book, it solves that problem the movie has created.

Jul 18, 2012

Four karate founders


Upper Left - Yasuhiro Konishi - Founder of Shindo Jinen Ryu
Upper Right - Tatsuo Yamada - Founder of Nihon Kempo Karate Do
Lower Left - Chojun Miyagi - Founder of Goju Ryu Karate Do
Lower Right - Gichin Funakoshi - Founder of Shotokan Karate Do



Jul 13, 2012

Girl takes down would-be attacker

(by Paul Nelsen ksl.com 11-5-09)

LINDON UT -- A would-be attacker bumped into the wrong junior high student in Lindon. The 13-year-old girl was able to bring the suspect down with a martial arts move that would make the Ultimate Fighting Championship proud.

It all started innocently enough. The girl was walking home from school and accidentally bumped into a young man on the sidewalk.

"I apologized, but he turned on me and said, ‘Don't mess with me,'" the girl told KSL News.

She asked us not to give her name, but said the attacker punched her in the shoulder and swung for a second punch.

What the suspect may not have known is that she's been studying Tae Kwon Do for the past couple years. And just one day before, she learned a trick called the arm bar, which brought him to his knees.

"Once you have him in the arm bar, you can pretty much control everything," she said. "He was flat on the ground, and I was able to get him on his side."

She then kicked him, aiming for the groin, but might have just hit his stomach. Police say the suspect has not been caught yet.



Jul 9, 2012

A ninja in MMA WEC



"He ran up the wall like a ninja"!

Jul 8, 2012