Dec 21, 2015

Ronda Rousey Suffers Shocking Loss To Holly Holm At UFC 193

(by Neil Frankland 11-15-15)

Ronda Rousey was the UFC's unstoppable force until Holly Holm used the former champion's aggression against her to produce one of the sport's biggest upsets.

Rousey chased Holm around the ring at UFC 193 on Sunday — looking for the right hold and taking head shots along the way — until Holm saw an opening 59 seconds into the second round and snapped a kick to the head that immediately dropped her more fancied opponent to the canvas.

Holm (10-0) jumped on the prone Rousey, delivering several blows to her head before the referee intervened, ending Rousey's 12-fight unbeaten run and handing Holm the bantamweight title.

An ecstatic Holm jumped around the ring while Rousey stayed on the canvas as she received medical treatment amid the roar of a stunned, record UFC crowd.

"She's won a lot of fights and imposed her will on a lot of fighters," Holm said. "So I expected her to be aggressive and impose her will on me.

"She had me on the cage for a minute and obviously she was trying in for a take down right there ... she had a lot of things she was trying so I'm just glad I put in the practice," she added.

Rousey, a former judo Olympian, was unbeaten through 12 UFC fights before meeting Holm, and a win would have been her seventh title defense. Instead, Holm, a 34-year-old veteran female boxer from Albuquerque, New Mexico, has the championship belt.

"We figured her aggression was coming, if it didn't that's OK, but with footwork and my career we figured she wouldn't give me that space," Holm said. "There's been a lot of blood, sweat and tears but it was all worth it."

Rousey left the stadium to receive treatment for concussion and facial cuts at a nearby hospital after the loss and skipped the post-fight media conference.

"She was transported (to hospital) because she got knocked out," UFC chief Dana White said. "Obviously she's completely bummed out and depressed."

White said a rematch between Holm and Rousey made "a lot of sense" and would put other potential matchups on the backburner.

"Obviously we don't make fights the night of the fight, but the rematch makes a lot of sense," he said. "The rematch is what the people want to see."

In the other title bout, a bloodied Joanna Jedrzejczyk outlasted Valerie Letourneau to successfully defend her straw-weight belt in a five-round slugfest.

Jedrzejczyk (11-0) won a unanimous points decision over Letourneau (8-4) who offered the champion one of her tougher fights in some time.

The six-time Muay Thai world champion Jedrzejczyk started to pressure her opponent from the second round with some trademark, lightning-quick combinations to Letourneau's head, while forcing the challenger to keep her distance with some effective kicks.

Organizers announced a crowd of 56,214 at Melbourne's Etihad Stadium, which normally hosts Australian rules football matches. The mark eclipsed the 55,724 fans who attended UFC 129 at Toronto's Rogers Centre in 2011.

Rousey, 28, has taken UFC by storm since her debut in 2012 and her success has led to several movie projects as well the publishing of her autobiography.

But it was Holm's calm confidence and the manner of her win that attracted all the attention Sunday.

"Tonight was one of those moments," White said. "These are the moments in fighting that make it so crazy and so fun. Tonight was one of those moments."

Holm, a former undisputed welterweight boxing champion, said the moment of her UFC title victory was "one of those moments that you live for."

"They're the scariest moments. This fight was a lot for me mentally," she added. "I couldn't tell you how many times I cried in the gym leading up to this fight.

"It's a lot to take in, but those kinds of fights are the ones where a loss is devastating but a win is that sweet of a victory."

White said that while most onlookers were shocked by Rousey's loss, he was not one of them.
"At the end of the day I made this fight. I said this was a good fight," he said. "Holly was the right fight. Ronda had never faced anybody who uses the range and distance the way she does.

"This woman has four times more fights than Ronda does. She's been a world champion," he said.


Nov 10, 2015

Grown Adult Walks Right Into Karate Studio

( 10-1-13)

CAPE CORAL, FL—Marcus Webster, a full-grown adult with a job, responsibilities, and who stopped being 10 years old over 25 years ago, was observed walking into a karate studio yesterday, sources confirmed.

Onlookers said that Webster did not enter the location—which the 38-year-old man earnestly refers to as a “dojo”—accompanied by a child, but was in fact there on his own in order to become better at karate.

Upon entering the studio, witnesses reported that Webster removed his shoes and changed into his specialized karate gi, which he purchased with money he earns at his job, and then spent an hour performing a variety of elaborate poses and simulated fight moves.

The grown man, who has a car and a mortgage, has been engaging in this activity three times a week for three years, and reportedly gets excited at the prospect of becoming a purple belt.

At press time, sources confirmed that Webster was bringing his palms together and bowing to another adult, a 52-year-old man who spends his entire day in a karate studio and who insists that he be addressed as “sensei.”


Nov 8, 2015

Karate Kid 2

Nov 3, 2015

Nov 1, 2015

Fight Club vs Karate Kid Mash Up art

What happens when the Karate Kid signs up for Fight Club?

Original artwork created exclusively for Fandango by Tracy Tubera.

Oct 30, 2015

CSI: Reseda investigation notes

Recently released investigation notes of the attack on Daniel Larusso by the Cobra Kai on the night of October 28th, 1983.

Oct 26, 2015

Please do not make Karate Kid 6 with Jaden Smith

I originally gave Jaden Smith the benefit of the doubt. When the new Karate Kid came out most people either didn't like it, or thought it was sacrilegious to try and re-create the original masterpiece.

I kind of thought it was a bad idea too, I thought a prequel trilogy to the original movie would have been better. (More on that in future posts.)

But once I saw the movie I gave it a thumbs up simply due to Jaden Smith and his character were quite likable. Then it was announced that another movie was in the works and I thought it most likely would be well done and successful due to the quality of the first.

However lately, I have been seeing stories in the tabloids and such that Jaden Smith is a little out of control.

I didn't know whether to believe it or not, you never know with those tabloids. But if I am to derive anything from these recent photos of Jaden from a couple of the Kardashian sisters' Twitter accounts I would have to agree.

He looks like a little bit of a doofus.

This kid does not deserve to be called the Karate Kid.

Get someone new, come up with a different story that won't involve him, or don't do the movie all which is probably a safer option.

Oct 21, 2015

30th Anniversary

Oct 16, 2015

This is an alternative retro movie poster for the classic 80's film, ’The Karate Kid', designed by Ehron Asher, inspired by international posters from martial arts films of the late 1960's and 1970's such as ‘Enter The Dragon', ’The Sacred Knives of Vengeance', ’The Thunder Kick', and 'The Incredible Kung Fu Master'.

It features a buffed up Daniel "Daniel-san" Larusso in his famous crane kick pose, bad guy Johnny Lawrence of Cobra Kai dojo doing a flying sidekick in his skeleton outfit, and Mr. Miyagi as an aged and long bearded karate master appropriate of a 70's chop sockie flick.

Other details include: Mr. Miyagi's "Miyagi-do Karate" Bonsai dojo logo in the background, the Japanese characters "Moment of Truth" across the top (a reference to the Survivor song featured in the film, as well as the actual name of the movie in some International markets), as well as a mixture of Japanese and English credits at the bottom.

Oct 13, 2015

artwork by P. Lukaszewski
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Oct 11, 2015

artwork by P. Lukaszewski
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Oct 5, 2015

Aikido dojo

Iwama, Japan

Iwama is an important historical location from the development of Aikido. The former town has a famous dojo built by the founder of aikido, Morihei Ueshiba, who lived there from 1942 until his death in 1969.  (Wikipedia)

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Oct 4, 2015

If I failed it means I need to work harder

(yeah, my arms pretty much look like that)

Sep 29, 2015

Man buys knife, stabs 2 at Salt Lake City store

(Andrew Wittenberg and Lindsay Maxfield 4-26-12)

A man stabbed two people at the Smith's Marketplace grocery store in downtown Salt Lake City before being subdued by a bystander.

The attack took place around 5:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the store at 455 S. 500 East.

According to a witness, it appears one man was stabbed in the side of the head and another was stabbed in the stomach. The exact condition of the victims is unknown, but police believe the injuries are very serious and possibly critical.

Police say a bystander with a concealed carry permit witnessed the attack and stepped in to keep it from escalating.

"(The bystander) was suspicious of what might be going on, and when he saw the stabbing, he just drew his pistol and challenged the individual," which caused the alleged attacker to lie down on the ground, said Salt Lake City Police Lt. Brian Purvis.

By the time police officers arrived on the scene, the man was subdued and is now in custody.

The attacker apparently bought the knife inside the store. Police are going over surveillance videos to determine what else the man may have done before the attack.

Police have not yet interviewed the man in custody, who they say is in his 30s, and have been unable to speak to the victims while they are being treated for their injuries.

Police say there is no apparent motive for the attack at this time.

"Just going on what the witnesses said, it appears to be random," Purvis said.

Both victims are being treated at the hospital. Their identities have not been released, but police say they were both males, one in his 40s and one in his 30s.

"This was a really volatile situation that could have gotten even worse," Purvis said. "(The bystander) was definitely in the right place at the right time."



My take

This is a perfect example of how you can be attacked at any time, any where.

We must be prepared for anything, more the reason to train in the martial arts and make it a part of our lives.


Sep 27, 2015

Ninja spell of concealment

In honor of tonight’s supermoon/lunar eclipse, a quote from “The Secret Traditions of the Shinobi, Hattori Hanzo’s Shinobi Hiden and other Ninja Scrolls”, Edited and Translated by Antony Cummins and Yoshie Minami, page 70-71.

-The Art of Hiding-

On the first day of a big year, [get close to] a dead woman before her funeral, and take from her one strand of hair. Steal it without being seen by anyone else. Use a shujinenshi and wrap the strand inside it. Keep it in a pure place.

Then, when it is the night of a lunar eclipse, [take some wood,] and with a blade carve a kanazashi. In your mind, continually chant the spell listed below, and repeat it countless times until the lunar eclipse ends. At this point you should finish carving the hairpin. Use this pin in your hair, and if an urgent or emergency situation in which you need to hide arises, you should pray seven times with the spell listed below. Envisage black clouds forming around you, which will hide your form; in this manner, you can immediately when need arise. Then, if you wish to end the spell, you should take a bite of the sun, which will allow your form to be seen again.

-The Spell [of Concealment]-

Rai De Seishin Kou Ten Kou Setsu

The above skills in this scroll are being given for the [receiver’s] many years of achievements, and it is imperative that [the secrets] should not be given away to anyone, even to those who are of the same school. - Konyo

Sep 26, 2015

Sep 22, 2015

Beautiful, ferocious karate champion Rika Usami wants you to eat your mushrooms in new commercial

(by Casey Baseel 8-5-15)

I  like to think of myself as having developed a pretty broad palate, what with the fact that I’ll happily choose to eat things such as cod roe, lotus root, and chicken tail. Still, there are a couple of culinary challenges I can’t overcome, and perhaps my greatest dinner plate foes are mushrooms. I mean, I know they’re good for you and all that, but seriously, they’re fungi, right?

Here with a counterpoint is karate word champion Rika Usami, and the ferociously awesome commercial she made in her new role as mushroom spokes-martial artist.

Usami earned international fame at the 2012 WKF World Karate Championships, where she went home with the top honor for the speed, precision, and power on display in her unparalleled kata performance. Although she retired from competition in 2013, the 29-year-old Tokyo native is by no means finished with her life’s work. She’s currently a member of the Tottori Prefectural Board of Education and coach of the karate team at Kokushikan University in Tokyo, in addition to serving as a goodwill ambassador for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

In her new commercial, though, Usami isn’t promoting international athletic competition, but the healthy, delicious mushrooms sold by Japanese food company Hokto.

Rather than give a lengthy speech on the merits of a mushroom-rich diet, Usami leaves it up to the onscreen text to deliver the message, “People who eat their mushrooms don’t get beat.”

It’s a philosophy Usami herself believes in, as she reveals in a separate video which documents the making of the commercial.

“I always ate mushrooms before completions,” she says, “If it was winter, I’d eat them as part of a hotpot, or on top of pasta in other seasons. When I ate all of them, I didn’t lose.”

Of course, some of her success might also be due to the years and years of training. To show how far Usami’s skills have come, Hokto also put together this side-by-side comparison of her performing the same routine in 1998 and 2015.

At the closing of the “making-of” video, Usami poses with the product and runs through a number of potential slogans:
“They’ll make you stronger, too! Let’s eat mushrooms!”
“I love strong people! Let’s eat mushrooms!”
“Become stronger with me! Let’s eat mushrooms!”
“Is it OK if we make you stronger? Let’s eat mushrooms!”
“Do you like strong women? Let’s eat mushrooms!”
“Hey now, if you don’t eat mushrooms, you won’t become strong!”

And while those are all persuasive arguments, after seeing her punch and kick, we’ll pretty much do whatever she wants, as long as she promises not to hurt us.


Sep 19, 2015

Since 84

artwork by fistfullofsoul.tumblr

Sep 18, 2015

Miyagi-do Karate

The mid-80's were turbulent years for karate in the Valley. Ultimately the Cobra Kai dojo had to shut it doors due to lack of business. The building fell into disrepair and sat vacant for years.

Daniel had always dreamed of opening up his own dojo after he discovered the enjoyment of teaching karate during the West Valley High karate club days. Married life and children kept him busy but the dream was always in the back of his mind.

When it came to his attention that the old Cobra Kai dojo was available to lease for cheap he jumped at the chance and opened Miyagi-do Karate out of respect for Mr. Miyagi who had passed away several years earlier during the dojo wars.

Business was so good he had to limit the number of students until he could expand the dojo which he did on more than one occasion.

Here is a flyer advertising his business after one of those expansions.

Sep 16, 2015

Sep 12, 2015

Training in Okinawa

Daniel, why the jeans? Are you cold?

You are in Okinawa, put on a pair of shorts for heaven's sake.

Sep 11, 2015

artwork from the Ohana Kenpo Karate Association Facebook page

Sep 5, 2015

Be like a revengeful ghost

“Even if a samurai’s head were to be suddenly cut off, he should still be able to perform one more action with certainty. With martial valor in his life; if he can make himself to be like a revengeful ghost and show great determination, though his head be cut off, he should not die.” - Tsunetomo

Aug 31, 2015

Robyn Lively - "Tell me again why we are making this movie."

Ralph Macchio - "I have no idea. It seemed like a good idea earlier but now......"

Robyn Lively - "Do they actually have us repelling down a mountain to look for on bonsai tree?"

Ralph Macchio - "Yeah, they do."

Aug 29, 2015

I hadn't seen this one before

I stumbled upon this photo while poking around the web tonight.

Funny to think there are still photos out there from the filming of the first Karate Kid movie that I haven't seen yet.

Jul 17, 2015

Jul 7, 2015

Jerry Weintraub, a Force in Film and Music, Dies at 77

Jerry Weintraub, a consummate showman whose up-and-down career touched musical entertainers as grandly diverse as Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and Led Zeppelin and screen artists who included Steven Soderbergh, Robert Altman and Michael Douglas, died on Monday in Santa Barbara, Calif. He was 77.

The cause was cardiac arrest, his publicist said.
Once best known as a concert promoter and a music manager, Mr. Weintraub became a force in the film business with Mr. Altman’s “Nashville,” Barry Levinson’s “Diner” and Carl Reiner’s “Oh, God!” He joined in producing those movies in the 1970s and ’80s, before a crippling business failure temporarily halted his Hollywood career.
A longtime intimate of former President George H. W. Bush — initially a friend of Mr. Weintraub’s second wife, the torch singer Jane Morgan — Mr. Weintraub made himself into a myth by combining his three hallmarks: political access, Hollywood success and relentless charm. That persona was cemented both in a 2010 memoir, written with Rich Cohen, called “When I Stop Talking, You’ll Know I’m Dead: Useful Stories From a Persuasive Man,” and “His Way,” a 2011 HBO documentary about his career.
“All life was a theater and I wanted to put it up on a stage,” Mr. Weintraub wrote in his memoir. “I wanted to set the world under a marquee that read: ‘Jerry Weintraub Presents.’ ”
Mr. Weintraub hit a peak in 1984 with “The Karate Kid,” which spawned three sequels and a spinoff TV series and became Mr. Weintraub’s best Hollywood door-opener. “I used to tease him about being a black belt name-dropper,” Mr. Bush said in a statement on Monday. “But he did seem to know everyone in showbiz.”
Jerome Charles Weintraub was born in Brooklyn on Sept. 26, 1937, and grew up in the Bronx. In a story he told over the years, he learned how to spin facts — or nonfacts — from his jeweler father, Samuel Weintraub, who promoted his business with tall tales. As Mr. Weintraub told the story, one highly promoted sapphire was actually “a piece of junk,” but his father named it the Star of Ardavan and took it on tour.
Mr. Weintraub skipped college to join the Air Force and, after serving, got a job as a page at NBC. Soon he was working as an assistant to Lew Wasserman at MCA, the talent agency. But climbing rungs was not his style. By 1964 he had struck out with a couple of friends to start a management company.
How exactly he got involved with Elvis Presley is a story that changed at his own telling and retelling over the years. This much is true: Mr. Weintraub somehow gained the confidence of Col. Tom Parker, who managed Presley, and helped engineer a successful concert tour — so successful that, by 1972, Mr. Weintraub was similarly working with Sinatra.
By the early 1970s, Mr. Weintraub’s roster of music clients had grown to include Led Zeppelin, the Moody Blues and John Denver. Mr. Denver, with George Burns, starred in “Oh, God!,” enhancing Mr. Weintraub’s film career, though they eventually parted acrimoniously.
The bankruptcy was a painful public embarrassment: It followed a heavily publicized effort to build an independent film studio with about $500 million in financing from large backers like Columbia Pictures and Cineplex Odeon Corporation, and a failed bailout that involved prominent financial players, including the junk bond king Michael Milken, the Bear Stearns investment banking firm and the European bank Crédit Lyonnais.
The collapse followed overspending and some flops, including Richard Benjamin’s “My Stepmother Is an Alien.” And it occurred during the first Bush presidency, when Mr. Weintraub’s excesses — he lived high in Malibu, Beverly Hills and Palm Springs, and was chauffeured about in several Rolls-Royce automobiles — drew attention far outside of Hollywood.
In 1997, Mr. Weintraub, trying to rebound, failed again, with a forgettable Chevy Chase comedy, “Vegas Vacation.”
Yet he came back to the table and found one of the biggest film franchises of the 2000s, pulling together an ensemble of megawatt stars — Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Julia Roberts — for the “Ocean’s Eleven” casino heist trilogy. It took in more than $1 billion at the worldwide box office for Warner Bros., which had helped Mr. Weintraub build a new production company to succeed his failed studio.
Among his philanthropies, throughout his business life, Mr. Weintraub was known for organizing and appearing on annual telethons for Chabad, the religious and charitable group.
Mr. Clooney, speaking to Vanity Fair magazine in 2008, compared Mr. Weintraub to a force of nature, which is how most people in Hollywood referred to him over the years — a character that stood out even among characters. “He’s a hurricane,” Mr. Clooney said. (On Monday, Mr. Clooney in a statement said, in part: “To those who didn’t know him, we send our deepest sympathy. You would have loved him.”)
He delivered a successful “Karate Kid” remake as recently as 2010, and left behind another possible blockbuster in “Tarzan,” which Warner Bros. plans to release next summer. But Mr. Weintraub found his biggest late-career success in television.
“Behind the Candelabra,” an HBO movie that starred Mr. Douglas as Liberace and was directed by Mr. Soderbergh, won 11 Emmy Awards and two Golden Globes.
His survivors include Ms. Morgan and four children: Michael, Julie, Jamie and Jody.
At the Globes ceremony in 2014, Mr. Weintraub showed up to claim his honors in much-photographed jeweled and embroidered tuxedo slippers. His appearance capped the success of “Behind the Candelabra,” a project that seemed made to order: A stranger-than-fiction show business story set in a bygone era where themes as outré as cross-dressing and drug use were cheerfully absorbed by a public that just wanted to be entertained.

Jul 4, 2015

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