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

Nov 15, 2017

Nice lettering



A couple of dojos that caught my eye a few years ago thanks to the nice lettering on their websites.

(Luckily I saved these screenshots because neither of these websites come up anymore.)

Nov 13, 2017

Nov 12, 2017

13 Assassins fan art


artwork by Joel Amat Guell

Nov 11, 2017

Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi, Grandmaster

 
Inheriting Soke of 9 Ninjutsu Traditions and
Founder of the Bujinkan Dojo
 
Born in Noda City, Chiba Prefecture on December 2, 1931. 
Warrior names: Yoshikai, Tetzusan, Hisamune. 
Started martial arts at about age 7.  
 
Grandmaster Hatsumi is the founder and International Director of the Bujinkan Dojo with its Hombu Dojo, the Bujinden (Divine Palace), residing in Noda City, Chiba Prefecture, Japan and has an administration office attached to his downtown home. He is married to his lovely wife, Mariko, a famous Japanese dance teacher and 10th dan director of women's training for the Bujinkan. Dr. Hatsumi is the inheritor of nine Ninjutsu traditions from the late O'Sensei Toshitsugu Takamatsu (the last true living Ninja) in the early 1970's just before Soke Takamatsu's passing in 1972. It is said that Dr. Hatsumi was the only one receiving indepth training with the great Takamatsu during the last 15 years of his life.  

He graduated from Meiji University in Tokyo, with a major in theater studies, and osteopathic medicine (bone doctor). Soon after graduation he opened a bone clinic in his home town and his practice continued on a steady basis until about 1990 when his travel and movie schedule seemed to take over all his time. 
                     
Grandmaster Hatsumi is the author of over a dozen books and 40+ video tapes on the art of Ninjutsu. He has been featured in almost every magazine relating to this subject in Japan, and throughout the entire world. He has authored countless magazine and newspaper articles on Ninjutsu and on living a productive life. He wrote, directed and acted in 50 episodes of a television series called 'Jiraya' which was the number one watched kid's program in Japan. He is now what is called a historiographer of martial arts for various plays and movies, acting as a consultant to ensure that what is being portrayed is done correctly based on true history.
 
(info taken from ninjutsu.com)

Nov 6, 2017

Macchio and Zabka singing?


These two totally need to put together a Vegas show or something.

"Come fly with me, come fly let's fly away."

Oct 25, 2017

Karate Kid stars Ralph Macchio and William Zabka reunite for new series


(by Ben Arnold yahoo movies UK 10-25-17)

Once mortal enemies, the years have mellowed Danny LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence. Though not for long.
 
More often known as Ralph Macchio and William Zabka these days, the stars of 80s martial arts classic ‘Karate Kid’ got back together yesterday to help YouTube Red hype its new series ‘Cobra Kai’.
 
The pair will be reprising their roles in the forthcoming sequel series, which picks up in the present day, 30 years after the All Valley tournament that saw Danny bust out his Crane Technique to defeat Johnny in the final.
 
In the new series, Danny is living the good life running a successful car dealership, while Johnny has slipped into a life of heavy boozing and doing odd jobs to make ends meet.
 
Old rivalries come back to the fore following a run-in, with Johnny rediscovering his Cobra Kai roots and re-opening the dojo.
 
It will also star Coutney Henggeler as Danny’s wife Amanda, Mary Mouser as their daughter Samantha, and Ed Asner as Johnny’s long-suffering father.
 
Meanwhile, Xolo MaridueƱa will star as Miguel Diaz, a teenager bullied at school is taken under the wing of Johnny’s Cobra Kai.
 
Penned by ‘Hot Tub Time Machine’s Josh Heald and Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, of the ‘Harold and Kumar’ movies fame, it airs next year.

Oct 22, 2017

Name a place


artwork by Gregg Morrison

Oct 13, 2017

Since 1964


I'm a little confused on the "since 1964" reference.

Oct 10, 2017

Ninja Village


Target burglar says ‘Naruto' books were ‘teaching him how to be a ninja'

(Raisa Habersham wsbtv.com 10-9-17)

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga

Some thieves steal money. Others steal jewelry.

And then there are those who steal “Naruto” books to learn how to “be a ninja and ... enter secured areas,” Dunwoody police said in a Facebook post Monday.

Christopher Zahyeer Atkins, 25, of Altamonte Springs, Florida, was arrested about 1 a.m. as he was burglarizing a Target store in the 100 block of Perimeter Center Place, according to a police report.

“The alarm company observed a suspect on camera making forced entry into the business,” police wrote in the Facebook post. “Officers quickly arrived on scene and checked the area. One of our officers observed a suspect walking away from the business matching the suspect description seen on camera.”

Atkins admitted to police during an interview that he broke into the store “because he was reading the book Naruto, Volume 5,” which was teaching him how to be a ninja, the post said. “Naruto” is a Japanese comic that follows an adolescent ninja.

Atkins stole 10 books, 10 DVDs, an ONN DVD player, a Samsung tablet, Bluetooth headphones, a clock, money and a book bag, according to the report.

Police booked Atkins into the DeKalb County jail on a first-degree burglary charge.

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http://www.wsbtv.com/news/local/dekalb-county/cops-target-burglar-says-naruto-books-were-teaching-him-how-to-be-a-ninja/622049232

Oct 7, 2017

The Jake Mace cover-up



(more info to come)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDOPxqbm7Sg&feature=share

Junjie Huang -  Interesting bit: he admitted that he was hiding his lineage because of a lawsuit. Odds are his teacher disowned him. Two ways of looking at this:

1) This is usually red-flag, when someone doesn't want to have others verify his learning under a teacher
. Some mysterious Chinese who fled from China to Indonesia and finally went to Amercia (or something like that) sounds rather Dux-ish to me.

2) That he admitted that it was because of a lawsuit, however, which doesn't make him look good (unlike Dux, for whom everything bad is a conspiracy to hide his awesomeness), suggests that he might be honest about other stuff.

What say you?

P.S. his actual kung-fu itself doesn't impress me, but that could be because his teachers taught him wrong as a joke



Patrick F Ferrari - He doesn’t have any real kung fu lineage. This is his art and teacher. There are extensive write ups on it on Bullshido.


Tory Ellarson - To put this in perspective Jake Mace started out in Shaolin Do.

Shaolin do is fake martial art started by a guy from Indonesia who came to the US to get an engineering degree.


To make some extra money in college in I think Kentucky or Tennessee he started offering martial arts classes to other local students while claiming he the successor of the great grandmaster of the Shaolin temple and that he had mastered over 1000 forms.


What he actually taught was a combination of what he had learned from a few years of Taekwondo classes in high school and stuff he took from Hong Kong kungfu movies.


He also took a picture he found in a book in the local library of a well known early 20th century Chinese circus freak who had Hypertrichosis.


Since most people who start martial arts are just idiots looking for fantasy role playing, this worked out great and he decided to turn it into a full time thing and start franchising out schools.


Then he started getting flak about not knowing any kungfu and just teaching ridiculous bullshit. So he started buying kungfu form videos and copying them. Never having learned any traditional martial arts the results were predictably ridiculous. Also all the Shaolin forms videos and most other early Chinese forms videos were all heavily marked for that exact reason (ie the forms on them were changed so practitioners of those styles would instantly know the person had learned the form from a video).


He would occasionally still make up new forms although as he got older and his school increasingly cult like he ended up just phoning it in and each new form would just be him flailing randomly with the excuse that it was that way because it was a super ultra advanced form.


So Jake starts studying with the two biggest martial school franchise owners under this guy.

It turns out that this couple who owns these cult franchises all across the western US has been sexually harassing and molesting students for quite a while including Jacob Ryder's (now Jake Mace) girlfriend.


So it all gets turned into a big lawsuit scandal thing.


By that time Jake is running his own franchise under this couple (it's also set up as a pyramid scheme sort of thing.) goes to the Indonesian cult leader dude and asks him if he can just pay him directly for the franchise because the dude's main student's molested his girlfriend.


So the guy says yeah.


Eventually Jake ditches the cult name and brand but keeps teaching their fake martial arts stuff because it's the only thing he's ever learned.


So the cult leader takes him to court to sue him for teaching his own copyrighted material.


But you can only have exclusive rights to things like dances or Kata if they are your own invention.


You can't have rights to any traditional forms invented in past generations even if you are the legit inheritor of the system, much less if you just copied them off from videos.

So the guy eventually admits that he completely made up the core forms of the system.


They end up steeling with Jake agreeing not to use or mention his name or teach his stuff.


At this point Jake goes on his newly created Youtube channel and makes a video about how he wants to know if people think it's okay to keep teaching martial arts if you have just found out that some guy with no experience just made them up out of the blue and lied about being a Shaolin master.

He seemed to kind of hesitating about what to do and asked if he should take a few years to study a traditional martial art or if it was alright if he just kept teaching because even if the guy made it all up and had no experience he thought the training he got was probably pretty okay.


Then a month later he starts putting out crap loads of videos of himself teaching "traditional Kungfu".




Oct 6, 2017

This was the 80's


Typical 1980's era photo with the "denim" background.

Oct 5, 2017


(more to come)

Oct 2, 2017

Sweep the leg artwork


artwork by Brenden Oshima

Sep 24, 2017

Dojo of the White Tigers


artwork by Petter Amland

Sep 19, 2017

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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

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Sep 14, 2017

Sep 11, 2017

Ralph Macchio with Daryl Vidal


Photo posted on the Vidal Kenpo Facebook page with the caption, ".....a long time ago".

Sep 9, 2017

Sep 4, 2017

Tommy and Johnny, still friends




Tommy and Johnny have remained friends and in touch all of these years.

Here they are out of a night of drinks and catching up.