Showing posts with label karate. Show all posts
Showing posts with label karate. Show all posts

May 13, 2015

5 Year Old Nunchaku Master







Every now and again I run across a video such as this that makes me second guess my desire NOT to have children.  Dressed to the nines and mimicking the great Bruce Lee PERFECTLY with killer nunchaku (commonly referred to as 'Numchucks') skills! But then I am slapped back into reality when I see children and their keepers at the airport, grocery store, or unfortunately many a restaurant.  

A kind reminder to check out the Bruce Lee exhibit in the ID of Seattle at the Wing Luke museum. 

December 9, 2014

Martial Arts Book Collection For Sale

Stuck for stocking stuffer ideas for the martial artist in your life?  I have been slowly culling my redonkuless book collection.  In addition to the various martial arts texts I also have a number of Asian philosophy, religion, and healing books.  Contact me for more info.  I am happy to ship anywhere, but keep in mind none of the prices reflect S&H.
   I have a number of various Chinese manuals on Praying Mantis Boxing, and Baji Quan that are not listed.  These are in Chinese, email me for more info. [email protected]

"Mastering the Rubber Guard" - Eddie Bravo                   $30
"Mastering the Twister"            - Eddie Bravo                   $15
"Mastering Sambo for MMA"  - Scott Sonnen                 $15
"Mastering MMA: The Guard" - Antonio Nogueria          $10
"Advanced BJJ Techniques"     - Marcelo Garcia              $50
"BJJ Theory & Technique"       - Renzo and Royler Gracie $25
"Fundamentals of Shuai Chiao" - Daniel Weng                   $25
"Warriors of Stillness vol I"       - Jan Diepersloot              $20
"Tao of Yiquan: Warriors of Stillness vol II"                       $20
"Taiji, Xing Yi, Bagua Throwing" - Mark Small                 $25
"Martial Arts of Ancient Greece" - Kostas Deruenis         $10
"Fighting Strategies of Muay Thai" - Villa Lobos               $10
"Muay Thai Textbook"                                                    $20
"Comprehensive Applications of Shaolin Chin Na"
                                                    - Yang Jwing Ming       $10
"Muay Thai Advanced Thai Techniques" - Delp                $10
"JuJitsu: Japans Ultimate Martial Art - Daniel Craig         $10
"Baguazhang Theory & Applications"
                           - Liang Shou Yu & Yang Jwing Ming    $15
"Healing Art of Qigong"                - Hong Liu                   $10
"Combat Techniques of Taiji, Xing Yi, Bagua"
                                                   Lu Shengli                     $15
"Essential Guide to Sumo"              - Buckingham              $5
"Father of Judo - Jigoro Kano"      - Brian Watson            $30
"Dictionary of Martial Arts"            - Frederick                 $5
 "Last Samurai"                               - Marc Ravina            $5
"Gaijin Yokozuna: Biography of Chad Rowan"
                                                      - Paenek                   $10
"Root of Chinese Qigong"               - Yang Jwing Ming     $5
"Yiquan and the Nature of Energy"  - Fong Ha                 $10
"Essential Anatomy for Healing and Martial Arts"
                                                       - Tedeschi                $5
"Eight Simple Qigong Exercises for Health - YJM            $5
"Wrestling Tough"                           - Mike Chapman       $5
"Chinese Healing Arts"                    - William Berk          $2
"Dachengquan"                              - Wang Xuanjie         $20
"Nei Gong Authentic Classic"         - Tom Bisio              $10
"Chinese Medical Qigong Therapy" - Jerry Allan Johnson $250
"Zen in the Martial Arts"                 - Joe Hyams              $2 (or a beer;)
"Wushu Among Chinese Moslems" - U/K Author            $5
"A Tooth From the Tigers Mouth"   - Tom Bisio               $5
"The Way of Qigong"                      - Ken Cohen            $12
"Wu Style Taijiquan"                        - Wang Peisheng      $10
"Body Mind Mastery"                     - Dan Millman          $5
"Light of the Kensei"                       - G. Bluestone          $10
"Karate"                                         - Bruce Tegner         $5
"Seven Star Mantis: Section I & II  - Lee Kam Wing      $20 ea.
"Soft Weapons: Nine Section Whip & Rope Dart"
                                                      - Li Keqin                $10
"Chinese Weapons"                        - ETC Werner          $5
"Sword Polishers Record"              - Adam Hsu              $5
"Iron Palm in 100 Days"                 - Lee Ying Arng        $20
"Ultimate Iron Palm"                      - Wing Lam               $10
"Dynamic Strength"                        - Harry Wong           $5
"Kama"                                         - Toshishiro Obata     $30
"Chinese Gung Fu"                        - Bruce Lee               $5
"Ip Man"                                        - Ip Ching                 $5
"Jeet Kune Do: Entering to Grappling" - Hartsell              $5
"Scholar Warrior"                          - Deng Ming Dao      $10
"The Martial Way and its Virtues"   - FJ Chu                   $5
"Secrets of Iron Fist Training"         - Jamal                      $30
"Iron Fist Training in Hung Gar"      - Jamal                      $30
"Jun Fan / Jeet Kune Do Textbook" - Chris Kent             $5
"Praying Mantis Kung Fu vol. 1-5"  - Paul Eng                $10 ea
"Praying Mantis Seizing the Cicada" - Stuart Alve Olson  $20
"Praying Mantis Kung Fu"               - HB Un                   $5
"Taiji Praying Mantis Freehand Routines vol I & II"
                                                      - Lam Wing Kit        $10 ea
"Kung Fu Basics"                           - Paul Eng                 $5
"Qigong Empowerment"                - Liang Shou Yu         $10
"Still as a Mountain, Powerful as Thunder"
                                                     - YP Dong                $5
"Chi Kung Way of Power"             - Lam Kam Chuen    $5
"Creating an Abundant Practice"    - Andrea Adler         $10
"Who Can Ride the Dragon"          - Zhang Yu Huan      $10
"Taichi Health for Life"                   - BK Frantzis           $5
"Mastering Kung Fu"                     - Garrett Gee           $5
"Chinese Wrestling" Written by Dong Zhong Yi
                              Translated by Marcus Brinkman      $20
"Art of Throwing"                           - Tedeschi               $10
"The Gracie Diet"  Signed               - Rorion Gracie       $20
"Jiujitsu Vol III"                               - George Kirby      $5
"The Complete Kano JiuJitsu"         - Irving Hancock    $10
"A Discourse on the History of Praying Mantis Boxing
in China for the Last One Hundred Years"                     $15
"Jade Emperors Mind Seal Classic"  - Olson                $5
"Dynamic Jiu Jitsu"                          - Wally Jay            $10
"Kwan Dao"                                   - Leung Ting          $10
"Hsing I"                                        - Robert Smith        $5
"Illustrated Shaolin Grappling Kung Fu" - Yong Wun     $5
"Secret Chin Na Techniques of Hung Gar" - Jamal        $20
"Simplified Capture Skills"                                           $5
"Essence of Shaolin White Crane"   - Yang Jwing Ming $10
"Hsing Yi"                       - Liang Shou Yu & YJM       $10
"Wu Shu Standard Course"             - Joseph Eager     $20 

September 3, 2014

Genki Sudo Presents Ikkiuchi

One of my personal heroes and all time classy MMA fighters Genki Sudo recently promoted a beautiful martial tournament called Ikkiuchi (One to One Fight).  I am all about anything that Sudo is involved in and I am certainly on-board when a badass kicks some serious ass in a kickass hakama!!!!

Enjoy

August 19, 2014

Martial Arts Book Sale

After much hoeing and humming I have decided that I do not absolutely NEED every damn  martial art book on the earth, therefore I am parting with a good chunk of my personal library.  All these books are in great condition (I do not write in books, nor dog ear) unless otherwise stated, and the asking price is fair but certainly negotiable especially if getting more than one.  Keep in mind many of these titles are no longer in print.  I am happy to ship so email me ([email protected]) and we can coordinate the S and H and details. First dib's go to my blog readers. 

I have a number of various Chinese manuals on Praying Mantis Boxing, and Baji Quan.  These are in Chinese, email me for more info.

"Mastering the Rubber Guard" - Eddie Bravo                   $30
"Mastering the Twister"            - Eddie Bravo                   $15
"Mastering Sambo for MMA"  - Scott Sonnen                 $15
"Mastering MMA: The Guard" - Antonio Nogueria          $10
"Advanced BJJ Techniques"     - Marcelo Garcia              $50
"BJJ Theory & Technique"       - Renzo and Royler Gracie $25
"Fundamentals of Shuai Chiao" - Daniel Weng                   $25
"Warriors of Stillness vol I"       - Jan Diepersloot              $20
"Tao of Yiquan: Warriors of Stillness vol II"                       $20
"Taiji, Xing Yi, Bagua Throwing" - Mark Small                 $25
"Martial Arts of Ancient Greece" - Kostas Deruenis         $10
"Fighting Strategies of Muay Thai" - Villa Lobos               $10
"Muay Thai Textbook"                                                    $20
"Comprehensive Applications of Shaolin Chin Na"
                                                    - Yang Jwing Ming       $10
"Muay Thai Advanced Thai Techniques" - Delp                $10
"JuJitsu: Japans Ultimate Martial Art - Daniel Craig         $10
"Baguazhang Theory & Applications"
                           - Liang Shou Yu & Yang Jwing Ming    $15
"Healing Art of Qigong"                - Hong Liu                   $10
"Combat Techniques of Taiji, Xing Yi, Bagua"
                                                   Lu Shengli                     $15
"Essential Guide to Sumo"              - Buckingham              $5
"Father of Judo - Jigoro Kano"      - Brian Watson            $30
"Dictionary of Martial Arts"            - Frederick                 $5
"Last Samurai"                               - Marc Ravina            $5
"Gaijin Yokozuna: Biography of Chad Rowan"
                                                      - Paenek                   $10
"Root of Chinese Qigong"               - Yang Jwing Ming     $5
"Yiquan and the Nature of Energy"  - Fong Ha                 $10
"Essential Anatomy for Healing and Martial Arts"
                                                       - Tedeschi                $5
"Eight Simple Qigong Exercises for Health - YJM            $5
"Wrestling Tough"                           - Mike Chapman       $5
"Chinese Healing Arts"                    - William Berk          $2
"Dachengquan"                              - Wang Xuanjie         $20
"Nei Gong Authentic Classic"         - Tom Bisio              $10
"Chinese Medical Qigong Therapy" - Jerry Allan Johnson $250
"Zen in the Martial Arts"                 - Joe Hyams              $2 (or a beer;)
"Wushu Among Chinese Moslems" - U/K Author            $5
"A Tooth From the Tigers Mouth"   - Tom Bisio               $5
"The Way of Qigong"                      - Ken Cohen            $12
"Wu Style Taijiquan"                        - Wang Peisheng      $10
"Body Mind Mastery"                     - Dan Millman          $5
"Light of the Kensei"                       - G. Bluestone          $10
"Karate"                                         - Bruce Tegner         $5
"Seven Star Mantis: Section I & II  - Lee Kam Wing      $20 ea.
"Soft Weapons: Nine Section Whip & Rope Dart"
                                                      - Li Keqin                $10
"Chinese Weapons"                        - ETC Werner          $5
"Sword Polishers Record"              - Adam Hsu              $5
"Iron Palm in 100 Days"                 - Lee Ying Arng        $20
"Ultimate Iron Palm"                      - Wing Lam               $10
"Dynamic Strength"                        - Harry Wong           $5
"Kama"                                         - Toshishiro Obata     $30
"Chinese Gung Fu"                        - Bruce Lee               $5
"Ip Man"                                        - Ip Ching                 $5
"Jeet Kune Do: Entering to Grappling" - Hartsell              $5
"Scholar Warrior"                          - Deng Ming Dao      $10
"The Martial Way and its Virtues"   - FJ Chu                   $5
"Secrets of Iron Fist Training"         - Jamal                      $30
"Iron Fist Training in Hung Gar"      - Jamal                      $30
"Jun Fan / Jeet Kune Do Textbook" - Chris Kent             $5
"Praying Mantis Kung Fu vol. 1-5"  - Paul Eng                $10 ea
"Praying Mantis Seizing the Cicada" - Stuart Alve Olson  $20
"Praying Mantis Kung Fu"               - HB Un                   $5
"Taiji Praying Mantis Freehand Routines vol I & II"
                                                      - Lam Wing Kit        $10 ea
"Kung Fu Basics"                           - Paul Eng                 $5
"Qigong Empowerment"                - Liang Shou Yu         $10
"Still as a Mountain, Powerful as Thunder"
                                                     - YP Dong                $5
"Chi Kung Way of Power"             - Lam Kam Chuen    $5
"Creating an Abundant Practice"    - Andrea Adler         $10
"Who Can Ride the Dragon"          - Zhang Yu Huan      $10
"Taichi Health for Life"                   - BK Frantzis           $5
"Mastering Kung Fu"                     - Garrett Gee           $5
"Chinese Wrestling" Written by Dong Zhong Yi
                              Translated by Marcus Brinkman      $20
"Art of Throwing"                           - Tedeschi               $10
"The Gracie Diet"  Signed               - Rorion Gracie       $20
"Jiujitsu Vol III"                               - George Kirby      $5
"The Complete Kano JiuJitsu"         - Irving Hancock    $10
"A Discourse on the History of Praying Mantis Boxing
in China for the Last One Hundred Years"                     $15
"Jade Emperors Mind Seal Classic"  - Olson                $5
"Dynamic Jiu Jitsu"                          - Wally Jay            $10
"Kwan Dao"                                   - Leung Ting          $10
"Hsing I"                                        - Robert Smith        $5
"Illustrated Shaolin Grappling Kung Fu" - Yong Wun     $5
"Secret Chin Na Techniques of Hung Gar" - Jamal        $20
"Simplified Capture Skills"                                           $5
"Essence of Shaolin White Crane"   - Yang Jwing Ming $10
"Hsing Yi"                       - Liang Shou Yu & YJM       $10
"Wu Shu Standard Course"             - Joseph Eager     $20

May 31, 2014

Immortal Technique and His Dojo Wisdom

I love it when some of my favorite hip-hop MC's or producers chime in on the martial arts.  Wu Tang Clan is most likely the obvious one, but stars such as Dead Prez, Roots, and Immortal Technique have all trained at one time or another and often share clues in complex lyrical patterns. 

Speaking of Immortal Technique (one of the most consciously aware and relevant musicians in hip hop, and really all of music) here is what he had to share on his FB page yesterday:




My old master once told me. "Felipe, while you're drinking and getting high with your friends, someone is running miles. While you're playing video games, someone is doing Kata in the dark. While you are running around the streets someone is in the dojo doing push ups. And when you and this person meet, their gonna fuckin' destroy you." Haha
 
This exemplary child is obviously a unique example, but I have always advocated children learning Martial arts. It's not supposed just teaching "fighting", but rather, survival skills, philosophy of how to fight and how to know when to fight. How to know how to make a quick escape, or to properly use your voice. To not, as my old master once said, end up 'fighting to the death against one who is not your enemy.' It's supposed to be about self-defense in all measures, responsibility, discipline, analysis, focus, health & exercise. 

A warrior isn't gender biased either. Shout to the woman warriors of the world for holding us down. Plus. This girl Mahiro, would fuck up a lot of you fat, high, slow moving talking about "I'll hit her with a 40oz" ass niggaz! Haha... Listen brothers and sisters, all jokes aside. In a world full of danger, predators, not only Martial Arts but you have to teach your child to be aware. To be cautious and think and size up not just people, but also situations. I wish I had completed my training from when I was young. However, if not Martial Arts, then at least emergency response, or a class to save them from drowning or a fire or an earthquake. God bless your children and this child. Teach them and protect them well. 

Peace & Respect,
Immortal Technique


And for those of you whom are not sure who this Immortal Technique cat is, here is one of my favorite spoken word songs:


and quite possibly the best homage to the Goonies ever laid on wax:


 

March 10, 2014

Mat Manners Monday

Every now and then I like to offer a little PSA for those new to the martial arts mat, or simply those in need of better manners.  Today lets discuss body language and position on the mat while receiving instruction.

One of my, and many instructors out there, biggest pet peeves is when a student lays down or sprawls out and back, resting on their arms and/or sides.  This presents an air of disinterest and laziness, neither of which is desired in the dojo.  You should be actively engaged in your learning, and subconsciously your central nervous system goes into a state of relaxation and rest when the body is physically put into a position of relaxation.

Often times it is necessary to move and switch positions to better see your teacher and the details they are expounding, and this is perfectly acceptable.  But it never ceases to amaze me that grown adults will be so unaware of their surroundings that they will literally sit/stand in front of someone else with complete disregard for blocking their training partners view.  Pay attention to your surroundings and make sure to walk behind fellow students when repositioning yourself.  Attention to these subtleties will improve not only your martial abilities but also your social etiquette. 

September 2, 2013

Mat Manners Monday: Hygiene

A new little segment here at The Ground Never Misses called "Mat Manners Monday" where I will share short snippets about proper etiquette and manners any martial artist should be adhering to regardless of style or system.  And this weeks subject is hygiene... something often overlooked but arguably the most important in regards to staying on the mat and training.

Thankfully you usually do not have to explain that an individual needs to shower after each and every training session regardless of how "light" the training was, yet many a dojo rat skips over the same exact rule when it comes to cleaning ones gi or uniform.  It does not matter how little you perspired, it is imperative to wash your gi after EVERY training session, just like washing yourself after each session.  If you have one gi I would perhaps suggest investing in another.

Finger and toe nails always need to be clipped to minimize scratches and cuts.  Make sure to scrub under nails after each training session, and while we are at it ensure you have clean feet before stepping onto the mats.  If you walk around barefoot in your everyday life that's fine, but have the courtesy to clean your filthy feet before walking onto the mat. 

It is also important to note that martial artists should be cleaning themselves with a decent antibacterial/anti fungal soap.  These bullshit products like Axe Body wash aimed at teens and young adults not only stink, they really do nothing in terms of keeping your skin healthy.  A complete and shameless plug for Arm Bar Soap Co. is appropriate here.  Chad and his crew have an all natural soap (they are moving onto batch #5 now!) made from essential oils specifically targeting all the cooties we are exposed to any given night.  Hands down the best product on the market in terms of soap designed specifically for martial artists! 

And mat manners extend past the student as well.  Teachers it is your duty to ensure that each and every day the mats and training equipment are clean and taken care of.  I have had too many friends get staph infection from filthy pads!  And I grow tired of walking into dojo's that smell like a rotten taint.  Take pride in your dojo and keep it clean.

Enjoy your Labor Day,
Jake

August 2, 2013

Mike Sherman: Profile of a True Martial Artist & Kettlebell Champion

Over the past 20+ years my perspective of what a true "martial artist" is has changed numerous times.  I think it is a natural progression for beginners to think martial arts are all about kicking ass and taking names, after all that is what we always saw on kung fu theater Saturday afternoons!  As I progressed into the Chinese martial realm the healing aspect of the martial arts was emphasized even to the point that I graduated from the New Mexico School of Natural Therapeutics.  And now a couple decades later I find myself critical of martial artists who do not push themselves on some level or another, be it physically, competitively, educationally, etc.  I have come to realize it is the fight within ourselves, the struggle of everyday existence and life itself that is what true martial artists are constantly training for. 

Sensei Mike Sherman of American Kenpo Karate in Toledo, Ohio was my first instructor back in the way back olden days.  A boxer from the wrong side of town to be a scrawny white kid, Mr. Sherman is hands down the best Karate instructor in Ohio and is the epitome of a martial artist with the warrior spirit.  A 5th dan in Karate with over 40 years of experience Mike Sherman has been a lifelong, dedicated karateka.  Never one to settle, in the 15 years or more since I have trained back home he has gone on to study traditional Okinawan weaponry, as well as becoming a world kettlebell lifting champion!

On a visit back home recently I stopped in to see my instructor from back in day.  As we caught up and he showed me around the new dojo, we hit the back wall which was covered with shadow boxes containing medals.  I made mention that he must have gotten really good at triathlons over the years, and Mr. Sherman looked at me quizzically and said "Dude, I haven't done triathlons since you have trained here.  These are all from competitive kettlebell lifting."



I was dumbfounded and in awe not just because of the sheer number of titles that adorned the wall, but I felt such an overwhelming sense of humbleness as 15 years after I last trained with a man 20 years my senior, I still have much to learn and be inspired by!  He has never settled.  Always challenging himself and pushing the levels of physical fitness and ability Mike Sherman epitomizes what I consider to be a true teacher and practitioner of the martial arts.




Needless to say I immediately asked to take some private lessons on fundamentals of kettlebell training!  I mean I would be foolish to pass up this opportunity to train with a world champ and candidate for master of sport, and so I did some training and learned so much in a short amount of time that it is not even funny.  They rank athletes in Russia via a title called "Master of Sport," and right now Mr. Sherman is a candidate for master of sport... not an easy achievement, especially for a westerner!



This is exactly why I love the martial arts... not only are the majority of people you meet awesome, but I can visit my teacher of 20 years ago and still be inspired and learn so much from him  He also was kind enough to ask me to teach some of his classes where I shared some of my grappling knowledge with his cadre.  I hope his students realize what an absolute gem they have tucked away in a small corner of NW Ohio!

For more info visit:
American Kenpo Karate
5840 W. Central Ave.
Toledo, OH. 43615
419-344-1870

 It is an honor to be a black belt under you sir, you have taught me from day one and continue to inspire and invigorate.  Thank you.

Jake Burroughs

PS This was Mr Sherman's response a few hours after he read the blog post on Facebook:
"Thank You Mr. Burroughs !...I'm humbled by such kind words. After all of these years, one of my biggerst pleasures is to see someone like yourself do such great things with the martial arts and not just keep it to themself and continue to give and help others !...I am honored and inspired by you as well ! Thank You"

September 17, 2012

Most Impressive Martial Artist's Still Alive - According to John Will

John Will is one of my great inspirations both on and off the mat.  I have had the pleasure of training with him over the past 6 years and I must say he is one of the most impressive martial artists / coaches I have ever come across.  One of the things that impresses me most is his humble approach to the arts.  For instance he just shared the following post on whom he considers the most impressive martial artists still alive, in no particular order:

8th degree Rigan Machado
- Rigan Machado: his insight into the nuances of BJJ goes beyond anyone else I know - and I know some of the best. I have witnessed him tying up and tapping out world champions - seemingly, without effort.
- John Smith: perhaps someone only the wrestling community would know. My favourite American freestyle wrestler - current USA coach. Amazing competitive record and all-round takedown genius.
- Richard Norton: one of the best martial artists on the planet. All-round paragon of excellence - the person who taught me never to accept mediocrity. An amazingly proficient martial artist.
John Smith 2x Olympian / 4x world champ


-David Meyer: a great martial artist whose moral compass is set to true north. Once he came to realize that there was a better and more complete style of Jiu Jitsu down the road, he not only closed his school but suggested that all his students go and join up. David is an inspirational being.
- Marcelo Garcia: not only does he have extraordinary skill in BJJ but he is an all-round nice guy, driven by passion and joy, and seemingly without a nasty bone in his body. A smiling virtuoso.
   
L-R: David Meyer / Chubby Jake / Mr. BJJ / John Will
      Now ... having just named those awesome martial artists - I must say that there are also many, many others that come to mind. Each brings something unique to the martial arts landscape ... and it is an imaginary amalgam of this large collection of inspirational figures that should serve as a kind of archetypal guide for each of us as we strive forward in our efforts to be better than we currently are ... JBW

Truly an inspiration that at John's level and rank he still find inspiration in those around him and gives credit always where it is due!  

Cheers
Jake