Showing posts with label japanese martial arts. Show all posts
Showing posts with label japanese martial arts. Show all posts

February 7, 2014

Archive Sumo Bouts on Youtube

Hey guys, if you get a moment I think it is important to help our brother Araibira in Hawaii out with getting Sumo bouts archived on Youtube for those of us that cannot view them from NHK.  Here is his message and a link to the petition:

Aloha, my name is Araibira. Recently, Ustream Asia deleted my YouTube channel on the grounds of copyright infringement. I lost over 24,000 sumo videos. The Nihon Sumo Kyokai needs to reestablish my channel, so that they may archive the footage of my work. The lost of these videos is a lost to the entire sumo community around the world. With your help, we must ask NSK to reestablish my channel and have them create a YouTube page to further extend the archive of sumo footage for future generations of sumo fans. Mahalo and thank you! Keep sumo alive.

Click here to sign the petition and get Sumo archived on Youtube.

October 1, 2013

Samurai Armor Exhibit: The Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection at the Portland Art Museum

Both connoisseurs of classic Asian art and martial artists alike will not want to miss this rare opportunity to view the rarely seen private collection of Samurai armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller collection.  With pieces spanning from the 14 - 19th centuries you will get a glimpse of the beautifully intricate designs and dressings that would be considered by many as functional art.

The Samurai exhibit opens at the Portland Art Museum this Saturday Oct 5th through January 12, 2014 and this will be the ONLY west coast showing for this amazing collection.

For more information including directions and viewing times please click here! 

February 10, 2013

"Be Strong, Be Gentle, Be Beautiful..." Sensei Keiko Fukuda Rest In Peace

I hate coming home from a great weekend of training to bad news but the cogs of time pause for no soul no matter how revered it is here on earth.  Sensei Keiko Fukuda passed away just two months shy of her 100th lap around the sun on Saturday February 9, 2013.  Sensei Fukuda was the highest ranking female Judoka ever (10th Dan) and was also the sole surviving direct disciple under Judo founder Jigoro Kano.

Sensei Fukuda embodies the true essence of budo and the martial spirit, a true inspiration to martial artists of all disciplines and backgrounds.  Sensei had to not only go against the cultural ethos of a very stringent society, but also walked the lonely path of a dedicated martial artist in an art dominated by sexist men.

Find energy, passion, and fire in her story and let her inspire you!  I wish I could have met her but I can honestly say her powerful lessons on life I will never forget.

Rest in peace knowing you have positively affected so many individuals.