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Tony Jaa Highlight Reel

Posted: July 15, 2010

I came across this Tony Jaa highlight reel, and I thought everyone would enjoy it. I can’t say I’m a big fan of the music in this video, but the action is pretty amazing. Tony Jaa is known for doing his own stunts and also for not using wires or special effects. I think the only scene in this clip that is altered is the helicopter clip at the end. I don’t know if that was done with a safety harness or if it was shot against a green screen, or maybe there is something to fall on just outside the view of the camera. Please post a comment if you know the answer.

In any case, Tony Jaa is amazing, and I’m a big fan. After watching this video, you probably will be as well.

Flexibility and Martial Arts

Posted: July 13, 2010

When many people think of martial arts, the first images that come to mind are those of high kicks and flying through the air. Because of this, many adults question whether or not they could ever do martial arts. Some think they can never be proficient due to their lack of flexibility, but this is simply not true.

First and foremost martial arts training is about self-protection, and self-improvement. Everyone needs to be able to protect themselves and their loved ones and everyone should strive to be better tomorrow than they are today.

I have met good martial artists that are confined to wheelchairs, and martial artists with other physical disabilities. What makes them great is their ability to work around their challenges to become proficient in self-protection and self-improvement.

Some of Jackie Chan’s Top Stunts.

Posted: July 10, 2010

I think everyone likes Jackie Chan, so when I came across this video, I decided to post it. You’ll see why Jackie Chan is so incredible, and how courageous/crazy he is. Here are some of his top stunts.

The Modern Day Ninja on “Fight Science”.

Posted: July 08, 2010

This is a cool demonstration of parkour/freerunning that was on the show “Fight Science”. These guys are pretty amazing. What is more amazing is how the body can work as a shock absorber to diffuse force. It’s pretty interesting, and I hope you like it.

What is a Reality-Based Martial Art School, and How Does it Differ from Other Schools?

Posted: July 04, 2010

What is a reality-based martial art school? Well, a reality-based martial art is one that is designed to work on the street in a real confrontation, where there are no rules. The core art of our school is Jeet Kune Do. JKD is the art that was created by Bruce Lee, and as such, it retains the fundamental point of martial arts, and that is to survive and win in a street fight. Therefore, that is the over-arching theme of our Adult Program and we are a reality-based school.

Many would argue that all martial arts schools are reality-based, but that is not the case. Let me first explain that it is not the art that a school teaches that makes it reality-based or not, it is the training method. For example, many schools train their students to fight using a certain set of rules. As a result, their students may never learn to deal with things that are very common on the street such as punches to the face, kicks to the legs, and dirty tricks that an attacker may employ (simply because these techniques and tactics are not allowed in the tournaments which the school attends). While the art they are teaching may have originally been for self-defense, it has now been watered down and is being taught to win according to the guidelines of a competition. This type of martial art training is therefore referred to as sport-based, or sport-oriented.

First let me say that I think sports are great, and I am not knocking schools that choose to be sport- oriented. (In fact, I have trained in – and currently teach – many sport-oriented martial arts.) I am only pointing out that this is not the same as self-defense/reality-based martial arts. A person in the street will punch you in the face, and kick you in the leg. They may even bite you, gouge you in the eye, headbutt you, or strike you to the groin area. Any school that says they are teaching self-defense should be preparing you for these eventualities. If you are not preparing for these things, then you are not attending a reality-based school. On the flip side, I am thankful that they don’t allow these things in competitions, because no one wants to see the fighters become seriously injured. However, saying you’re teaching self-defense while not addressing these other areas is inexcusable and just plain wrong. Unfortunately, I see this happening more and more in martial arts schools today.

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