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The Kung Fu, I mean the Karate Kid…

Posted: May 23, 2010

The new Karate Kid movie will be coming out next month.  It looks pretty good.  Obviously Jaden Smith put in a lot of time training for this role.  It’s pretty funny that it’s called the Karate Kid, when he’s learning Kung Fu; but ultimately martial arts is martial arts, regardless of the name or the style.

The writers of the movie said the name was an homage to the original movie, so they kept the name Karate Kid, despite the obvious contradiction.

It will be interesting to see the difference in physicality that is brought to the role by Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith.  In the original movie Pat Morita (Miyagi) and Ralph Macchio (Daniel Russo) were not martial artists.  Obviously Jackie Chan is, and with the amount of training that Jaden Smith put in, he may now be called a martial artist as well.

Gaining Confidence

Posted: May 21, 2010

People always ask me how training in Martial Arts can increase confidence.  We always hear that it does, but quite often we don’t understand how or why it works.

In a nutshell, confidence comes from knowing that you are prepared for a situation.  Whether it is for a streetfight, a test in school, or a public speaking engagement.  The end result in all these instances is the same.  If you have prepared properly and trust in your training to get you through, you will begin to develop confidence.

Confidence is the byproduct of repetition.  If I have practiced punching, kicking, kneeing, elbowing, submissions, and “dirty” streetfighting techniques over and over again, the likelihood that I can pull these techniques off in a real fight goes way up.  As a result, I will be more confident in my ability to handle myself.

Sometimes you can concentrate a little too much…

Posted: May 20, 2010

As martial artists, we know how important focus and concentration are. But sometimes, you can concentrate a little too much.  This video was not taken at our school, and I don’t know what went through this guy’s mind; but I think he just over-thought it.  So take a life lesson from this and don’t over-think things.

I hope you enjoy this.

MMA, Silat, and JKD

Posted: May 19, 2010

We had a great time yesterday in our new MMA class.  We are actively focusing on a different Martial Art each month.  This month’s art is Silat, so we are working on blended Silat techniques, both from Madjapahit Silat and also from a subsystem of Serak.

The important thing to remember, is that to be a complete martial artist we have to constantly be researching what is out there.  Both to defend against it, and more importantly to understand the principles behind what we are learning so that we can incorporate it into our own personal expression.

Bruce Lee constantly spoke of the process in this way.

Bruce Lee Animation…Be Water My Friend.

Posted: May 18, 2010

The animation in this video is really amazing, especially considering how long ago it was made.  Note the symbols for the different martial arts that are on the wall behind him.  See if you can identify them.  I hope you enjoy it.

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