Archive for May, 2011

May 31, 2011

Samurai Vodka

Samurai Vodka

Samurai Vodka

May 31, 2011

Aikido Info Website

Here’s a link to a nice website I found which has a lot of info on Aikido:

May 28, 2011

Ultraman in LEOPARD

Ultraman in LEOPARD

Ultraman in LEOPARD

May 28, 2011

36 Useful Sparring Tips

Sparring tips:

  1. Size up your opponent before you engage. If he strikes first then you know he is an OFFENSIVE fighter. If he waits for your attack then you know he is a DEFENSIVE fighter.
  2. Find out what technique your opponent is good at by giving a fake. If your opponent moves his hands then you know he is a puncher. If your opponent moves his leg then you know right away that he is a kicker.
  3. Try to get your opponent to attack first, either by a fake or taunt. You will quickly learn what technique your opponent relies on, (every fighter has their favorite technique) then plan a counter for that attack.
  4. Do not telegraph your attack.
  5. Never show fear when sparring. Your opponent will sense fear and go on the attack, however, fear also can be used as a fake.
  6. When you and your opponent are in hitting range make sure you’re legs are never wider than your shoulder width. Wider stands makes your movements slower.
  7. Always set up your opponent before you strike. Set up high, strike low. Set up low, strike high. Most experienced fighters will never get hit unless you set them up.
  8. Always relax the body before you strike. Tension slows down attacks. Visualise a snake attacking it’s prey. Calm, relaxed, then strike with lightening speed.
  9. Close the gap between your thought and action. Don’t think too long or the opportunity is lost.
  10. The moment to strike an opponent is when he is about to launch an attack or as he is landing from his attack.
  11. Jabs and back knuckles are the fastest weapon for your hands which is done with the lead hand. Also practice round house and side kicks like a jab with the lead leg to set up or jam oncoming opponent.
  12. Always remember when your opponent attacks — a part of their body will be exposed for counter. This applies to your counter as well.
  13. If you are constantly clashing with your opponent then you must work on timing. If you don’t understand timing then go back to tip #10.
  14. Focus on the target in your mind without looking at the target.
  15. Don’t kick just to be kicking. Let each technique have a purpose rather than kicking or punching for the sake of just sparring.
  16. Don’t block unnecessary attacks.
  17. Pace your energy, kicking takes more energy than hands so use it sparingly.
  18. If your opponent is good with sliding kicks then the time to attack is when his feet comes together right before he tries to launch a kick.
  19. If your opponent has a great counter back kick with his right leg and you also fight with right leg back then you must switch your fighting stands with left leg back instead of right, this way you can move away faster and not walk into his back kick.
  20. Watch your opponents body movement, not just their eyes. Experienced fighters do not show emotion so you must focus on their whole body.
  21. Use back knuckle to set up opponent or to cover their vision.
  22. Don’t turn your back on an opponent.
  23. Don’t try to score on the first attack. Have in mind to set up and score on the 2nd or the 3rd attack.
  24. The most common technique used in sparring is round house kick. Learn various counter for the round house kick. Such as back kicks and spin heel kick.
  25. When cornered, jam your opponent’s attack before they can fully extend their leg or hand and slip out to the side.
  26. Every attack has a counter so learn them. You learned that playing rock, paper, scissors as a kid.
  27. If you get hit, never lose your temper and go after your opponent, your rage will make you more vulnerable for a counter attack.
  28. When fighting a defensive fighter, you must use fakes to open them up before attacking.
  29. Learn to side step when kicking in close distance.
  30. Do not use high jump kicks for sparring. Low jump kicks are okay at a higher level.
  31. Do not back up straight against a combination attack, move side ways or jam them before they can launch their attack.
  32. When you attack there must be no doubt or hesitation, you must commit otherwise you are open to counter attack.
  33. Do not always try to beat your opponent in the first round, especially if they are bigger. Cover up well, make them move, get them tired then move in.
  34. Never under estimate your opponent.
  35. No one person fights the same. Quickly adopt and assess opponent’s weakness.
  36. Sparring has 3 principles. RELEASE energy. RESERVE energy and REGENERATE energy.
May 27, 2011

Li Ching-Yuen

Li Ching-Yuen or Li Ching-Yun (traditional Chinese: 李清雲; pinyin: Lǐ Qīngyún; died May 6, 1933) was a Chinese herbalist, martial artist and tactical advisor. He claimed to be born in 1736, while disputed records suggest 1677.



Li Ching-Yuen was supposedly born in 1677 in Qi Jiang Xian, Szechuan province. By his own account, he was born in 1736. However, in 1930, Professor Wu Chung-chieh of the University of Chengdu discovered Imperial Chinese government records from 1827, congratulating one Li Ching-Yuen on his 150th birthday, and further documents later congratulating him on his 200th birthday in 1877. In 1928, a New York Times correspondent wrote that many of the old men in Li’s neighborhood asserted that their grandfathers knew him when they were boys, and that he at that time was a grown man.

He began gathering herbs in the mountain ranges at the age of ten, and also began learning of longevity methods, surviving on a diet of herbs and rice wine. He lived this way for the first 100 years of his life. In 1749, when he was 71 years old, he moved to Kai Xian to join the Chinese army as a teacher of the martial arts and as a tactical advisor.

One of his disciples, the Taiji Quan Master Da Liu told of Master Li’s story: at 130 years old Master Li encountered an older hermit, over 500 years old, in the mountains who taught him Baguazhang and a set of Qigong with breathing instructions, movements training coordinated with specific sounds, and dietary recommendations. Da Liu reports that his master said that his longevity “is due to the fact that I performed the exercises every day – regularly, correctly, and with sincerity – for 120 years.”

In 1927, Li Ching Yuen was invited by General Yang Sen to visit him in Wan Xian, Szechuan. The general was fascinated by his youthfulness, strength and prowess in spite of his advanced age. His famous portrait was photographed there. Returning home, he died a year later, some say of natural causes; others claim that he told friends that “I have done all I have to do in this world. I will now go home.”

After Li’s death, General Yang Sen investigated the truth about his claimed background and age. He wrote a report that was later published. In 1933, people interviewed from his home province remembered seeing him when they were children, and that he hadn’t aged much during their lifetime. Others reported that he had been friends with their grandfathers.

Li’s obituary was printed in The New York Times, Time Magazine, and other publications. The Time magazine article stated that in 1930 Professor Wu Chung-chieh, from Chengdu University, found records from the Chinese Imperial Government congratulating Li Ching Yuen in his 150th birthday in 1827.

He worked as an herbalist, promoting the use of wild reishi, goji berry, wild ginseng, he shou wu and gotu kola along with other Chinese herbs. Li had also supposedly produced over 200 descendents during his life span, surviving 23 wives.

May 24, 2011

Whats are the differences between the 4 branches of Shorin Ryu?

Shobayashi and Kobayashi (divided into Shidokan and Shorinkan) are very similar and the most like Matsumura’s original methods out of the 2 Itosu-Ha (or factions). Matsubayshi is based on the teachings of Chotoku Kyan (who influenced Shobayashi also), Koseku Matsumora (no relation to Sokon Matsumura) and Chokki Motobu (famous tough guy, bad-ass). It is the most Japanese and the furthest from original intent.

Matsumura Seito (or Orthodox) is the original Shorin (Shuri/Tomari Te) as taught to Hohan Soken, great grand nephew of Sokon “Bushi” Matsumura. The crane fist or “tsuruken” techniques were only taught to family members, and even great modern karate pioneers like Anko Itosu or Gichin Funakoshi, were not taught these “advanced” fighting principles. Shorin Ryu is a true Half-Hard, Half-Soft style. The practitioner starts off with extreme mental and physical rigidity, that eventually becomes yin/yang, then eventually, at the highest levels, almost completely “internal” or a soft style.

Kobayashi (especially Shorinkan) and Shobayashi (Seibukan in particular) as well as Matsumura Seito are very good combat sciences that deal with standing and ground fighting as well as the esoteric aspects such as Chinese acupuncture/medicine, and philosophy.

Matsubayashi Ryu is often singled out on Okinawa as a “school-boy” system. Although this statement is true, even of Kobayashi/Shobayashi, many use Shoshin Nagamine’s Matsubayashi as a term to describe karate that is “waki-waki” or not up to par. If a style is whack many Okinawan senseis will call it Matsubayashi Ryu. That sounds harsh, but that’s the truth. Still it is better than 98% of Japanese and Korean karate, as many soft principles still remain.

If you wanted to take ShuriTe for a lifetime it is best to start off in Matsumura Seito (also called Sukunai Hayashi by some organizations), so as to not develop bad “modern” sport habits. If Matsumura Orthodox is not available, Shorinkan (Kobayashi) or Seibukan Shobayashi are great fighting styles also. Shorinkan teaches every kick imaginable, high or low, and many tuite and other Okinawan “Jujutsu” concepts. Shorin Ryu is especially known for its punches and other hand techs, but many Southern and Northern Chinese kicking techs are taught (especially in Kobayashi).

There are many Shorin sites on the web. Check out some histories, and see what you like the best. There are quite a few Matsumura Orthodox sites, but watch out because many of its senseis are also “waki-waki”. Then again many are very skilled and knowledgeable.

If Matsubayashi Ryu is all that they have in your area try it out and see how you like it. It is a good introductory style to real Shorin. Uechi Ryu is also a very good system, with many Southern Chinese principles in its repertoire, but some Okinawans criticize it for being a little unnatural, with too much emphasis on Iron Body training. Still it is a unique, and awesome fighting style.

I have trained in all branches of Shorin (except Shobayashi) in the Philippines, on Okinawa and now stateside. I am a Yudansha (black belt) in Kobayashi Shorinkan and Matsumura Seito. Both systems have their merits, but Matsumura Orthodox is closer to the original combat intent. Some of the best instructors in the world are here and have left Asia. Shorin is often lumped together with all karate, but trust me it is real and effective.

-Author Unknown

May 21, 2011

95 Bruce Lee Quotes

I came across this interesting webpage that had all these Bruce Lee quotes:

Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.
If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.
The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering.
Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable.

May 19, 2011

Passing Away of Koichi Tohei Sensei

From: Ki Society H.Q. []
Sent: Thursday, May 19, 2011 3:04 AM
To: Ki Society H.Q.
Subject: Passing Away of Koichi Tohei Sensei

Dear Chief Instructors,

We regret to inform you that Koichi Tohei Sensei passed away at 9:14 this morning.

He was 91 years old.

Two weeks ago, he had sense of discomfort on his chest and it was found that

he had inflammation of the lungs, so he had been receiving treatment.

He went to intensive-care unit (ICU) twice and came back to general ward each time

with his strength of Ki, however, his heart got weak little by little this morning

and passed away.

After discussion in his family and it was decided that the closed funeral will be held within his

family including Shinichi Tohei Sensei and the formal funeral for all members will be

held in Tokyo some weeks later for those who would like to be present.

The date and place of the formal funeral will be announced to all of you after decided.

We are very sorry for the inconvenience but would appreciate your kind understanding

for the above.


Wataru Hatakeyama

(sent on behalf of Shinichi Tohei Sensei)

Overseas Division

Ki Society H.Q.

May 18, 2011

The Kata of Lion’s Roar Kempo Karate & Jitsu and their Origins

Lion’s Roar Kempo Karate & Jitsu Kata
White Belt, 9th Kyu:

Kihon Te Waza – Yoshukai

Ippon No Kata 1-5 – Wado Ryu

Ippon Kumite 1-3

Yellow Belt, 8th Kyu:

Kihon no Kata – KoChinDo Kempo

Ippon Kumite 4-6

Yellow Belt, 7th Kyu:

Wanshu – WadoRyu

Ippon Kumite 7-10

Green Belt, 6th Kyu:

Nifanshi Ishi – Ko Chin Do Kempo

Ippon Kumite 11-13

Green Belt, 5th Kyu:

Nifanshi Ni – Ko Chin Do Kempo

Nunchaku Kata 1

Ippon Kumite 14-16

Geen Belt, 4th Kyu:

Nifanshi San – Ko Chin Do Kempo

Nago No Kun (Bo kata)

Ippon Kumite 17-20

Brown Belt, 3rd Kyu:

Seisan – Yoshukai

Gihon Kumite 1-3

Brown Belt, 2nd Kyu:

Kusanku – Wado Ryu

Sai Kata

Gihon Kumite 4-6

Brown Belt, 1st Kyu:

Passai – Shoto Kai

Gihon Kumite 7-10


Niseishi – Wado Ryu

Tui-fa Kata


Chinto – Shoto Kai


Seipai – Shito Ryu

Kama Kata

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May 18, 2011

Watch “Takenouchi ryu Jujutsu Atsuta Jingu 2006” on YouTube