Monday, July 4, 2016

Episode XLVII-By the Power of Podcast


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Intro Music: Theme from "Enter the Dragon" by Lalo Schifri

Introduction
  Recorded On: 7/4/2016
 Martial Arts Weekend in Vermont

Interlude Music: Magic Man by Heart
  
Interview: Scott Pribyl
http://www.miraclemanscott.com/
Miracle Man

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Interlude Music: Another Way to Die Performed by Jack White and Alecia Keyes

This Week in Martial Arts: July 3rd, 1946 
David Yeung

Bolo Yeung

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Outro Music: Voodoo Chile-Jimi Hendrix / Gayageum ver. by Luna

Monday, June 13, 2016

Episode XLVI-Take a Bite out o' Podcast


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Intro Music: Theme from "Enter the Dragon" by Lalo Schifri

Introduction
  Recorded On: 6/13/2016
 Martial Arts Weekend in Vermont
    Coupon Code: Wilson15

  iTunes Reviews Contest
  Jermey Lesniak from Whistle Kick Martial Arts
  noSweat Shirt from Whistlekick (Check out the Prizes)

Interlude Music: Breaking the Law by Judas Priest
  
Interview: Joe Bertoni
  www.yawarastick.com
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Interlude Music: Blindfold Performed by Whispered

This Week in Martial Arts: Tribute to Muhammad Ali
  and Kimbo Slice

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Outro Music: Voodoo Chile-Jimi Hendrix / Gayageum ver. by Luna

Sunday, June 12, 2016

4.5 Ninja Stars for Chanpuru by Garry Parker

In the interest of full disclosure, I received this book from the publisher for review purposes


Title: Chanpuru
Written By: Garry Parker
Publisher: Tambuli
Format: Softcover
Pages: 124
Cover Price: $21.95(US)

  If you've read my reviews before, you know that I fully believe that mood and specific temporal interest feed what I (and I believe others) think and feel about a book (or any piece of art for that matter).  It is in that vein, that I want to say how much I loved this book.  It hit me in the right mood at the right time.  If I read this book on a different day, who knows, my opinion could have been different.  Either way, I'm recommending this book to any martial artist, not just those who practice karate.

Content

This book is a collection of stories and observations by Garry Parker a karateka who started his practice in Okinawa.  He fills the book with short essay-ish stories about his training, his time in Okinawa, the starring of his school back in the US, and all through the stories, the figure of Takamiyagi sensei resides overall of it.  Maybe I watched to many 80's martial arts movies, but that is kinda the way I thought martial arts should be.  Obviously, this is a special situation, and should be recognized as such.

Pros

I really like the overall feel of the book.  I like the short, almost anecdotal feel of the stories.  They do come together to paint an overarching illustration of his training history and subsequent creation of his own dojo, including how he litterally built it in his backyard.  You really get the feeling of who Mr. Parker is, and what his karate, and martial arts training has meant to him.  He describes all the traditional values associated with martial arts, and how they were exemplified by his training, and by Takamiyagi sensei.

Cons

I do have to find faults in a couple small aspects of this book.  Because the stories were not written as part of an overall narrative, there are a couple of things that seemed to repeat, as the ideas presented were based on similar principles.  Also, I wanted the book to be longer.  I wanted there to be more stories.  Perhaps, and expanded edition?  Maybe Mr. Parker can be convinced to write more?

Conclusion

All in all, this book was exactly what I was looking for when I started reading it.  I wanted a book that showed the value in the traditions of martial arts.  I wanted a book that described a sensei in the way Takamiyagi sensei seems to have been.  As I said, there was a little bit of repeat in the book, but that was mainly due to the essay-like format of the stories.  As a result, I'm going to give this book a 4.5 out of 5 ninja stars.  Even though I don't practice karate, I got a lot out of this book.  I think anyone who is looking for more in a martial art than just kicking and punching, should read Chanpuru and will enjoy it as much as I did.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Shownotes for Episode XLV-Now is the Podcast of out discontent


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Intro Music: Theme from "Enter the Dragon" by Lalo Schifri

Introduction
  Recorded On: 5/28/2016
 Martial Arts Weekend in Vermont
    Coupon Code: Wilson15

  iTunes Reviews Contest
  Jermey Lesniak from Whistle Kick Martial Arts
  noSweat Shirt from Whistlekick (Check out the Prizes)

Interlude Music: Daredevil Theme by John Pasano
  
Interview: Master Ricky Lazlo
  Master V
  Moses Powell
  Philip Chenique
  Atemi ryu Jujutsu
  Luzvinmida Kali/Arnis Brotherhood
  Modern Arnis
  Remy Presas
  Fist of Legend
  Drunken Master II
  Borne Identity
  Arrow
  The Bladed Hand
  Escrimadors
  Tao of Jeet Kun Do
  Barangay William Henry Scott
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Interlude Music: Stick Performed by John Pasano

This Week in Martial Arts: Premiere of Star War Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
  May 25th, 1983

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Outro Music: Voodoo Chile-Jimi Hendrix / Gayageum ver. by Luna

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Top 5 Reasons to Partake of the Martial Arts Weekend

    Hey, Jaredd Wilson, from the Martial Thoughts Podcast here.  I have a great martial arts experience available to you.  The event is called Martial Arts weekend.  It'll take place July 8th through the 10th (Friday to Sunday) up in Vermont.  Here's a list of top 5 reasons you can use to convince your spouse you should go.


1. It's Affordable.

Early registration is only $199 (expires on 5/31, and jumps up to $225) and that includes food and lodging.  You basically just have to get yourself there.  In fact, I've got a special deal for anyone that reads this.  If anyone puts in coupon code: Wilson15, you get an additional 15% off your cost.  If you can't make the whole weekend, you can do a one day pass.  If you have a group that wants to go, there's family or group discounts, AND the Wilson15 code still works for that as well.


2. Experience

I love meeting and talking to new martial artists, and seeing different paths that are applicable to this thing we call martial arts.  Anytime I can experience something new, even if I suck at it, I'm going to try it.  I'm using this as an excuse to explore a part of the country I've never been to.  If there's any dojo in New England that wouldn't mind me coming in and checking it out, let me know (martialthoughts@gmail.com) , I'd love to stop by and see what everyone else is up to.


3. Great time to head North

I don't know where most of my readers/listeners are from, but I've lived most of my adult life in Florida and now Tennessee.  I know that July is not necessarily the best time to be in the South.  Temperatures rise, and it becomes harder to do outdoor stuff.  I personally am going to use this an excuse for a vacation.  And what a great time of the year to go on vacation to New England.  I'm excited for this whole trip!

4. New Contacts

Besides the new experiences, you'll be able to meet with many great people who share your love of martial arts.  These are just friends you didn't know you had yet.  Personally, I'm going up there to recruit for interview guests form Martial Thoughts, and I know I'll find lots of people to talk to, and hopefully record.


5. Great Teachers of a variety of martial arts.

Among those great new contacts and friends are going to be great instructors.  One of the unusual things about this seminar will be that when they're not instructing, they'll be taking the classes as well.  So the HEMA instructor you just had last hour, is now taking a Taiji class with you now!  That's an awesome idea!  If makes a difference, I'll be conducting a couple different seminars on aikido myself.  I'm going to do an introduction to aikido, and then share something I've been working on and researching myself, which is striking in aikido, and how that works.


If you have any questions, please feel free to email me, or better yet, go to www.martialartsweekend.com which should answer any questions!


I hope to meet many of you there,


Saturday, May 14, 2016

4.5/5 Ninja Stars for 2016 Edition of Bubishi by Patrick McCarthy

4/5 Ninja Stars for Bubishi by Patrick McCarthy


In the interest of full disclosure, I received this book from the publisher for review purposes

Title: Bubishi The Classic Manual of Combat (2016)
Translated with Commentary by: Patrick McCarthy
Publisher: Tuttle
Format: Hardcover
Cover Price: $16.95  $11.87(US)

  First off, this is a first for me.  This is the first time I've been asked to review an updated edition of the same book.  This review is for a newest (2016) edition of Patrick McCarthy's translation of Bubishi.  I reviewed the last version HERE, which dealt more with the content.  This review will mainly deal with the edition differences, and how it adds or subtracts to the content.

Content

    As far as I can tell, all the content from the Bubishi itself is the same.  What differs is the commentary, and the other authors introduction and testimonies on why Bubishi is so important to today's karateka.  There also seems to be updated pictures, or maybe better reproductions of the pictures.  

Pros

    I still enjoyed all the same things about this edition that was in the previous one.  The addition of the other karateka and author's testimonials of the importance of the texts gives more gravitas to the material that is presented in Bubishi.  Which is justifiable.  As I said in the previous review, this maybe THE most important text in karate history.  If you study karate, and already own a previous edition, then this book should be on your wishlist.  If you don't study karate, but some other art, then might as well get this edition over the others.

Cons

   If you do not study karate, and already own a previous edition, then I don't know if this edition over a previous one will have the same impact.  I had mine side by side as I read, and I enjoyed the slight differences and improvements in this edition, but I don't know how much of a martial arts nerd everyone else is.

Conclusion

    If you are a karateka, and wish to study from what the old masters studied from, then this book is as important as going to class.  The Bubishi itself hasn't changed, but the accompanying texts and interpretations have, and I think they help the book.  So I give the last version 4 out of 5 Ninja Stars, and this version improves on it, so I would want to give it 4.25 out of 5 Ninja Stars.  However, I only have 1/2 stars, so I'll round up and give it 4.5 out of 5.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Shownotes for Episode XLIV- Cry Podcast, and let slip the Dogs of War!


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Intro Music: Theme from "Enter the Dragon" by Lalo Schifri

Introduction
  Recorded On: 5/13/2016
  Contest Winner!-Absorb What is Usefull
  iTunes Reviews
  Jermey Lesniak from Whistle Kick Martial Arts
  Martial Arts Weekend in Vermont

Interlude Music: Thunderstruck by AC/DC
  
Interview: Dr. Ken Jeremiah
  Aikido Ground Fighting
  Atemi: The Thunder and Lightning of Aikido
  Walther G. Von Krenner  (Interview with Martial Thoughts)
  Ueshiba Kisshomaru
  Takeda Sokaku
  If the Samurai Played Golf
  Ip Man
  The Demon's Sermon
  

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Interlude Music: Ride the Lightning Performed by Pickin On Series

This Week in Martial Arts: Premiere of Star War Episode II: Attack of the Clones
  May 16th, 2002
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Outro Music: Voodoo Chile-Jimi Hendrix / Gayageum ver. by Luna