Saturday, August 27, 2016

Episode XLVIII-The Plea to Podcast Fallacy

Episode XLVIII-The Plea to Podcast Fallacy


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

Introduction
  Recorded On: 8/14/2016

  Harvard Museum of Natural History
  Begging for Review on iTunes
  Episode VI- What to look for in a martial art school
  Episode XLI-Chris Olech Interview

Interlude Music: Too Close by Alex Clare
  
Interview: Jeff Westfall of The Martial Brain
The Martial Brain Podcast

Tai Lung Gung Fu
The Rising Phoenix Martial Arts Academy
Dan Innosanto
Jun Fan Gung Fu/Jeet Kun Do
Majapahit Martial Arts
Peter Lee-Epee Champion
Skepticism
The Power of Doubt Parts I, II, and III
The Skeptics Guide to the Universe
Evan Bernstein
Hiyaa! Episode 59 Interview with Reed Kuhn (MMA Statistics)

Movies
  Bloodsport
  Enter the Dragon
  The Karate Kid
  Fumio Demura
  Pat Morita
  The Raid, The Raid 2
  Star Trek: Enterprise
Books
  The Tao of Jeet Kun Do
  The Art of War
  The Book of Five Rings
  Stephen Barnes
  Larry Niven
  Street Lethal
  Steve Perry
  The Matador Series

    Contacts 
    rpmartialarts.com
    Facebook


Interlude Music: Black Moth by Bigelf

This Week in Martial Arts: Summer Olympics in Rio 2016


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

4 Ninja Stars for The Ultimate Guide to Unarmed Self Defense by David Erath Jr.

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

Title: Functional Self Defense: The Ultimate Guide to Unarmed Self Defense
Written By: David Erath Jr.
Format: Softcover
Pages: 237
Cover Price: $29.95 (US) Softcover/$19.99 E-Book

    I'm inherently cautious of any book with the word "Ultimate" in the title.  There's just something wrong about claiming any book will be "the only book you'll ever need."  There's an underlying braggadociosness that seems unnecessary and, quite frankly, is usually wrong.
    That all being said, Mr. Erath does a good job in his book of not coming off that way.  He writes in a very matter of factly way, that is not trying to get you to buy anything, or even sample the free kool-aid.  


Content

    The layout of the book, I think, is one of its strong suits.  The book has 10 chapters.  The first is entitled "Self-Defense vs. Martial Arts."  I think this is one of the most important topics when addressing self-defense, especially to people that are martial artists.  The first 66 pages go through the logic of what self-defense is, and what is required.  The second section, is interesting.  Its called "The MMA Base" which goes through the rough, easily learned techniques which are found in MMA, and why they're there.  Hint: It's because they work most of the time.  The rest of the book goes through sample techniques, and preventative measures such as fitness, diet, and the value of meditation.  The last section, is a FAQ which I found particularly useful in that it answered specific questions I had.

Pros

    I really liked the simple layout of this book.  It covers all the ideas in a logical and thought out manner.  It does good job of talking about why martial arts is not really self defense without being condescending or abusive.  It also talks about how a couple modifications can be used to take what you already know, and turn your martial arts into self defense.  I think that's a really important part.  The author is not saying, "abandon all you have learned."  He's saying "Incorporate this INTO what you have learned."  Mr. Erath also describes all the aspects of self-defense, and how to train them, not just mention them in passing as many other books have done.  Be Aware, and here's how to be more aware.  I also liked that he keeps in some of the other aspects of martial arts, like the meditative aspects of it.  

Cons

    This book is incomplete in that it doesn't contain anything to do with weapons.  However, he states very clearly that weapons was a big enough idea that it required its own volume, which is also available at the website.  

Conclusion

   Overall, most of the information in this book I've seen other places, there isn't much "new" here, but the collection of all the information into one place and the organization is superior to what I've seen before.  If you are a martial artist who, like I was, is trying to figure out how your martial art fits in with the ideas of self defense, then this is a great book.  You should start with this book, and then perhaps branch off into others.  That's why I give this book 4 out of 5 Ninja Stars.  Its really well put together, and deserves to be many people's first reading choice for self defense.

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
    Contacts    Facebook

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
    Contacts
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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,