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1  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Looking for fighters for stickfighting TV series on: December 17, 2009, 09:38:14 AM
Hi,

I know things move slowly in the world of TV production rolleyes , but any news on this?

Jon
2  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Living, Training, and Fighting with Eyeglasses on: March 17, 2008, 04:35:54 PM
Hi,

There is a real upside to wearing glasses.

My eyesight is bad enough that I can see where other people's eyes are, but I can't actually see the eyes (-4 diopta (they don't use all the 20/whatever stuff over here in England)).

People have commented to me in the past that it has really freaked them out when we have been sparring, the way I just stare unemtionally at them!  cool

I read once that there was an Aussie Rules (football) player who used to give the officials a few pairs of glasses at the start of each game, so that he could replace them as and when they were smashed off!!

As for correction, I am always a little concerned about the potential for loss of structural integrity of the eyeball when they laser off a big chunk at the front. I do not like the idea of feeling my vitreous humour running down my cheek after I get punched in the face and my eye bursts  shocked
Contact lenses are a pain for any contact sport - they just fall out and get torn.
Try metal / wire rimmed glasses, so you can bend them back into shape if they get wrecked and don't wear them for training!

Jon
3  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Movie Fights on: March 17, 2008, 04:23:17 PM
Hi,

Here is a trailer for a new movie about a TKD guy who owns a McDojo: "The Fist Foot Way":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXaR4wlGu3s

I watched the clip about half a dozen times, it is so funny.

Remember Rex Kwon Do from Napoleon Dynamite? This looks like a whole movie of it!!  grin

Jon
4  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Movie Fights on: March 13, 2008, 06:04:02 PM
Hi,

Surely, on anyone's list must be the fights in "Out For Justice" with Steven Seagal.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0102614/

There is a fantastic scene in a butcher's shop, where the staff all attack him with cleavers.

Not forgetting the part where he beats up an entire pool hall full of hoodlums (using only a pool ball wrapped in a scarf) and then beats up Dan Inosanto (character name "Sticks") in a fight with pool cues.

Jon
5  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: 2-4 day DBMA Camp with Guro Crafty on: March 08, 2008, 02:40:45 PM
Hi All,

I met Bruno a few years ago, through a silat list (he was interested in getting my teacher from KL over to Sth America). Then, a couple of years ago, he was in London and we met in person. (I always think it sounds really geeky to admit to having met someone through the internet  rolleyes but Bruno is very cool  cool).

By trade I am a German teacher at high school, but Bruno's German is better than mine, despite my being able to fool Germans into thinking that I am a German! That is only 1 of the 8 he speaks. I remember mentioning to him that I was learning Bahasa Melayu (Malaysian) and he replied: "That's cool, but the problem is you can't really swear in Malay, not like in Russian!" Obviously, his language skills are awesome, but his knowledge and skills in MA are off the charts!  shocked

The little bit of Garrote Larense that he showed me was very cool, and very different from eskrima (say like the difference between Karate and Wing Chun) even though they use a similar weapon. DB training always emphasises the need to defend the head, by contrast Bruno made it clear to me how vulnerable your balls are to someone who is really adept at a rising, vertical strike. (Somehow, you know that you might be able to take one or two to the head- it is made of bone afterall - but I, for one, do not like the idea of blocking a stick with my genitals even once!  cry )

Obviously, I highly recommend training with him - I've been trying to get him to come back to England for the last few years.

All those who attend the camp - have fun.

Jon

PS - Hi, Bruno
6  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Parkour on: April 20, 2007, 03:22:25 AM
There's another french movie, with english subtitles, featuring a group of parkour practitioners who have to get the money together to save a young kid's life by getting him a heart transplant.

The film is called: Yamakasi, les samoura´s des temps modernes you can get a copy at:
http://www.amazon.fr/Yamakasi-samoura%C3%AFs-temps-modernes-Belle/dp/B00005O0B8/ref=pd_bowtega_1/171-5016935-1471443?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1177057042&sr=1-1

Also worth checking out is Taxi 2 (in French with subtitles) the same bunch of guys play ninja who kidnap a Japanese diplomat. No martial arts on display, just lots of mad jumps off buildings etc  shocked

Jon
7  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: 10 man line-up, any advice? on: March 21, 2007, 06:18:51 PM
Hi,

It will take place at the Rapid Arnis camp in Kent in England.
Most of the people I am likely to face are very experienced WEKAF fighters (numerous world champions) and a few are experienced in DB style fights (though those few are very experienced).
With one exception, there is very little grappling experience (one other guy and I are experienced MMA fighters - we used to train together).

My initial thoughts are to keep the fights at long range (which I like) and away from the close-up sort of range where a really fast WEKAF stylist is going to lash me. Failing that, move in, take down, tap out.

My request was really intended to get people's advice on the cardio end of training for this.
How to avoid getting gassed after 3 fights and then regretting it for the next 7!!  cry

Jon
8  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / 10 man line-up, any advice? on: March 21, 2007, 06:35:33 AM
Hi,

I am looking for some advice.
At the end of May I am due to fight a line-up of 10 people  cheesy
That is 10 x2minute rounds, with no breaks, just a whistle and hand shake between bouts.  cry
Rules will be basically as per DB.

I am doing a lot of running - up hills, varying the pace, adding in sprints.
Also a lot of body weight exercises.
In addition to my regular eskrima training.

Any advice.
JOn
9  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Wali Songo Silat with Pendekar Steve Benitez on: March 14, 2007, 09:21:14 AM
Hi,

A couple of weeks ao I trained at a seminar with Steve's #2 Alvin.
Really good.
Very Sumatran - (what most people in the west would describe as harimau)
Despite 8 years of training in harimau (though not for the last year or so) it took me a couple of days before I could walk properly again!!  rolleyes

Jon
10  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Wali Songo Silat with Pendekar Steve Benitez on: February 22, 2007, 10:06:11 AM
Hi,

I first heard about Steve Benitez about 8 years ago - it took me about another 2 years to track him down!  rolleyes

Absolutely awesome! Very fast and strong (he is only a little guy), he moves really well from the ground to standing.

Hi silat is very Sumatran - strong harimau influence, but a little different from the Mande Muda harimau stuff. It is more like the Harimau as taught by Richard de Bordes.
He also teaches Cimande.

I was most impressed once by his methods of dealing with multiple opponents - forget all the keeping them in a line so you only have to fight one at a time stuff; he moves fast between attackers.  shocked

Well worth checking out if you have any interest in silat.

Jon
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