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    Documentary: Empty Hand - The Real Karate Kids

    Just found this trailer. Apparently these guys have done another documentary, this time on Fumio Demura:
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    Documentary: Empty Hand - The Real Karate Kids

    It's a late response, but you can watch it on Vimeo for 5 bucks: http://vimeo.com/ondemand/karatekid
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    Rich Hesselton's Shotokan World

    I agree with everything you said. It's interesting to see someone combine the old with the new and I think it's a shame it's hard to find this level of dedication in most karatekas--and martial artists in general--today. I understand there are all kinds of reasons for this: work, school...
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    Rich Hesselton's Shotokan World

    And interesting karate video I found. Thoughts?
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    Documentary: Empty Hand - The Real Karate Kids

    It was pretty solid. I probably would've some things a bit differently but I enjoyed it overall. It's available to stream now if you're interested in watching it.
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    question about stance and 20 principles

    Usually a karateka's free fighting stance is different from any of the stances that are seen in kata. A lot of karatekas will tell you that those stances are supposed to be transitional stances that you temporarily move into to perform certain techniques rather than neutural "fighting stances."...
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    Documentary: Empty Hand - The Real Karate Kids

    Yeah, I agree. I'd have liked to have seen more background footage that tells us more about who everyone is, what their motivation is, what their training is like, etc. My guess is that the director wanted to make sure to give complete coverage to their tournament achievements (and sometimes...
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    Documentary: Empty Hand - The Real Karate Kids

    Well it's official. . . I've seen it. Empty Hand is now up for streaming on Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/ondemand/karatekid It's $5. A small price to pay, I think. Overall I definitely enjoyed it. The vast majority of the film is competition footage from the AAU nationals, with the first third or...
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    Van Damme Teaching Karate

    Two more. . .
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    Van Damme Teaching Karate

    I have no idea what this even means.
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    Van Damme Teaching Karate

    Yeah, Shotokan is his base and he competed extensively when he was younger. His karate and kickboxing records are on Wikipedia. He went 44-4 in karate competition and 18-1 in kickboxing. Most people don't realize he ever actually competed. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-Claude_Van_Damme
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    Van Damme Teaching Karate

    A couple of cool vids. . .
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    Black Belts and Poor Kicks

    I totally agree, provided we're talking about two fighters of the same height. If you can't get your leg up that high then, barring some legitimate physical impairment, you're just not trying hard enough. I've been pretty lazy lately with my flexibility training and am like a foot and a half...
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    "Karate - A Life in Training" (A very short documentary I made.)

    Thanks, man! I appreciate it! What I'd REALLY like to do next is make a doc on the American kickboxing scene from the late 70s to early 90s, in the days of the PKA, Bill Wallace, Benny Urquidez, etc. But it might be a bit ambitious at this stage of the game.
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    Punching

    Well you're half-way accurate. I am in my very early 30s. No kids, though. And there probably won't be any any time soon. Not ready for all of that. I'm surprised to see that you're in your 50s. Based upon your breaking video that you posted I'd have put you at about 45. So hey, at least...
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    Punching

    Have I stated my age? Or is it posted somewhere?
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    Punching

    My most recent interaction with ITF TKD was a couple of years ago when I was involved with a school for about 4 months. It wasn't a great experience, but in that time I did extensively research the sparring situation. As it sounds like you know, on paper at least, ITF TKD is definitely NOT...
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    Punching

    And not full contact.
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    Punching

    You really don't know the rules? Just know that it's continuous (usually two two-minute rounds) with punches to the head allowed and kicks to the body and head allowed.
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    Taekwondo star Aaron Cook's had enough of GB

    Can someone explain the backstory on this?
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    The old way

    I think all classes need a balance. It's good to do some of this and some of that. Any time you're focusing 80% of your attention on one thing you're out of balance. I also think the best classes are those that retain their traditional roots while also acknowledging that training does, and...
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    "Karate - A Life in Training" (A very short documentary I made.)

    Thanks! It's encouraging to get some positive feedback. That's the plan! I'll be out of school for the next month so I'm hoping to be able to use that time to put my next project together.
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    "Karate - A Life in Training" (A very short documentary I made.)

    No problem. Thanks for watching!
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    "Karate - A Life in Training" (A very short documentary I made.)

    Thanks! Now that I've dipped my toe into the waters a bit I'd like to try something a little bigger and more elaborate and kind of work my way up to something that's feature-length. I have a lot of ideas!
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    "Karate - A Life in Training" (A very short documentary I made.)

    Yeah, for sure. Those guys kind of inspire me in a way. It's a reminder that you don't have to let yourself go as you age. They're a good group. I'm sure they'd love to have you.
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    "Karate - A Life in Training" (A very short documentary I made.)

    Oh, for sure. But this was put together in about three days and it was a rule that I had to shoot all the footage myself. Also, it was kind of a profile of Alun, and he rarely competes (or tests!). If I had the time and money then I definitely have some grander ideas. But baby steps, I...
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    "Karate - A Life in Training" (A very short documentary I made.)

    I'm currently taking a first-level film production class at the University of Utah and one of our assignments was to make a short (3 to 5 minute) documentary on a topic of our choice. I wanted to do something martial arts-related and Shotokan Sandan Alun Thomas at the SLC SKA dojo was kind...
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    Punching

    Hey, that's the name of the game man. She knew what she was getting into when she walked out there. She'll live. Do they say that? Not in WTF schools, no, they don't say that. Unless by "only for self-defense" they mean, Don't go out and start fights.
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    Can anyone say, Awesome!

    I want to check out his school now. . .
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