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Nurses of World War One

Posted by on Thursday, August 28, 2014, In : Photography 

Senior nurses demonstrating how to care for wounded soldiers, taken some time during World War One.

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Joe Rivers & Louise Adler

Posted by on Wednesday, August 27, 2014, In : Photography 


American boxer Joe Rivers sparring with the women's lightweight
world champion, Louise Adler in 1926 while helping her train for an
upcoming title defence.

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Sosai Masutatsu 'Mas' Oyama

Posted by on Wednesday, August 27, 2014, In : Photography 






The legendary Sosai Masutatsu 'Mas' Oyama, founder of kyokushin karate.

Images via masutatsuoyama.com
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A Poem on King Harold Hardrade

Posted by on Monday, August 18, 2014, In : Proverbs & Quotes 


"The Upland king was all the night
Speeding the arrows' deadly flight.
All in the dark his bow-string's twang
Was answered; for some white shield rang,
Or yelling shriek gave certain note
The shaft had pierced some ring-mail coat,
The foemen's shields and bulwarks bore
A Lapland arrow-scat or more".

(A medieval poem from the Nordic sagas collection Heimskringla
about the Viking King Harold Hardrade at the battle of Nissa in 1063).

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Roy Elghanayan - Krav Maga

Posted by on Sunday, August 17, 2014, In : Video 


Roy Elghanayan demonstrating the lethal art of Krav Maga.
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Bruce Lee and Lee Hoi-Chuen

Posted by on Sunday, August 17, 2014, In : Photography 


An 18 year old Bruce Lee practicing Tai Chi with his father Lee Hoi-Chuen in 1958.

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An Archer at Hastings

Posted by on Thursday, July 24, 2014, In : Art 


In this section of the Bayeux Tapestry, the archer is clearly shown as being shorter than the
English Infantrymen he is fighting alongside at the Battle of Hastings. This is probably done
to illustrate that he has a lower social status than his fellow combatants, a fact also illustrated
by his lack of armour. 

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Schlacht bei Maupertuis 1356

Posted by on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, In : Art 


Title:   Schlacht bei Maupertuis 1356

Datec.1400

Artist:  Unknown

Infomation:  This picture was produced in Germany around 1400 CE from an unknown artist and depicts the Battle of Poitiers. It was the second of three great English victories over the French in the Hundred Years War and was largely won through effective use of the English archers, shown on the left.

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Spinning Reverse Roundhouse

Posted by on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, In : Gifs 

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Kendo Demonstration - Part II

Posted by on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, In : Video 


Richard Hill describes some moves from a kendo kata at the Asian Art Museum's educator workshop
for the Lords of the Samurai exhibition on September 5, 2009.
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Chinese Militia - 1906 - 1912

Posted by on Monday, July 21, 2014, In : Photography 

Manchu Nobleman with Bow


Militia from the Shaanxi Province


Militia from Shandong Province

Images taken by the French missionary Michel de Maynard in Northern China between 1906 and 1912.

Source: chinesemartialstudies.com
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Joyeuse

Posted by on Monday, July 21, 2014, In : Photography 


This sword is believed by some to be built from the original sword used by the late eighth/early ninth century king of the Francs, Charlemagne. Known as Joyeuse (meaning joyful), it was used in the Coronation processionals for French kings from 1270 (Philip III) - 1824 (Charles X).

Joyeuse was housed in the Saint Denis Basilica since at least 1505, before being moved to its current home, the Louvre in 1793. While it is generally agreed that the blade is medieval, its actual date is debated b...
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Muhammad Ali Meeting Saddam Hussein

Posted by on Thursday, July 3, 2014, In : Photography 


Muhammad Ali meeting Saddam Hussein in 1990 when the former heavyweight champion was enlisted to help negotiate the release of 15 American hostages. The ‘guests’ were held in Iraq following Saddam's invasion of Kuwait with the threat that they would be used as human shields should US forces attack strategically areas in the country. After tense negotiations, all 15 men were released without being harmed but when praised for his actions, Ali insisted all credit be given to Allah.

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The Pebble in your Shoe

Posted by on Thursday, July 3, 2014, In : Proverbs & Quotes 


 “It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out, it’s the pebble in your shoe.”

~Muhammad Ali ~
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The History of the Tekki Kata

Posted by on Wednesday, July 2, 2014, In : Video 
The Tekki (Iron Horse) kata originally came from the Okinawan style of karate known as Shuri-te and were derived from one longer form called Naihanchi (Internal Divided Conflict) that was revised and split into three through  Anko Itosu’s teachings.


Gichin Funakoshi performing Tekki Shodan

Some scholars believe he actually invented Tekki Nidan and Sandan, but as only Tekki Shodan has a formal opening, they were probably derived from one kata. It is believed that Itosu learned Naihanchi from ...
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The Battle of the Little Bighorn

Posted by on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, In : Photography 

Sitting Bull (1885)


Alleged photo of Crazy Horse (c.1877)


Chief Gall (1881)


The Battle of the Little Bighorn, otherwise known as Custer's Last Stand or Lakota Victory Day took place on the 25 – 26 of June, 1876 near the Little Bighorn River in eastern Montana Territory. The conflict was fought between the combined forces of the Lakota, Northern Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes against the 7th Cavalry Regiment of the United States Army.

The Native American forces achieved an overwhelming victory tha...
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Kun Gek Do Side Kick

Posted by on Monday, June 9, 2014, In : Photography 



A practitioner of Kun Gek Do, (a form of Korean kickboxing) demonstrating a high side kick.

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The Combat of the Giaour and Hassan

Posted by on Monday, June 9, 2014, In : Art 


Title:  The Combat of the Giaour and Hassan

Artist
:  Eugene Delacroix

Date
:  1826

Information
: The Combat of the Giaour and Hassan was inspired by the dramatic climax of the
poem Giaour (1813) by Lord Byron. It depicts the moment when the Greek giaour (meaning Christian
infidel) avenges his lover, who was killed by the Turk Hassan (on the horse to the right).

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To Succeed, Consult Three Old People

Posted by Andrew Griffiths on Friday, June 6, 2014, In : Proverbs & Quotes 



To succeed, consult three old people.

Chinese Proverb

Image – The Chinese deities of Happiness (Fu), Prosperity (Lu), and Longevity (Shou).


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Kendo Demonstration - Part I

Posted by on Friday, June 6, 2014, In : Video 


Richard Hill describes the gear worn by kendoka at the Asian Art Museum's educator workshop for the
Lords of the Samurai exhibition on September 5, 2009.
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Miyamoto Musashi Fights Sasaki Ganryû

Posted by on Friday, June 6, 2014, In : Art 


Title:  At Ganryûjima in Kyûshû, Miyamoto Musashi Fights Sasaki Ganryû 

Date:  1843-47

Artist:  Utagawa Yoshitora

Information:  Miyamoto Musashi in his duel with Sasaki Ganryu (aka Sasaki Kojiro). In this
woodblock print he is shown using his trademark two sword style of fighting known as Nito Ichi (two swords as one) or Niten Ichi (two heavens as one) though it is more commonly believed that Musashi used a bokken that he fashioned out of a boat oar to defeat Ganryu.

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Westernised Samurai

Posted by on Thursday, June 5, 2014, In : Art 


Title:  Westernised Samurai

Date:  1866

Artist:  Unknown

Information:  This picture was published in London News not long before the Meiji Restoration.
It depicts a group of young warriors dressed in western clothes alluding to the fact that many
of the samurai class were in favour of the opening of Japan’s borders to foreign influences. 

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The Lochnagar Crater

Posted by on Thursday, June 5, 2014, In : Photography 

1920s postcard of the Lochnagar Crater.

The Lochnagar Crater is 90 feet deep and 300 feet across and was caused by a charge of 60,000 lbs (26.8 tons) of Ammonal explosives that was set off on the German front lines on the Somme on 1st July 1916. Cecil Lewis, an officer in the Royal Flying Corps who saw the mine explode from his aircraft stated;

“The whole earth heaved and flared, a tremendous and magnificent column rose up into the sky.
There was an ear-splitting roar, drowning all the guns, ...

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I Will Always Speak for Peace

Posted by on Wednesday, June 4, 2014, In : Proverbs & Quotes 



As an artist I come to sing, but as a citizen, I will always speak for peace, and no one can silence me in this.

~ Paul Robeson ~

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Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson

Posted by on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, In : Gifs 


Muhammad Ali showing encouragement to Mike Tyson just before his fourth
round victory against Larry Holmes in 1988.

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Siddhartha in a Wrestling Contest

Posted by on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, In : Art 


An 8th century Japanese silk print depicting Siddhartha in a wrestling contest prior to becoming the Buddha.

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California Sharpshooter Lillian Smith

Posted by on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, In : Photography 


This portrait of California sharpshooter Lillian Smith armed with a Stevens Tip-Up rifle was taken sometime between 1875 and 1885. Smith appeared in 'Buffalo Bill' Cody’s Wild West troop in 1886 and was seen as a direct rival to another female sharp shooter involved with the troop, Annie Oakley. In 1889, Smith left the show after the intense rivalry with Oakley became public, after which, she faded into obscurity. 

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Reach the Limits of Virtue

Posted by on Monday, May 26, 2014, In : Proverbs & Quotes 


"You should reach the limits of virtue, before you cross the border of death."

(Tyrtaeus, Spartan poet and military man).

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The History of the Bassai Kata

Posted by on Monday, May 26, 2014, In : Video 

The Bassai (To Penetrate a Fortress) kata are believed to have been designed to complement each other as the first, Bassai Dai, (Dai means major/large) represents getting into a fortress and the second, Bassai Sho, (Sho means minor/small) represents getting out again.There are many versions of these kata practiced in various styles and while the origins within martial arts history are obscure, there is a 400 year old silk drawing which supposedly depicts an early version of Bassai Dai. 

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Muhammad Ali - The Original MMA Fighter?

Posted by on Wednesday, May 21, 2014, In : Photography 


On June 26, 1976, Muhammad Ali engaged in a battle with Japanese professional wrestler Antonio Inoki in a fight that was billed as being a competition to find the toughest man on the planet. It is unclear whether or not the result was fixed beforehand, though both camps maintain that the fight was real. 

Some sources say that Ali’s camp were expecting an exhibition match, but when they found out Inoki would be going at Ali to win, they demanded several rule changes. These included Ali being ...

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Josephine Baker at the March on Washington

Posted by on Wednesday, May 21, 2014, In : Photography 

Josephine Baker during the March on Washington.

Josephine Baker was an American cabaret performer who achieved a huge amount of success in Europe from the 1920s. During World War Two, she acted as a spy for the French Resistance and would later go on to become an influential activist during the civil rights movement in America in the 1960s. She was the only female speaker during the March on Washington in 1963, where she told the crowd;

“I have walked into the palaces of kings and queens and ...

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Go to Bed With a Dragon

Posted by on Friday, May 16, 2014, In : Proverbs & Quotes 



"Better to sit all night than to go to bed with a dragon".

~ Zen Proverb ~

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18 Second KO

Posted by on Friday, May 16, 2014, In : Gifs 


A devastating left roundhouse kick from Ivica Trušček, that KO'd  Leonardo Zecchi after
just 18 seconds of their bout at the Final Fighting Championship 9.

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Hazel Ying Lee

Posted by on Friday, May 16, 2014, In : Photography 


Hazel Ying Lee, the first Chinese American woman to fly for the United States military, became a licensed pilot in 1932. She flew fighter aircraft to their destinations as they poured out of American factories for the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP). After 12 years of service, Lee was tragically killed at the age of 32 when she was involved in a mid-air collision while piloting a P-63 Fighter.

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A Welsh Victory at the National Sporting Club, 31 March 1919

Posted by on Thursday, May 15, 2014, In : Art 



Title: A Welsh Victory at the National Sporting Club, 31 March 1919.

Date: 1919.

Artist: William Howard Robinson.

Information: This painting depicts the end of a fight between Welshman Jimmy Wilde (who won the bout on points) and American Joe Lynch. After the fight, the Prince of Wales (who later became Edward VIII) stepped in to the ring to shake the hand of the Welshman. In doing so, he became the first member of the British Royal family to officially enter a boxing ring, giving the sport a ne...
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Samurai at the Sphinx

Posted by on Thursday, May 15, 2014, In : Photography 



In 1864, a group of samurai diplomats travelled to France in order to negotiate for the renewed isolation of Japan, a mission that was destined to fail. En route, they visited Egypt and posed for a photographer to produce this unique picture of a group of samurai warriors in full gear, standing in front of the Giza Sphinx.

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A Poem by Tei Junsoku

Posted by on Sunday, April 6, 2014, In : Proverbs & Quotes 



No matter how you may excel in the art of te,
And in your scholastic endeavors,
Nothing is more important than your behavior
And your humanity as observed in daily life.

A poem by the seventeenth century Okinawan scholar Tei Junsoku
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Thirteen Iaido Kata

Posted by on Sunday, April 6, 2014, In : Video 


A demonstration of thirteen Iaido kata.
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Ancient Korean Sparring

Posted by on Saturday, April 5, 2014, In : Art 


This mural was painted at Kak-Je Tomb in Koguryo, one of the ancient Three Kingdoms of Korea. Produced in the age of San-Sang, the tenth king of the realm who ruled Koguryo from 197–227 CE, it shows combatants sparring in the early Korean martial art Soo Bak-Gi, a precursor to modern taekwondo.

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Morihei Ueshiba

Posted by on Friday, April 4, 2014, In : Photography 


Morihei Ueshiba, founder of aikido.

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A Crossbow from the Wubei Zhi

Posted by on Friday, April 4, 2014, In : Art 


An illustration of a crossbow from the Wubei Zhi (Treatise on Armament Technology),
a comprehensive Chinese military guide written sometime in the early 17th century.

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Julius Caesar on Fear

Posted by on Friday, April 4, 2014, In : Proverbs & Quotes 


It is not these well-fed long-haired men that I fear, but the pale and the hungry-looking.

~ Julius Caesar ~
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The History of Empi

Posted by on Friday, March 14, 2014, In : Video 


The origins of the kata Empi (Flight of the Swallow) are unclear though there are three main theories on how it came into being;
  1. Empi was, according to some sources, originally brought to Okinawa from China in 1683 by an envoy named Wang Ji, an expert in Shaolin Fujian White Crane.
  2. Others suggest it was brought to the island with the arrival of a group of Chinese immigrants known as the Thirty-Six Families. Their appearance in the late 14th century changed the history of fighting on Okinaw...

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The Blumenkrieg

Posted by on Wednesday, March 12, 2014, In : Photography 


On March 12, 1938 the 8th Army of the German Wehrmacht crossed into Austria. Many welcomed the coming of the Nazis as liberators and the troops were greeted by cheering German-Austrians citizens with Nazi salutes, flags and flowers. As a result, the Nazi annexing of Austria is sometimes called the Blumenkrieg (war of flowers), though the official name was Unternehmen Otto. For the Germans, it was seen as the first big test of their war machine although as it turned out, no actual fighting t...
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Miyamoto Musashi Self Portrait

Posted by on Wednesday, March 12, 2014, In : Art 


Title: Miyamoto Musashi

Date: c.1640

Artist:  Miyamoto Musashi

Information:  Self-portrait of Miyamoto Musashi, who as well as being
considered one of the best samurai warriors of all time, was also an
excellent writer and a renowned artist.

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My Heart Burns Like Fire...

Posted by on Monday, March 10, 2014, In : Proverbs & Quotes 


"My heart burns like fire but my eyes are as cold as dead ashes".

~ Sayen Shaku ~

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Jumping Side Kick

Posted by on Monday, March 10, 2014, In : Gifs 
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Tura Satana in Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

Posted by on Sunday, March 9, 2014, In : Photography 


Tura Satana showing off her aikido skills in the 1965 cult movie Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

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That 2,000-Yard Stare

Posted by on Wednesday, March 5, 2014, In : Art 


That 2,000-Yard Stare
by Tom Lea is a painting housed in a U.S. government warehouse that stores artifacts and precious works of arts obtained over the years by the army. The collection includes 16,000 pieces of fine art consisting of of donated and commissioned pieces, much of which were painted by soldiers who experienced their subjects first hand.

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Quick Thinking Ref

Posted by on Wednesday, March 5, 2014, In : Gifs 

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Muhammad Ali Saves Suicidal Man

Posted by on Monday, March 3, 2014, In : Video 


In 1981, Muhammad Ali happened to be in the area when a Vietnam veteran was threatening to jump from the ninth floor or a building. After attempts by the police, a phycologist and a minister to talk the man down failed, Ali ran to the scene and successfully talked him out of committing suicide.
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New Picture of Billy the Kid Discovered

Posted by on Sunday, March 2, 2014, In : Photography 


According to historian Frank Parrish, this photo that recently came to light is only the second one in existence of the notorious outlaw Billy the Kid (Right). The man on the left, according to Parrish, is Dan Dedrick a close friend of the gunslinger and the picture is believed to have been taken in 1879 when Kid was 20 years old, two years before he died.

Source: dailymail.co.uk
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Thomas "Tad" Lincoln

Posted by on Saturday, March 1, 2014, In : Photography 


Abraham Lincoln's son Thomas "Tad" Lincoln is shown here dressed in a uniform patterned after his
hero, Elmer Ellsworth, the first Union casualty of the American Civil War.

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What I do Playing...

Posted by on Thursday, February 27, 2014, In : Proverbs & Quotes 


“What I do playing, you don’t even do when you’re mad”

~ Mestre Pastinha ~


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Bruce Lee Double Kick

Posted by on Thursday, February 27, 2014, In : Gifs 


Bruce Lee double kick (via tumblr)

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Shaolin Monks

Posted by on Thursday, February 27, 2014, In : Photography 


Shaolin monks (Via Tumblr)

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Muhammad Ali and James Earl Jones

Posted by on Wednesday, February 19, 2014, In : Photography 


Muhammad Ali and actor James Earl Jones, who at the time was starring in the Broadway production of the Great White Hope. The play told the life story of boxing legend Jack Johnson and after watching it, Ali told Jones that if you replace the problems caused by Johnson's love for white women with Ali's religious preferences, the two great boxers had virtually the same life story.

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Jack Johnson vs. James J. Jeffries

Posted by on Tuesday, February 11, 2014, In : Photography 


Jack Johnson (right) knocking out James J. Jeffries in their 1910 title fight. Jeffries was the first of the so called Great White Hopes backed to take the title from Johnson, who had become the first black heavyweight champion two years earlier. After the fight, there were race riots across America which lead to 25 deaths and several lynching attempts.
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Please Sign the Petition

Posted by on Tuesday, February 4, 2014,

"We, the undersigned, petition the Sports Council of Wales to grant funding for safety equipment to Welsh Karate clubs, irrespective of Karate Association Affiliation. A stated aim of the Sports Wales Community Chest scheme is to make money available for community sport and physical recreation, yet grants will only be considered if the club is affiliated to the recognised governing body. We believe ALL CHILDREN should be eligible to ...

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Keep it Simple

Posted by on Friday, January 24, 2014, In : Gifs 

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Muhammad Ali (1966)

Posted by on Thursday, January 23, 2014, In : Photography 


Muhammad Ali (1966) training in former World Bantamweight champion Jimmy Coulon's
gym in Chicago. Photographed by Thomas Hoepker
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The Flight of Arrows

Posted by on Thursday, January 16, 2014, In : Photography 


This picture, called The Flight of Arrows, was taken around 1908 by by Edward S. Curtis and
depicts Native American warriors firing arrows into the air while performing the Atsina Crazy Dance.
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Richard Humphreys the Boxer

Posted by on Wednesday, January 15, 2014, In : Art 


Title:  Richard Humphreys, the Boxer

Date:  1787

Artist:  John Hoppner

Information:  This painting of 18th century bare knuckle fighter Richard Humphreys was probably commissioned by his manager and promoter, Wilson Braddyll, to promote his upcoming fight against Daniel Mendoza. The artist had prior knowledge of boxing so managed to get a good likeness of an early boxer taking a defensive stance; the picture is now housed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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When I Was a Young Man - Keinosuke Enoeda

Posted by on Tuesday, January 14, 2014, In : Proverbs & Quotes 


"When I was a young man, many people blocked with their face".

~ Keinosuke Enoeda ~
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The History of Wankan

Posted by on Tuesday, January 14, 2014, In : Video 

Sensei Keinosuke Enoeda performing Wankan.

Wankan (Kings Crown) is also known as Ohkan (which means the same thing in Japanese). The history of all the Shotokan kata is hazy at best and this applies doubly for Wankan as not much at all is known about its origins. 

In some styles there is another kata practiced that shares the name but has totally different moves to the Wankan of Shotokan, which may suggest that they are both only a portion of a longer, lost original kata. If this is the case, ...
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The Black Prince

Posted by on Thursday, December 19, 2013, In : Art 


The Black Prince is one of the most celebrated knights of medieval history, remembered as a warrior who exemplified the chivalric code of honour. Born Edward of Woodstock, he was the eldest son of King Edward III of England and Philippa of Hainault and had a string of titles to his name including;

•    The First Knight of the Most Noble Order of the Garter
•    The Prince of Wales
•    The Duke of Cornwall
•    The Prince of Aquitaine

The Black Prince, a nickname he received as a result of...

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The Battle Between the Gods and the Titans

Posted by on Thursday, December 19, 2013, In : Art 


Title:  The Battle Between the Gods and the Titans

Date:  1600

Artist:  Joachim Wtewael

Information:  According to Greek mythology, the world was once run by a group of deities known as the Titans. Their leader, Cronus, had eaten most of his offspring in a bid to prevent their prophesised rebellion however his youngest son, Zeus, escaped this fate. After freeing his siblings from their father’s stomach, they moved to Mount Olympus from which they waged war on the Titans.

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Heinkel He 111 Bombers

Posted by on Wednesday, December 18, 2013, In : Photography 


A formation of low-flying German Heinkel He 111 bombers flies over the waves of the English Channel in 1940.

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I Fear Not The Man...

Posted by on Friday, November 22, 2013, In : Proverbs & Quotes 

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Capoeira Scissor Kick

Posted by on Friday, November 22, 2013, In : Gifs 

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The Defeat of Benkei on Gojo Bridge

Posted by on Saturday, November 9, 2013, In : Art 


Title:
  Combat and Defeat of Benkei on Gojo Bridge

Date:  c.1830

Artist:  Hiroshige

Information:  A woodcut print of samurai legend Yoshitsune Minamoto (jumping on the right) attacking the warrior monk Benkei. The holy man had vowed to collect 1000 swords by dispossessing them from their owners in a series of duals. When he met up with the 15 year old Yoshitsune, he needed just one more for his collection but would soon realize that he had met his match. After being defeated but the young samura...
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Akiyama Yoshitoki

Posted by on Friday, November 8, 2013, In : Art 


Akiyama Yoshitoki, a physician from Nagasaki was instrumental in the development of the Yoshin School of jujitsu in the 17th century. After studying medicine in China, he learned hakuda, a fighting style that mainly consists of striking and kicking techniques and applied his knowledge to his jujitsu. This allowed him to develop hundreds of ways to subdue an opponent, and to be able to revive those he rendered unconscious or heal those he had caused injury to.
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Joe Louis vs. Rocky Marciano

Posted by on Tuesday, November 5, 2013, In : Photography 


Picture taken on October 26, 1951, of the fight between the aging former champ, Joe Louis and a much younger up-and-coming fighter, Rocky Marciano. Louis had returned to the ring after retiring to clear his considerable debt to the IRS so when offered $300,000 to fight one of the hardest hitters around, it was too good to refuse.

Marciano, who grew up idolising Louis, demolished the former champion, knocking him to the floor in the eighth round before hitting him clean out of the ring, causin...
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Flashkick

Posted by on Tuesday, November 5, 2013, In : Gifs 

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Kung Fu Footage - 1930s

Posted by on Tuesday, November 5, 2013, In : Video 


Footage of kung fu training from the 1930s, a time when the martial arts saw a period
of revived official acceptance in China after years of being outlawed.
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Techniques from Tenjin-Shinyo Jujitsu

Posted by on Saturday, November 2, 2013, In : Art 


Techniques from the Tenjin-Shinyo School of jujitsu, founded by Matayemon Iso in the 17th century.
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Sergeant William Knapp

Posted by on Friday, November 1, 2013, In : Photography 


Sergeant William Knapp of the 1st.Battalion, Coldstream Guards. The picture was taken by Robert Howlett
and Joseph Cundall in Aldershot, Hampshire in July 1856. Knapp is wearing the Crimea Medal with four bars
for Alma, Balaklava, Inkermann and Sebastopol.
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Chief Looking Glass

Posted by on Friday, November 1, 2013, In : Photography 


Photograph of Chief Looking Glass, leader of the Nez Perce tribe, taken in 1877.
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The Fight Between Life and Death

Posted by on Friday, November 1, 2013, In : Proverbs & Quotes 

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The History of Hangetsu

Posted by on Thursday, October 31, 2013, In : Video 

Takayuki Mikami perofming Hangetsu.


Hangetsu (Half Moon) is possibly the oldest kata in the whole art of karate. Formally known as Seishan, it came through the Naha-te school though its origins are unknown. One theory is that the kata was formed from a Chinese folk dance, which aimed to explain to the onlooker the importance of the tides.

The original name, Seishan, means Thirteen which may be in reference to the thirteen day intervals as the moon revolves around the earth. However a more like...
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Minamoto Yoshitsune Training with Tengu Demons

Posted by on Monday, October 28, 2013, In : Art 


Image: Minamoto Yoshitsune training with tengu demons

Date: 1852

Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)

Infomation: The great twelfth-century warrior Minamoto Yoshitsune
training with tengu demons, the keepers of the secrets of the martial arts.
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Mitsuyo Maeda c.1910

Posted by on Monday, October 28, 2013, In : Photography 


This picture of Mitsuyo Maeda (1878 – 1941) was taken around 1910. Maeda was a Japanese judoka who is reported to have won around 2000 no holds barred fights and along with Antônio Soishiro Satake, he pioneered judo in Brazil, the United Kingdom, and other countries. So important was he to the development of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, he is often referred to as the Father of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.
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Mestre Bimba & President Getulio Dorneles Vargas

Posted by on Thursday, October 24, 2013, In : Photography 


Mestre Bimba meeting the then president of Brazil, Getulio Dorneles Vargas, who is reported to have said to him;
“Capoeira is the only sport which is truly Brazilian”.

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Punched Through the Wall

Posted by on Thursday, October 24, 2013, In : Gifs 

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Kinetograph Boxing Footage - 1894

Posted by on Monday, October 21, 2013, In : Video 


An early clip of boxing footage recorded via Kinetograph. Taken in 1894, it shows a
fight between two bpxers named Cushing and Leonard, the latter getting the victory
in the final of six one minute rounds with a knock down.
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Bruce Lee in the Big Boss

Posted by on Monday, October 21, 2013, In : Photography 


Bruce Lee - The Big Boss
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Decapitation During the Nanking Massacre

Posted by on Thursday, October 17, 2013, In : Photography 


A Japanese headsman tells his Chinese prisoner the best way to hold his head
for a smooth decapitation. The picture was taken in 1938 during the Nanking massacre.
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Shaolin Warrior Monks in the 1920s

Posted by on Thursday, October 17, 2013, In : Photography 


This picture of warrior monks from the Shaolin Temple in the Henan Province was taken some time in the 1920s. It clearly demonstrates that they had become modernized in their fighting methods, learning from the mistakes of an earlier generation of monks who believed they could use traditional forms of fighting against soldiers with guns. They used talisman and spells to protect them from bullets during the Boxer Rebellion of 1901, a mistake that led to the uprising being easily quashed and on...
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Sugar Ray Robinson KO

Posted by on Friday, October 11, 2013, In : Gifs 

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Chu Minyi - Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan

Posted by on Friday, October 11, 2013, In : Video 


A demonstration of Wu style Tai Chi Chuan by Chu Minyi, disciple of Wu Jianquan, filmed in 1937 in Shanghai. Chu shows the Wu style set, tuishou and his 'modern and scientific' approach to kung fu including his 'stick' and 'ball' training methods.
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Archer XI

Posted by on Friday, September 20, 2013, In : Art 


This small-scale model is of the Archer XI of the west pediment of the Temple of Aphaia (c. 505–500 BCE), which is dedicated to a Greek goddess of the same name and was worshipped almost exclusively on the island of Aegina in the Saronic Gulf.
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Samurai of the Edo Period

Posted by on Friday, September 20, 2013, In : Photography 


A group of samurai warriors dressed in traditional costume photographed towards the end of the Edo Period in the 19th century.
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Edith Garrud's Jujitsu

Posted by on Friday, September 20, 2013, In : Photography 


Edith Margaret Garrud was an early 20th century female jujitsu expert who used her considerable skill to train a group known simply as the Bodyguard. They were tasked with giving protection to Emmeline Pankhurst and other suffragettes, who were regularly manhandled and harassed by police.

In 1913, Garrud made a short film (from which the pictures above are taken) to demonstrate her jujitsu and show than even in the male dominated world of the early twentieth century, a well-trained woman coul...
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I Do and I Understand

Posted by on Tuesday, September 10, 2013, In : Proverbs & Quotes 


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The History of Jion

Posted by on Tuesday, September 10, 2013, In : Video 

Hirokazu Kanazawa performing Jion


The origins of the kata Jion (Mercy) is highly debated by scholars of world martial arts. It starts with the left hand covering the right fist, kamae that probably has its roots in Chinese boxing. It is thought to have come through the Tomari-te style of Okinawan karate, however according to the legendary Hirokazu Kanazawa (above), the kata originated in the Chinese Buddhist Jion Temple (where the monks were accomplished martial artists) and then spread to the...
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Grappling Samurai Warriors

Posted by on Wednesday, September 4, 2013, In : Art 


An old illustration of two samurai warriors engaged in hand to hand combat on the battle field. The grappling
moves being displayed are an example of fighting techniques that come from an early form of jujitsu.
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The Alexander Mosaic

Posted by on Wednesday, September 4, 2013, In : Art 


Title:  The Alexander Mosaic

Date:  c. 100 BCE

Artist:  Unknown

This mosaic was found in the House of the Faun in Pompeii and depicts a battle between the armies of Alexander the Great (left) and Darius III of Persia (in the chariot to the right). Alexander’s, upper body and head are still visible and on his breast plate is a picture of Medusa. Darius is believed to be desperately trying to flee the battle and his extended arm may suggest he had just thrown a javelin. The Alexander mosaic is t...
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Female Archers at the 1908 London Olympics

Posted by on Monday, September 2, 2013, In : Photography 


Archery first appeared in the modern Olympics in 1900 and then again in 1904, 1908 and 1920,
after which it disappeared from the games until 1972.



These female archers are competing in the National Round Archery event of the 1908 London
Olympics, just eight years after women were first permitted to enter the games at all.

The event was won by Sybil (Queenie) Newall of Great Britain.
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Quinton Jackson vs. Igor Vovchanchyn

Posted by on Monday, September 2, 2013, In : Gifs 


Quinton Jackson vs. Igor Vovchanchyn from Pride 22.


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How Not to Fight Mike Tyson

Posted by on Monday, September 2, 2013, In : Video 


Mike Tyson winning his first heavyweight title against Trevor Berbick on November 22, 1986. Berbick had been champ
for just eight months before the defeat, in which he demonstrated that going toe-to-toe with ‘Iron Mike’ was a big mistake.
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Cheung Lai Chuen

Posted by on Wednesday, August 21, 2013, In : Photography 


Cheung Lai Chuen, (born around 1880) was a kung fu legend who mastered Lei Ga (Lee Style), Lung Ying (Southern Dragon Style), Lau Man Gaau (Vagabond or Wanderer's Style) and Pak Mei (White Eyebrow Style), which he adapted and took out of secrecy, popularizing the art in Hong Kong around the turn of the 20th century.

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The Siege of Dapur

Posted by on Tuesday, August 20, 2013, In : Art 


Ramesses II's attacking the Cheta people with his composite bow at the Siege of Dapur (1269 BCE).
The image was copied from a mural in Ramesses II's temple in Thebes.
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Mas Oyama Makiwara Training

Posted by on Monday, August 19, 2013, In : Photography 


A young Masutatsu “Mas” Oyama training on a makiwara board c.1954.
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Wise People are Diligent

Posted by on Monday, August 19, 2013, In : Proverbs & Quotes 

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Judo vs. Brazilian Jujutsu

Posted by on Friday, August 16, 2013, In : Video 


A fight between Masahiko Kimura, Judo master and Heloi Gracie, the Brazilian Jujutsu legend from 1951

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Jujutsu by Toyokuni Utagawa

Posted by on Tuesday, August 13, 2013, In : Art 


Title:  Jujutsu

Date:  c.1815

Artist:  Toyokuni Utagawa (Also referred to as Toyokuni I)

Information:  This woodblock print by renowned artist Toyokuni Utagawa depicts an expert in Jujutsu fending off multiple attackers. Utagawa was one of the leading artists that came out of the famous Utagawa school of Japanese woodblock art, and is credited with making the school famous in the 19th century.


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Madame Collie of Rome Fencing at Angelo’s Academy

Posted by on Friday, August 9, 2013, In : Art 


Title:  Madame Collie of Rome fencing at Angelo’s academy

Date:  1816

Artist:  Thomas Rowlandson

Infomation:  Henry Angelo was the most famous fencer and teacher of swordsmanship in England during the 18th century. This picture depicts his fencing school, situated in Bond St in London, when it was visited by Madame Collie of Rome.

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Morihei Ueshiba

Posted by on Friday, August 9, 2013, In : Photography 


O-Sensei Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969) who founded Aikido in the early nineteen hundreds.
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Those Who Do Not Move

Posted by on Thursday, August 8, 2013, In : Proverbs & Quotes 

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Legendary Swordsman Haga Junichi

Posted by on Thursday, August 8, 2013, In : Video 


In this video legendary swordsman Haga Junichi is demonstrating kendo from the early Showa period of Japanese history, a period that started in 1926 and ended with the death of the Showa Emperor, Hirohito in 1989. (Note the unarmed wrestling at the end of the film).

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The Close of the Battle - Tom Cribb vs. Tom Molineaux

Posted by on Wednesday, August 7, 2013, In : Art 


Title:  The Close of the Battle or The Champion Triumphant

Date:  19th Century

Artist:  Unknown (published by Walker and Knight)

Information:  This hand coloured etching depicts the second of two epic battles between the champion Tom Cribb (who won both fights) and Tom Molineaux, a former slave and the first American challenger to the title.

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Wrestling Match

Posted by on Tuesday, August 6, 2013, In : Art 


Title:  Wrestling Match

Date c.1649

Artist:   Michiel Sweerts (1618–1664)

Information:  17th century oil painting depicting a wrestling contest.


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Apollo and Artemis

Posted by on Tuesday, August 6, 2013, In : Art 


Title:  Apollo and Artemis

Datec.470 BCE

Artist:  Briseis Painter (real name unknown, this Athenian artist is known for his
particular style of decoration on pottery).

Information:  The artwork on this Attic red-figure cup features Apollo, the Greek god
of archery and his twin sister Artemis, the goddess of wild places and hunting. 
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The Place to Train

Posted by on Saturday, August 3, 2013, In : Proverbs & Quotes 

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Wudang Light Body

Posted by on Saturday, August 3, 2013, In : Video 


A demonstration of Wudang (Wu-tang) Light Body Kung Fu by Master Chen Shixing

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Shaolin Masters Zhanju and Shi Zhanluo

Posted by on Saturday, July 20, 2013, In : Art 


A wall mural dating from the early 19th century depicting Shaolin Masters Zhanju and Shi Zhanluo teaching
the monks weapon and empty-hand fighting techniques.
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Mestre Bimba in the News

Posted by on Saturday, July 20, 2013, In : Photography 


This clipping from a Brazilian newspaper (c.1930) pictures Mestre Bimba, inventor of the Regional style of capoeira.
It states; “It is not easy to fight a capoeira player….he uses kicks and head-butts against an aggressor”.
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Aikido Staff Defence

Posted by on Friday, July 19, 2013, In : Gifs 

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A Sword's Honour

Posted by on Friday, July 19, 2013, In : Proverbs & Quotes 

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The History of Ji'in

Posted by on Friday, July 19, 2013, In : Video 

Hirokazu Kanazawa performing Ji'in


Ji’in (Inverted mercy) is no longer accepted as a kata of the Japanese Karate Association (JKA) and along with Wankan, was not included in the ‘Best Karate’ series by Masatoshi Nakayama, which is widely seen as a definitive guide to Shotokan kata. Despite this, many associations still teach it and many instructors feel the kata has a lot to offer their students.

The origins of Ji’in are obscure though as it shares the same Yoi position as Jion and Jitt...
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Mas Oyama - Fighting a Bull

Posted by on Thursday, July 18, 2013, In : Photography 


Sensei Mas Oyama, who had 52 fights with bulls, killing 3 outright and cutting off the horns of the rest with his knife hand strike.
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Bare Knuckle Boxing Champs

Posted by on Thursday, July 18, 2013, In : Art 


This poster from 1864 (three years prior to the introduction of the Queensbury Rules) depicts three of the last four bare knuckle boxing champions who were among campaigners trying to organise an official World Championship. From left to right they are; Tom Sayers (champion 1858 – 1860), Jem Mace (champion 1861 – 1862 & 1866 – 1871) and Tom King (champion 1862 – 1863).
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The Great Battle of Kurikaradani

Posted by on Thursday, July 18, 2013, In : Art 


Title:  The Great Battle of Kurikaradani between Kiso Yoshinaka and the Taira General Tomonori in 1183.

Artist:   Yoshiiku (1833 - 1904)

Date:  1857

Information:  This Japanese woodblock print depicts the scene of the slaughter of Taira forces at the hands of the Minamoto Clan during the Battle of Kurikara. The victorious side launched a surprise attack and ambushed their opponents after forcing them into a closed off valley by guiding at them a heard of stampeding oxen with flaming touches atta...
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We Walk on Hell

Posted by on Tuesday, July 16, 2013, In : Proverbs & Quotes 

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One Inch Punch

Posted by on Tuesday, July 16, 2013, In : Gifs 

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Pak Mei

Posted by on Monday, July 15, 2013, In : Art 


Pak Mei (also known as Bai Mei and meaning White Eyebrows), founder of the Pak Mei style of Kung Fu.
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Eisuke Akamine and Taira Shinken

Posted by on Sunday, July 14, 2013, In : Photography 


Master Eisuke Akamine (left) and Master Taira Shinken training with traditional Okinawan
karate weapons, the bo staff and the tonfa respectively.

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Jack Johnson vs. Tommy Burns

Posted by on Sunday, July 14, 2013, In : Photography 


Photograph of Jack Johnson vs. Tommy Burns taken on December 26 1908 in Sydney, Australia. Johnson won the fight in the 14th round and became the first African American to be the World Heavyweight Champion, sparking the original hunt for the so called ‘Great White Hope’.
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Shaolin Iron Body – The Headstand

Posted by on Friday, July 12, 2013, In : Video 


A Shaolin monk demonstrating a headstand exercise to strengthen the skull
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Why we Make War

Posted by on Friday, July 12, 2013, In : Proverbs & Quotes 

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Mzilikazi

Posted by on Monday, July 8, 2013, In : Art 


Mzilikazi, meaning "The Great Road" (c. 1790 - 1868), was a king from South Africa who is famous for leading a massive tribe known as the Khumalo on an 800 km long journey from Zululand to Matabeleland (now SW Zimbabwe), where he founded the Matabele kingdom. Formally a lieutenant of the great Zulu king Shaka, he rebelled in 1823 and formed his own tribe. Along the way he conquered many other tribes, assimilating the survivors into citizens of his own kingdom showing him to be both a great ge...
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Mestre Pastinha and his Students

Posted by on Saturday, June 29, 2013, In : Photography 


Mestre Pastinha (left) with some of his students playing capoeira near the Pelourinho in 1963. This historical neighbourhood in  Salvador, Bahia, was named after the whipping post (Pelourinho means Pillory) situated in its central plaza, which was where African slaves once received punishment for infringements that would have included getting caught practicing fighting techniques.
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The Death of Sasaki Kojiro

Posted by on Friday, June 28, 2013, In : Art 

Title:  Sasaki kojiro

Datec. 1815

Artist:  Ashihiro Harukawa

Infomation:  This painting depicts the Kabuki actor Ohtani Tomoemon, playing the role of samurai warrior Sasaki Kojiro who meet his end in his famous ill-fated duel with Miyamoto Musashi on Ganryu Island. Kojiro was everything a samurai warrior was expected to be and followed the local Bushido code to the letter. However he was infuriated by his opponent’s lack of respect when Musashi turned up late, was dressed like a tramp and f...
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Taekwondo Quadruple Kick

Posted by on Friday, June 28, 2013, In : Gifs 

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The History of Jitte

Posted by on Friday, June 28, 2013, In : Video 

Jitte, performed by sensei Imura Takenori with application from Masatoshi Nakayama

Jitte literally means Ten Hands and the name may imply that one must have the strength of ten men, which is how Masatoshi Nakayama interpreted it in his book, Best Karate, Volume 7, (seen by many as a definitive guide to Shotokan kata). An alternative theory is that the name may derive from the raised fists hand position from within the kata, which is said to looks similar to a type of Sai known as a Jitte that ...
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Legends of T'ai Chi Ch'uan - Chang Sanfeng

Posted by on Sunday, June 9, 2013, In : Art 


This image depicts the moment of inspiration for the invention of the art of Tai Chi Chuan, at least according to some sources. Chang Sanfeng is thought to have watched a fight between a snake and a bird in the 15th century and got the idea to build a style of fighting around his extensive knowledge of Taoist philosophy and internal energy.
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Chojun Miyagi & Juhatsu Kyoda

Posted by on Sunday, June 9, 2013, In : Photography 


A young Chojun Miyagi and Juhatsu Kyoda practising what appears to be an
application of the Okinawan kata Saifa.

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The Bruiser Bruis'D

Posted by on Thursday, June 6, 2013, In : Art 


Title:  The Bruiser Bruis'D, Or, the Knowing-Ones Taken-In

Date:  1750

Artist:  Unknown

Infomation:  Engraving of the fight between John 'Jack' Broughton and Jack Slack. Broughton was an instrumental influence on the early boxing scene after introducing the first rules aimed at providing some safety measures for fighters. In contrast Slack, after winning this fight and become the champ, went on to become the first known person to fix prize fights; he is also credited with inventing the rabbit pu...
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Judo Throw

Posted by on Thursday, June 6, 2013, In : Gifs 

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Be Like Water

Posted by on Monday, June 3, 2013, In : Proverbs & Quotes 

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Legends of T'ai Chi Ch'uan - Sun Lu-t'ang

Posted by on Monday, June 3, 2013, In : Photography 


Sun Lu-t'ang (or Sun Lutang) was a master of the internal arts and was instrumental in the invention of the syncretic art of Sun-style t'ai chi ch'uan. Born in 1860, he was also an expert in Neo-Confucian and Taoist scholarly pursuits and was a master at two other internal martial arts; xingyiquan (hsing-i ch'uan) and baguazhang (pa-kua chang). He came to t’ai chi relatively late in life but mastered it very quickly and spent much of his later career teaching t’ai chi to members of the pu...
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Mestre Bimba Teaching the Ginga

Posted by on Monday, June 3, 2013, In : Photography 


Mestre Bimba teaching a student how to do the most basic movement of capoeira, known as the ginga.
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Seppuku

Posted by on Sunday, June 2, 2013, In : Art 


Title:  Seppuku
Date:  1867
Artist:  J. M. W. Silver
Info:  Illustration from "Sketches of Japanese Manners and Customs", which were reproduced copies of
native Japanese art done by using a method known as Chromolithography and published in London.


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Vovinam Gif

Posted by on Sunday, June 2, 2013, In : Gifs 


A demonstration of the Vietnamese martial art, Vovinam.
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Shaolin Iron Body – Leg Training

Posted by on Sunday, June 2, 2013, In : Video 


This video demonstrates a training method used by Shaolin monks to strengthen or condition their legs. Known as Iron Body, by repeatedly hitting parts of their body over a period of years they make it gradually get stronger and stronger.

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Sensei Chojun Miyagi Teaching Goju Ryu Students

Posted by on Thursday, May 30, 2013, In : Photography 


Sensei Chojun Miyagi (far right) teaching his students Goju Ryu karate c.1929 in Okinawa.
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Illustration of James Figg - First Boxing Champion

Posted by on Tuesday, May 28, 2013, In : Art 


An illustration of James Figg, the first champion in modern pugilism history and an influential ambassador to the sport. His reign lasted from 1719 – 1730 when he retired undefeated after just under 300 fights. As a former fencer, he was able to bring new types of movement and technique to the art of boxing and after he quit the ring, he set up the world’s first boxing school to teach others.
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Shaolin Mural

Posted by on Saturday, May 25, 2013, In : Art 


A mural found at the Shaolin Temple in the province Henan, China that is believed to be around 500 years old.
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Taekwondo Kick

Posted by on Saturday, May 25, 2013, In : Gifs 

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Yip Man - Siu Lim Tao

Posted by on Friday, May 24, 2013, In : Video 


Grandmaster Yip Man performing Siu Lim Tao, a basic form from Wing Chun.
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San Salvador

Posted by on Friday, May 24, 2013, In : Art 


Title
:  San Salvador

Date:  1835

Artist:  Johann Moritz Rugendas

Infomation:  Illustration by German artist Johann Moritz Rugendas, inspired by his time on an expedition to Brazil.

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Mestre Besouro Manganga

Posted by on Thursday, May 23, 2013, In : Art 


An old sketch of Mestre Besouro Manganga fighting against a group of Brazilian police.
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Koshiate

Posted by on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, In : Art 


Title:  koshiate
Date:  1735
Artist:  Hayakawa Kyuukei
Info:  This woodblock from the Edo period depicts a series of Japanese samurai swords on their koshiate
(Sword Hangers) and is from a Japanese book on samurai armour called Tanki Yoriaku: Hi Ko Ben
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Karate Sweep

Posted by on Sunday, May 19, 2013, In : Gifs 

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Kalarippayattu Stick Fighting

Posted by on Saturday, May 18, 2013, In : Video 


This video is a demonstration of stick fighting from Kalarippayattu, an ancient Indian martial art that is said
to be over 3,000 years old and the ‘mother of all martial arts’.
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The Boxing Boys

Posted by on Saturday, May 18, 2013, In : Art 


Title
:  The Boxing Boys

Date:  c. 1600 B.C.E.

Artist:  Unknown

Date:  c. 1600 B.C.E.

Infomation:  This fresco from Thera (modern-day Santorini in Greece) depicts two Minoan
boys engaged in boxing and is the earliest image depicting the use of boxing gloves.
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Mestre Jose Antonio do Nascimento

Posted by on Friday, May 10, 2013, In : Photography 


A rare photograph of legendary capoeira fighter Mestre Jose Antonio do Nascimento
(1842 - 1936), commonly known as Nascimento Grande (Great Birth).
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Moko Shurai Ekotoba

Posted by on Friday, May 10, 2013, In : Art 


Title:  Moko Shurai Ekotoba

Artist:  Unknown

Date:  c 1293

Infomation:  This picture depicts the samurai facing Mongol arrows and bombs and is from a set of near contemporary illustrations known collectively as the Moko Shurai Ekotoba. They were commissioned by the samurai warrior Takezaki Suenaga to record for prosperity his heroic deeds during the Mongol Invasions of Japan, which consisted of two failed attempts to conquer the country in the second half of the 13th century.


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Taekwondo KO

Posted by on Thursday, May 9, 2013, In : Gifs 

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Nihon Kendo Kata

Posted by on Sunday, May 5, 2013, In : Video 


Nihon Kendo Kata, forms 1 to 10.

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Goro Nyudo Masamune (c.1264 – 1343 CE)

Posted by on Saturday, May 4, 2013, In : Art 



Title
:  Masamune

Date:  Unknown

Artist:  Unknown

Infomation:  This old image is of Gorō Nyūdō Masamune (c.1264 – 1343 CE), widely considered to
be the best sword smith that ever lived. He lived during the Kamakura Period and is said to
have made swords that had the perfect balance between strength and flexibility.

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Entellus vs. Dares

Posted by on Saturday, May 4, 2013, In : Art 


Title
:  L'Énéide

Datec.1927 (?)

Infomation:  Painting depicting the famous boxing contest between Entellus and Dares, as described in Virgil's epic poem, The Aeneid, written sometime between 29 and 19 BCE. The older Sicilian champion Entellus went on to win the fight against his younger opponent from Troy, which is said to have taken place in games held by Aeneas in Sicily.
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The Shaolin Temple Before 1928

Posted by on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, In : Photography 


A photograph of the front gates of the Shaolin Temple, taken before the 1928 destruction
of the legendary Buddhist place of worship and home of Kung Fu.
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Legends of T'ai Chi Ch'uan - Yang Lu-ch'an

Posted by on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, In : Photography 


Yang Lu-ch'an also known as Yang Fu-k'ui or Yang Fukui (1799-1872), was an influential master of t'ai chi ch'uan during the 19th century who founded the Yang-style. After a modest upbringing, Yang was hired by the Imperial family in 1850 to teach them and several of their élite Manchu Imperial Guards Brigade units martial arts.

At this time, he taught the Taijiquan style and is credited with spreading it throughout China, being named by four of the five Taijiquan families as having transmitt...
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Spinning Jumping Roundhouse Kick - Tony Jaa

Posted by on Monday, April 29, 2013, In : Gifs 


Tony Jaa executing a spinning jumping roundhouse kick in his hit movie Ong Bak.
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The Fear of Death

Posted by on Sunday, April 28, 2013, In : Proverbs & Quotes 

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Capoeira Painting by Augustus Earle

Posted by on Sunday, April 28, 2013, In : Art 



Title
:  Negros Fighting

Datec1824

Artist:  Augustus Earle

Infomation:  This painting is an early rendition of an illegal capoeira fight in Rio de Janeiro.
It was painted by English born artist Augustus Earle during his three year spell in Brazil in the 1820s.

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The Mongol Invasion

Posted by on Saturday, April 27, 2013, In : Art 



Title
:  Mongols Invasion

Date:  1847

Artist:  Kikuchi Yoosai

Infomation:   This Ink and water colours on paper depicts the destruction of the Mongol fleet in a typhoon that prevented them conquering Japan. This happened not once but twice, prompting the Japanese to believe it to be a Devine Wind or kamikaze.
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Traditional Fighting in Africa - Engolo

Posted by on Saturday, April 27, 2013, In : Art 

Drawings by Neves e Sousa, 1965

Engolo or NGolo (strength / power) is a ritualistic form of combat performed at various traditional ceremonies by several ethnic groups around the Cunene River in Southern Angola. Engolo consists of kicks, dodges, and leg sweeps, with particular emphasis on inverted positions, i.e. with one or more hands rooted to the ground. Many of the moves are reminiscent of capoeira fighting techniques and the African system may well have been one of the influences on the B...
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Lenny McLean vs Roy Shaw

Posted by on Friday, April 26, 2013, In : Video 

Lenny McLean Vs Roy Shaw in their second fight. There is some dispute over who won the first fight they had but there can be no doubt that McLean won the second and third.



Lenny McLean Vs Roy Shawin in their third and final fight


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Chasing Rabbits

Posted by on Wednesday, April 24, 2013, In : Proverbs & Quotes 


(Image - Women hunting rabbits with a ferret. From the Queen Mary Psalterc.1316)
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The Thrilla in Manila

Posted by on Monday, April 8, 2013, In : Photography 


Muhammad Ali avoids a punch from long-time adversary Joe Frazier in their third and final fight. Known as ‘The Thrilla in Manila’, the Heavyweight Title fight was fought on October 1st and is seen by many as one of the best boxing matches of all time.


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Bodhidharma on an Elephant

Posted by on Monday, April 8, 2013, In : Art 



Image
: Bodhidharma on an Elephant
Date:  c.17th Century
Artist:  Yiran
Info:  This picture on a silk hanging scroll depicts Bodhidharma, the
Indian monk who is credited by many as being the founder of Shaolin Kung Fu.

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Legends of Fencing - Henri de St. Didier

Posted by on Monday, April 8, 2013, In : Art 


Henri de St. Didier was a fencing legend who came from France and was very influencial in the 16th century. In 1573 he became the first master of his country to write a treaties on fencing and acknowledged that the Italian style was the best. The main lessons he gave to the fencing world was how to counter-attack effectively and instruction on disarming an opponent.

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The History of Sochin

Posted by on Sunday, March 24, 2013, In : Video 


Sochin (Tranquil Force) may have its origins in martial arts history in Dragon Style Kung Fu and then later come through the Naha-te school in Okinawa, where it was taught by Seisho Arakaki (seen performing the kata above). According to legend, Higaonna Kanryo learned it from him then passed it down to Kenzo Mabuni, the founder of Shito-Ryu.

Mabuni is said to have spent some time instructing Gichin Funakoshi’s son, Yoshitaka in the art of kata and as a result of these instructions, the Sh...
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The Measure of Success

Posted by on Sunday, March 24, 2013, In : Proverbs & Quotes 

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Retiarius vs. Secutor

Posted by Andrew Griffiths on Friday, March 22, 2013, In : Art 


Artist:  Unknown
Date:  Second – third century CE
Info: In this mosaic from the villa at Nennig, Germany, a retiarius gladiator, who fought with a net and a three pronged trident, stabs at his opponent who is a secutor gladiator, whose weapon of choice was usually a short sword or a gladius.

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Master Pastinha Demonstrating Capoeira c.1963

Posted by on Thursday, March 21, 2013, In : Photography 


Here, the great master is preparing to throw his opponent using body leverage.



Pastinha aims a kick at his opponent (he was around 74 years old when these pictures were taken).



This move is a counter attack from a defensive position
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Traditional Fighting in Africa – Nuba Fighting

Posted by on Thursday, March 21, 2013, In : Photography 


Nuba fighting is a form of African combat mainly practiced in central Sudan. It is a mixture of stick fighting and wrestling and began, according to local tradition, hundreds of years ago with the moves being developed through the imitation of monkeys and local insects. It serves as a passage of rites for young men and has religious & cultural significance, mainly taking place at special tournaments and events.

Read more @ In-Kungfu.com

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Jackie Chan in Drunken Master

Posted by on Friday, March 8, 2013, In : Gifs 


Jackie Chan demonstrating his skills in the classic Kung Fu movie Drunken Master.
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Experience

Posted by on Friday, March 8, 2013, In : Proverbs & Quotes 

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Jack Broughton - The Father of English Boxing

Posted by on Tuesday, March 5, 2013, In : Art 


Title: Jack Broughton

Artist: Francis Hayman (1708 – 1776)

Infomation: This is an illustration of John ‘Jack’ Broughton, commonly thought of as the
‘Father of English Boxing’. He was champion from 1729 – 1750 and was the first
to add a set of widely accepted rules to the sport, which included stopping when
an opponent was knocked to the floor and using gloves, though only for training
purposes.

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Bodhidharma Scroll

Posted by on Sunday, March 3, 2013, In : Art 


Title:  Bodhidharma

Artist:  Hakuin Ekaku (1685 to 1768)

Infomation:  This calligraphy scroll is Japanase in origin and reads;
“Zen points directly to the human heart, see into your nature and become Buddha”.


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Legends of Fencing - Giacomo di Grassi

Posted by on Sunday, March 3, 2013, In : Art 


Giacomo di Grassi was an Italian master from the 16th century who had a great influence on the development of fencing right up to the modern day. He is often credited with inventing the modern parry and through his best known work, ‘His True Arte of Defence’, taught fighters from his day to think more about defence than had previously been the norm.

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The History of Nijushiho

Posted by on Friday, February 22, 2013, In : Video 

Nijushiho being performed by Tetsuhiko Asai (1935 – 2006)


Nijushiho (Twenty-four steps) is of unknown origins though some scholars believe that like Sochin, it originally comes from the Chinese Dragon style of fighting. Others believe the kata was created by the 19th century Okinawan master Seisho Arakaki, who may have also invented Sochin and Unsu.

The Okinawan name, Niseishi, was changed by Gichin Funakoshi however both mean the same thing. Whenever it was created, its development fo...
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Sword Dance

Posted by on Saturday, February 16, 2013, In : Proverbs & Quotes 

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Jigoro Kano & Yoshiaki Yamashita

Posted by on Saturday, February 16, 2013, In : Photography 


Jigoro Kano (the founder of Judo) on the left and Yoshiaki Yamashita
(the first to achieve a 10th degree red belt) performing  Koshiki-no-kata
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Private Joe Louis Says...

Posted by on Monday, February 4, 2013, In : Photography 

This poster depicts Heavy Weight boxer Joe Louis and was aimed at getting new recruits to join the American army during World War Two. It was produced around 1942 during the ‘Brown Bomber’s' reign, which stretched from 1937 – 1949.
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Legends of T'ai Chi Ch'uan – Chen Fake

Posted by on Monday, February 4, 2013, In : Photography 


Chen Fake practicing Xin Jai


Chen Fake (1887–1957) was a master of t’ai chi ch’uan who was instrumental in the spread of his style, Chen-style taijiquan, when he took it from his home in the Henan Province in 1928 and started teaching it in Beijing. As the style is largely based on internal energies, Chen Fake feared its subtle properties may be lost to future generations so he created an external form known as Xin Jia (New Frame) to add a visual framework to the internal movements.
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Wrestling KO

Posted by on Thursday, January 31, 2013, In : Gifs 

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When to Fight

Posted by on Thursday, January 31, 2013, In : Proverbs & Quotes 

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Gichin Funakoshi - Shuto Uke

Posted by on Wednesday, January 30, 2013, In : Photography 


Gichin Funakoshi executing a shuto uke (knife hand block)

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Tsukahara Bokuden

Posted by on Wednesday, January 30, 2013, In : Art 

Tsukahara Bokuden (1489 - 1571)
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Legends of Fencing – George Silver

Posted by on Tuesday, January 29, 2013, In : Art 


George Silver was a late 16th, early 17th century English teacher of defence who wrote two major works, "Paradoxes of Defence" and "Brief Instructions on my Paradoxes of Defence", in which he promoted the use of small-swords and staves in favour of the rapier, a weapon which he strongly criticised. He believed that the rapier was dangerous, and was concerned with the number of duels that were happening in his time and worried that too many arguments were being settle that way. According to Si...
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The History of Gankaku

Posted by on Monday, January 28, 2013, In : Video 


Gankaku, as performed by JKA Chief instructor Masaaka Ueki (1939 – Present)

Gankaku Gankaku (Crane on a Rock) is a very old kata that was originally named Chinto (Fighter/Battle to the East), until it was changed by Gichin Funakoshi. In this case the change was brought about not only to make it more acceptable to the Japanese, but to remove any connotations of war the name might have as a result of Master Funakoshi’s pacifist beliefs. He also made modifications to the kata, changing its...
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A Ship in the Harbor

Posted by on Monday, January 28, 2013, In : Proverbs & Quotes 

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Takasugi Shinsaku

Posted by on Monday, January 21, 2013, In : Photography 


Takasugi Shinsaku, a Kendo practitioner from 19th Century Japan

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Adolph Wolgast Vs.Tommy Murphy

Posted by on Monday, January 21, 2013, In : Photography 

Adolph Wolgast fighting Tommy Murphy in February 1913

More vintage boxing pictures
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Legends of T'ai Chi Ch'uan - Wu Quanyou

Posted by on Wednesday, December 26, 2012, In : Art 


Wu Quanyou (1834–1902), or Wu Ch'uan-yu as he was also known was a t’ai chi ch’uan  master from China. He taught many great exponents of the art including his son, Wu Chien-ch'uan who created the Wudang style of t'ai chi ch'uan, and Maozhai who was the creator of the Northern Wu Style Wang. Wu Quanyou is believed to have had great abilities; in particular he excelled in skills that involved neutralizing hard external energy and developing the flow of soft internal energy (chi).

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Kalaripayattu Gif

Posted by on Tuesday, December 18, 2012, In : Gifs 


JasmineSimhalan practicing kalaripayattu, an ancient
Indian martial art that is reported to be over 3,000 years old.

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The First and Noblest of all Victories

Posted by on Monday, December 17, 2012, In : Proverbs & Quotes 

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Manduca da Praia Gang Fight

Posted by on Saturday, December 8, 2012, In : Art 


An engraving featuring Manduca da Praia and a group of capoeira fighters.


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Shaolin Wall Mural

Posted by on Saturday, December 8, 2012, In : Art 


A mural painting from a wall in the Shaolin Temple in the Chinese province of Henan, (c.early 1800s).
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Legends of Fencing - Camillo Agrippa

Posted by on Friday, December 7, 2012, In : Art 

A diagram from Agrippa's Treatise - See more

Camillo Agrippa is a legend of fencing who is widely considered to be one of the greatest fencing theorists of all time. He invented the four positions of fencing, (prime, seconde, tierce, and quarte) and suggested that the sword should be held in front of the body rather than behind. Through the use of common sense and geometric theory, Agrippa’s work, Treatise on the Science of Arms with Philosophical Dialogue (1553), changed the art of fencing ...
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The History of Meikyo

Posted by on Friday, December 7, 2012, In : Video 


Meikyo (Bright/Polished Mirror) was renamed by Gichin Funakoshi (above) from its original name, Rohai meaning ‘Vision of a Crane’ (though many styles still use the old name). The kata comes from the Tomari-te school where it was a set of three, Rohai Shodan, Nidan, and Sandan.

These kata were probably invented by Sensei Anko Itosu, with the techniques being derived from a much longer version of Rohai which was possibly invented by Kosaku Matsumora, suggested by the fact that it was known...
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Mother, what was war?

Posted by on Friday, December 7, 2012, In : Proverbs & Quotes 

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Tsukahara Bokuden and his No Sword School

Posted by on Friday, December 7, 2012, In : Art 


Picture: Bokuden's No sword school
Date:  Unknown
Artist:  Unknown
Info:  The painting depicts a tale about the legendary samurai warrior Tsukahara Bokuden,
and how he defeated a young warrior with guile alone. He agreed to fight on an island then
abandoned the warrior there, telling him; “Here is my No Sword School!”

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Sensei Gichin Funakoshi Demonstrating Basics

Posted by on Thursday, December 6, 2012, In : Photography 


Sensei Gichin Funakoshi demonstrating some basic karate moves.

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Taekwondo History Legends – Nam Tae Hi

Posted by on Thursday, December 6, 2012, In : Photography 

Major Nam Tae Hi with some of his students from the Vietnamese Army in the early 1960's

Nam Tae Hi is a modern day Taekwondo Legend who was instrumental in the formation of the art in its current form. Born in Seoul, Korea in 1929 he began his martial arts training as a school boy. After demonstrating the art to the President of South Korea (Syngman Rhee) in 1954, it was introduced to the military and five years later, Nam and a team took Taekwondo oversees for the first time when they demonst...
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Contra

Posted by on Saturday, December 1, 2012, In : Retro Games 


Arrows Keys to move
k = jump
j = fire
Change guns using: N,M,L,F,S keys
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Hidden Worries

Posted by on Friday, November 30, 2012, In : Proverbs & Quotes 

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Arthur Bento dos Santos & Manduca da Praia

Posted by on Friday, November 30, 2012, In : Photography 


Arthur Bento dos Santos & Manduca da Praia, taken in the 1940s (?)

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Tomoe Gozen - Female Samurai Warrior

Posted by on Wednesday, November 28, 2012, In : Art 


Title:  Tomoe Gozen

Artist:  Kikuchi Yōsai (1781-1878)

Infomation:  Tomoe Gozen was one of Japan’s few famous female warriors who fought
alongside her master, Yoshinaka Minamoto, in the Gempei War (1180 – 1185).

Read article - Tomoe Gozen – Female Samurai Warrior

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Muay Thai Boxing Legends - 1920s Footage

Posted by on Wednesday, November 28, 2012, In : Video 


An interesting look at Muay Thai boxing through the eyes of a 1920s Englishman. Siamese boxing (as it was known in the West) had begun to grow in popularity by this time, having first being taken to Europe during the First World War. Note that the fight takes place to music, much like the Brazilian martial art Capoeira.
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The History of Chinte

Posted by on Tuesday, November 6, 2012, In : Video 


Chinte (Strange Hands) (performed by Master Masataka Mori above) is a very old kata that probably has its origins in China, though it has been suggested it is actually derived from an Okinawan folk dance. Favoured more by women than men, unlike most Shotokan kata it consists of predominantly circular movements instead of the more common linear ones.

If it did derive from a dance, some suggest that it symbolizes all the things a woman should know about life according to the culture at the ...

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You Must Not Fight Too Often With One Enemy

Posted by on Friday, November 2, 2012, In : Proverbs & Quotes 

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Daruma (Bodhidharma)

Posted by on Friday, November 2, 2012, In : Art 


Title: Daruma (Bodhidharma)

Date: 14th Century

Artist: Unknown (Inscription by Issan Ichinei)

Infomation: This ink painting from the Kamakura Era depicts
Bodhidharma, the founder, according to legend, of Asian martial arts.

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John Graham Chambers

Posted by on Thursday, November 1, 2012, In : Art 


Title: Illustration of John Graham Chambers
Date: 1883
Info:  John Graham Chambers (1843 – 1883) was an all-around sportsman from Wales who excelled in several disciplines including rowing, walking, cycling, wrestling and athletics. However his major contribution was to devise the rules for boxing, known as the Marquess of Queensberry Rules.

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Taekwondo History Legends – Song Duk Ki

Posted by on Thursday, November 1, 2012, In : Photography 


Song Duk Ki demonstrating his art in Seoul in 1964


Song Duk Ki was a master of taek kyon, (a precursor of taekwondo), who was instrumental in preserving Korean martial arts in the first half of the 20th century. Taek kyon and soo bak were the main forms of art being practice at the time and they would later go on to be blended together along with moves from karate and kung fu, to help create modern taekwondo.

However this would have been impossible without a group of masters, led by Song Duk K...
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Final Fight

Posted by on Sunday, October 28, 2012, In : Retro Games 

Arcade Games

Move Left - A
Move Right - D
Move Up - W
Move Down - S

Jump - K

Punch - J
Kick - L

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Go to Bed With a Dragon

Posted by on Saturday, October 27, 2012, In : Proverbs & Quotes 

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Yip Man & Bruce Lee Practicing Chi Sao

Posted by on Friday, October 26, 2012, In : Photography 



Yip Man
and his most famous student Bruce Lee, practicing Chi Sao or Sticky Hands (c.1955). Chi Sao is an exercise that is designed to improve the reflexes of the martial artist and is a favourite technique amongst Wing Chun practitioners of all levels.
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Capoeira Drawings by Kalixto

Posted by on Sunday, October 21, 2012, In : Art 


Title: Capoeira Drawings
Artist: Kalixto Cordeiro
Datec.
1906
Info:  A series of drawings that depict a couple of well-dressed Capoeira fighters in battle.
Note the use of the ‘navalha’ (barber’s razor) in the centre picture, a weapon synonymous
with the ‘o malandro’ (criminal/bad boy)
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Muay Thai Boxing Legends - Prince Narusuan

Posted by on Sunday, October 21, 2012, In : Photography 


Prince Narusuan was a key figure in the development of the martial arts in Thailand (formerly Siam). In c. 1585, Narusuan succeeded in reorganizing a defeated Thai army. He made sure his men all learned martial arts leading to successful campaigns against the Burmese soldiers who had occupied the country since 1568.

Then, in a dramatic final showdown, he faced the leader of the Burmese army in open battle, both on the backs of war elephants. After a violent fight, Narusuan’s martial arts sk...
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The History of the Kanku Kata

Posted by on Thursday, September 20, 2012, In : Video 


Kanku (Looking into the sky) Sho (minor) and Dai (major) are advanced kata in the Shotokan syllabus and practiced by many styles including those of Japanese, Okinawa and Korean karate. Kanku Sho (Performed above by Takayuki Mikami) is the younger of the two Kanku kata and was probably developed from kanku Dai and handed down as a part of Master Anko Itosu’s teachings.

It contains moves that are typical of Itosu kata, such as double punches and moves that are designed to control and or ...
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For Beasts to Fight

Posted by on Wednesday, September 19, 2012, In : Proverbs & Quotes 

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Emperor Akbar Training His War Elephant

Posted by on Wednesday, September 19, 2012, In : Art 


Title: Emperor Akbar tames an elephant

Datec.1609

Artist:  Unknown

Infomation:  The 16th century Mughal Emperor Akbar the Great is shown training a war elephant.
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Tomoe Gozen

Posted by on Thursday, September 13, 2012, In : Art 


Title: Tomoe Gozen

Date: 1899

Artist: Toyohara Chikanobu (1838–1912)

Infomation: This painting depicts the legendary female warrior Tomoe Gozen at the Battle of Awazu
in 1184. So the story goes, she killed one of the warriors shown with her, Uchida Ieyoshi, and
escaped capture from the other, Hatakeyama Shigetada.
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Taekwondo History Legends – Lee Duk Mu

Posted by on Thursday, September 13, 2012, In : Art 


During the Yi dynasty (1392 – 1910), interest in learning martial arts in Korea faded considerably, partly as a result of a growing emphasis on classical learning on subjects such as music, art, literature and poetry, as opposed to physical pursuits that were favoured in earlier periods.

By 1790, the martial art forms that would later develop into Taekwondo were at risk of dying out so in a bid to retain their knowledge, King Chong Jo ordered Lee Duk Mu, one of his generals and a martial ...
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Mortal Kombat

Posted by on Monday, September 10, 2012, In : Retro Games 


Use arrow keys to move
To punch - A
To block - S
To kick - D

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Indistinguishable From Evil

Posted by on Sunday, September 9, 2012, In : Proverbs & Quotes 

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Anko Itosu - 1908

Posted by on Sunday, September 9, 2012, In : Photography 


Anko Itosu (just left of centre sporting a big white moustache), at a martial arts exhibition in 1908.

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Capoeira Slaves About to be Whipped

Posted by on Saturday, September 1, 2012, In : Art 



Name
:  Negroes Going to be Whipped
Artist:  Frederico Guilherme Briggs
Yearc.1832
Info:  This print by the young Brazilian artist was one of a set that depicted common people. Here, one of the unfortunate men that are being lead off to be whipped is carrying a sign that says Capoeira.

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Muay Thai Boxing Legends - Nai Khanom Tom

Posted by on Saturday, September 1, 2012, In : Photography 


Nai Khanom Tom is a Muay Thai boxing legend of the highest calibre. Known as the ‘Father of Muay Thai’, Nai Khanom Tom was taken prisoner along with thousands of his countrymen when the capital Ayutthaya fell in 1767 to the Burmese. In 1774, a great festival was held by the King of Burma and as part of the celebrations, Nai Khanom Tom, still a prisoner of war, was to fight ten of the king’s men in a row.

After dispatching each of them, the Thai boxer became a legend and was rewarded wi...
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The History of the Gojushiho Kata

Posted by on Tuesday, August 28, 2012, In : Video 



Gojushiho (54 steps) is a set of two kata (sho/minor and dai/major) that both have their origin in a single kata from the Shorin-ryu style which was called Useishi (meaning 54). In a strange quirk of martial arts history, the kata known as Gojushiho Sho was previously known as Gojushiho Dai and vice-versa, but they got reversed.

Legend has it that in the 1960s or the 1970s during the All Japan Karate Championships, a high ranking karateka of the JKA announced Gojushiho Dai then did the wron...

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Dance Under Those Lights

Posted by on Tuesday, August 28, 2012, In : Proverbs & Quotes 

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Yoritomo Minamoto

Posted by on Tuesday, August 28, 2012, In : Art 



Yoritomo Minamoto (1147 - 1199) , after he defeated the ruling Taira Clan and
ushered in the Kamakura period and the rule of the Minamoto Shogunate.
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Sensei Anko Itosu with Kenwa Mabuni & Gichin Funakoshi

Posted by on Saturday, August 25, 2012, In : Photography 


Sensei Anko Itosu (with the glasses), pictured with some of his students including
Kenwa Mabuni (standing) & Gichin Funakoshi (to Itosu's left).

Date: c.1880.

Update - Having recently read an article on dandjurdjevic.blogspot.com it has come to my attention that Kenwa Mabuni can not be in this picture as he was not born until 1889, 21 years after Gichin Funakoshi. It seems likely that the boy seated is in fact Funakoshi though there is some doubt as to weather or not it is Anko Itosu sat be...
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Taekwondo History Legends – Chin Heung and the HwaRang

Posted by on Saturday, August 25, 2012, In : Art 


One of the earliest influences on taekwondo history and philosophy was the twenty-fourth King of Silla, Chin Heung. He organised a special fighting unit for his army who were well trained, elite warriors known as the HwaRang who were prolific with weapons as well as an unarmed combat system called SooBak.

They became taekwondo history legends because their whole lives were dedicated to protecting their realm. They were also taught spiritual matters and they were expected to live by an honou...


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Street Fighter Two

Posted by on Thursday, August 23, 2012, In : Retro Games 

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Soft vs. Hard

Posted by on Wednesday, August 22, 2012, In : Proverbs & Quotes 

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War Elephants

Posted by on Wednesday, August 22, 2012, In : Art 


Title: The Battle of Zama

Datec.1890

Artist
:  Henri-Paul Motte (1846–1922)

Infomation: The war elephants of Hannibal’s Carthaginian army fighting
against the Roman infantry at the Battle of Zama in 202 BC
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Yim Wing Chun

Posted by on Thursday, August 16, 2012, In : Art 


Title
:  Yim Wing Chun

Date:   Unknown

Artist: Unknown

Infomation:  Yim Wing Chun training on a wooden dummy

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Muay Thai Boxing Legends - The Tiger King

Posted by on Wednesday, August 15, 2012, In : Art 


King Prachao Sua, A.K.A The Tiger King (1662 – 1709) loved Muay Thai so much that he would often sneak off in disguise and enter tournaments. He is remembered for his bravery in the ring and fought many notable fighters from nearby villages who, had they known who he really was, would have never have fought him. The Tiger King helped popularize Thai Boxing amongst his subjects and formally made it a part of the army’s training. He influenced the fighting styles, equipment and the martial ...
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The History of Unsu

Posted by on Tuesday, August 14, 2012, In : Video 




Unsu (Hands in the Clouds) is a high level kata and one of the oldest practiced within Shotokan karate. Its exact origins are unknown but it is believed to be of Chinese origins, and of the Dragon Style of Kung Fu. According to Masatoshi Nakayama, (seen performing Unsu above), anyone who tries to master Unsu before first mastering the Heian kata, Kanku-Dai, Empi and Jion will look like “a scarecrow trying to dance".

Symbolism is a recurring theme in the history of the martial arts and i...

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Zen Proverb

Posted by on Tuesday, August 14, 2012, In : Proverbs & Quotes 

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Ainu Hunters

Posted by on Sunday, August 12, 2012, In : Art 


Title: Ainu Hunters

Date: 19th Century

Artist: Unknown

Infomation: The clothes, weapons and characteristic thick beards
of the Ainu went largely unchanged for much of the history of Japan.
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Capoeira Angola

Posted by on Tuesday, July 31, 2012, In : Photography 


Capoeira Angola
being performed in 1930s Brazil

The Roots of Capoeira
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Mestre Joao Grande vs.Mestre Joao Pequeno

Posted by on Tuesday, July 31, 2012, In : Photography 


Reknowned Mestre Joao Grande and Mestre Joao Pequeno playing capoeira on a dock.

The Roots of Capoeira
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Training at Shuri Castle

Posted by on Tuesday, July 31, 2012, In : Photography 



Training at Shuri Castle c.1938. Photographed by Nakasone Genwa

The History of Okinawan Karate
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Early Karate Training in Japan

Posted by on Tuesday, July 31, 2012, In : Photography 


Students of karate training on a roof top in Japan c.1934

The History of Okinawan Karate
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The Dance of War

Posted by on Monday, July 30, 2012, In : Art 



Title: Capoeira or the Dance of War

Date: c1823

Artist: Johann Moritz Rugendas (1802 - 1858)

Capoeira Home

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Mestre Bimba Performing the Ginga

Posted by on Monday, July 30, 2012, In : Photography 


Mestre Bimba performing the ginga in the early 1930s
(His opponent is Asclépios Ferrer)

Capoeira Articles
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Chojun Miyagi Training (1929)

Posted by on Monday, July 30, 2012, In : Photography 


Chojun Miyagi (1888-1953), Founder of Goju-ryu teaching in Okinawa
Picture taken in 1929

Karate Home

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Kanga Tode Sakugawa

Posted by on Monday, July 30, 2012, In : Photography 


Photograph of Okinawan karate master Kanga 'Tode' Sakugawa (1733 - 1815).

(Update, although several sources around the web clam this to be a photograph of the great master, as he died in 1815 and photography had not been invented yet, this is not possible).

Karate History Articles

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Prince Yamato

Posted by on Sunday, July 29, 2012, In : Art 


Title: Yamato Takeru Artist: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839–1892)

Date: 1886

Infomation:This is a woodblock print on paper of Prince Yamato Takeru dressed as a maidservant, preparing to kill the Kumaso leaders. Yamato is held up as an ideal samurai and as an example for others who followed him.

Samurai History
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Musashi vs. Bokuden

Posted by on Saturday, July 28, 2012, In : Art 



Title
:  Musashi vs. Bokuden

Date:  Between 1868 – 1892

Artist:  Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Information:  This woodblock print depicts a fictional fight or training session between legendary samurai warriors Tsukahara Bokuden (1489 - 1571) and Miyamoto Musashi (1584 - 1645)

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