8.16.2016

Kalaripayattu

After watching the Kalaripayattu granny, I had to look up some more videos. I love delving into ancient traditions because I always find something of use or of interest. Plus, how cool is it to have an altar to your deity where you train?

Here's a quick summary of the art.

7.22.2015

Devi by Satyajit Ray

Slowly realizing, I like Satyajit Ray's stuff, truly a cinema giant. I wonder if that distinction is a Western label or if the people in India also regard him a cinema giant.

For more info about this film:http://www.satyajitray.org/films/devi.htm 

2.18.2015

Cosmythology

The Next Great New York Fighter?


Punch Baby’s not-so-secret power is his punch. It’s why he’s never lost in MMA, or Muay Thai. “A lot of people, when they go, they’re just slow. What I try to do is six, seven punches, and out. Just do-do-do-do-do-doop. That’s it. Out. The object is hit, and don’t get hit.” He says he likes the beginning of the fight, when he’s waiting for an opening, measuring his opponent, searching for weakness. He wants to go to the Olympics to box in 2020, when he’ll be 21. After that, he’ll turn pro. Maybe in MMA, maybe in boxing, maybe in kickboxing — maybe in all three. ~~ NY Magazine

9.08.2014

Stuff I Dig: Jigoro Kano's Mat and Streetfighting Demo (1912)

This short clip of Jigoro Kano demonstrating judo and jiu-jitsu moves wearing a gi and then stylish street clothes is better action choreography than most of the stuff playing on screens in your multiplex or television.

Also, on a filmmaking tip, this clip makes a compelling case for just showing the action straight-on; provided the actor has skill and style.
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