Monthly Archives: February 2013

Hapkido in Action

I didn’t want my previous post to seem overbearing so here are some videos of hapkido in action. Enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8S7g3xb44q4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NiAbwNwHL6w

And my personal favourite, which features Grand Master Hwang In-Sik fighting (more like humiliating actually) Jackie Chan in this scene from the 1980 martial arts film Young Master.

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My Continuing Journey as a Martial Artist

Since discovering Jeet Kune Do in 2010, I have come to appreciate Bruce Lee’s philosophy on fighting which is, simply put, get rid of any and all filler and develop a system which works best for you. One of the more fundamental aspects of JKD is, what appears to me, to be is its eclecticism in that it doesn’t hold strict to any rigid forms and is always evolving

That is why I have decided to leave the gym where I currently train, Kombat Arts Training Academy, and move myself to East-West Hapkido which is located in a more remote part of Toronto near the run-down area of Dupont and Dufferin. For those of you who aren’t familar with hapkido, it is an eclectic martial art which is closer to an extreme self-defense system than anything else as it is definitely not sport-friendly due to the techniques it employs.

Hapkido in action

For more information, I recommend reading the following (I don’t want to risk giving wrong information):

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hapkido

http://www.worldhapkido.com/index.html

Women’s MMA Triumphs

History was made this past Saturday at UFC 157 as the first ever women’s title fight headlined the main card. Ronda Rousey (7-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) successfully defended her bantamweight title against the always-dangerous challenger in Liz Carmouche (8-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC). This was the first fight where fans saw Rousey in any sort of danger as Carmouche very nearly locked in a vicious standing neck crank that would quite literally have killed a lesser human being.

Liz Carmouche very nearly breaking Ronda Rousey’s neck.

In the end though, the fight ended the way many of us expected it to. Rousey was able to shake Carmouche off her back, got her down to the ground, and from there, the end was nigh. Carmouche, likely due to her arm being tired out from the attempted neck crank, succumbed to a rather nasty armbar at 4:49 of Round 1. All the credit in the world to Rousey for coming out on top and credit to Carmouche for proving that she’s the real deal and is a definite contender at 135 lbs.

A triumphant champion stands proud.