“Yī’, èr, sān, sì, wǔ, liù, qī, bā, jiǔ, shí!” “Ichi, ni, san, shi, go, roku, shichi, hachi, kyu, ju!” “Hanna, dul, set, net, dasot, yasot, elgob, yadol, ahop, yol!” For those of us in the martial arts, there are, I would imagine, very few of us that cannot count to ten in the language… Continue reading Fighting Words: The linguistics of martial arts.
Fitness, and especially martial arts, is replete with sayings and training koans. Many of these sayings are rather suspect, sounding good on the surface but not standing up to scrutiny. Others are so counter intuitive, they foster resistance to them to this day. One of these sayings is “Slow is smooth and smooth is fast”.… Continue reading Slow is smooth and smooth is fast
Are you enjoying the Witcher on Netflix? I am. I think you should watch it. It does some big things very right. But, not according to idiot Andrew Klaven: “Immediately I was put off by the fact that there’s a queen in this who fights like a man,” he declared. “There’s a couple of scenes… Continue reading "Women Can't Fight with a 10 Pound Sword."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hL3lUzlktM Greetings and Happy New Year from all of us at TPLA! It has been a big year here for us and we have been working behind the scenes all over the world. 2019 has been a year of changes, renewals, and challenges. But as we enter 2020, we are invigorated with a sense of… Continue reading Happy New Year!
"It is easier to take 500 calories out of a diet than it is to put them into a workout. " Happy Holidays! The holidays have us pretty busy, but I saw something come through my feed that made me elated. In the pubic mind, there is a pervasive tendency to focus on diet when… Continue reading Exercise is the #1 Health Tip from Diet Experts.
We have our first guest contributor here to the blog! Actually two! Ben Judkins of Kung Fu Tea and his wife Tara recently hosted Damon Honeycutt for a workshop last Sunday. Damon is one of the progenitors of the lightsaber movement and last winter we hosted him here for the Symposium. Here is a report… Continue reading Exploring Creativity and Authenticity: A Workshop with Damon Honeycutt
****Spoilers ahead for the Mandalorian! If you have not seen the show and don’t want it spoiled , stop reading now!!!**** Chapter four of the Mandalorian has just dropped and did not disappoint. I am thoroughly enjoying this program and I am not alone. Fans and new comers alike are falling in love with this… Continue reading The Madalorian: Returning to the roots of Star Wars
Ok, so here is a quick rant dealing with some language stuff. It is short. Please bear with me for a moment. If you have seen the Mandalorian on Disney+ , you have no doubt fallen in love with the “secret” character revealed at the end of the first episode; an infant of the same race… Continue reading Why it is perfectly fine to call it “Baby Yoda”