Wednesday, December 30, 2009

FightNerd Interviews David Ross of NY Sanda

The Fight Nerd makes original videos covering mostly MMA and kickboxing gyms. Good stuff! Take a look at his Youtube page.

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Wednesday, December 02, 2009

"The Korean Zombie" Chan Sung Jung

I haven't heard of this guy, but I'm not much of an MMA junkie, so that's not surprising. He looks good! Nice soundtrack too.

Thanks to @crazyfistsblog and (caution: annoying audio ads on this link).

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Choregraphed Fight Scene on the Subway

Very cool, nice action. I wonder if they actually broke the window?

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Saturday, November 07, 2009

A Glowing Endorsement for Five Points Academy

I received this email and thought I should share it. The author would prefer to remain anonymous.

Just so everyone knows, the listings are not ranked in any way shape or form. All schools are listed alphabetically within their particular borough and style. Just so there's less confusion, I'm gradually switching all the lists to bullet points rather than numbers.

Martial Arts NY,

I just wanted to let you know I appreciate the list you provide of gyms. The category separation by borough and martial art are especially helpful.

I used your list a couple months ago to choose a muay thai/kickboxing gym in Manhattan and naturally chose the first one to try out. I’m not sure what determines the rankings but after my trial class, I was not impressed. (If you want further information on why, I can provide that upon request.) Anyway, I went back to your list to try a different gym and of the 6 remaining, I picked by location and schedule and ended up trying out a class at Five Points, even though I originally wanted to do american kickboxing and not muay thai. Immediately after my trial class at Five Points, I bought a membership.

Aside from my membership, I’m NOT affiliated with the gym but from the standpoint of someone who used your site to find the gym in the first place, I definitely think it should be moved to first on the list. Compared to the other gyms on the list, Five Points offers several muay thai classes everyday (including weekends) by many different instructors. They also offer a variety of other martial arts (kali, judo), fitness classes (kettle bell, yoga, and more), and an actual gym with workout equipment. The difference between my experiences at Five Points compared to ******** was almost shocking-- so as someone who used your website, I definitely think Five Points deserves to be on top of that list (and probably added to the sections on your website for the other martial arts they offer). Since it is not a direct competitor because it is American kickboxing, I think ******** should be moved further down in the list with the other non-Muay Thai gyms.

I don’t want my name or anything attached to any blogs/postings about the school, I just wanted to bring this to your attention to help out the next person who uses your site to find a muay thai/kickboxing gym in Manhattan. No one from Five Points has asked me to write about this and I’d prefer to stay anonymous. I’ve been doing martial arts for many years and have been to many gyms so I know how big of a commitment it is to choose one. I hope this review will help.


Here's a video I found on youtube about Five Points:

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Fukuda Sensei Documentary - 9th Degree Judo Black Belt

Keiko Fukuda Sensei is a 9th degree black belt in judo, and one of the last remaining people on earth to have trained with Jigoro Kano, the founder of judo. This documentary is still in production and the filmmaker, Yuriko Gamo Romer, is looking for funding to finish the project. If you can help finish this worthwhile project, please contact her at her website - phone numbers and email can be found there.

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Monday, March 16, 2009

Hilarious MMA Video

I don't want to give it away - just watch. Only 36 seconds.

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Sunday, March 30, 2008

Youtube Video of the Month

There's a link on youtube to a site that laboriously tracks the history and development of martial arts as categorized by region of China. This is an interesting way of looking at martial arts. It's very exhaustive and a bit mind-numbing, but if your brain is wired for anthropology you may like it.

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