Thursday, April 17, 2014

Guest Sensei night: Bill Thurman

Great to have Sensei Bill Thurman and some of his black belts work us out tonight. So ... tired ...

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Back at it!

The Durango Karate Club will be back in session starting Tuesday, Jan. 7, 6 - 7:30 p.m. Please register online or at the Durango Recreation Center. (Register online here.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Very cool classic traditional karate training video

Found this floating around out on the internet ... A half-hour long 1950s Japanese traditional karate training film. It gives a great variety of images from an earlier karate era, from demonstrations, to how traditional dojos train, to demonstrations by legendary masters, including Okazaki, Nakayama, Suzuki, and Kanazawa. Even an elderly Master Funakoshi makes an appearance at 21:00.

The narration, too, is just two guys talking about the film, but they give a good history of Funakoshi and modern karate.

There's also a traditional version of Bassai performed starting at 3:15.


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Shaolin Warriors!

A reminder that there are no classes on Tuesday, Oct. 23 and Thursday, Oct. 25. Those classes are between sessions, so they're not canceled classes -- they were never scheduled.

But ...

... on that Tuesday night, Oct. 23, the SHAOLIN WARRIORS will be bringing their spectacular martial arts performance to the Community Concert Hall, on the Fort Lewis College campus.

The Concert Hall will have a group of 25 seats set aside Durango Karate Club. We also get 10 percent off tickets. Tickets are available at the door for $26 (regular $29) 

CORRECTION: Tickets will be available with our group and at that price only until 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 19.

Note that there is a $1 charge if you pick them up in person, and a $2-per-ticket service change when purchasing tickets by phone. You purchase them by phone at 970-247-7657.

The downtown Community Concert Hall ticket office is open 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Monday - Saturday, at 802 Main Avenue.

This is open to DKC members and their families.

Check out a preview of the martial madness!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Empi in the old days ...

Not sure how old this video is, but it's a traditional practitioner performing Empi. Several differences in bunkai (the technique each move represents) from our version. Can you find 'em?

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Lessons from Jackie Chan

At the end of the 1984 Chinese martial arts film "Meals on Wheels," there's an extended fight scene with Jackie Chan and  kickboxing world champion Benny "The Jet" Urquidez. It's my favorite movie fight of all time. (Sorry, Bruce Lee!) It's a staged fight, of course -- but there's still a lot to be learned from it. Namely: There's no plan in a fight! (As Sensei Eric says, "No plan survives contact with the enemy.") So be able to throw any technique from any position!


This video is lower resolution, but here's just the Jackie Chan/Benny Urquidez fight without the other stuff:

Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Greatest Karateka Ever

I once asked my Sensei, Master Ray Smith, who he thought best embodied the karate spirit and attitude.

He didn't even pause. "The Black Knight," he said.

Then he snarled. "Com'ere! I'll bite your legs off!"

That, he said, is the karate spirit.