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.