Monthly Archives: March 2015

Austin Warrior Arts – African Martial Arts series – featuring Damon Stith and Bryan Fisher

In this video, we are exploring the use of the Spear (Allarh) and Sword (Takouba) in sword class. This concept is based on use of the sword and spear in Tuareg sword dances and ritualized sparring. In addition to delving into the tradtional use of the spear and sword we also are expanding our understanding of how these two weapons interact in a flow drill. Later on we will put it to the test in sparring.

Through a Lens Darkly (29): Savate: French Kickboxing and the Military

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A vintage French Postcard. Source: Author's Personal Collection. A vintage French Postcard. Source: Author’s Personal Collection.

The back of the previous postcard.  Source: Author's personal collection. The back of the previous postcard. Source: Author’s personal collection.


I recently discussed an account of the Chinese martial arts in late 19th century which was provided by the American diplomat, explorer, scientist and scholar William Woodvile Rockhill. While buying supplies for an upcoming expedition through western China and Tibet he recoded the following note in his journal:

“The inn-keeper and a number of persons got up for my benefit a Kuan-wu, a fencing, wrestling, single-stick, double sword, spear performance, which was really very good. The single stick and quarter-staff exercises were capital, and an old fellow of nearly sixty (an ex pao-piao-ti or “insurance-against brigand’s-attack-agent”) went through some marvelously agile stick and savate exercises, but his son was the hero of the entertainment.”
William Woodville Rockhill. 1894. Journey through Mongolia and Tibet, 1891 and 1892. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institute…

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Ronda Rousey destroys Triple H and Stephanie McMahon at WrestleMania 31

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Ronda Rousey was sitting ringside for WrestleMania 31 and the broadcast introduced her early in the show — but the UFC women’s bantamweight champion was in Levi’s Stadium to be more than just a spectator.

WWE legend The Rock made a surprise entrance to disrupt a speech by Triple H and Stephanie McMahon, and after McMahon boldly dared The Rock to hit her and ordered him out of the ring, The Rock invited Rousey over the barrier. UFC president Dana White seemed a little worried about what might happen next.

The Rock hit Triple H with a flurry of punches before Rousey threw him to the ground like a rag doll.

McMahon tried to stick up for her husband, but she was out of the ring faster than Cat Zingano.

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Manny Pacquiao bought Diddy’s old $12.5 million mansion with the help of four tickets to the Mayweather fight

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Manny Pacquiao isn’t only preparing to fight Floyd Mayweather.

He’s also moving into a new home.

The boxer outbid two other interested parties on a 10,000 square-foot mansion once owned by Sean “Diddy” Combs. Pacquiao got his edge on the deal by supplying the owner of the $12.5 million mansion with four tickets to his May 2 fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr.

via USA TODAY’s Martin Rodgers:

“No doubt it helped,” Pacquiao’s realtor, Elsa Nelson, told USA TODAY Sports. “The sellers are great fans of boxing and of Manny, so it was a big deal.”

Diddy was the first owner of the 7-bedroom, 8-bath mansion and sold it in 2001. According to TMZ, Pacquiao is moving into the mansion fully furnished – including the wet bar.

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